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Doctor insights on: Can You Still Get Pregnant With A Hiatal Hernia

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Dr. Harinder Gill
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What should I expect with a hiatal hernia during my pregnancy?

What should I expect with a hiatal hernia during my pregnancy?

Hiatal hernia: You may not experience any symptoms from your hiatal hernia during your pregnancy. On the other hand, you may develop heartburn and reflux which is quite common in pregnancy. If you develop these symptoms, you can take Prilosec otc daily, or get a prescription for another proton pump inhibitor which is generally felt to be safe for pregnancy.

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What could cause or explain hiatal hernia in thin 28yr old female (never pregnant)? Is this common in young non obese women?

What could cause or explain hiatal hernia in thin 28yr old female (never pregnant)? Is this common in young non obese women?

Congenital: Hernias are unrelated to obesity and yes I see frequently young women with this problem but the incidence is higher in older patients.

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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?

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

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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.

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I have acid reflux and a newly found small hiatal hernia, if I am careful can I still shovel snow?

I have acid reflux and a newly found small hiatal hernia, if I am careful can I still shovel snow?

Yes: You can do all of your normal activities with a small hiatal hernia without fear of making it worse. It can enlarge over time, but this usually takes years, and is probably independent of your activity. There are obviously exceptions to every rule, but you should be ok to shovel snow.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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I have gone for my endoscopy test and result shows mild hiatal hernia. Can I still do strenuous exercise? Would it make it worse if I do?

I have gone for my endoscopy test and result shows mild hiatal hernia. Can I still do strenuous exercise? Would it make it worse if I do?

Yes: You can exercize but any increase in abdominal pressure (by straining while holding your breath) may exacerbate your reflux. So if you lift, breathe as you do so.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Hello. I had 2 surgeries in Nov / Dec 2013 for hiatal hernia repair. Why does back pains continue still mostly on left side?

Hello. I had 2 surgeries in Nov / Dec 2013 for hiatal hernia repair. Why does back pains continue still mostly on left side?

Why: My first question is why two surgeries did you have a complication from the first one and was any of them done laproscopically or not and what kind of complication if any. My other comment you might be experiencing GALLBLADDER problem if you still have it hiatal hernia surgery could cause or create a problem to the GB somtime

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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.

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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.

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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.

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