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Doctor insights on: Hiatal Hernia Caused By Stress

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Does stress cause my hiatal hernia to act up?

Does stress cause my hiatal hernia to act up?

Maybe: Depends on what you mean by "act up". Stress does tend to exacerbate many symptoms, and be a cause of ulcers in the stomach. If the symptoms are severe, see your primary care provider for more information, possible testing, or referral to a gastroenterologist and/or surgeon. And don't forget to not "sweat the small stuff. And it's all small stuff". Hope this helps! ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Pain in left arm and left side of chest. Have done stress and other heart tesrs. Results great. I have a hiatal hernia. Could this be the cause?

Pain in left arm and left side of chest. Have done stress and other heart tesrs. Results great. I have a hiatal hernia. Could this be the cause?

Symptoms: Superficially it sounds like low probability of cardiac cause of your symptoms tho' your doctor ordering these studies should be better able to advise you. There are many causes possible for arm/chest symptoms and hiatal hernia is a chest possibility but lower probablity for left arm pain. ...Read more

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Does a hiatal hernia cause armpit pain and chest pain? I have had stress test and a lot of heart work and eveything came back good

Does a hiatal hernia cause armpit pain and chest pain? I have had stress test and a lot of heart work and eveything came back good

Can cause chest pain: Hiatal hernis is a protrusion of the stomach into the chest. The stomach goes behind the heart. You can get gas trapping and pressure sensation in the chest but not usually the armpit. If a cardiac work up was negative would get GI workup. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with GERD hiatal hernia (maybe also asthma) 3 months ago, I am also v stressed. Could it be all from stress or worse from it?

I have been diagnosed with GERD hiatal hernia (maybe also asthma) 3 months ago, I am also v stressed. Could it be all from stress or worse from it?

Relux workup: Although stress plays an important role in our health, gastroesophageal reflux (gerd) disease is caused from numerous factors. Some to consider: alcohol and tobacco use, diet, anatomy (hiatal hernia), obesity, and medications. Work up with endocsopy, ph (acid test) probe, xrays (upper gi), and possible manometry (pressure tests) are necessary. Treatment begins with medication and lifestyle change. ...Read more

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Is there any way other than surgery to stop the heart attack mimicing pain of a hiatal hernia heart has been cleared by cardiologist echo/ stress?

Is there any way other than surgery to stop the heart attack mimicing pain of a hiatal hernia heart has been cleared by cardiologist echo/ stress?

Potentially: Use of acid blockers could help relieve some symptoms of heart burn. If your chest pain is due to the orientation of the stomach in the chest then nothing will help until the mechanical problem gets addressed with surgery. Get a couple of opinions from surgeons who do this surgery routinely to have an idea of whether surgery is warranted. ...Read more

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I think my breathing problems and post nasal drip was all from a hiatal hernia not asthma. What are the cures for a hiatal hernia from stress/anxiety?

I think my breathing problems and post nasal drip was all from a hiatal hernia not asthma. What are the cures for a hiatal hernia from stress/anxiety?

Hiatal hernia: A hiatal hernia associated with gerd, reflux of stomach contents up your esophagus, can cause cough, aspiration pneumonia, asthma like pulmonary problems. You have choice about next step in care. You may benefit from medical care, further testing, egd. Surgery only after good medical care. Start with your regular doc. Be well. ...Read more

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What causes a tortuous esophagus if its not a hiatal hernia?

What causes a tortuous esophagus if its not a hiatal hernia?

Motility disorder: It could be a motility disorder such as distal (formerly diffuse) esophageal spasm or a nutcracker esophagus. High resolution Manometry is the test to find out. A small tube is placed into the esophagus and you swallow water 10 times. It measures the valve pressures and the coordination and strength of the muscle contractions. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What causes hiatal hernia?

Stretched diaphragm: There is normally a hole in the diaphragm through which passes the esophagus. The diaphragm separates the abdominal and chest cavities, and the chest cavity is like a vacuum. When the normal opening stretches out and becomes large enough, the stomach gets "sucked" into the chest slowly. Why some get this and others don't is largely a mystery. ...Read more

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What causes a hiatal hernia?

What causes a hiatal hernia?

