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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more


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Can a hiatal hernia cause mid to upper back pain?

Can a hiatal hernia cause mid to upper back pain?

Yes: Typically only if it is large. Usually need an upper GI study or endoscopy to check it out. ...Read more

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Could a hiatal hernia cause back pain just to the right of the spine about 1 inch below the shoulder blade?

Could a hiatal hernia cause back pain just to the right of the spine about 1 inch below the shoulder blade?

Yes: Yes it could. I would have this evaluated as most hiatal hernias do not cause pain unless there is some other problem. The possible problems could range from an early ulcer forming, to a portion of the stomach or other part of the intestine that is partially/intermittently stuck within the hernia and can't get out when it needs to. See a gastroenterologist or a surgeon. ...Read more

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Can a hiatal hernia cause shortness of breathe, upper central chest/ back pain that come and go without heartburn?

Yes: Depending on how large your hiatal hernia is. If significant stomach reside within the chest through a large hiatal hernia you may experience pressure and chest discomfort. ...Read more

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Diagnosed Hiatal Hernia. Experience chest/back pain everyday Medicine/lifestyle change not working. Do I need surgery? I don't know what to do

Diagnosed Hiatal Hernia. Experience chest/back pain everyday Medicine/lifestyle change not working. Do I need surgery? I don't know what to do

Symptomatic GERD: You apparently are having symptomatic gastoesophageal reflux despite medical/lifestyle changes. The next step may indeed be surgical. I would have you return to your doctor and discuss with him/her your options. You likely need to be referred for a ph study and or a EGD to document the severity for insurance reasons before surgical intervention. ...Read more

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Diagnosed hiatal hernia & gastritis. Upper back pain every other day. Anti acid not working for pain. What to do?

Diagnosed hiatal hernia & gastritis. Upper back pain every other day. Anti acid not working for pain. What to do?

Type and symptoms: Hiatal hernia is a very common issue and finding especially in over weight population. Mostly it does not require any treatment unless it becomes symptomatic. Also it has a different types.
All depends how bad is symptoms and type of hernia. In those case surgical intervention and treatment is needed. ...Read more

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I have a hiatal hernia and take omeprazole. I am having awful chest and back pain/pressure with fullness and belching. Should I call my pcp?

I have a hiatal hernia and take omeprazole. I am having awful chest and back pain/pressure with fullness and belching. Should I call my pcp?

YES: You should definitely notify your doctor of these symptoms. One form of hiatal hernia allows the stomach to enter the chest alongside the esophagus (paraesophageal.) some patient so afflicted may twist their stomach and lead to serious consequences. So, please, notify your doctor. In the meantime, eat smaller meals, avoid carbonation, and don't recline soon after eating. ...Read more

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Can abdominal pain (upper, middle, lnavel) and mid-back pain point to something more sinister at 22? Current diagnosis: gastritis, hiatal hernia, flat back

Can abdominal pain (upper, middle, lnavel) and mid-back pain point to something more sinister at 22? Current diagnosis: gastritis, hiatal hernia, flat back

Other choices: Beyond the choices you describe one would consider problems with the gallbladder, your pancreas, other parts of the intestine, these are diagnoses you can discuss with your physician ...Read more

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CT scan 2 years ago showed large hiatal hernia containing most of my stomach. Have severe chest and back pain at times after eating. Do I need surgery?

CT scan 2 years ago showed large hiatal hernia containing most of my stomach. Have severe chest and back pain at times after eating. Do I need surgery?

Surgery?: You might or might not need surgery. If your surgeon recommends it I would follow his/her advice. Hope all goes well - please keep me posted. ...Read more

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Does extended periods of sitting and bowl movements cause pain with a small Spigelian Hernia. How would this type of hernia cause back pain?

Possible: Hernia symptoms typically cause pain at the location of the hernia, a bulge at the same location, and if the intestines are herniated, could cause trouble with the GI tract such as crampy pain or some difficulty with bowel movements. If the bladder is involved, there could be difficulty urinating. Back is usually only caused by large hernias. Best to see a general surgeon for a consultation. ...Read more

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I had a hiatial hernia removed but I am having shoulder and back pain. What could be causing it?

See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Can sports hernia cause lower back pain?

No: But sometimes low back problems involving the upper lumbar spine can refer pain to the groin area (and be mistaken for a hernia)... ...Read more

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Can lower back pain cause pain in laproscopic hernia repair 4 1/2 months post- op?

Can lower back pain cause pain in laproscopic hernia repair 4 1/2 months post- op?

