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What causes an irregular z-line other than barrett's esophagus or a hiatal hernia?

What causes an irregular z-line other than barrett's esophagus or a hiatal hernia?

Normal variation: The z-line, where the esophagus lining connects to the stomach lining varies quite a bit from person to person. Not everyone has a straight circle -- that's why it's called the "z"-line, because an irregular border is normal. Some things that can make it more abnormal could be reflux of bile or acid into the esophagus, poor esophageal squeezing, or just a normal variation. Good health! ...Read more

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What causes a tortuous esophagus if its not a hiatal hernia?

Motility disorder: It could be a motility disorder such as distal (formerly diffuse) esophageal spasm or a nutcracker esophagus. High resolution Manometry is the test to find out. A small tube is placed into the esophagus and you swallow water 10 times. It measures the valve pressures and the coordination and strength of the muscle contractions. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with chronic esophageal inflammation, stomach ulcer and hiatal hernia. Will that cause chest pain L side? Card. Said heart was fine

I was diagnosed with chronic esophageal inflammation, stomach ulcer and hiatal hernia. Will that cause chest pain L side? Card. Said heart was fine

Its possible: Depends on the size of the hernia. It also depends on the characteristics if the pain. Could also be esophageal spasm. Ask your doctor if an esophageal Manometry test is appropriate, and/or a referral to a GI doctor. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with a Hiatal Hernia and Nutcracker Esophagus. How do I determine which is causing my symptoms?

Probably nutcracker: IF your symptom is chest pain, its probably the nutcracker. IF you have heartburn and/or regurgitation, its probably the lower esophageal sphincter. IF the her is is large (paraesophageal), the symptoms would be chest pressure and difficulty eating. There is much more info on this, and I hope this helps clarify a couple things or guide your own research. ...Read more

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8mm module in lower esophagus found from a endoscopy. I also have a hiatal hernia. Do I have cancer? I'm 23 and relatively try to be healthy.

8mm module in lower esophagus found from a endoscopy. I also have a hiatal hernia. Do I have cancer? I'm 23 and relatively try to be healthy.

Probably not: Especially at your age, most often these are little benign tumors, but it's your physician's job to decide. Esophageal cancers usually look nasty and a physician will be suspicious. Ask whether a biopsy was obtained. If so, chances are it will come back benign from the lab. If your physician didn't think it was worth biopsying, it's almost certainly benign. ...Read more

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Are you more prone to having esophagus polyps after having one with severe GERD and common hiatal hernia?

Are you more prone to having esophagus polyps after having one with severe GERD and common hiatal hernia?

Not true polyp: Esophageal polyps are called pseudopolyp, mean not real polyp, caused by the inflammation driven by the reflux, there are not a true polyp that can turn to cancer and they diseapear with treatment
so try to take care of your reflux, follow the diet, no late meal, or snack, sleep with head elevated, take medication as Rx, avoid caffeine and spicy food, and eat multiple small meal, avoid tight cloth. ...Read more

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Yes I have hiatal hernia and esophagititis stage 3 and a esophagus scricture and I have been on meds. For about 10 yrs. No help I throw up const.

Yes I have hiatal hernia and esophagititis stage 3 and a esophagus scricture and I have been on meds. For about 10 yrs. No help I throw up const.

Stricture: If you have an esophageal stricture from GERD, you are probably a candidate for a surgical antireflux operation & hiatal hernia repair. Make sure this is done by an experienced laparoscopic general or thoracic surgeon. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have a hiatal hernia that flared real bad burning pain between shoulders and feels like my esophagus is on fire vomiting yesterday is this normal?

I have a hiatal hernia that flared real bad burning pain between shoulders and feels like my esophagus is on fire vomiting yesterday is this normal?

No: It sounds like your hiatal hernia is contributing to severe reflux disease (gerd) that requires treatment. You need to at least have medical treatment with a prevacid-type pill, and possibly surgery to correct the hernia (laparoscopic nissen fundoplication). If the severe pain occurred after prolonged vomiting you may have torn your esophagus - go to the er immediately! ...Read more

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I have really bad reflux with hiatal hernia significant in size. My esophagus is not working properly for surgery. What can I do my last thing to be done was the pressure test for my esophagus and it isn't working properly. I am tired of the pain and tired

I have really bad reflux with hiatal hernia significant in size. My esophagus is not working properly for surgery. What can I do my last thing to be done was the pressure test for my esophagus and it isn't working properly. I am tired of the pain and tired

With: With a large hiatal hernia and years of suffering you woul likely benefit from a discussion with a surgeon who does a good number of anti reflux surgeries. While I can't say you absolutely need surgery, I can say you absolutely should a least have a discussion with a surgeon since it sounds like your problem is at partially due to the anatomy- hiatal hernia. Good luck. ...Read more

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Doc found 8mm nodule in distal esophagus. Referred. Me To another doc for ultrasound waited months now going next week, cancer? I have hiatal hernia.

