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Can a sliding hiatal hernia ever get well by itself?

Can a sliding hiatal hernia ever get well by itself?

Not really: These types of hernias won't fix themselves, but really are not dangerous or need treatment. They are fixed during operations performed for reflux disease, But otherwise just left alone. They can get larger over the years, but there's no specific activities or diet to avoid to prevent this. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have sliding hiatal hernia and sometimes have pain there should I have to get surgery for it?

I have sliding hiatal hernia and sometimes have pain there should I have to get surgery for it?

Not likely surgery: A sliding hiatal hernia is not unusual at all. In a young person like you it is somewhat unlikely to be the cause of pain. It depends also on how large the hiatal hernia is. Recommend you see a surgeon who is well familiar with this type of surgery to get a more definitive opinion. Ultimately try to not eat too close to goin to bed and chew your food well. ...Read more

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Hi can a small sliding hiatal hernia get bigger and worse with time? Anything to avoid for it not to get bigger? No heartburn, GERD anything yet. Help

Hi can a small sliding hiatal hernia get bigger and worse with time? Anything to avoid for it not to get bigger? No heartburn, GERD anything yet. Help

Lot's of people...: ...have hiatal hernias, whether detected by x-ray or endoscopy. Most are sliding type & appear intermittently, requiring no intervention especially when small. Pls call your doctor & ask him/her your question to get a most accurate response re: hernia size as well its reducibility. Some hiatal hernias, like large paraesophageal ones, carry potentially great concern, but yours is symptom-free. ...Read more

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I have a good size hiatal hernia, with peptic ulcers. Can this cause me to get chills an body aches only at night almost every night.

I have a good size hiatal hernia, with peptic ulcers. Can this cause me to get chills an body aches only at night almost every night.

Doubtful: The hiatal hernia and the peptic ulcers are unlikely to give you night chills and aches. Are you being treated medically for your ulcers? If not then you could certainly have complications from them, but they would not present as you have described. Best to see your doc. ...Read more

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I have hiatal hernia/gerd (good diet +nexium 40mg).Was cleared by 2 cardiologists (ecg, echo...), but every night I get tight chest/breathing diff. Why?

I have hiatal hernia/gerd (good diet +nexium 40mg).Was cleared by 2 cardiologists (ecg, echo...), but every night I get tight chest/breathing diff. Why?

Hernia?: It could be the hernia if it is a large one and slides into the chest specially when laying down or eating a large meal. Hard to tell without seeing the studies done. Mention this to your doctor. ...Read more

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How do you treat a sliding hiatal hernia in a 15 year old?

How do you treat a sliding hiatal hernia in a 15 year old?

Consult your doc: Medical management with PPI and antacids help.
Diet management helps too.
Consider a Gastro referral and opinion regarding surgery if very symptomatic in spite of medical management. ...Read more

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I have a sliding hiatal hernia (from Ehler's Danlos) and have been nauseated all day. If it doesn't go away by tomorrow can I wait until Monday?

I have a sliding hiatal hernia (from Ehler's Danlos) and have been nauseated all day. If it doesn't go away by tomorrow can I wait until Monday?

Hydrate: Try to keep liquids down. If you can't drink, you should seek medical attention to receive hydration. You may need to have this repaired if it causes obstruction frequently. Try to stand and stretch to reduce the stomach back into the abdominal cavity. If you can keep enough liquids down, it can wait unt Monday. ...Read more

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Could hiatal hernia get smaller?

Could hiatal hernia get smaller?

No: Hiatal hernias don't resolve. Fortunately, most do not cause symptoms or problems. They often enlarge with time, but not always. ...Read more

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Is it ok to lift weights with a small sliding hiatal hernia?

Is it ok to lift weights with a small sliding hiatal hernia?

Yes: Yes just breathe well and try not to hold your breath while straining ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with a 2cm hiatal hernia. Can my hiatal hernia get bigger?

Hiatal hernia: The amount of symptoms present from a hiatal hernia is much more important than its size. Although it is possible to get bigger, it is not important unless the symptoms are getting worse. The primary treatment for a hiatal hernia is medication for acid reflux. Surgery is not recommended unless symptoms are not controllable. There is no need to recheck a hiatal hernia's size. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do to get my appetite back from having a hiatal hernia. Its been 2 weeks?

Is there anything I can do to get my appetite back from having a hiatal hernia. Its been 2 weeks?

