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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...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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What is the likelihood of having shortness of breath AND cough from hiatal hernia?

What is the likelihood of having shortness of breath AND cough from hiatal hernia?

Could be: Cough and shortness of breath can be caused by many things, but a hiatal hernia can cause them by allowing stomach fluids to reflux into the esophagus and upper airway. However, if you are severe shortness of breath you should seek medical attention right away. ...Read more

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I have a hiatal hernia. The pain under my rib sometimes is a 10 and times like these only when I cough. I'm overweight and getting lap band in a month.

I have a hiatal hernia. The pain under my rib sometimes is a 10 and times like these only when I cough. I'm overweight and getting lap band in a month.

What is ?: You have no specific questions but If I guess you wonder what is causing your pain Maybe several things but may be related to what you eat, the hiatal hernia is worsened by being overweight or wearing tight clothes. REduce any caffeine, tobacco and alcohol. ASk you doctor if you need any meds.
BEst wishes. ...Read more

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I have a chronic cough, sometimes clear mucus comes our, i do have a hiatal hernia and occasionally some acid reflux. This normal? Do I have cancer?

I have a chronic cough, sometimes clear mucus comes our, i do have a hiatal hernia and occasionally some acid reflux. This normal? Do I have cancer?

Chronic cough: Can be triggered by acid reflux. Or allergy symptoms. Or smoking cigarettes or inhaling drugs. Or taking a blood pressure medicine (the ACE inhibitor class is especially guilty). Or cancer. But the first 3 are more common in your age group.

And no that is not normal. ...Read more

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I cough & clear my throat all the time., been scoped&doc can't find anything but a small hiatal hernia, should I see another doc?

I cough & clear my throat all the time., been scoped&doc can't find anything but a small hiatal hernia, should I see another doc?

2nd opinion : you're coughing and clearing your throat must bother you enough to write about it here so a second opinion would be warranted for piece of mind. Bring your records to get the best advice. Hope it gets better. ...Read more

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What causes hiatal hernia?

What causes hiatal hernia?

Stretched diaphragm : There is normally a hole in the diaphragm through which passes the esophagus. The diaphragm separates the abdominal and chest cavities, and the chest cavity is like a vacuum. When the normal opening stretches out and becomes large enough, the stomach gets "sucked" into the chest slowly. Why some get this and others don't be largely a mystery. ...Read more

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What causes a hiatal hernia?

What causes a hiatal hernia?

Unknown: The hiatus is the normal hole in the diaphragm muscle thru which the esophagus passes to go from the chest to the abdominal cavity. A hiatal hernia is an enlargement of this opening thru which the stomach can slip up into the chest. This is found in 15% of people & rarely causes symptoms. It is unclear if this develops before birth and/or develops in response to elevated abdominal pressure. ...Read more

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

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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Can a hiatal hernia be caused by givng birth to a baby?

Can a hiatal hernia be caused by givng birth to a baby?

No: Gravid uterus may aggravate it but will not cause it. ...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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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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Does hiatal hernia cause chest pain?

Does hiatal hernia cause chest pain?

It can: Large hiatal hernias, known as paraesophageal hernias, can cause chest pain, and the feeling there is a balloon inside that needs to burst. They can also cause difficulty eating, weight loss, and anemia, and sometimes heartburn and vomiting. Small hiatal hernias do not cause pain. An upper GI contrast study can tell the difference. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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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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Docs, could a small hiatal hernia caused by being overweight go away once the weight is lost?

Docs, could a small hiatal hernia caused by being overweight go away once the weight is lost?

No: Short answer is no, but small hiatal hernias are usually asymptomatic, and not dangerous anyway. Large hiatal hernias can be dangerous, and sometimes require surgical repair. Weight loss could help a small one from becoming a large one. Hope this helps! ...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 than likely not caused by your hiatal hernia. ...Read more

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I have a medium hiatal hernia. The only problem it seems to cause me is globus. Ideas/tips for easing globus or for trying to correct/improve hernia?

I have a medium hiatal hernia. The only problem it seems to cause me is globus. Ideas/tips for easing globus or for trying to correct/improve hernia?

Hiatal hernia: The hiatal hernia can be safely observed. If it ever becomes large (paraesophageal hernia), it will likely take 20 years or more, and is unlikely to happen. The globus sensation (something sticking in throat) is poorly understood, and not treatable, but also not dangerous. Try keeping a log of what makes it worse, and avoid those food items. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Does hiatal hernia cause shortness of breath?

Does hiatal hernia cause shortness of breath?

Asthma-like symptoms: Some people with hiatal hernias may develop gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd), which usually causes heartburn. With severe gerd, stomach acid can reflux all the way up the esophagus and then down the trachea, causing asthma-like symptoms. ...Read more

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How can a hiatal hernia cause shortness of breath?

Inreased Pressure: If you have a large abdominal content protuding thru the opening of the diaphram this may redue the capacity of the lung to expand causing shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Can a hiatal hernia cause nausea after eating?

Can a hiatal hernia cause nausea after eating?

Nausea: Nausea is a non-specific symptom with multiple causes, dehydration, bad gallbladder, hernia, and yes hiatal hernia. Nausea after eating is one of the bad gallbladder symptoms. Okay to get evaluated by your regular doc, ask for imaging, gallbladder ultrasound. In the meantime stay on a low fat diet and increase your oral hydration. Be well. ...Read more

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Can hiatal hernia cause shortness of breath on stairs?

Can hiatal hernia cause shortness of breath on stairs?

Maybe: Small hiatal hernias usually cause problems related to reflux disease if they cause anything at all. Large hiatal hernias, also known as Paraesophageal hernias, can cause shortness of breath. They can also cause intermittent chest pain, early satiety, weight-loss, and anemia. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Does stress cause my hiatal hernia to act up?

Does stress cause my hiatal hernia to act up?

Maybe: Depends on what you mean by "act up". Stress does tend to exacerbate many symptoms, and be a cause of ulcers in the stomach. If the symptoms are severe, see your primary care provider for more information, possible testing, or referral to a gastroenterologist and/or surgeon. And don't forget to not "sweat the small stuff. And it's all small stuff". Hope this helps! ...Read more

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

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

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