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Dr. David Earle
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Does hiatal hernia cause diarrhea and weight loss?

Dr. David Earle
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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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Dr. Oscar Novick
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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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Dr. Vahe Yetimyan
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Is it normal to have daily diarrhea after hiatal hernia surgery and on a pureed diet?

Dr. Vahe Yetimyan
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Is it normal to have daily diarrhea after hiatal hernia surgery and on a pureed diet?

Not normal.: C.difficile enterocolitis is a possibility. Often peri-operative antibiotics adversely affect the bacterial content of the colon resulting in an overgrowth of a bug called clostridium difficile. This causes inflammationc of the colon lining with resultant severe diarrhea. Stool culture is needed to make confirm the diagnosis. But if diagnostic tests are positive, vancomycin and/or Flagyl is used. ...Read more

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Dr. Brian Clear
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3 months post op. Nissen/laprascopic, robotic, hiatal hernia repair. Recently experiencing painful, debilitating gas& diarrhea. Is this normal?

Dr. Brian Clear
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3 months post op. Nissen/laprascopic, robotic, hiatal hernia repair. Recently experiencing painful, debilitating gas& diarrhea. Is this normal?

Not from the surgery: It is very unlikely that these current symptoms are related to your surgery. By far the most common cause of diarrhea is viral infection (enteritis, or gastroenteritis if it involves nausea/vomiting). With any diarrhea, weight loss, dehydration (feeling like you're going to pass out when standing), or fever lasting > 1 day would be cause for concern. Otherwise these things tend to resolve. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Finkelstein
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Hiatal hernia repair 1 yr ago. Having difficulty swallowing again, diarrhea everyday and major weight loss w/o trying. Should I contact dr?

Dr. Michael Finkelstein
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Hiatal hernia repair 1 yr ago. Having difficulty swallowing again, diarrhea everyday and major weight loss w/o trying. Should I contact dr?

It might: not be the hernia other conditions including malabsorbtion and hyperthyroid disease should be entertained. see your doctor for an eval ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Porayko
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Have hiatal hernia. Lately I'm having soft pale-colored stools that float, diarrhea, stomach pain, gas, nausea. Are these symptoms related to hernias?

Dr. Michael Porayko
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Have hiatal hernia. Lately I'm having soft pale-colored stools that float, diarrhea, stomach pain, gas, nausea. Are these symptoms related to hernias?

No: These are not typical symptoms of having hiatal hernia. Most patient with hiatal hernia have problems with heartburn and symptoms related to reflux. Your symptoms sound more like they are related to irritable bowel disease except the pale colored stools. Hopefully, you are not jaundiced because that would indicate a more serious condition requiring examination by a physician. ...Read more

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Dr. J. Roth
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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?

Dr. J. Roth
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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?

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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Dr. Leonard Metildi
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Can you have severe diarhia with hiatal hernia?

Dr. Leonard Metildi
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Can you have severe diarhia with hiatal hernia?

Not directly: Hiatal hernia does not cause diarrhea. However, medicines used to treat the reflux associated with it can.You need to see your physician about this. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Welle
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Can a hiatal hernia cause pains or discomfort? My dr says I have one but it isn't causeing my intestinal issues. That is unknown still.

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Can a hiatal hernia cause pains or discomfort?  My dr says I have one but it isn't causeing my intestinal issues. That is unknown still.

Sometimes: A large hiatal hernia can cause pain and discomfort in your upper stomach. It also can make symptoms of reflux worse. If your pain is lower or more diffuse then likely not caused by your hiatal hernia. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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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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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea is a term that describes loose, watery stools occurring more frequently than usual. It is often not due to a serious cause, but severe diarrhea ...Read more


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