Surgery?: Do you mean you had a hiatal hernia surgery and you want your appetite back. Or it have been two weeks since you discover you have a hiatal hernia and you have been taking the treatment and you are wondering when are you going to get your appetite back. Either way IUD you had surgery it take three months before you feel good and eat right. If you did not have surgery it is not normal see your DOC, ...Read more

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Can loosing weight get rid of my hiatal hernia?

Can loosing weight get rid of my hiatal hernia?

No: Losing weight will likely help symptoms of reflux. The hernia however will remain unless surgically corrected. ...Read more

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Can you get pain between your shoulder blades from gerds? I also have a small hiatal hernia

Can you get pain between your shoulder blades from gerds? I also have a small hiatal hernia

Hernia: The discomfort you get from a hiatal hernia is usually pain in your upper abdomen or chest. If fact, we sometimes think someone is having pain from their heart when in fact it is heartburn from a hiatal hernia. ...Read more

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Female, 67, good health, no smoking or alcohol, can a small hiatal hernia grown or enlarge? Thank you

Hiatal Hernia: Hiatal hernias can come and go, get better (especially with weight loss), and can get worse (with time and age, weight gain, increased abdominal pressure). They can cause acid reflux, feeling full early, chest pain and even feeling short of breath). Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a hiatal hernia, am I more likely to get gastroesophageal cancer?

Very slightly: People with hiatal hernias usually have some gastroesophageal reflux (gerd). Gerd is a risk factor for esophageal cancer. That said, nearly half of the us population has gerd and esophageal cancer although slowly increasing, remains a very rare cancer. If you have reflux you should be followed by a primary care or gastroenterologist, but it is still very unlikely that you will develop cancer. ...Read more

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Sliding hiatal hernia treatment - why am I still having chest pain?

Sliding hiatal hernia treatment - why am I still having chest pain?

Not sure about ur Q: I am not clear on what u r asking. Did have surgery? If so, some chest pain is expected in first few wks. There are other possibilities, however and u need to call ur surgeon. ...Read more

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What's a good diet after tif procedure and hiatal hernia repair?

What's a good diet after tif procedure and hiatal hernia repair?

As tolerated: It's unclear why you would have a tif procedure and a hiatal hernia repair instead of the standard fundoplication and hernia repair, but either way, your diet should be as tolerated. If the food or beverage are difficult to swallow, or make gerd symtoms worse, avoid that in the future. ...Read more

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I get a single loud hiccup out of nowhere. Could that be caused by a hiatal hernia?

Not likely: Hiatal hernias are usually asymptomatic, and if symptomatic, usually just cause acid reflux. Your symptoms of eructation ardmore likely due to acid reflux, dysmotility of the esophagus (which can be caused by flexural or tramadol, or some sort of diaphragmatic spasm. ...Read more

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I am 40 just had a baby 5 months ago have a hiatal hernia and really bad acid reflux what would be a good diet to lose work?

I am 40 just had a baby 5 months ago have a hiatal hernia and really bad acid reflux what would be a good diet to lose work?

Reflux diet: Typical foods that are known to lower the pressure in the valve between the esophagus and stomach causing more reflux are citrus, caffeine, chocolate, red sauce, an red wine/alcohol. Weight loss is more of a calorie intake issue. Hiatal hernia is no problem unless it is large. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I believe that I have a hiatal hernia due to the symptoms I have, what can I do to get rid of it? Also, can I do regular exercise i.E. Gym work.

Not likely: Your gastric symptoms should be treated by medications to reduce acid in the stomach. Only severe hiatal hernia symptoms need surgical repair. Most of them can be managed by lifestyle changes (weight loss, cessation of tobacco and alcohol, regular exercise etc). Gym should be fine. Hopefully you have had an upper endoscopy and xray studies to make an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can Small sliding Hiatal Hernia rlly be reversed by exercises shown over the net.? No GERD symptoms at all. Jus scared it night grown in future? Ty.

Can Small sliding Hiatal Hernia rlly be reversed by exercises shown over the net.? No GERD symptoms at all. Jus scared it night grown in future? Ty.

No: First of all, don't worry about a small asymptomatic hiatal hernia. It is very common and does not require treatment. When you read about exercise and hiatal hernias it is to lose weight since obesity can be associated with hiatal hernias and GERD. Asymptomatic hiatal hernias are not treated, GERD symptoms are. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with 4mm umbilical hernia & sliding hiatal hernia. Is there any risk to have the operation for both same time three months later? Or urgent?

