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A 25-year-old member asked:

I try to avoid toxic drugs and treatments. what can i try before i go for traditional medical care for hiatal hernia?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
See a doc: First - if symptoms are persistent and/or severe, you need an egd. This is a simple test that is painless to look inside your esophagus and stomach to confirm the diagnosis and to look for premalignant changes. Try otc Omeprazole or a similar acid blocker - don't eat right before gouing to bed.
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 35 years experience
GERD: If you are like most people, you are using "hiatal hernia" to mean gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd). This can be well-managed by avoiding the foods that cause heartburn, avoiding smoking, alcohol, and caffeine, and losing weight (if overweight). If your symptoms are bad at night, putting the head of the bed up on blocks helps, as does eating dinner well before bedtime. Hope this helps!
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik commented
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Great summary
Mar 11, 2012
Last updated Jan 5, 2019
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