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Can A Acupuncture Help With A Hiatal Hernia
Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the ...Read more
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 interchangeably with gerd; while often both present, they are distinctly separate diseases. Exercise may indirectly help gerd by leading to weight loss but it will not improve the anatomical abnormality of a hiatal hernia. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Laparoscopic Surgery: A hiatal hernia is an enlargement of the normal hole in the diaphragm muscle thru which the esophagus passes to enter into the abdomen. A hiatal hernia may lead to gerd by virtue of the stomach yo-yo-ing up thru the hiatus into the chest. Surgical repair involves three key steps: return the stomach to the abdominal cavity, tighten the hole in the diaphragm, and create a new valve to rx reflux. Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 the stomach "yo-yo-ing" up into the chest, which may cause gerd (reflux). This can be seen by ct scan and by upper endoscopy. Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Scope vs X-ray: There are multiple ways to make this diagnosis, but the most common ways are upper endoscopy (a camera inserted into your mouth and stomach) or some type of x-ray. Often you will drink a dye and have an "esophagram" test. Ct scans can often show large hiatal hernias as well, but may not show a small one. Talk to your doctor to see what's best for you. Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Complex: Hiatal hernia is a spectrum of disease from mild with no symptoms, to a severe, life threatening condition. Large hernias are also called paraesophageal, and can be associated with progressive symptoms of difficulty swallowing, sensation of food sticking in the lower chest, vomiting, chest pain/pressure, anemia, and weight loss. Consider a consult w/ an experienced laparoscopic surgeon if present. Read more
Heartburn: Not all hiatal hernias are symptomatic, but can explain symptoms if present. Commonly have heartburn, sore throat in morning, maybe even chest pain (from esophagus). Gerd (reflux disease) may even make asthma worse. See your doctor. Treatment usually starts with acid-reducing meds, with further studies like endoscopy or radiograph ordered at your doctor's discretion. Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Essentially No: Unless the hernia is so large that nearly all the stomach is in the chest and a gastric volvulous occurs (rare) needing emergency surgery. Heartburn ; reflux symptoms are usually treated medically. Elective surgery for some situations. Be sure you see a doctor for the proper testing. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Surgery isn't usually: Needed. Any time an internal body part pushes into an area where it doesn't belong, it's called a hernia. There are 2 types of hiatal hernias, sliding and paraesophageal. Many times there are no symptoms, other times symptoms can be heartburn secondary to gerd. In sliding hiatal hernias, no surgery would be indicated. In some cases in a paraesophageal hernia, surgery is needed, discuss with md. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See a doctor: How do you know that the pain you are feeling is related to a hiatal hernia? A hiatal hernia is usually not painful unless it is so large that most of the stomach is in the chest. See a doctor for evaluation to identify the source & treatment options for your pain. Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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