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Will mowing lawn, snow blowing or pushing a wheelchair by a 225 5'7" woman make a small hiatel hernia worse?

Will mowing lawn, snow blowing or pushing a wheelchair by a 225 5'7" woman make a small hiatel hernia worse?

No: Not likely. Many people have small hiatal hernias & can be observed & do not affect activities or exercise abilities. ...Read more

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


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Can a hiatel hernia cause breathing or weight problems? I am a 47 yr old female.

Can a hiatel hernia cause breathing or weight problems? I am a 47 yr old female.

Maybe: Large hiatal hernias can cause shortness of breath, but this is unusual in somebody that is 47. These are also known as paraesophageal hernias, and can be diagnosed on endoscopy or upper G.I. Contrast study. Small hiatal hernias are typically completely asymptomatic. The hiatal hernia would not be associated with weight problems unless it prevented you from eating in which case you may have unplanned weight loss. ...Read more

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I've started exercising for 30 mins morning + 30 mins evening daily after being diagnosed with hiatel hernia to loose weight. Is this routine harmful?

I've started exercising for 30 mins morning + 30 mins evening daily after being diagnosed with hiatel hernia to loose weight. Is this routine harmful?

A exercise program: Is best followed by your doc so that it is a good fit for you. W/out knowing your body weight and other medical data one cannot determine if this is a good program for you specifically. In general, it sounds good. Peace and good health. Low carb and higher protein works well for some. As your doc about it. Bon Chance! ...Read more

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Does a hiatel hernia feel like a heart attack sometimes?

Does a hiatel hernia feel like a heart attack sometimes?

It might: It may give you acid/indigestion that may feel exactly like a heart attack. But if you are at risk otherwise, better safe than sorry and get yourself checked. ...Read more

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I have lost 14 pounds since july. Wheat allergy and hiatel hernia. I am concerned?

I have lost 14 pounds since july. Wheat allergy and hiatel hernia. I am concerned?

See doctor: This kind of unintentional weight loss should be evaluated by a physician who is able to get a comprehensive history and physical exam on you. If you need further testing, this doctor will then have the information necessary to make decisions. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can symptoms of a hiatel hernia such as palpatations and shortness of breath be influenced by body position? Mine gets worse lying down.

Can symptoms of a hiatel hernia such as palpatations and shortness of breath be influenced by body position? Mine gets worse lying down.

Yes: It is variable what can cause worsening or alleviation of symtoms, but I have heard more than once that patients have had symptom exacerbation with position change. ...Read more

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My wife has hiatel hernia causing shortness of breath and painfull gurd was told by gastro expertoperaration to fix hernia can cause all kinds of complecations, and may not even work, we are lost?

My wife has hiatel hernia causing shortness of breath and painfull gurd was told by gastro expertoperaration to fix hernia can cause all kinds of complecations, and may not even work, we are lost?

Medicine first: After being tests for h. Pylori bacteria, I would suggest a week week course of ex ppi (proton pump inhubitor) i.e. Nexium, (esomeprazole) omperazole, zergrid etcc- your GI can due furhter blood and imaging tests as well as upper endoscopy. ...Read more

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My chest xray has shown a "tortuos aorta'. No one seems concerned about it but me. I'm 66 - and have a hiatel hernia. Could the two be related?

My chest xray has shown a "tortuos aorta'. No one seems concerned about it but me. I'm 66 - and have a hiatel hernia. Could the two be related?

Not related: You have a hiatal hernia. You have a tortuous aorta. The two are not related. The aorta has turns in it that are being commented or described by the radiologist. Ask you doctor, the person who ordered the study, to tell you why they ordered the ct scan. Then ask them what was found. So long as the aorta is not enlarged (dilated or aneurysmal) then it is normal. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can a paraesaphageal hiatel hernia cause sharp pains in upper and lower left stomach belly button area. Hurtsmost wen sitting up and laying flat.

