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Can. Hiatal hernia affect breathing?

Can. Hiatal hernia affect breathing?

Hiatal hernia: You have a hiatal hernia. This is a very treatable abnormality. Your doctor will treat your symptoms and follow with you. If you are feeling well with medications then he/she will follow. As you age you may require more intervention. You may need a diagnostic study. You will need to manage your weight and to exercise. Watch what you eat. Be well. ...Read more

Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


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Can hiatal hernia affect my breathing?

Can hiatal hernia affect my breathing?

Yes: A hiatal hernia is the stomach protruding into the chest cavity, which can affect one's breathing. ...Read more

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Dificults breathing problem in hernia. Please what are drug for this case?

Dificults breathing problem in hernia. Please what are drug for this case?

No drugs: Generally, the only type of hernia that causes trouble breathing is a large hiatal hernia. This is only resolved by surgical repair. If the hernia is another type, the breathing problem may not be related. Large abdominal wall hernias can affect breathing, but it is unusual. See your doctor to find out. ...Read more

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Can a hiatel hernia cause breathing or weight problems? I am a 47 yr old female.

Maybe: Large hiatal hernias can cause shortness of breath, but this is unusual in somebody that is 47. These are also known as paraesophageal hernias, and can be diagnosed on endoscopy or upper G.I. Contrast study. Small hiatal hernias are typically completely asymptomatic. The hiatal hernia would not be associated with weight problems unless it prevented you from eating in which case you may have unplanned weight loss. ...Read more

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It'd be possible that a hiatus hernia cause breathing difficulties?

It'd be possible that a hiatus hernia cause breathing difficulties?

Possibly: A hiatal hernia can cause breathing difficulties in a couple different ways. One, if it is very large enough of the stomach can get into the chest that it takes up space the lungs would normally occupy. Two, if the reflux associated with the hrenia is bad enough it can reflux into your airway and cause problems with bresthing ...Read more

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Will a hernia affect breathing when running?

Will a hernia affect breathing when running?

It is possible: Depending an the site location of the hernia and if it is reducible may affect breathing. Hernias that are not reducible usually cause pain and discomfort that can affect breathing. ...Read more

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Does improper breathing while bodybuilding causes inguinal hernia?

Does improper breathing while bodybuilding causes inguinal hernia?

Not really: Don't lift huge amounts of weight with your glottis closed. That actually can trigger a hernia that would probably have happened anyway. I actually had my own right side turn acute and surprise me while I was doing leg-lifts. Exercising is worth it. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I am having a lot of trouble breathing and have a heavy chest, could my hiatal hernia have got worse today. I was doing some work and couldn't breath?

I am having a lot of trouble breathing and have a heavy chest, could my hiatal hernia have got worse today. I was doing some work and couldn't breath?

Emergency room: Please go immediately to the er. When a 56 year old man has chest heaviness and breathing difficulty, it's an emergency until proven otherwise. Go now. ...Read more

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Hiatul hernia, can't sleep at night because I can't lay flat have a hard time breathing. Pain in chest and top of stomach. Dry throat and mouth.

Hiatul hernia, can't sleep at night because I can't lay flat have a hard time breathing. Pain in chest and top of stomach. Dry throat and mouth.

Orthopnea: Described symptom's are worrying for a serious cardiovascular condition, be further examined and tested immediately ...Read more

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I sometimes repeatedly stop breathing just as I fall asleep. When this occurs I also have increased pain from a hiatal hernia. What's causing this?

I sometimes repeatedly stop breathing just as I fall asleep. When this occurs I also have increased pain from a hiatal hernia. What's causing this?

? Sleep apnea?: Cessation of breathing while sleeping is most often, but not exclusively, sleep apnea. Since the trachea and esophagus run along with each other and the diaphragm is involved in breathing and is where the hiatal hernia is, one would expect that they are anatomically and functionally related. However, although probable, it is not fact until more significant problems are ruled out. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with hiatal hernia and GERD and lately my breathing problems got a lot worse. What are my options and best course of action?

I've been diagnosed with hiatal hernia and GERD and lately my breathing problems got a lot worse. What are my options and best course of action?

GERD-related asthma?: About a third of chronic gerd suffers have an asthma-like presentation, and about a third of asthmatics have gerd. As such, many asthmatics show significant benefit from acid reducers when used over time. Shortness of breath however can result from many causes that have nothing to do with gerd, so get checked asap, especially if your breathing problem is progressive. ...Read more

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Can a hiatal hernia or GERD cause heart symptoms and difficulty breathing?

Can a hiatal hernia or GERD cause heart symptoms and difficulty breathing?

Yes: A hiatal hernia and gerd can cause chest pain and palpitations. A large hiatal hernia can cause shortness of breath by crowding your chest cavity and limiting expansion of your lungs. ...Read more

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Could hiatal hernia cause trouble breathing when lying flat on back? My husband's heart is healthy-went to cardiologist but Dr had no idea why

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Could hiatal hernia cause trouble breathing when lying flat on back? My husband's heart is healthy-went to cardiologist but Dr had no idea why

Yes.: Hiatal hernia can cause esophageal reflux worsens with lying on back which can feel like burning chest pain and difficulty catching breath. ...Read more

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I think my breathing problems and post nasal drip was all from a hiatal hernia not asthma. What are the cures for a hiatal hernia from stress/anxiety?

