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Hiatal Hernia Drinking Beer
Diagnosed hiatal hernia and gerd. Alcohol does not aggravate my symptoms, does this mean I can have a drink at the weekend without damage? Taking PPI
Pain in right middle back by spine, 1 inch below shoulder blade. Swallowing food or drink seems to irritate it. Endoscopy only hiatal hernia. Ideas?
Please explain these findings : Mildly delayed peristalsis. And Small reduced hiatal hernia. When I eat I always feel food stuck in middle of the way and causes pain there (felt in the back) and the need to stop and drink water, with difficulty swal?
Had a normal endoscopy with slight hiatal hernia. So why does my stomach burn and feel irritated for a day after drinking alcohol?
Whenever I drink/eat I feel like it won't pass right away having acid reflux some stomach pain have hiatal hernia should I be worried?
Everything I eat/drink makes my chest become tight and I notice my heart rate more. Could this be gas, a hiatal hernia or something else?
Maybe spasms: The first thing you must check is that your heart is ok. At 22 years of age, it almost certainly is. Esophageal spasms could easily be a cause of your symptoms, and this can be determined with an test called manometry, which involves a tube in your nose for 15' or so. Referral to a GI doctor should be considered. ...Read more
I am 34 and have a hiatal hernia. I drink alcohol occasionally. I watch my diet and exercise gas and bloating have increased. Why? Soothing remedies?
See your doctor: Increased gas and bloating are symptoms of malabsorption, generally. This can be multifactorial, i.e. Related to diet, stomach, gallbladder or pancreatic disease, or a host of other issues. Sometimes over the counter products containing mylicon can be of some help, but I would recommend a thorough evaluation with your primary doctor and perhaps upper endoscopy (egd). ...Read more
Lump in my throat. Constantly drinking water. What could this be. How can I treat it. I have acide reflux, hiatal hernia, stomach ulcer, anxiety.
Not dangerous: The sensation of something stuck in the throat is common, but poorly understood. It is often referred to as a "globus" sensation. Probably not related to your hiatal hernia or gerd. It is not dangerous at all. Anxiety could have something to do with it, but that can be difficult to control as well. See your pcp for more advice, but don't worry, it won't hurt you. ...Read more
Can drinking 9 beers cause permanent damage two weeks after open umbilical hernia repair due to bloating?
Not likely: You're not likely cause any damage from "bloating". Generally it's just not a good idea to drink nine beers in one setting ...Read more
Is it physically possible to ruin open umbilical hernia repair 2 1/2 weeks after surgery by drinking a large amount of beer for only one night?
Beer and hernia: 22 M asks if umbilical hernia breakdown could be cause by a large amount of beer 1 night. ANS: please define large. So if enough that u got drunk out of your mind and in a fight or lifting contest or arm wrestling contest vomited your guts up or stumbled down flight of stairs. So ask your designated driver or poor girlfriend what happened if you don't remember. Then review with your Dr. ...Read more
My sister has been diagnosed with a hiatal hernia. I am very worried about her as she regularly binge drinks and this often causes her to vomit.
Your age?: We cannot answer questions posted by minors. So please put your age in your profile If you are under 16 years of age, have an adult create an account and ask the question for you. Help keep us legal! Please do so and ask again and we'll be happy to help! ...Read more
Laparoscopic Surgery: A hiatal hernia is an enlargement of the normal hole in the diaphragm muscle thru which the esophagus passes to enter into the abdomen. A hiatal hernia may lead to gerd by virtue of the stomach yo-yo-ing up thru the hiatus into the chest. Surgical repair involves three key steps: return the stomach to the abdominal cavity, tighten the hole in the diaphragm, and create a new valve to rx reflux. ...Read more
X-RAY, Endoscopy, etc: A hiatal hernia is an enlargement of the hole in the diaphragm thru which the esophagus passes to enter the abdominal cavity. This commonly leads to the stomach "yo-yo-ing" up into the chest, which may cause gerd (reflux). This can be seen by ct scan and by upper endoscopy. ...Read more
Scope vs X-ray: There are multiple ways to make this diagnosis, but the most common ways are upper endoscopy (a camera inserted into your mouth and stomach) or some type of x-ray. Often you will drink a dye and have an "esophagram" test. Ct scans can often show large hiatal hernias as well, but may not show a small one. Talk to your doctor to see what's best for you. ...Read more
Complex: Hiatal hernia is a spectrum of disease from mild with no symptoms, to a severe, life threatening condition. Large hernias are also called paraesophageal, and can be associated with progressive symptoms of difficulty swallowing, sensation of food sticking in the lower chest, vomiting, chest pain/pressure, anemia, and weight loss. Consider a consult w/ an experienced laparoscopic surgeon if present. ...Read more
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
Essentially No: Unless the hernia is so large that nearly all the stomach is in the chest and a gastric volvulous occurs (rare) needing emergency surgery. Heartburn ; reflux symptoms are usually treated medically. Elective surgery for some situations. Be sure you see a doctor for the proper testing. ...Read more
Surgery isn't usually: Needed. Any time an internal body part pushes into an area where it doesn't belong, it's called a hernia. There are 2 types of hiatal hernias, sliding and paraesophageal. Many times there are no symptoms, other times symptoms can be heartburn secondary to gerd. In sliding hiatal hernias, no surgery would be indicated. In some cases in a paraesophageal hernia, surgery is needed, discuss with md. ...Read more
Hiatal surgery: If done laparoscopically usually not associated with major issues. Depends if it is a nissen fundoplication (full wrap) or a toilet (partial wrap) this is determined by manometry test and if the test is normal then can have full wrap. A condition called gastric bloat can occur if the wrap is to tight. Usually manifested as not being able to belch. This can be a problem needing surg. ...Read more