Can a paraesaphageal hiatel hernia cause sharp pains in upper and lower left stomach belly button area. Hurtsmost wen sitting up and laying flat.

This is important: Fact that is not commonly known. Most hiatal hernias are the sliding type, which is usually not life-threatening. Paraesophageal histal hernia, a much less common type, in contrast can become incarcerated or strangulated, a surgical emergency. So if you are having pain, go now to see a surgeon who can determine if you need to have surgical repair of your hernia. ...Read more

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Been nausea vomiting 4 wks now. Gastritis, hiatel hernia, esphaghitis, duodidtis, gb sludge. Drs. Don't think is that. Nausea more when standing. Why?

Been nausea vomiting 4 wks now. Gastritis, hiatel hernia, esphaghitis, duodidtis, gb sludge. Drs. Don't think is that. Nausea more when standing. Why?

Gastroenterologist: I hope you have a gastroenterologist managing your complicated case. If your symptoms don't resolve with proper diet and medication, it may come to eventual removal of your sludge filled gall bladder for complete relief of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Stool is kinda black / loose. EDG normal. Found sludge on gallbladder. Hida scan normal. Have diverticulosis and hiatel hernia. Should I be concerned?

Rule out bleeding: Whenever there is a history of black stools it is good to make sure that blood is not causing this. If you just had an EGD it is unlikely that you have a bleeding ulcer, but if it was done a while ago this could be a new development. Pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) can also cause black stools, as can iron supplements. A simple guaiac test can quickly rule out a bleed in your gut, so call your Dr! :) ...Read more

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Had upper&lower GI. Have a 3cm hiatel hernia repetitive vomiting. Had nissen surgery 3weeks ago. And still nausea and vomiting. Do you might know why?

Had upper&lower GI. Have a 3cm hiatel hernia repetitive vomiting. Had nissen surgery 3weeks ago. And still nausea and vomiting. Do you might know why?

Give it time: Think about it this way: before the operation, you had terrible problems with reflux. Now, after a major operation, you are having some readjustment issues. In time, these will go away. You probably had the reflux problem for years, and you're only in to the 3rd week of the adjustment phase of your no reflux life. You'll come around soon enough. Don't worry. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Heartburn for years. PPI drugs don't help. Have small Hiatel hernia. CDiff 10 mnths ago. Morning heartburn and can't get rid of it. On 300mg of Zantac (ranitidine).

Heartburn for years. PPI drugs don't help. Have small Hiatel hernia. CDiff 10 mnths ago. Morning heartburn and can't get rid of it. On 300mg of Zantac (ranitidine).

Maybe just heartburn: ...But atypical chest pain especially in middle aged women is nothing to ignore. The potential origins may include: heart, lungs, mediastinum, esophagus (due to dysmotility disorders, gastroparesis, biliary/pancreatic trouble, and/or non-acid reflux), musculoskeletal, pericardium (sac around the heart), pleuritis, bronchiitis, or referred pain from a remote site. Further evaluation is warranted. ...Read more

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Light pain 3-inches right of belly button, nausea shoulder blade pain. Hiatel hernia. Could it be gallbladder? Prior cdiff, diverticulitis a year ago.

Light pain 3-inches right of belly button, nausea shoulder blade pain. Hiatel hernia. Could it be gallbladder? Prior cdiff, diverticulitis a year ago.

Could be gallbladder: Many things are in the upper abdomen: stomach, pancreas, liver, small intestine, gall bladder, large intestine, abdominal muscles, etc... An exam by a primary care doctor can help figure things out. Pain in the right upper abdomen, plus symptoms that occur after eating, can be due to gallstones or other gall bladder disease. A doctor can evaluate for gall bladder problems. ...Read more

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Heart chkd out ok had all tests. Chests pains must be my hiatel hernia pain could be brought on by purging? Protonix Pepcid tums not helping what now

Heart chkd out ok had all tests. Chests pains must be my hiatel hernia pain could be brought on by purging? Protonix Pepcid tums not helping what now

