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Does hiatal hernia cause diarrhea and weight loss?

Does hiatal hernia cause diarrhea and weight loss?

Variable: When large, hiatal hernias can cause chest pain and pressure, and difficulty swallows which could reduce food intake and lead to weight loss. If the colon was also involved with the hiatal hernia, bowel movements could be affected, but this is uncommon. ...Read more

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Hernia (Definition)

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


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The past year everytime i eat doesn't matter what it is i get severe indigestion & diarrhea straight after, I have a hiatus hernia is this the cause?

The past year everytime i eat doesn't matter what it is i get severe indigestion & diarrhea straight after, I have a hiatus hernia is this the cause?

Unlikely: Your symptoms are not likely from a hiatal hernia. Typical hhs symptoms are heartburn and regurgitation. Indigestion could be a sign of dyspepsia or ulcers. A thorough evaluation is needed to help determine the cause of your symptoms. ...Read more

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How does a hiatal hernia cause gerd?

How does a hiatal hernia cause gerd?

"Yo-Yo" stomach.: One mechanism that prevents reflux of food or acid from the stomach up the esophagus is the fact that the pressure within the abdominal cavity is higher than the pressure in the stomach. If the stomach "yo-yo's" into the chest cavity through a hiatal hernia, the negative pressure within the chest cavity changes this pressure gradient, favoring reflux. ...Read more

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Why does a hiatal hernia cause a more pronounced heart beat sometimes but not all the time?

It doesn't: Any association you feel is present between your heat beat and a hiatal hernia is purely coincidental. ...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?

Not likely: While anything is possible, it is not typical to have right sided back pain from a hiatal hernia. If you have a very large hernia, it would be possible, but men of your age rarely have that large of hernias. ...Read more

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Can a hiatal hernia cause charlie horse like cramping under and behind right ribs?

Yes: Large hiatal hernias can also cause the sensation of pressure, such as trying to pass air from one part of a twisted balloon to the other. An upper GI contrast study and consultation with your doctor would be a good starting point. You should also make sure your heart is ok. ...Read more

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Can a hiatal hernia cause pain under left ribs& side? It hurts often but sometimes only when cough & I have a lump on each side of my ab muscles.

Can a hiatal hernia cause pain under left ribs& side?  It hurts often but sometimes only when cough  & I have a lump on each side of my ab muscles.

Possibly: Discomfort under the left rib cage may come from hiatal hernia but may also be due to other things such as gas entrapment in the upper left colon or even from pinched nerves in the rib cage or problem with the base of the left lung. It's best to have your physician examine and advise you,and if he/she feels it's advisable a referral to a gastroenterologist will be made. ...Read more

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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


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Hiatal Hernia (Definition)

Hiatal hernia is a medical condition in which the stomach protrudes up into the chest through an opening in the diaphragm, which is the muscle lining the bottom of your lungs that control your breathing. Symptoms include heartburn, chest pain, ...Read more


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