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Does exercise aggravate a hiatal hernia

A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care 26 years experience
No: But exercises that increase the pressure in your abdomen (crunches) may exacerbate the symptoms of your hernia.
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 32 years experience
Not really: While exercise alone in rare circumstances may cause or make a hiatal hernia worse, there are many factors at play such as genetics, normal aging proc... Read More
Dr. Gregg Nishi
Bariatrics 23 years experience
Hiatal hernia: Not likely, though you can exacerbate the symptoms of a hiatal hernia with strenuous exercise. Straining increases your intaabdominal pressure which c... Read More

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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
General Surgery 24 years experience
Cardio: Cardio, non-strenuous activities should be fine, such as elliptical, bicycling, etc.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Herman Hammerstead
A Verified Doctoranswered
Trauma Surgery 51 years experience
YES: It the quantity not the quality, so smaller more frequent meals. If any food causes dyspepsia the discontinue it.
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
Need an exam: You cannot tell what you may have by symptoms alone, and a significant hiatal hernia would be unlikely at age 18. Need to see a doctor for an exam. Ma... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louise Andrew
A Verified Doctoranswered
Emergency Medicine 47 years experience
Metamucil not great: Metamucil is actually for prevention of constipation. So it could be messing with your intestines, when the problem is in your esophagus. Better to ... Read More
A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Rothstein
A Verified Doctoranswered
40 years experience
Reflux: It probably will. Ibuprofen and aspirin can cause it as well
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Lublin
Surgery 26 years experience
Hernia in diaphragm: A hiatal hernia is a hernia in the diaphragm. The diaphragm is a muscle separating your chest from your abdomen. There is a natural hole where your es... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 35 years experience
Unknown: The hiatus is the normal hole in the diaphragm muscle thru which the esophagus passes to go from the chest to the abdominal cavity. A hiatal hernia i... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Roth
Dr. J. Rothanswered
General Surgery 29 years experience
No: Hiatal hernias don't resolve. Fortunately, most do not cause symptoms or problems. They often enlarge with time, but not always.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 35 years experience
X-RAY, Endoscopy,etc: A hiatal hernia is an enlargement of the hole in the diaphragm thru which the esophagus passes to enter the abdominal cavity. This commonly leads to ... Read More