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What is the likelihood of having shortness of breath AND cough from hiatal hernia?

What is the likelihood of having shortness of breath AND cough from hiatal hernia?

Could be: Cough and shortness of breath can be caused by many things, but a hiatal hernia can cause them by allowing stomach fluids to reflux into the esophagus and upper airway. However if you are severe shortness of breath you should seek medical attention right away. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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I have a hiatal hernia. The pain under my rib sometimes is a 10 and times like these only when I cough. I'm overweight and getting lap band in a month.

I have a hiatal hernia. The pain under my rib sometimes is a 10 and times like these only when I cough. I'm overweight and getting lap band in a month.

What is?: You have no specific questions but If I guess you wonder what is causing your pain Maybe several things but may be related to what you eat, the hiatal hernia is worsened by being overweight or wearing tight clothes. REduce any caffeine, tobacco and alcohol. ASk you doctor if you need any meds.
BEst wishes. ...Read more

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Can a hiatal hernia cause pain under left ribs& side? It hurts often but sometimes only when cough & I have a lump on each side of my ab muscles.

Can a hiatal hernia cause pain under left ribs& side? It hurts often but sometimes only when cough & I have a lump on each side of my ab muscles.

Possibly: Discomfort under the left rib cage may come from hiatal hernia but may also be due to other things such as gas entrapment in the upper left colon or even from pinched nerves in the rib cage or problem with the base of the left lung. It's best to have your physician examine and advise you, and if he/she feels it's advisable a referral to a gastroenterologist will be made. ...Read more

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I have a chronic cough, sometimes clear mucus comes our, I do have a hiatal hernia and occasionally some acid reflux. This normal? Do I have cancer?

I have a chronic cough, sometimes clear mucus comes our, I do have a hiatal hernia and occasionally some acid reflux. This normal? Do I have cancer?

Chronic cough: Can be triggered by acid reflux. Or allergy symptoms. Or smoking cigarettes or inhaling drugs. Or taking a blood pressure medicine (the ACE inhibitor class is especially guilty). Or cancer. But the first 3 are more common in your age group.

And no that is not normal. ...Read more

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I cough & clear my throat all the time., been scoped&doc can't find anything but a small hiatal hernia, should I see another doc?

I cough & clear my throat all the time., been scoped&doc can't find anything but a small hiatal hernia, should I see another doc?

2nd opinion: Your coughing and clearing your throat must bother you enough to write about it here so a second opinion would be warranted for piece of mind. Bring your records so as to get best advice. Hope it gets better. ...Read more

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What are the usual symptoms of a hiatal hernia?

What are the usual symptoms of a hiatal hernia?

Heartburn: Not all hiatal hernias are symptomatic, but can explain symptoms if present. Commonly have heartburn, sore throat in morning, maybe even chest pain (from esophagus). Gerd (reflux disease) may even make asthma worse. See your doctor. Treatment usually starts with acid-reducing meds, with further studies like endoscopy or radiograph ordered at your doctor's discretion. ...Read more

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Will losing weight reverse my hiatal hernia symptoms?

Will losing weight reverse my hiatal hernia symptoms?

It should help.: Hiatal hernia is used synonymously with gerd, although one may have one without the other. If you are referring to heartburn, yes, weight loss can usually improve symptoms. ...Read more

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I have a 2cm hiatal hernia no symptoms. Chances of it growing in the future?

I have a 2cm hiatal hernia no symptoms. Chances of it growing in the future?

Heartburn symptoms?: The size of the hernia is not as important as the presence of symptoms. It is very common to have a hiatal hernia without symptoms. In that setting there is not much cause for concern. Symptoms of reflux, heartburn, trouble swallowing, regurgitation, as well as other atypical symptoms. Weight gain, excessive straining, tight fitting clothes, are some of the reasons symptoms appear or worsen. ...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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What are the signs and symptoms of a hiatal hernia migraine?

What are the signs and symptoms of a hiatal hernia migraine?

Many: Typical symptoms of a hiatal hernia include the sensation food is stuck in the chest, intermittent chest pain and/or pressure, and feeling full quickly after eating. This is typocall for a large hernia, and can be diagnosed with an upper GI contrast study and/or upper endoscopy. The only treatment for a hiatal hernia is a surgical procedure. Small hernias typically don't cause symptoms. ...Read more

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What are hiatal hernia symptoms? Is chest pain possible

What are hiatal hernia symptoms? Is chest pain possible

Hiatal hernia: Hiatal hernia can be quite painful and you must see your doctor about this. Hiatal hernia should not cause chest pain and you must also bring this to your doctor. Don't wait too long to see your doctor. If he/she cannot fit you in soon please go to the Emergency Department. ...Read more

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Is extreme bloating a possible symptom of a hiatal hernia?

