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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. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining protrudes thru, creating a sac. Organs from within the abdominal cavity, such as the intestine, can protrude thru the hole and get stuck in the sac. Many hernias develop during fetal life and become evident in childhood or as an adult. Some develop following a prior abdominal operation. The cornerstone ...Read more


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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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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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! ...Read more

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