Maybe: It depends on what the pain was like before the operation, and what type of hernia repair you had. It doesn't sound specific like something is wrong with hernia repair, however you should check with your surgeon to be sure. ...Read more

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I have lumbar disk hernia for 10 years, which causes back pain and discomfort in left leg, is surgery a first option?

I have lumbar disk hernia for 10 years, which causes back pain and discomfort in left leg, is surgery a first option?

No: Conservative treatment is recommended first, may include pt/anti inflam med/posture & ergonomics. Other options may include medications that target the nerve, ie, gabpentin/lyrica. Epidural steroid injections can be helpful as well esp. For the leg pain. Surgery may be an option if all else fails, and in urgent situations such as progressive leg weakness and/or loss of bowel or bladder control ...Read more

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Can a stomach hernia cause bloating and bsd lower back pain had pain for two days now can not move or bend down properly in bsd pain in stomach to?

Can a stomach hernia cause bloating and bsd lower back pain had pain for two days now can not move or bend down properly in bsd pain in stomach to?

See your doctor: Large hiatal hernias can cause bloating an upper back pain. It's also possible your symptoms are unrelated. You should really see your doctor for a more thorough evaluation. The symptoms are fairly nonspecific. ...Read more

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I had a right inguinal hernia repair with mesh plug and patch. I developed back pain that caused by my psoas and piriformis muscles that are always in?

I had a right inguinal hernia repair with mesh plug and patch. I developed back pain that caused by my psoas and piriformis muscles that are always in?

Hard to connect: Psoas and piriformis are quite far away from the inguinal hernia repair. More likely to be separate pathology. Need more investigation into back. ...Read more

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Does a hiatal hernia cause armpit pain and chest pain? I have had stress test and a lot of heart work and eveything came back good

Does a hiatal hernia cause armpit pain and chest pain? I have had stress test and a lot of heart work and eveything came back good

Can cause chest pain: Hiatal hernis is a protrusion of the stomach into the chest. The stomach goes behind the heart. You can get gas trapping and pressure sensation in the chest but not usually the armpit. If a cardiac work up was negative would get GI workup. ...Read more

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1. Can chiropractors really "pull a hiatal hernia back down" and 2. can hiatal hernia cause nausea?

1. Can chiropractors really "pull a hiatal hernia back down" and 2. can hiatal hernia cause nausea?

No: If they say so, that, s absurd advice. Yes they can cause heartburn, nausea and esophageal and gastric pain. ...Read more

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Can hiatal hernia cause problems with my lower extremities spine?

Can hiatal hernia cause problems with my lower extremities spine?

No. Typically pain: Referred to the back will just cause back pain without radiation into the legs. There can be multiple reasons for that referred pain from the abdominal or pelvic region but pain in the back with radiation into the legs is most likely related to a primary spine issue like a disc problem. If symptoms warrant it, see your doctor or a physiatrist, neurologist, neurosurgeon or an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Could hiatal hernia cause sob, palpitations esp after food, sunsternal pain radiating through to back? Very debilitating. All cardiac diagnostics nad

Could hiatal hernia cause sob, palpitations esp after food, sunsternal pain radiating through to back? Very debilitating. All cardiac diagnostics nad

Anything is: Possible, but it doesn't sound like symptoms of hiatal hernia. Possibilities are hypoglycemia, pancreatitis, gallstones. Get an opinion from GI specialist. ...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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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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Can anxiety cause back and abdomen pain? I also have a hiatal hernia could this cause sharp chest pain? All heart test came back normal.

Can anxiety cause back and abdomen pain? I also have a hiatal hernia could this cause sharp chest pain? All heart test came back normal.

See below: Anxiety can have many effects on the body such as those you have described. Best to rule out conditions that can put you at an immediate health risk and then seek a psychiatry referral.
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0003695/. ...Read more

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Pain to (l) upper abdominal area radiating to back, nausea, lack of appetite, fatigue. Diangosis with hiatal hernia, pa says not cause of pn. Hida scan norm?

Hiatal hernia: Your symptoms could be related to a hiatal hernia. The likelihood depends upon several factors: the size of the hernia, twisting of the stomach in the hernia, presence of associated inflammation or ulceration of the lining of the esophagus or stomach, or whether there are other organs involved with the hernia. A consultation with a surgeon with experience with hh repair would help. ...Read more

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Back pain due to disc hernia. What kind of excercise may help?

Back pain due to disc hernia. What kind of excercise may help?

Back pain: Most lumbar disc herniations cause leg pain rather than back pain. Unless the herniation is causing a significant amout of spinal canal narrowing or nerve compression, there may be other reasons for back pain. You cannot rely on radiology reports alone, clinicians that treat spinal problems need to be involved. ...Read more

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more


Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

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