Either or: First there is no urgency to have an operation for either.
the treatment for hiatal hernia is not surgery.
90-95% of patient with hiatal hernia do not need or required surgery,
treatment is medical, mostly we treat the heartburn.
the other reason is very few qualify medically to have the surgery, you have to pass many motility test to be qualify otherwise the surgery will do more harm
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Is it possible to feel a hiatal hernia "pop"back into place? Get severe cramping for days stretching helps little until "pop" feeling then temp relief.

I don't think so: Hiatal hernias slide, not pop. Perhaps you have some displaced costal cartilage, which is normally present between the ribs and the sternum ("breast bone"). Hiatal hernias are very common and are usually assymptomatic, although heartburn and sometimes regurgitation may occur. Sometimes very large hernias of the stomach into the chest cavity may cause pressure and discomfort deep in the chest. ...Read more

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I have a 8mm nodule found in my endoscopy, as well as a hiatal hernia. Biopsy was taken and came back negative. Going for ultrasound next month. Cancer?

I have a 8mm nodule found in my endoscopy, as well as a hiatal hernia. Biopsy was taken and came back negative. Going for ultrasound next month. Cancer?

Very unlikely: A eight millimeter mass with a non-cancer pathology report is not something I would worry about. At your age without a personal of family history of bizarre tumors, I would stop worrying ...Read more

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Small hiatal hernia. I've had bad heartburn and chest pain. Uper abdominal pain adds well. I'm misserable. What could be going on? I'm in a lot of pain.

Small hiatal hernia. I've had bad heartburn and chest pain. Uper abdominal pain adds well. I'm misserable. What could be going on? I'm in a lot of pain.

Pain: If the pain is really bad go immediately to the nearest emergency room.
If it not too bad call your doctor for advice. Don't be surprised or mad if you are referred to the ER. ...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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How does one get hiatal hernia? Is it causes a fat belly pushes up there stomach...

Unknown: A hiatal hernia occurs when the opening in the diaphragm for the esophagus stretches out to larger than its normal size. Since there is a negative pressure in the chest, it can actually suck the stomach into the chest over a period of years. When enough stomach is in the chest, it can cause problems with swallowing, chest pain and pressure, ulcers, and anemia. Why this happens in some people compared to others is a mystery. ...Read more

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Have small hiatal hernia, been on protonix (pantoprazole) for past 2 months, still reflux. Can I get linx procedure. And would they be able to repair hernia w linx?

Likely: I recommend seeing a general surgeon who is both board certified and fellowship trained in MIS/foregut, and has experience implanting the LINX device. This consultation visit should give you a better idea for whether you would be a good candidate for this procedure ...Read more

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What are possible hiatal hernia surgery complications one could get?

What are possible hiatal hernia surgery complications one could get?

Multiple: Esophageal (swallowing pipe), stomach injury. Nerve injury leading to swallowing difficulty, spleen injury, liver injury, pneumothorax. ...Read more

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Hx of hiatal hernia. Gastric bypass 3 yrs ago. Can hernia get bigger afterwards?

Hx of hiatal hernia. Gastric bypass 3 yrs ago. Can hernia get bigger afterwards?

Hiatal hernia: Yes. Even if your hiatal hernia was repaired during your gastric bypass, it can occur again. An EGD or upper GI will show if you have one. ...Read more

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I have small hiatal hernia. No GERD symptoms or heartburn. What are the chances it will get bigger and give me symptoms? Ty

I have small hiatal hernia. No GERD symptoms or heartburn. What are the chances it will get bigger and give me symptoms? Ty

Hiatal Hernia: Hiatal hernia will slowly stretch and may give you symptoms. It may run in families. If your parents have GERD, then you may develop GERD. No need to do anything until you have symptoms. Hiatal hernias are easily fixed. ...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?

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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Scope showed sm sliding hiatal hernia. Symps persist after 6-8 months Nexium (esomeprazole) & domperidone. Do I need surgery? Worst-pain mid&rt upper ab, fullness alwa

Scope showed sm sliding hiatal hernia. Symps persist after 6-8 months Nexium (esomeprazole) & domperidone. Do I need surgery? Worst-pain mid&rt upper ab, fullness alwa

Perhaps: You need further work up, with a ph study to prove if you have signifigant reflux. Not all patients with hiatal hernias need surgery. If you do have reflux, with a hernia, and persistant symptoms despite medical therapy, and risk modification, than surgery would be adviseable. ...Read more

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Hernia (Definition)

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