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Does exercise help with a hiatal hernia?

Does exercise help with a hiatal hernia?

Indirectly, at best.: A hiatal hernia, by definition, is an enlarged opening in the diaphragm muscle that separates the chest from abdominal cavity. It is often used interchangeably with gerd; while often both present, they are distinctly separate diseases. Exercise may indirectly help gerd by leading to weight loss but it will not improve the anatomical abnormality of a hiatal hernia. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more


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Can a acupuncture help with a hiatal hernia?

Can a acupuncture help with a hiatal hernia?

No: A hiatal hernia is an enlargement of the normal hole in the diaphragm muscle through which the esophagus passes to enter into the abdominal cavity. Acupuncture would have no effect on this anatomical abnormality. ...Read more

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Might doing crunches with additional weight cause a hiatus hernia?

Might doing crunches with additional weight cause a hiatus hernia?

Don't think so : It may exacerbate an existing weakness at the hiatus but i don't think it would "cause" it . A severe and sudden force, however, can cause traumatic hernias (car accident). ...Read more

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Can i exercise with a unilaterl inguinal hernia?

Can i exercise with a unilaterl inguinal hernia?

Yes, but it might : Cause pain or lead to incarceration. Definitive solution is surgical repair, after which you can resume your exercise program. In the meantime, avoid any exercise that strains your abdominal muscles. ...Read more

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How can an abdominal ventral hernia repair with a mesh end up with a hernia in ur stomack?

How can an abdominal ventral hernia repair with a mesh end up with a hernia in ur stomack?

Not related: Hernia in a stomach known as hiatal hernia is unrelated to abdominal ventral hernia. Venttal hernia is due to weakness in abdominal wall and hital hernia is a part of stomach herniating above the diaphragm. They are of several types and treatment is depending on the severity of symptoms. ...Read more

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Can i workout with an umblilical hernia?

Can i workout with an umblilical hernia?

Yes: Exercise is always good. You will notice the bulge may increase in size with straining. But, the bulge is not the hernia. The hernia is the hole that the bulge is coming through. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a hiatal hernia aswel as an umbilical hernia. I've been diagnosed with an umbilical, but also have symptoms of a hiatal hernia?

Is it possible to have a hiatal hernia aswel as an umbilical hernia. I've been diagnosed with an umbilical, but also have symptoms of a hiatal hernia?

Yes: You can have both a hiatal hernia and umbilical hernia. An umbilical hernia is a bulge through a defect in the abdominal wall at the belly button. A hiatal hernia occurs when part of the stomach goes up into the lower chest. Your symptoms could be due to reflux (gerd). You should see a surgeon, and he or she may perform an upper endoscopy (egd), depending on your symptoms. ...Read more

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Diagonzied with Hiatal Hernia ( 3cm) Grade A with reflux. Do not want to go for surgery.

Diagonzied with Hiatal Hernia ( 3cm) Grade A with reflux. Do not want to go for surgery.

Hiatal hernia: You may not like the idea but examination by a surgeon is very likely to result in a recommendation for surgical correction. If you don't follow through with this you are likely to get worse, not better. Sure, nobody likes surgery if not necessary but at the very least you should see a surgeon. ...Read more

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Need doctor's help! will intestinal blockage interfere with a hernia?

Need doctor's help! will intestinal blockage interfere with a hernia?

Other way around: A hernia can definitely lead to an intestinal blockage. That can be life threatening. ...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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I currently have a large, complicated paraesophageal hernia with no symptoms but want to exercise. Any physical and weight training restrictions?

I currently have a large, complicated paraesophageal hernia with no symptoms but want to exercise.  Any physical and weight training restrictions?

Unlike sliding: hiatal hernia which rarely incarcerates , paraesophageal hernia is more serious , any increase of intra-abdominal pressure may precipitate complications , those hernias should be fixed ( surgery ) as soon as possible . Speak to your surgeon . ...Read more

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23yo diagnosed with small hiatal hernia. No GERD symptoms. Will my hernia grow and give me future probs? Thank you.

23yo diagnosed with small hiatal hernia. No GERD symptoms. Will my hernia grow and give me future probs? Thank you.

Probably not: Odds are it won't get bigger, but its completely unpredictable and unavoidable. Live our life normally, and without regard to this. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Since Mona Lisa Touch helps with laxity will it also help with a moderate bladder prolapse?

Since Mona Lisa Touch helps with laxity will it also help with a moderate bladder prolapse?

Unlikely: MonaLisa Touch is a minimally invasive laser treatment for vaginal rejuvenation primarily used to relieve the symptoms associated with vaginal atrophy: burning, itching, dryness, and vaginal laxity. Bladder prolapse (cystocele) occurs due to weakening and stretching of the muscles and supportive tissues within the pelvis surrounding the vagina. IF severe and bothersome enough, requires surgery. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about laparoscopic anti reflux surgery for heartburn and or hiatal hernia?

Can you tell me about laparoscopic anti reflux surgery for heartburn and or hiatal hernia?

Laparoscopy: In general terms, the operation uses 5 small incisions, takes 2-4 hours depending on a variety if factors, is associated with a 1-2 night stay in the hospital, and a 1-2 week recovery period regarding postop pain. There is usually difficulty swallowing for 3-6 weeks afterward as well. Preop tests will determine if its right for you, and there will be occasional reflux afterward, but markedly improved. ...Read more

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Can you do abdominal exercises such as sit-ups, if you have a hiatal hernia?

Can you do abdominal exercises such as sit-ups, if you have a hiatal hernia?

Usually: A hiatal hernia is an enlargement of the hole in the diaphragm thru which the esophagus passes to enter into the abdomen. This usually causes no symptoms but may contribute to acid reflux if the stomach slides thru this hole into the chest. Theoretically, increased abdominal pressure, such as ab exercises, may accentuate this reflux; if so, this would cause heartburn at the time. ...Read more

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What is the best abdominal exercise for a person with umbilical hernia?

What is the best abdominal exercise for a person with umbilical hernia?

Control the hernia: You can do situps if you can hold your hernia in while you strain. Don't do traditional situps but modified version to reduce strain. Also an option is to have the hernia repaired, wait a few weeks for healing - and then do whatever you want! :) ...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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Is it okay to lift weights and do bodybuilding if you have a hiatal hernia with minimal symptoms?

See your doctor: A hiatus hernia is very common condition which usually does not cause symptoms or problems. If it does, you should be evaluated by your physician and she/he can frequently treat the problem effectively according to your symptoms. ...Read more

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I have a hiatal hernia with chronic gerd. Can anti-depressants help with gerd? If so, what anti-depressant and dosage would you recommend? Thanks!

I have a hiatal hernia with chronic gerd.  Can anti-depressants help with gerd?  If so, what anti-depressant and dosage would you recommend?  Thanks!

GERD treatment: I would suggest trying a proton pump inhibitor before trying an anti-depressant. If you have gerd that doesn't go away with acid blocking medication, it may be an indicator of a more serious condition. A consultation with a GI doctor or a surgeon who performs fundoplications may be indicated. ...Read more

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

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Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

A condition that occurs when part of the stomach bulges into the chest. It can cause severe ...Read more