Hernia repair: I am not clear about your statement above. And why is there a question mark? Are you saying you engaged in repeated purging bringing on chest pains? Since you are stating that medical treatments are not helpful, the logical next step is to consider surgical repair of the hiatal hernia. Consult a general surgeon or thoracic surgeon.
Or stop purging? ...Read more

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What is causing hoarse voice and burning sensation in mouth and tongue randomly? Experience hoarse voice randomly daily after endoscopy a year ago. Inflammation, hiatel hernia found. Experienced sever and constant high anxiety. Taking meds for high bloo

What is causing hoarse voice and burning sensation in mouth and tongue randomly? Experience hoarse voice randomly daily after endoscopy a year ago. Inflammation, hiatel hernia found. Experienced sever and constant high anxiety. Taking meds for high bloo

A: A board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, in addition to an ent, would be a good choice since they can evaluate issues within the mouth and upper throat. Burning mouth syndrome is usually due to issues within the oral cavity, but discomfort can extend down the throat. The fact that you have a hiatal hernia and are being treated for reflux is a significant clue to the problem. Even though you may not have symptoms of reflux, it still may be occurring. All of your symptoms can be explained by this. ...Read more

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Pressure in my sternum and feel like I need to throw up. Hiatel hernia and anxiety. Possible flu. Ekg and bloodwork normal.

Pressure in my sternum and feel like I need to throw up. Hiatel hernia and anxiety. Possible flu. Ekg and bloodwork normal.

Sounds like: Gastroesophageal reflux. Initial treatment is medical management with acid reducers and prokinetic agents. If this is not successful with relieving symptoms or there are cell changes on endoscopy, you might even need endoscopic or surgical procedure to correct this problem. Ask your GI specialist for specific recommendations. ...Read more

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Can hiatel hernia cause chest pain & palpitations? Ekg was normal? Sometimes pain in neck & left arm feels weird like weak. Having stress test tmrw.

Can hiatel hernia cause chest pain & palpitations? Ekg was normal? Sometimes pain in neck & left arm feels weird like weak. Having stress test tmrw.

Chest pain possible: Hiatal hernias can certainly cause chest discomfort but I would think palpitations would seem less likely to be directly related to the hernia. You are doing the right thing by having a stress test and would certainly do any other cardiac tests recommended. If you believe you are having more severe symptoms or new ones I would seek emergency attention. ...Read more

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What is hernia?

What is hernia?

"Hole in the Wall": 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 of rx is surgery. ...Read more

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What is hernia?

What is hernia?

A hole: Hernia is the term used most commonly to describe a hole in the abdominal wall through which intra-abdominal organs may pass. You would see this as a lump under the skin. The perfect analogy is a hole in a car tire through which the inner tube can protrude. The only treatment is an operation. See your doctor for an exam if it persists, gets larger, or causes problems. ...Read more

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What are hernia?

What are hernia?

"Hole-in-the-Wall": 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 of rx is surgery. ...Read more

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What is a hernia?

What is a hernia?

A fascial tear: All hernias are caused by a disruption in the fascia of the abdominal wall. Fascia is a strong sheet of connective tissue that extends from the top of you abdomen (where it meets your chest) down past your groin. The fascia is the strength layer of your abdominal wall. It is responsible for keeping your abdominal contents in your abdomen. A hernia is a hole in your fascia. ...Read more

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Symptoms of hernia?

Symptoms of hernia?

Depends: Hernias by themselves may be asymptomatic (produce no symptoms) or cause slight to severe pain, or just present as a bulge (especially at the groin). Some may get strangulated causing decrease in blood flow to that organ (usually bowel) and severe pain, nausea, vomiting, redness around skin may ensue. Nearly all hernias have this potential. Symptoms may also depend on the location of the hernia. ...Read more

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What is a hernia?

Defect or hole: Hernia is a defect in abdominal wall most of the time, but more correctly abnormal protrusion of a viscus (like disc, brain etc). ...Read more