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does exercise aggravate a hiatal hernia

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Indirectly, at best.: A hiatal hernia, by definition, is an enlarged opening in the diaphragm muscle that separates the chest from abdominal cavity. It is often used inter ... Read More
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Dr. Vivek Huilgol
34 years experience Gastroenterology
No effect : Exercise cannot improve the anatomical defect of a hiatal hernia. However losing weight, if overweight or obese, may lessen reflux though the hiatal ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erik Borncamp
24 years experience Wound care
No: But exercises that increase the pressure in your abdomen (crunches) may exacerbate the symptoms of your hernia.
Dr. David Earle
30 years experience General Surgery
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
21 years experience Bariatrics
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
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jack Bergstein
38 years experience General Surgery
yes: You can exercize but any increase in abdominal pressure (by straining while holding your breath) may exacerbate your reflux. So if you lift, breathe ... Read More
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Dr. Milton Mintz
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I don't think: Heavy lifting should be part of your routine.
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
22 years experience General Surgery
Cardio: Cardio, non-strenuous activities should be fine, such as elliptical, bicycling, etc.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
31 years experience Family Medicine
Reflux?: Are you talking about reflux from your hiatal hernia? if so then the best solutions would be to exercise on an empty stomach or use some sort of acid ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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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
38 years experience General Surgery
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
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Dr. Louise Andrew
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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
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Reflux: It probably will. Ibuprofen and aspirin can cause it as well
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Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Yes: But you must clear it with Vladimir Putin first

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