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Are severe acid reflux and hiatal hernia related to snoring and excessive hiccupping?

Are severe acid reflux and hiatal hernia related to snoring and excessive hiccupping?

Perhaps: Gerd certainly may be related to hiccups but probably not snoring. A large hiatal hernia can certainly cause hiccups but again would not be related to snoring. Being overweight is a common cause of gerd and snoring.

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Dr. David Earle
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What is a hiatus hernia?

What is a hiatus hernia?

Stomach: A hiatal hernia is the protrusion (or herniation) of the upper part of the stomach into the chest through a weakness in the diaphragm (muscle that helps you breathe), where the esophagus (tube from the mouth to the stomach) has to pass through. Risk factors include: older age, obesity, straining, and hereditary factors. Treatment depends on the size and type of hiatal hernia, as well as symptoms.

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What are the symptoms of hiatus hernia?

What are the symptoms of hiatus hernia?

Acid Reflux: Bad heartburn, fullness/pain in upper abdomen/chest (worse after eating), regurgitation of bitter fluid (especially when lying flat or bending over), sometimes difficulty breathing, frequent pneumonias, asthma attacks. Severity of symptoms depends on how large the hernia is. Most hiatal hernias are small and cause mild heartburn or no symptoms at all.

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What are the symptoms of a strangulated hiatus hernia?

A few: Usually chest pain and pressure, associated with the inability to eat, and / or vomiting. The vomiting is frequently in the form wretching without liquid or good coming up, or "dry heaves". Could also be vomiting blood. This represents an emergency, life threatening situation.

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How are anxiety and a hiatus hernia different?

How are anxiety and a hiatus hernia different?

Different issues: Anxiety, or sometimes called "globus hystericus", can cause some people to feel a sticking sensation in their throat after eating, and even cause trouble swallowing. A hiatus hernia is an anatomical defect at the diaphragm that allows the stomach to rise into the chest. This may or may not cause any symptoms at all. See your doctor for complete history and physical exam, and perhaps egd.

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Is a hiatus hernia associated with severe pain?

Is a hiatus hernia associated with severe pain?

GERD: A hiatal hernia is often associated with gastro-esophageal reflux disease (gerd). This can be associated with severe "heartburn", especially after bending over, lying down or after eating some foods.

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What is a hiatal hernia, and where is the hiatus in your body?

What is a hiatal hernia, and where is the hiatus in your body?

Diaphragm: A hiatal hernia occurs at the spot where the esophagus goes through the diaphragm, a thin muscle that separates the abdomen and chest cavities. When this aperture loosens it allows the top part of the stomach to slide up a little into the chest. It can then result in reflux and heartburn.

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Might doing crunches with additional weight cause a hiatus hernia?

Might doing crunches with additional weight cause a hiatus hernia?

Don't think so: It may exacerbate an existing weakness at the hiatus but I don't think it would "cause" it. A severe and sudden force, however, can cause traumatic hernias (car accident).

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Hi. What are the symptoms of small sliding hiatus hernia?? Thanks

None: A small sliding hiatal hernia cannot be attributed to any symptoms. Not even reflux, as many people without a hernia have reflux, and many people with hernias do not have reflux. If the hernia enlarges, it could cause difficulty eating, intermittent chest pain and pressure, and ulcers with/without anemia. Hope this helps!

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It'd be possible that a hiatus hernia cause breathing difficulties?

It'd be possible that a hiatus hernia cause breathing difficulties?

Possibly: A hiatal hernia can cause breathing difficulties in a couple different ways. One, if it is very large enough of the stomach can get into the chest that it takes up space the lungs would normally occupy. Two, if the reflux associated with the hrenia is bad enough it can reflux into your airway and cause problems with bresthing

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I have hiatus hernia. Would beetroot do me harm if I consume it often?

I have hiatus hernia. Would beetroot do me harm if I consume it often?

Not likely.: Most people tolerate beetroot very well, and it would be rare for this to make Gerd worse. However, if you notice that your symptoms worsened when you consume beetroot, I would stop it and talk with your doctor before you proceed. Otherwise, beetroot is a natural, very healthy food. And it's tasty too! Enjoy.

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Could lifting (eg babies and young children) affect an hiatus hernia?

Could lifting (eg babies and young children) affect an hiatus hernia?

Hiatal hernia: Many people with reflux have a hiatal hernia. Not all people with hiatal hernias have reflux. The symptoms of hiatal hernia may be subtle, or none at all. Lifting babies and/or children can cause an increase in intrabdominal pressure. This could affect reflux and increase pressure on a hiatal hernia. But, so too would sneezing, coughing, or any straining. It is safe to do so no need to worry.

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Hi is there any way of fixing the hiatus hernia without operation done?

Most likely: Most of hiatus hernias are sliding type, only rarer para esophageal hernias needs surgery as they can incarcerate, surgery is for gerd not for hernia, (or the acid reflux), most of the time possible to control with by diet, early supper, not over filling the stomach, elevation of head while sleeping, and protan inhibitors to reduce acid out put, try this first

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What can I do to take care of and remedy a hiatus hernia without medicine?

What can I do to take care of and remedy a hiatus hernia without medicine?

Surgery: The only 'cute' is surgery. Medicine just controls the acid so the reflux does less damage to the esophagus.

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I have a hiatus hernia it has been very painful. Could this problem be due to stress?

I have a hiatus hernia it has been very painful. Could this problem be due to stress?

Not due to, worse by: Hiatus hernia is a bit of stomach bulging into the chest through space (hiatus) in the diaphragm; can be small or large; may have no symptoms (pain, reflux) or plenty. Worsened by overweight. Symptoms worsened by large meals, acidy foods, alcohol, chocolate, tobacco, lying down after eating, bending over, tight clothes, coffee. Stress won't cause, may worsen symptoms (if it affects lifestyle.

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E-g junction- normal at 37cm with 3cm hiatus hernia, mildly inflamed go junction. Bad? Curable?

I don't: Think it is anything really bad, and it is curable with medication. Ask your GI specialist for specific recommendation.

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Do I need to control diet with a small hiatus hernia if no symptoms at all are present? 23yo 124lbs. Ty

Do I need to control diet with a small hiatus hernia if no symptoms at all are present? 23yo 124lbs. Ty

No but: No but use common sense when you are eating, specially the spicy and the greasy food.

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What are the chances of my small hiatus hernia growing in the future. No symptoms at the moment. 23yo and worried.?

What are the chances of my small hiatus hernia growing in the future. No symptoms at the moment. 23yo and worried.?

Very low: Small hiatal hernias are very common, not dangerous, and usually don't grow to be large hiatal hernias, which are also known as paraesophageal hernias. Don't worry about this one however. Enjoy life! I hope this helps.

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Am 42 year old female just diagnosed with diminutive hiatus hernia. My q is is life threatening & can it be completely cured with medications?

No, and no: A hiatal hernia is a condition where the stomach is protruding up into the chest cavity. This is rarely life threatening, and only when the hernia is quite large, so shouldn't be an issue for you unless it gets larger, which typically takes years. This anatomical condition can only be repaired with a surgical procedure. Medications may help reflux symptoms, but will not fix the hernia.

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