Is extreme bloating a possible symptom of a hiatal hernia?

Yes: Typically this would be due to large hiatal hernias also known as paraesophageal hernias. An upper GI contrast study can help with the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Help please! Is extreme bloating a symptom of a hiatal hernia?

Help please! Is extreme bloating a symptom of a hiatal hernia?

Maybe: Large hiatal hernias can cause extreme bloating often described as a pressure sensation in the lower chest and upper abdomen. These types of hiatal hernias are known as paraesophageal hernias, and when symptomatic, usually require repair. Hope this helps! ...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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Should I eat more lighter meals rather less heavy meals to lessen my hiatal hernia symptoms?

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Yes: Eating smaller, more frequent meals can improve your hiatal hernia symptoms. Keep a food diary to make sure you don't overeat. Also try to eat only at meals, and avoid empty calories in snacks. Lastly, try to avoid caffeine and alcohol, which can significantly worsen reflux symptoms. ...Read more

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Can I eat something that might bother my GERD symptoms in moderation? Will it make my hiatal hernia larger?

Can I eat something that might bother my GERD symptoms in moderation? Will it make my hiatal hernia larger?

It's up to you: There are no hard and fast rules. Eating something that gives you symptoms of gerd is your choice. If you want to avoid the symotoms then don't eat it. It certainly will not affect your hiatal hernia size. ...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.

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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I've been diagnosed with a Hiatal Hernia and Nutcracker Esophagus. How do I determine which is causing my symptoms?

I've been diagnosed with a Hiatal Hernia and Nutcracker Esophagus. How do I determine which is causing my symptoms?

Probably nutcracker: IF your symptom is chest pain, its probably the nutcracker. IF you have heartburn and/or regurgitation, its probably the lower esophageal sphincter. IF the her is is large (paraesophageal), the symptoms would be chest pressure and difficulty eating. There is much more info on this, and I hope this helps clarify a couple things or guide your own research. ...Read more

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I have a 2cm hiatal hernia I am 24 years old and underweight, I have symptoms since maybe 3 years. How can I know if its congenital or acquired?

I have a 2cm hiatal hernia I am 24 years old and underweight, I have symptoms since maybe 3 years. How can I know if its congenital or acquired?

See below: Most congenital hiatal hernias are diagnosed before or shortly after birth and frequently present dramatically. There are some that do not present until adulthood. The actual location in the diaphragm is sometimes another way to help differentiate. Discuss with your doctor for further details. ...Read more

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I believe that I have a hiatal hernia due to the symptoms I have, what can I do to get rid of it? Also, can I do regular exercise i.E. Gym work.

Not likely: Your gastric symptoms should be treated by medications to reduce acid in the stomach. Only severe hiatal hernia symptoms need surgical repair. Most of them can be managed by lifestyle changes (weight loss, cessation of tobacco and alcohol, regular exercise etc). Gym should be fine. Hopefully you have had an upper endoscopy and xray studies to make an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can Small sliding Hiatal Hernia rlly be reversed by exercises shown over the net.? No GERD symptoms at all. Jus scared it night grown in future? Ty.

Can Small sliding Hiatal Hernia rlly be reversed by exercises shown over the net.? No GERD symptoms at all. Jus scared it night grown in future? Ty.

No: First of all, don't worry about a small asymptomatic hiatal hernia. It is very common and does not require treatment. When you read about exercise and hiatal hernias it is to lose weight since obesity can be associated with hiatal hernias and GERD. Asymptomatic hiatal hernias are not treated, GERD symptoms are. ...Read more

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Cesarean 5wks ago & sometimes have pressure middle of my chest when I'm laying down no other symptoms can it be Hiatal Hernia?

Cesarean 5wks ago & sometimes have pressure middle of my chest when I'm laying down no other symptoms can it be Hiatal Hernia?

The Heinous Hiatus: Yeah, maybe. You might have had a small one before pregnancy that got worse and now you are feeling the consequences. But, you should have had some symptoms during pregnancy, but maybe you thought it was just being pregnant. Anyways, you'll need a doctor for this. Until you see one, eat smaller meals, not late at night, use some pillows if you can, and antacids and avoid greasy or acidic foods. ...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

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