I think my breathing problems and post nasal drip was all from a hiatal hernia not asthma. What are the cures for a hiatal hernia from stress/anxiety?

Hiatal hernia: A hiatal hernia associated with gerd, reflux of stomach contents up your esophagus, can cause cough, aspiration pneumonia, asthma like pulmonary problems. You have choice about next step in care. You may benefit from medical care, further testing, egd. Surgery only after good medical care. Start with your regular doc. Be well. ...Read more

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Could I have got a hiatal hernia from the stomach flu? Threw up harder than ever then a week after ended up in ER with breathing trouble+chest pains..

Hiatal hernia: That is a possibility. It is also possible that you already had a small hiatal hernia and that the vomiting has increased the size of the hernia and/or caused your stomach to slide up into your chest. It would be best to get evaluated by a gastroenterologist for an egd and ugi. ...Read more

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M31, after inguinal hernia surgery in gen. Anesthesia I felt difficulties in breathing n vomited several times. Do I have lung disease?

M31, after inguinal hernia surgery in gen. Anesthesia I felt difficulties in breathing n vomited several times. Do I have lung disease?

Not necessarily: Most likely due to temporary reaction of anesthetic medications which may take few hours to clear from your body. Speak to your doctor if you have ' lung disease ' will tell you. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with as small hiatal hernia after endoscopy. Can this make me have bloating and breathing problems after a bowel movement?

I have been diagnosed with as small hiatal hernia after endoscopy. Can this make me have bloating and breathing problems after a bowel movement?

GERD-related asthma?: About a third of chronic gerd suffers have an asthma-like presentation, and about a third of asthmatics have gerd. As such, many asthmatics show significant benefit from acid reducers when used over time. Shortness of breath however can result from many causes that have nothing to do with gerd, so get checked asap, especially if your breathing problem is progressive. ...Read more

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I have hiatal hernia/gerd (good diet +nexium 40mg).Was cleared by 2 cardiologists (ecg, echo...), but every night I get tight chest/breathing diff. Why?

I have hiatal hernia/gerd (good diet +nexium 40mg).Was cleared by 2 cardiologists (ecg, echo...), but every night I get tight chest/breathing diff. Why?

Hernia?: It could be the hernia if it is a large one and slides into the chest specially when laying down or eating a large meal. Hard to tell without seeing the studies done. Mention this to your doctor. ...Read more

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Upper left abdominal pressure, difficulty breathing for a week. Normal chest X-ray and CT abdominal with/without contrast. Is it gas? Hiatal hernia?

Upper left abdominal pressure, difficulty breathing for a week. Normal chest X-ray and CT abdominal with/without contrast. Is it gas? Hiatal hernia?

Upper left: There are many potential causes of upper left abdominal pressure so you must either go to the nearest Emergency Room or see your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What happens if you don't take care of a hernia?

What happens if you don't take care of a hernia?

Can't predict: There are many different types of hernias, but generally they can become larger, and cause problems due to the increased size such as difficulty performing daily activities at the same level you could without a hernia. They can also cause pain that may limit activities as well. They can also become incarcerated, something that may require emergent operation. ...Read more

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What happens if you don't get a hernia taken care of?

What happens if you don't get a hernia taken care of?

Lots can happen: It depends on what kind of hernia it is. Nothing can happen or you can get an organ or part of an organ stuck in it. Twisting in the hernia can cut off blood supply and cause gangrene. I believe in "fix 'em when you find 'em". Others say if it doesn't bother you, leave it alone. You will have to decide with the help of your doctor. ...Read more

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I can't afford surgery on my ing uinal hernia what's the best exercise I can do?

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I can't afford surgery on my ing uinal hernia what's the best exercise I can do?

Walking: This problem is not improved with exercise. Imagine an old innertube tire with a weak area and bulging of the innertube. This doesn't get better with stress or increased inflation; it has to be fixed. Your only option outside of surgery is a truss to hold pressure on the area. I wish we had an alternative to surgery, especially for the smaller, bothersome hernias. ...Read more

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I don't have insurance and have a hernia. Will the emergency room take care of me?

I don't have insurance and have a hernia. Will the emergency room take care of me?

Only emergency: Emergency room admissions are based on emergency only not on insurance. Even if you have insurance if hernia is not incarcerated will not get admitted, have to come electively to get it repaired. Go to your local hospital or city hospital they will make arrangements for repair of your hernia as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I think I have a hernia but the GI can't see me until 1/7/16. Would waiting that long be ok? I've been in pain for 3.5 yrs.

Need surgeon not GI: Hernias can be dangerous and an emergency if they get caught and can cause intestinal blockage or gangrene but if you have had symptoms for that long it would be unusual for it to be an emergency unless pain is suddenly severe and different. They only definitive care for a hernia is surgery so you need to see a surgeon not a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Hernia (Definition)

The ascendence of the gastroesophageal junction into the chest above the diaphragm through the ...Read more