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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

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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I'm into my 6 months after my hiatal hernia operation - is excess gas and always having diarrhea common? It is rather hard to involve myself with ...

I'm into my 6 months after my hiatal hernia operation - is excess gas and always having diarrhea common?  It is rather hard to involve myself with ...

Not likely. You need: ...to see your surgeon again. If s/he doesn't think that this is related to the surgical Procedure, you should see a gastroenterologist. I'm going to complete your thought with an educated guess. If the problem is interfering with life activities, it's definitely time to seek treatment. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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

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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24 y/o f. Severe abdo pain that wraps around/through to back, nausea, vomiting, severe diarrhea. Can't keep food down. Have hiatal hernia.

24 y/o f. Severe abdo pain that wraps around/through to back, nausea, vomiting, severe diarrhea. Can't keep food down. Have hiatal hernia.

Many issues: Please have someone take you to the nearest Emergency facility. The doctors in the Emergence facility will decide if you can be cared for in the Emergency facility or whether you should be admitted to the hospital.

Hope all goes well - please keep me informed. ...Read more

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

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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Everything I eat = nausea. Have hiatal hernia. Had diarrhea, dehydrated, got IV fluids. Stomach hurts after eating. Took 1000mg Tums. Still pain. :(?

Everything I eat = nausea. Have hiatal hernia. Had diarrhea, dehydrated, got IV fluids. Stomach hurts after eating. Took 1000mg Tums. Still pain. :(?

Gastroenteritis: Following a viral intestinal tract infection with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, it isn't unusual to develop a type of irritable bowel pattern with cramping and abdominal bloating. Post eating abdominal distress may indicate some residual gastritis. Avoid harsh roughage,caffeine and spicy foods. Take mylanta after meals. See your MD if significant abdominal discomfort persists. ...Read more

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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?

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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I have a upper hiatal abdominal hernia...what do u feel is the best way to treat it? It is large n is causing fatigue nausea headaches diarrhea

I have a upper hiatal abdominal hernia...what do u feel is the best way to treat it? It is large n is causing fatigue nausea headaches diarrhea

Hiatal hernia: A hiatal hernia is when the stomach goes up in to the chest through the stretched out hole through which the esophagus passes. Large ones are called paraesophageal hernias. You cannot see them. They can cause symptoms. See a general or thoracic surgeon with experience in laparoscopic hiatal hernia repair for a consultation to find out more. ...Read more

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Can you have severe diarhia with hiatal hernia?

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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Can a hernia cause fever and diarrhea?

Can a hernia cause fever and diarrhea?

Yes: If a hernia becomes trapped, the contents within it can start to die. This could lead to fever and diarrhea. ...Read more

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Can an inguinal hernia cause diarrhea?

Can an inguinal hernia cause diarrhea?

No: No, diarrhea is more of a physiological issue, not caused by an anatomical problem like hernia. ...Read more

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I have stomach pains, belching and diarrhea. Could my imbilical hernia cause these symptoms?

I have stomach pains, belching and diarrhea. Could my imbilical hernia cause these symptoms?

Maybe: If the hernia is firm and painful, itchy be the cause. If this is so, you need to see a doctor asap. If this is not the case, the two are probably unrelated. Your primary care provider should be able to tell one way or another. ...Read more

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Can an abdominal hernia cause diarrhea after eating?

Can an abdominal hernia cause diarrhea after eating?

No: no your diarrhea has different etiology, eat yogurt, and banana ,if persisted see your doctor ...Read more

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Can an inguinal hernia cause diarrhea and bloody stools?

Can an inguinal hernia cause diarrhea and bloody stools?

Not likely: If you have bloody diarrhea, it icould be something serious such as severe infection, ulcerative colitis, or even cancer. See your doctor now. ...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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Can a femoral hernia cause acid reflux, nausea, diarrhea and constipation?

Unlikely: A hiatal hernia may cause this but not typically a femoral hernia unless it is strangulated with obstruction. ...Read more

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I have a very large para stomach hernia. I have severe stomach pain and diarrhea almost every day. Could the hernia be the cause?

I have a very large para stomach hernia. I have severe stomach pain and diarrhea almost every day. Could the hernia be the cause?

Unclear: If your are referring to a para esophageal hernia, which is a type of hiatal hernia, it could be responsible for the pain. Sometimes the colon is herniated in to the chest as well, and this could be responsible for the diarrhea, but it is less likely. See a general or thoracic surgeon with experience in laparoscopic hiatal hernia repair for a consultation. ...Read more

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Went to the ER with a lot of blood in my diarrhea. They did a CT scan w/ contrast. There is mild diffuse wall thickening of the descending colon and parts of the sigmoid colon. Also noted was a umbilical hernia 1.3cm. what could cause the blood ?

Went to the ER with a lot of blood in my diarrhea. They did a CT scan w/ contrast. There is mild diffuse wall thickening of the descending colon and parts of the sigmoid colon. Also noted was a umbilical hernia 1.3cm. what could cause the blood ?

Inflammation: The findings you describe is what inflammation or infection may show up on a CT scan. There are may causes of these findings that could be cause abdominal pain, blood and mucous in the stool, and diarrhea for example. To complete the workup, you need a colonoscopy for possible biopsy and and the colon can be visualized. Treatment then can be started. I doubt the hernia is a significant problem ...Read more

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Can umbilical hernia cause nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, weightloss, strained bowel movemnt(even with loose stools)? Surgeon app. End of month.

Can umbilical hernia cause nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, weightloss, strained bowel movemnt(even with loose stools)? Surgeon app. End of month.

Probably not all: Probably not all of those symptoms are related to an umbilical hernia. Most umbilical hernias are small and do not cause that much discomfort, naseua, fatigue, weight loss, etc. If it is really large, it can start having some of those symptoms. But in general, i doubt the unbilical hernia is causing all those symptoms. Good luck at the appt. ...Read more

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Can a hiatal hernia cause nausea?

Unlikely: Hiatal hernias do not usually cause symptoms. In some cases, though, hiatal hernias cause stomach acid to leak into the esophagus. This is called acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux, and it can cause symptoms, including:

●burning in the chest, known as heartburn
●burning in the throat or an acid taste in the throat
●stomach or chest pain
●trouble swallowing ●a raspy voice or a sore throat. ...Read more

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Can a hiatal hernia cause constipation?

Not likely: Hiatal hernias cause heartburn and regurgitation and other swallowing issues but not constipation. ...Read more

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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.

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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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

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

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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