Unknown: The hiatus is the normal hole in the diaphragm muscle thru which the esophagus passes to go from the chest to the abdominal cavity. A hiatal hernia is an enlargement of this opening thru which the stomach can slip up into the chest. This is found in 15% of people & rarely causes symptoms. It is unclear if this develops before birth and/or develops in response to elevated abdominal pressure. ...Read more

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Can a hiatal hernia cause nausea?

Unlikely: Hiatal hernias do not usually cause symptoms. In some cases, though, hiatal hernias cause stomach acid to leak into the esophagus. This is called acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux, and it can cause symptoms, including:

●burning in the chest, known as heartburn
●burning in the throat or an acid taste in the throat
●stomach or chest pain
●trouble swallowing ●a raspy voice or a sore throat. ...Read more

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Does hiatal hernia cause chest pain?

Does hiatal hernia cause chest pain?

It can: Large hiatal hernias, known as paraesophageal hernias, can cause chest pain, and the feeling there is a balloon inside that needs to burst. They can also cause difficulty eating, weight loss, and anemia, and sometimes heartburn and vomiting. Small hiatal hernias do not cause pain. An upper GI contrast study can tell the difference. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can a hiatal hernia cause constipation?

Not likely: Hiatal hernias cause heartburn and regurgitation and other swallowing issues but not constipation. ...Read more

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What causes an irregular z-line other than barrett's esophagus or a hiatal hernia?

Normal variation: The z-line, where the esophagus lining connects to the stomach lining varies quite a bit from person to person. Not everyone has a straight circle -- that's why it's called the "z"-line, because an irregular border is normal. Some things that can make it more abnormal could be reflux of bile or acid into the esophagus, poor esophageal squeezing, or just a normal variation. Good health! ...Read more

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Docs, could a small hiatal hernia caused by being overweight go away once the weight is lost?

Docs, could a small hiatal hernia caused by being overweight go away once the weight is lost?

No: Short answer is no, but small hiatal hernias are usually asymptomatic, and not dangerous anyway. Large hiatal hernias can be dangerous, and sometimes require surgical repair. Weight loss could help a small one from becoming a large one. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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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.

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. ...Read more

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I have a medium hiatal hernia. The only problem it seems to cause me is globus. Ideas/tips for easing globus or for trying to correct/improve hernia?

I have a medium hiatal hernia. The only problem it seems to cause me is globus. Ideas/tips for easing globus or for trying to correct/improve hernia?

Hiatal hernia: The hiatal hernia can be safely observed. If it ever becomes large (paraesophageal hernia), it will likely take 20 years or more, and is unlikely to happen. The globus sensation (something sticking in throat) is poorly understood, and not treatable, but also not dangerous. Try keeping a log of what makes it worse, and avoid those food items. Hope this helps! ...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 get a single loud hiccup out of nowhere. Could that be caused by a hiatal hernia?

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. ...Read more

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Why might a small hiatal hernia cause pain and pressure a few hours after sleeping/laying down? Pls don't say it won't because it does.

Pressure: If gastric contents begin pushing up then there can be more reflux which will cause burning and pain. If you sit up and take something like Tums (calcium carbonate) and note an improvement in you symptoms this further supports your belief. ...Read more

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Does hiatal hernia cause shortness of breath?

Does hiatal hernia cause shortness of breath?

Asthma-like symptoms: Some people with hiatal hernias may develop gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd), which usually causes heartburn. With severe gerd, stomach acid can reflux all the way up the esophagus and then down the trachea, causing asthma-like symptoms. ...Read more

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How can a hiatal hernia cause shortness of breath?

Inreased Pressure: If you have a large abdominal content protuding thru the opening of the diaphram this may redue the capacity of the lung to expand causing shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Can a hiatal hernia cause nausea after eating?

Nausea: Nausea is a non specific symptom with multiple causes, dehydration, bad gallbladder, hernia, and yes hiatal hernia. Nausea after eating is one of the bad gallbladder symptoms. Okay to get evaluated by your regular doc, ask for imaging, gallbladder ultrasound. In the meantime stay on a low fat diet and increase your oral hydration. Be well. ...Read more

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Can hiatal hernia cause shortness of breath on stairs?

Can hiatal hernia cause shortness of breath on stairs?

Maybe: Small hiatal hernias usually cause problems related to reflux disease if they cause anything at all. Large hiatal hernias, also known as Paraesophageal hernias, can cause shortness of breath. They can also cause intermittent chest pain, early satiety, weight-loss, and anemia. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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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