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Can you have a hiatial hernia without abdominal swelling?

Can you have a hiatial hernia without abdominal swelling?

Yes: Sliding hiatal hernias are the most common of the hernias that occur around the lower esophagus and are commonly associated with reflux. Clinically significant reflux can occur with or without a hiatal hernia and is usually the cause of the symptoms mistakingly attributed to the hernia. Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease(GERD) can also co-exist with other digestive diseases . GERD medications work. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining protrudes thru, creating a sac. Organs from within the abdominal cavity, such as the intestine, can protrude thru the hole and get stuck in the sac. Many hernias develop during fetal life and become evident in childhood or as an adult. Some develop following a prior abdominal operation. The cornerstone ...Read more


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I have a hiatal hernia. Does it cause knots in the upper stomach under the ribs?

I have a hiatal hernia. Does it cause knots in the upper stomach under the ribs?

Might feel like knot: Your hiatal hernia might feel like a knot under your ribs due to pressure. Keep a diary of your symptoms, knot, pressure, acid in your throat and mouth. Add to your diary when and what you ate, to see how eating affects your symptoms. Your diary will help your doc decide your best therapy. Most hiatal hernias are small and manageable with diet, medical therapy and scope/egd. ...Read more

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How does one get hiatal hernia? Is it causes a fat belly pushes up there stomach...

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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Can a stomach biopsy tell the cause for your hiatal hernia?

Can a stomach biopsy tell the cause for your hiatal hernia?

Unrelated !: A hiatal hernia is a very specific but very common bulge of the stomach through the hiatus of the diaphragm (the opening in the diaghragm through which the esophagus in the chest cavity connects to the stomach in the abdominal cavity). Most of the time hiatal hernias are small, recurrent, but are not fixed in place. Mucosal biopsy of stomach is of no use in identifying why a hiatal hernia exists. ...Read more

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Can severe abdominal bloating be caused by a hiatal hernia.. Much worse @ night. Haven't slept much in weeks! already been diagnosed with the hernia.

Can severe abdominal bloating be caused by a hiatal hernia.. Much worse @ night. Haven't slept much in weeks! already been diagnosed with the hernia.

Abdominal pain: This could be related to your gallbladder, gerd, irritable bowel or other GI issues. Less commonly you could have a twist in the stomach related to your hernia depending on the type or if its paraesophageal you should start with an appointment at your pcp and then have imaging performed and or see a GI physician or surgeon. ...Read more

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I had upper GI surgeon said some inflammation in stomach and the hiatal hernia. Can hernia cause pain?

I had upper GI surgeon said some inflammation in stomach and the hiatal hernia.  Can hernia cause pain?

Yes: Typically however only large hiatal hernias, also called paraesophageal hernias cause pain. Could be the gastritis causing the pain. May want to see a gastroenterologist as well. ...Read more

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Can a hiatal hernia cause pain and fullness under your sternum or breastbone right where your upper abdomen begins center of your ribcage ?

Hiatal hernia: A hiatal hernia may cause pain there, however heart disease, gallbladder disease and stomach may also cause issues. You should seek the help of a primary care physician to see if you need a gastroenterologist or cardiologist or surgeon. ...Read more

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Had stomach balloon, removed after 6 weeks didn't tolerate, am short of breath for 1 month, been diagnosed hiatal hernia no scans done, can hh cause that?

Had stomach balloon, removed after 6 weeks didn't tolerate, am short of breath for 1 month, been diagnosed hiatal hernia no scans done, can hh cause that?

PUlmonary embolism: You had an operation on your stomach. It was operated on and taken down. If you are short of breath and obese a pulmonary embolism should be considered. You may have had a dvt. The doctors will evaluate you. An elevated d dimer. Hope this helps. It could be many things. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more