I speak from experience when I say hernias can be a downright pain in the midsection.

After birthing four 9+ lbs babies, my abs had seen better days. They were understandably weak, and as such, I ended up with a hernia. Aside from looking unsightly, the hernia caused me constant pain. I was in constant fear of lifting anything because I was worried I would cause further damage to myself.

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For those who don't know, the Mayo Clinic says a hernia is what happens when:

"...tissue, such as part of the intestine, protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal muscles. The resulting bulge can be painful, especially when you cough, bend over or lift a heavy object."

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The site goes on to say can be caused by a number of things, including but not limited to pregnancy, straining during bowel movements, strenuous activity, and coughing or sneezing.

Folks at the Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center want you to know that if you are currently living with a hernia, or think you might be, you are not alone and there is help available.

"In the US, about 10% of individuals will develop a hernia during their lifetime, and about one million hernias are repaired each year. They can be uncomfortable, but specialized surgeons at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center are skilled at advanced hernia repair that brings patients relief."

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Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center offers different options for hernia repair including "minimally invasive, robotic-assisted procedures". And to help get the word out about the different ways the hospital might be able to help, Norther Light will be holding a special virtual event Thursday, May 19. This will be a free event, featuring Matthew Sharbaugh, DO, will start at 6 PM and is open to the public. However, you will have to register to attend.

"Community members are encouraged to register by visiting NorthernLight.org/EMMCHernia or calling 207.973.5077."

This is a great opportunity to explore some options if you are currently suffering from hernia pain.

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