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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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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


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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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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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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 ?

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

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Can anxiety cause back and abdomen pain? I also have a hiatal hernia could this cause sharp chest pain? All heart test came back normal.

Can anxiety cause back and abdomen pain? I also have a hiatal hernia could this cause sharp chest pain? All heart test came back normal.

See below: Anxiety can have many effects on the body such as those you have described. Best to rule out conditions that can put you at an immediate health risk and then seek a psychiatry referral. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0003695/. ...Read more

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Can hiatal hernia cause visual peristalsis? If not, what can cause that? I have pain in stomach, heartburn, nausea, weight loss..

Can hiatal hernia cause visual peristalsis? If not, what can cause that? I have pain in stomach, heartburn, nausea, weight loss..

Pain, heartburn, .: The symptoms you describe indicates that you need to see your primary doctor sometime soon to try and determine the cause of your symptoms. Your doctor may need to refer you to a gastroenterologist. Don't delay too long! ...Read more

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Pain to (l) upper abdominal area radiating to back, nausea, lack of appetite, fatigue. diangosis with hiatal hernia, pa says not cause of pn. Hida scan norm?

Hiatal hernia: Your symptoms could be related to a hiatal hernia. The likelihood depends upon several factors: the size of the hernia, twisting of the stomach in the hernia, presence of associated inflammation or ulceration of the lining of the esophagus or stomach, or whether there are other organs involved with the hernia. A consultation with a surgeon with experience with hh repair would help. ...Read more

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I have a "small" hiatal hernia, and lately have had pain and swelling in the xiphoid process and around to my back.Could these be related?

I have a "small" hiatal hernia, and lately have had pain and swelling in the xiphoid process and around to my back.Could these be related?

Doubtful: The esophageal hiatus (the hole in the diaphragm through which the esophagus passes) can stretch out to allow some or all of the stomach to go into the chest is located just in front of the spine. It would not cause swelling near the xiphoid process. Maybe excess gas in the stomach or colon could cause that. It doesn't sound specific to any one diagnosis. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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If you have a paraesophegal hiatal hernia how long can it take for strangulation of the stomach to occur? What symptoms occur when/if this happens?

Suddenly: Strangulation of the stomach occurs as an acute event - sudden indent of pain, progressive, often associated with inability to swallow and wretching. It is very uncommon, but also unpredictable. See a general or thoracic surgeon with experience in laparoscopic paraesophageal hernia repair for a consultation. ...Read more

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How to decrease the size of my upper stomach from moderate hiatal hernia?

Other way around: The hiatal hernia does not cause a large abdomen, rather the other way around - obesity and overweight are risk factors for developing a hiatal hernia. If you have a hiatal hernia, you should see your physician about a weight reduction plan to see if this will help you reduce symptoms. In some cases where bariatric surgery is being done, the hiatal hernia can be fixed at the same time. ...Read more

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I have a umbilical hernia and hiatal hernia i havebpain on lower left side of stomAch, comes and goes should I worry.

I have a umbilical hernia and hiatal hernia i havebpain on lower left side of stomAch, comes and goes should I worry.

LOWER LEFT: SSIDE, PROBABLY NOT ASSOCIATED WITH BOTH HERNIAS.- UMBILICAL HERNIA IF LARGEB CAN E EASILY REPAIRED. HIATUS HERNIA MAY BE ASOCIATED WITH GERD(MEDS HELP) SEE PCP ...Read more

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I had hiatal hernia and my problem is 24x7 uncomfortable with stomach especially after food enters inside. I am disgusted and stopped all medicines an?

I had hiatal hernia and my problem is 24x7 uncomfortable with stomach especially after food enters inside. I am disgusted and stopped all medicines an?

Disgusted: That won't help you. Please discuss this with family and/or friends and together you can decide the doctor the family and friends recommend. A tough time but important. Please keep me posted. ...Read more

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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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Can an hiatal hernia be seen in an abdominal ultrasound?What else can be seen thru it?Thnks

Can an hiatal hernia be seen in an abdominal ultrasound?What else can be seen thru it?Thnks

Maybe: An ultrasound may be able to see a large hiatal hernia, but it's not a reliable test for that diagnosis. Ultrasound can see most organs in the abdomen, and help determine blood flow to some organs. Upper GI contrast study is better for hiatal hernia. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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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