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Can inguinal or femoral hernias cause indigestion?

Can inguinal or femoral hernias cause indigestion?

Unlikely: Most of the times hernia (s) will not cause any symptoms except occasional pain, but when it gets incarcerated is an emergency, will have severe pain, can not be pushed inside requiring emergency surgery. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Heartburn (Definition)

A painful burning sensation in the esophagus, just below or behind the breastbone. The pain often rises in your chest and may radiate to ...Read more


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Have a very large hital hernia get heartburn/indigestion/bring up food everyday doc said I have to live with it. Is this right? It hurts a lot

Have a very large hital hernia get heartburn/indigestion/bring up food everyday doc said I have to live with it. Is this right? It hurts a lot

Not correct: Hiatal hernia and reflux in the long term carries a risk for barrett's esophagitis which is precancerous, surgery is effective and most of the time can be done laparoscopically with excellent long term results and prevention of the precancerous changes. ...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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Just had a gastroscopy and got diagnosed with a large hiatus hernia. What should I do? I get severe indigestion everyday & heartburn.

Just had a gastroscopy and got diagnosed with a large hiatus hernia. What should I do? I get severe indigestion everyday & heartburn.

SORRY, I RAN: Out of characters.! large hiatal hernias sometimes require surgical repair, depending on how severe your symptoms are despite appropriate treatment, and also these suckers can sometimes twist in your chest and cause an acute esophageal/gastric obstruction. Please keep in touch with your doctor, particularly if any treatment use is not producing 100% symptom resolution. ...Read more

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The past year everytime I eat doesn't matter what it is I get severe indigestion & diarrhea straight after, I have a hiatus hernia is this the cause?

The past year everytime I eat doesn't matter what it is I get severe indigestion & diarrhea straight after, I have a hiatus hernia is this the cause?

Unlikely: Your symptoms are not likely from a hiatal hernia. Typical hhs symptoms are heartburn and regurgitation. Indigestion could be a sign of dyspepsia or ulcers. A thorough evaluation is needed to help determine the cause of your symptoms. ...Read more

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16 year old male. 6'1 and 180 lbs. Healthy lifestyle. With Bipolar and anxiety/panic disorder. Indigestion issues, likelihood of hiatal hernia?

16 year old male. 6'1 and 180 lbs. Healthy lifestyle. With Bipolar and anxiety/panic disorder. Indigestion issues, likelihood of hiatal hernia?

Talk to your doctor: Indigestion issues could be due to your medication used to treat your Bipolar Disorder. Don't stop taking your medicine. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms. He or she will have to diagnose your condition to determine appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I have had Upper GI, ultra sound, pain upper left side. Lots of indigestion, clearing throat and cough. Doctor found Hitnal hernia and maybe a nerve?

I have had Upper GI, ultra sound, pain upper left side. Lots of indigestion, clearing throat and cough. Doctor found Hitnal hernia and maybe a nerve?

Hiatal hernia: Sx u are describing sound like hiatal hernia wth reflux.This is when portion of stomach pooches thru the hole in diaphragm where your esophagus would normally be. When this happens food and stomach acid can wash up the esophagus and go into the lungs, esp when lying down. This causes coughing, choking and of course indigestion. Best to eat small meals and not to eat late at nite, ask MDfor antacid. ...Read more

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What does a hiatal hernia have to do with heartburn?

Increased reflux: A hiatal hernia occurs when a portion of the stomach pushes up through the diaphragm and enters the chest. The negative pressure in the chest during the inspiratory part of breathing increases acid reflux into the esophagus and worsens the symptoms of heartburn. ...Read more

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Do small hiatus hernia (2cm) usually grow larger? No heartburn, no gerd at all.

Do small hiatus hernia (2cm) usually grow larger? No heartburn, no gerd at all.

Do HH grow?: Hello~ yes over a long period of they tend to get larger depending on whether they are "sliders" or "rollers" the latter tending to enlarge earlier. Thanks ...Read more

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I have a small hiatus hernia. No gerd or heartburn at all. Shud I be worried? Scared to go gym and do weights as it could worsen it? Thanks

I have a small hiatus hernia. No gerd or heartburn at all. Shud I be worried? Scared to go gym and do weights as it could worsen it? Thanks

Hiatal hernia: A small asymptomatic hiatal hernia is of no clinical significance at all. You do not need to limit your workouts in any way. If you start having symptoms of acid reflux, try antacids. If they do not work, then see your doctor, Good luck. ...Read more

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Ihad endoscopy 3yrsago results h hernia and Gerd I take omeprzl20 daily once Istop 3days later heartburn returns is it normal to be alwys on omeprzl?

Ihad endoscopy 3yrsago results h hernia and Gerd I take omeprzl20 daily once Istop 3days later heartburn returns is it normal to be alwys on omeprzl?

GERD: It is not unusual for patients who have Gerd to have recurrent symptoms when they are not taking medication to control the acidity in their stomach. Most people do fine on medication, with usually no long-term side effects. If you have any problems while on the medication, see your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have started experiencing recent heartburn, chest pain, and a palpable marble-like knot near the hiatus, below the zyphoid process. Can hernias be hard like a marble?