Doc found 8mm nodule in distal esophagus. Referred. Me To another doc for ultrasound waited months now going next week, cancer? I have hiatal hernia.

Usually not: Distal esophageal Ca is a lesion of mucosa most often induced by H.pylori. It pesents with ulceration and then invasion of wall of esophagus with gradual obstruction. US good to look at extent of Ca invasion into muscular wall of esophagus. Many causes of nodule in wall? For which bx indicated. ...Read more

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Have a 8mm nodule in distal esophagus, am I fine? I do have acid reflux from. My hiatal hernia. Going for ultrasound 6 months later. I'm 23. cancer?

Have a 8mm nodule in distal esophagus, am I fine? I do have acid reflux from. My hiatal hernia. Going for ultrasound 6 months later. I'm 23. cancer?

Here are some...: Your Q can not be answered with yes or no, and it would be most logical and beneficial to refer this Q to your treating doc for specific individual details. Besides, following instruction in articles listed in http://formefirst. Com/eNewsletter. Html, http://formefirst. Com/LifeFacts1.html, http://formefirst. Com/LifeFacts3.html, etc. Can be very helpful to handle many daily health-related issues. ...Read more

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Can there be a natural remedy for acid reflux disease, barretts esophagus and hiatal hernia?

Weight loss, elevate: Keeping the intra-abdominal pressures low is the key to keeping food/acid from refluxing into your esophagus. If you keep your head about 30 degrees (using cinder blocks under the bed posts is an inexpensive way to do this) of the parallel, most reflux is prevented. Weight loss also reduces abdominal pressure and keeps the food where it should be. Good luck! ...Read more

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I hope I don't have cancer, 23 yr 2 years of acid reflux from hiatal hernia, doc found distal esophagus nodule 6 months later ultrasound 2days cancer?

Unlikely: Acid reflux can lead to cancer but it takes 20 to 30 years of persistent reflux before we can suspect that complication. Your problem is likely to be unrelated to acid reflux. But your doctor will provide you some answers. Ultrasound is not always reliable. So an Endoscopy is done as a preferred test to examine the esophagus from inside and check it out more reliably. ...Read more

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Large hiatal hernia with moderate to severe gastroesophageal reflex disease with erythema and ulceration in the lower and mid third of the esophagus?

Large hiatal hernia with moderate to severe gastroesophageal reflex disease with erythema and ulceration in the lower and mid third of the esophagus?

Take Precautions: With that kind of esophageal damage, your dr should have you on reflux medications. You should also have planned follow ups to be sure the treatment is working and the ulcerations are resolving. You should also discuss long term treatment options (medication, surgery). ...Read more

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Symptoms: vomiting blood, 2 egds reveal hiatal hernia, severe inflammation of esophagus and duodenum. Weight loss of 15 lbs in 2 months. What's wrong?

Symptoms: vomiting blood, 2 egds reveal hiatal hernia, severe inflammation of esophagus and duodenum. Weight loss of 15 lbs in 2 months. What's wrong?

Maybe paraesophageal: This coul be due to a large hiatal hernia known as a paraesophageal hernia. This generally requires surgical repair by a surgeon with extensive experience in laparoscopic hiatal hernia repair. ...Read more

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I'm 23 and have a hiatal hernia. Doc found 8mm nodule in distal esophegus. How long do I have take acid reflux medicine? Its bad long term use?

I'm 23 and have a hiatal hernia. Doc found 8mm nodule in distal esophegus. How long do I have take acid reflux medicine? Its bad long term use?

Probably for a long: While, as you get older typically the reflux issues get worse. So maybe even lifetime. Long term side effects of proton pump inhibitors (assuming that is what you have been prescribed) are not well studied, and there are no major trials to support presence of long term side effects. But potential problems include achlorhydria - complete absence of stomach acid - which may not cause real sympto ...Read more

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I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy 16 months ago with hiatal hernia repair. 2 weeks ago I started having esophageal spasms. Should I be concerned?

I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy 16 months ago with hiatal hernia repair. 2 weeks ago I started having esophageal spasms. Should I be concerned?

Not normal: Esophageal spasms are not normal. Not a reason for emergent concern but please follow up with your surgeon and discuss your symptoms. You might be advised to get a barium swallow or upper endoscopy or both. ...Read more

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I have a History (esophageal hiatal hernia 3 times). I now have a 11 mm diameter fat containing umbilical hernia (fr. A Cat-scan). Do I need surgery?

I have a History (esophageal hiatal hernia 3 times). I now have a 11 mm diameter fat containing umbilical hernia (fr. A Cat-scan). Do I need surgery?

Surgery: Surgery will be considered once the surgeon you will see. If your surgeon thinks you need surgery I would follow his advice.
Please let me know how things go. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between hiatal hernia/gerd symptoms and esophageal cancer symptoms?

