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Does exercise help with a hiatal hernia?

Does exercise help with a hiatal hernia?

Indirectly, at best.: A hiatal hernia, by definition, is an enlarged opening in the diaphragm muscle that separates the chest from abdominal cavity. It is often used interchangeably with gerd; while often both present, they are distinctly separate diseases. Exercise may indirectly help gerd by leading to weight loss but it will not improve the anatomical abnormality of a hiatal hernia.

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Is it possible to develop a hiatal hernia from exercise?

Not really: While exercise alone in rare circumstances may cause or make a hiatal hernia worse, there are many factors at play such as genetics, normal aging process, and medical conditions such as obesity that also may contribute.

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Am I able to do ab exercises if I have a hiatal hernia?

Am I able to do ab exercises if I have a hiatal hernia?

Of course: Just realize when you increase the pressure in your abdomen, you may increase the hh bulge, so if get a pain consistent with it, take a break (and maybe some tums) and let it pass. Will quickly find if anything specific triggers it to cause discomfort, and can modify workout accordingly. Still need good physical shape / activity, even with diagnosis. Good luck!

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Can you tell me if there are ab exercises I can do with my having a hiatal hernia?

Can you tell me if there are ab exercises I can do with my having a hiatal hernia?

Sure: Should be able to do all exercises with a hiatal hernia. Avoid eating several hours before exercise. Do not hold your breath and strain during exercises. Walking, stairs, running and swimming are also exercises that use the abdominal muscles too.

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I have gone for my endoscopy test and result shows mild hiatal hernia. Can I still do strenuous exercise? Would it make it worse if I do?

I have gone for my endoscopy test and result shows mild hiatal hernia. Can I still do strenuous exercise? Would it make it worse if I do?

Yes: You can exercize but any increase in abdominal pressure (by straining while holding your breath) may exacerbate your reflux. So if you lift, breathe as you do so.

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Walking seems to irritate my hiatal hernia. What can I do to minimize that irritation. I want to walk for exercise or even out of necessity. But can't?

Walking seems to irritate my hiatal hernia. What can I do to minimize that irritation. I want to walk for exercise or even out of necessity. But can't?

Reflux?: Are you talking about reflux from your hiatal hernia? if so then the best solutions would be to exercise on an empty stomach or use some sort of acid blocker before you exercise. Good luck.

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I try to avoid toxic drugs and treatments. What can I try before I go for traditional medical care for hiatal hernia?

I try to avoid toxic drugs and treatments. What can I try before I go for traditional medical care for hiatal hernia?

GERD: If you are like most people, you are using "hiatal hernia" to mean gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd). This can be well-managed by avoiding the foods that cause heartburn, avoiding smoking, alcohol, and caffeine, and losing weight (if overweight). If your symptoms are bad at night, putting the head of the bed up on blocks helps, as does eating dinner well before bedtime. Hope this helps!

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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.

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.

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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.

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Hi can a small sliding hiatal hernia get bigger and worse with time? Anything to avoid for it not to get bigger? No heartburn, GERD anything yet. Help

Hi can a small sliding hiatal hernia get bigger and worse with time? Anything to avoid for it not to get bigger? No heartburn, GERD anything yet. Help

Lot's of people...: ...have hiatal hernias, whether detected by x-ray or endoscopy. Most are sliding type & appear intermittently, requiring no intervention especially when small. Pls call your doctor & ask him/her your question to get a most accurate response re: hernia size as well its reducibility. Some hiatal hernias, like large paraesophageal ones, carry potentially great concern, but yours is symptom-free.

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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.

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Son is 15 he started workin on abdominal exercises I found like a bump on his lower chest N when I touch it he feels no pain. Hiatal hernia? Worry?

Son is 15 he started workin on abdominal exercises I found like a bump on his lower chest N when I touch it he feels no pain. Hiatal hernia? Worry?

Not a hiatal hernia: A hiatal hernia would be located deep within the upper abdominal cavity, behind the lower end of the sternum or breastbone. The hole or defect that the stomach herniates through is in the diaphragm not the abdominal wall muscles. What you describe maybe something in the skin, like a sebaceous cyst or a lipoma, a benign fatty growth. Enlargement or pain should prompt a visit to your family doctor.

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Hi...What treatment should I take for hiatal hernia? And how can I avoid stomach pain?

Hi...What treatment should I take for hiatal hernia? And how can I avoid stomach pain?

Depends on symptoms: Many hiatal hernias require no treatment at all. Often the hiatal hernia is associated with gastresophogeal reflux disease (gerd). Symptoms of gerd can be treated with over the counter antacids. If these fail, there are prescription strength acid blockers available. If these are ineffective you should see a gastroenerologist. Less than 5% of gerd related problems require surgical correction.

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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?

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).

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What is hiatal hernia?

Hiatal hernia: A hiatal hernia is a laxity or defect of the diaphragm where the esophagus travels through the back of the chest into the abdominal cavity and your stomach. Some patients have heartburn associated with hiatal hernias while some do not.

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What is a hiatal hernia?

What is a hiatal hernia?

Hole in diaphragm: The diaphragm is the muscle that separates the chest- from the abdominal cavity. Many structures have to go thru the diaphragm in order to enter into the abdominal cavity, including the esophagus, the aorta, and the vena cava. The hiatus is the hole in the diaphragm thru which the esophagus passes. This can enlarge, allowing the stomach to "yo-yo" up into the chest: this is called a hiatal hernia.

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