I have started experiencing recent heartburn, chest pain, and a palpable marble-like knot near the hiatus, below the zyphoid process. Can hernias be hard like a marble?

Not usually: If it's painless and permanent, it needs attention. If it hurts, it needs attention. If it's painless and temporary, you may just be feeling a muscle spasm or, if you're really thin, your colon. You can't feel a hiatal hernia - it's a radiographic or egd diagnosis. ...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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Small hiatus hernia. No GERD, heartburn. What are the chances of this gettin bigger with time and give me symptoms? Anything to do to prevent HH? Ty

Small hiatus hernia. No GERD, heartburn. What are the chances of this gettin bigger with time and give me symptoms? Anything to do to prevent HH? Ty

May not be a problem: Many people have hiatal hernias without ever having problems. Anything that increases your intraabdominal pressure a lot, such as doing strenuous activity or coughing a lot, or obesity, can cause the hernia to get bigger. Decreasing those activities will reduce your risk of symptoms. Once you have the hernia, you can't prevent it. It won't resolve on its own. ...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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Husband having pain in groin, side, and chest. Heartburn also. Weightlifter. Very physical and healthy eater. Hernia? Appendix?

Husband having pain in groin, side, and chest. Heartburn also. Weightlifter. Very physical and healthy eater. Hernia? Appendix?

Need exam: Maybe just sore muscles. In any case, there are some unrelated issues such as groin pain and reflux that are too much for a quick online answer. This is a perfect scenario for a primary care provider to sort out with a complete history and physical exam - if you can get him to go! A hernia usually has a lump. Doesn't sound dangerous though best of luck. ...Read more

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I hv sliding hiatus hernia with gerd, esophagitis la grade b, duodanitis. I don't have any symptom now like heartburn etc. Does it mean, medication NT rqr?

I hv sliding hiatus hernia with gerd, esophagitis la grade b, duodanitis. I don't have any symptom now like heartburn etc. Does it mean, medication NT rqr?

Stay on meds: I would use anti-acid producing medication until you know the damage to your esophagus heals. This means another endoscopy. If the esophagitis comes back after healing and stopping meds, may need to consider an anti-reflux procedure which could be done endoscopically or surgically. Hope this helps, and you have a merry christmas! ...Read more

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Can you tell me about laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery for heartburn/hiatal hernia?

Can you tell me about laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery for heartburn/hiatal hernia?

Yes: For hiatal hernia, the stomach is brought back into the abdomen and the defect of the crus muscles around the esophagus are brought together and possible mesh reinforcement. For just reflux without the hernia, the stomach is wrapped around itself called a fundoplication. Best part is the symptoms are gone almost immediately. ...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 a hiatal hernia cause shortness of breathe, upper central chest/ back pain that come and go without heartburn?

Yes: Depending on how large your hiatal hernia is. If significant stomach reside within the chest through a large hiatal hernia you may experience pressure and chest discomfort. ...Read more

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Midline, upper abdominal discomfort. No heartburn/reflux medication seems to help. Could it be a hernia or gallbladder? What are the symptoms?

Midline, upper abdominal discomfort. No heartburn/reflux medication seems to help. Could it be a hernia or gallbladder? What are the symptoms?

Upper abdomen: Pain in the upper abdomen can be many things. Reflux is just one potential problem. Gallbladder disease, other stomach (gastric) problems such as ulcers or inflammation (gastritis), pancreatic problems, liver, etc. Are to be considered. Alcohol drinking, even in moderation can provide stomach problems, and antacids may not always help. You need to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Heartburn for years. PPI drugs don't help. Have small Hiatel hernia. CDiff 10 mnths ago. Morning heartburn and can't get rid of it. On 300mg of Zantac (ranitidine).

Heartburn for years. PPI drugs don't help. Have small Hiatel hernia. CDiff 10 mnths ago. Morning heartburn and can't get rid of it. On 300mg of Zantac (ranitidine).

Maybe just heartburn: ...But atypical chest pain especially in middle aged women is nothing to ignore. The potential origins may include: heart, lungs, mediastinum, esophagus (due to dysmotility disorders, gastroparesis, biliary/pancreatic trouble, and/or non-acid reflux), musculoskeletal, pericardium (sac around the heart), pleuritis, bronchiitis, or referred pain from a remote site. Further evaluation is warranted. ...Read more

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Vomiting heartburn digestion problems maybe appendix hernia ulcer?

Possibilities: With the symptoms you've described, appendicitis is unlikely. More likely are a hiatal hernia or an ulcer. Avoid alcohol, spicy foods, and stay upgright (don't lay flat) 2 hours after eating. You can also try some over the counter antacids. If your symptoms persist you should see your doctor as an upper endoscopy might be informative. ...Read more

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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Indigestion (Definition)

Indigestion = Difficulty ...Read more