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Can A 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining protrudes thru, creating a sac. Organs from within the abdominal cavity, such as the intestine, can protrude thru the hole and get stuck in the sac. Many hernias develop during fetal life and become evident in childhood or as an adult. Some develop following a prior abdominal operation. The cornerstone ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I sometimes repeatedly stop breathing just as i fall asleep. When this occurs i also have increased pain from a hiatal hernia. Whats 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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