How can you tell the difference between hiatal hernia/gerd symptoms and esophageal cancer symptoms?

Get scoped: Symptoms cannot usually differentiate these entities until esophageal cancer is far advanced. If you have had gerd symptoms for a few years, upper endoscopy may be indicated. Consult with a gastroenterologist or surgeon. ...Read more

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I had da vinci total hyster. 4/9. I have a severe hiatal hernia/severe gerd. Since surgery, attacks of several esophageal spasms/can't swallow saliva?

I had da vinci total hyster. 4/9. I have a severe hiatal hernia/severe gerd. Since surgery, attacks of several esophageal spasms/can't swallow saliva?

Gastroenterology: You need full history and exam and treatment.
Ultimately you may need thoracic surgeon, but start with gastro. ...Read more

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Expering severe esophageal spasms, with vomit - parent was diag w/ hiatal hernia w/ identical symptoms, prescript. Antacids 2+ mo w/ no help- nxt?

Expering severe esophageal spasms, with vomit - parent was diag w/ hiatal hernia w/ identical symptoms, prescript. Antacids 2+ mo w/ no help- nxt?

Follow up with MD: You should follow up with your GI specialist, to have symptoms worked up, with endoscopy, perhaps motility studies, and an uper GI series. ...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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Can GERD cause lightheaded feeling and swollen glands? I am a 41 year old female, have a hiatal hernia. Feeling like food is stuck in chest as well.

Can GERD cause lightheaded feeling and swollen glands? I am a 41 year old female, have a hiatal hernia. Feeling like food is stuck in chest as well.

Unlikely: I would see a doctor about the swollen glands and lightheadedness. Unlikely related to hh. Hiatal hernia and acid reflux could cause the esophagus to spasm or even develop scar tissue and narrowing. This would cause the feeling of food sticking or catching. I would see your doctor about getting a test to check your esophagus. If not already taking acid medication twice a day, recommend doing so. ...Read more

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Which foods do doctors think are best to eat it you have a hiatal hernia?

Whatever works: Generally, only large hiatal hernias called paraesophageal hernias cause problems eating. It is usually a problem with all solid food however, so if you find something that works, stick with it. Surgical repair is the only option for a resolution. Small hiatal hernias do not have any special dietary requirements, and usually do not require an operation. ...Read more

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I've got a hiatal hernia 8cm+ and I get indigestion and heartburn every day now I've started bringing up food soon as I eat. What can I do?

I've got a hiatal hernia 8cm+ and I get indigestion and heartburn every day now I've started bringing up food soon as I eat. What can I do?

Fix it: Sounds like escalating symptoms from a paraesophageal hernia. See a general or thoracic surgeon with experience in laparoscopic repair for a consultation. 22 is unusual for this however, so make sure the diagnosis is correct. ...Read more

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I had hiatal hernia and my problem is 24x7 uncomfortable with stomach especially after food enters inside. I am disgusted and stopped all medicines an?

I had hiatal hernia and my problem is 24x7 uncomfortable with stomach especially after food enters inside. I am disgusted and stopped all medicines an?

Disgusted: That won't help you.
Please discuss this with family and/or friends and together you can decide the doctor the family and friends recommend.
A tough time but important.
Please keep me posted. ...Read more

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Have a belching problem doctor wants me on a non wheat and no foods with milk help its a delma don't know what product I can eat migh be hiatal hernia?

Have a belching problem doctor wants me on a non wheat and no foods with milk help its a delma don't know what product I can eat migh be hiatal hernia?

Good point: There are many causes for belching. A no wheat no milk diet can be an unnecessary inconvenience unless you are intolerant of gluten and lactose. Have tests been done to rule out other causes? If you have reflux esophagitis, sometimes called a hiatal hernia, there are more effective eats to solve your problem. Discuss this with your doctor, please, and good luck! ...Read more

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Pain in right middle back by spine, 1 inch below shoulder blade. Swallowing food or drink seems to irritate it. Endoscopy only hiatal hernia. Ideas?

Could be esophagus: You could have an esophageal motility disorder such as spasm that is causing symptoms. It is also possible to have gallbladder problems, that sounds a bit less likely. The hiatal hernia should only be a problem if it is large. Hope this helps. ...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.

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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Localized burning pain in stomach (just on small area), belching, feels like food coming back up my throat. This happens after I eat. Ulcer, hiatal hernia?

Localized burning pain in stomach (just on small area), belching, feels like food coming back up my throat. This happens after I eat. Ulcer, hiatal hernia?

Sounds like GERD: It sounds like you are suffering from gerd (gastroesophageal reflux disease). Regurgitation can be a component of gerd. An ulcer or gastritis are possible as well, but check with your regular physician or see a gastroenterologist for treatment. ...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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