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Hiatal Hernia Emergency Symptoms
2 drs suspect hiatal hernia. Appt w/gi not fr 3 wks. Pain under ribs, can't breathe deeply, no appetite, full after 2 bites. When is it an emergency?
Hiatal hernia: Assuming you have a hiatal hernia, it is an emergency when you develop any of the following: can't get liquids down, develop severe pain, have nausea or vomiting, chest pain, or shortness of breath. With large hiatal hernias, the stomach can slide into the chest and get twisted, or impair pulmonary function as well. ...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
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
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
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
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
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
Spirometer test show I have trouble getting air in not out. Could a hiatal hernia cause symptoms like this?
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?
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
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
Can I eat something that might bother my GERD symptoms in moderation? Will it make my hiatal hernia larger?
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
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
Diagnosed with hiatal hernia and gerd, gerd symptoms are not aggrivated by any food, so can I continue to eat the foods I like without damage?
It the quantity not the quality, so smaller more frequent meals.
If any food causes dyspepsia the discontinue it. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
I have a hiatal hernia and suffer migraines. Meds to treat the hernia symptoms (severe acid reflux) give me headaches. What are my other options?
Many antacids: To choose from so trial and error. Also PO antacids are available. ...Read more
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
How do I diagnose if I have GERD and possibly hiatal hernia or if it's anxiety causing this? The symptoms are clear but I want to find the root cause.
Impossible: You must realize that by not sharing your emotions with us it is impossible to answer your question. ...Read more
I have small hiatal hernia. No GERD symptoms or heartburn. What are the chances it will get bigger and give me symptoms? Ty
I am a 56-year-old woman newly diagnosed w/hiatal hernia. Omeprazole 20 mg controls my symptoms; can I still run and do yoga w/o making hernia worse?
Diagnosed small hiatal hernia and reflux. No ulcers or masses. Will celebrex (celecoxib) agravate reflux symptoms?
Egd 2 yrs ago: small hiatal hernia. Nexium (esomeprazole) & Prilosec no help. More and worse symptoms now. Possible strangulation of hernia?
No: A small hernia does not have the room to twist and cut off its blood supply which is the definition of strangulation. Antireflux meds frequently lose efficacy and either the dose has to be increased or switched to another one. A change in symptoms like this usually warrants a follow up egd. Consult with your doctor. ...Read more
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
Have severe sleep apnea, treated with cpap. I wonder if I have hiatal hernia;.could being full of gas when waking be a symptom? Could HH cause dizzynes
Hiatal hernia: It's possible. With Capp you are likely swallowing a great deal of forced air which can make you gassy and bloated but also force the stochastic up through the diaphragm and create hiatal hernia and reflux. May want to discuss with doctor pressure adjustment, biPAP, HOB elevation and anti-relic meds as well as weight loss. ...Read more