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How do you know you have a hiatal hernia?

How do you know you have a hiatal hernia?

Scope vs X-ray: There are multiple ways to make this diagnosis, but the most common ways are upper endoscopy (a camera inserted into your mouth and stomach) or some type of x-ray. Often you will drink a dye and have an "esophagram" test. Ct scans can often show large hiatal hernias as well, but may not show a small one. Talk to your doctor to see what's best for you. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a hiatal hernia to you?

How do I know if I have a hiatal hernia to you?

Requires testing: A hiatal hernia can be suggested by symptoms. The only way to know if you have a hiatal hernia is through testing - a barium swallow or upper endoscopy/egd are two ways to test for it. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a hiatal hernia attack last night?

How to know if I have a hiatal hernia attack last night?

Did you have reflux?: Hiatal hernias can be silent about half the time and have reflux symptoms the other half. Those symptoms include heartburn, pressure or pain below your breastbone, regurgitation of stomach contents into your mouth and nausea. It happens more often at night since you are reclining and gravity is working against keeping gastric contents in your stomach. ...Read more

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I believe I have a hiatal hernia due to how I've been feeling since doing some heavy lifting at work. What should I do I don't have a primary dr?

I believe I have a hiatal hernia due to how I've been feeling since doing some heavy lifting at work. What should I do I don't have a primary dr?

Not treated: We don't treat hiatal hernias in medicine. They aren't the same kind of hernia you would see with someone having a bulge in their stomach. The symptoms you get from a HH is indigestion which can be controlled by modifying what you eat and taking an antacid if needed. But overall HH is benign. ...Read more

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I have a hiatal hernia can I use almond butter?

I have a hiatal hernia can I use almond butter?

Yes: There is a difference between having a hh and having reflux esophagitis. What you eat will not affect the hernia, but can increase reflux. The four main things that increase reflux are: chocolate, nicotine, alcohol and caffeine. ...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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I have a hiatal hernia. Why want the doctors remove it?

Surgery isnt usually: Needed. Any time an internal body part pushes into an area where it doesn't belong, it's called a hernia. There are 2 types of hiatal hernias, sliding and paraesophageal. Many times there are no symptoms, other times symptoms can be heartburn secondary to gerd. In sliding hiatal hernias, no surgery would be indicated. In some cases in a paraesophageal hernia, surgery is needed, discuss with md. ...Read more

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Which foods do doctors think are best to eat it you have a hiatal hernia?

Whatever works: Generally, only large hiatal hernias called paraesophageal hernias cause problems eating. It is usually a problem with all solid food however, so if you find something that works, stick with it. Surgical repair is the only option for a resolution. Small hiatal hernias do not have any special dietary requirements, and usually do not require an operation. ...Read more

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Is it okay to lift weights and do bodybuilding if you have a hiatal hernia with minimal symptoms?

See your doctor: A hiatus hernia is very common condition which usually does not cause symptoms or problems. If it does, you should be evaluated by your physician and she/he can frequently treat the problem effectively according to your symptoms. ...Read more

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Painful spasms and twisting pain directly under left ribcage on bending. I have a hiatal hernia..any relation?

Spasms: Probably not related to your hiatal hernia but definitely in need of attention by your doctor. If there is a long wait period to see the doctor please go to the nearest Emergency Room. ...Read more

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What does Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) medicine do if you have a hiatal hernia?

Cuts down the acid: It cuts down the production og stomach acid and may help with symptoms of heartburn. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Yes: 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

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I have a hiatal hernia, am I more likely to get gastroesophageal cancer?

Very slightly: People with hiatal hernias usually have some gastroesophageal reflux (gerd). Gerd is a risk factor for esophageal cancer. That said, nearly half of the us population has gerd and esophageal cancer although slowly increasing, remains a very rare cancer. If you have reflux you should be followed by a primary care or gastroenterologist, but it is still very unlikely that you will develop cancer. ...Read more

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I recently had a endoscopy and they found I have a hiatal hernia. Are there any other treatments for this?

I recently had a endoscopy and they found I have a hiatal hernia. Are there any other treatments for this?

Lot's of people...: ...have hiatal hernias. Most are sliding type & appear intermittently, requiring no intervention especially when small. Please 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. ...Read more

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I am 40 just had a baby 5 months ago have a hiatal hernia and really bad acid reflux what would be a good diet to lose work ?

I am 40 just had a baby 5 months ago have a hiatal hernia and really bad acid reflux what would be a good diet to lose work ?

Reflux diet: Typical foods that are known to lower the pressure in the valve between the esophagus and stomach causing more reflux are citrus, caffeine, chocolate, red sauce, an red wine/alcohol. Weight loss is more of a calorie intake issue. Hiatal hernia is no problem unless it is large. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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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.

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

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My infant has gerd, what is the chance that they have a hiatal hernia?

Unlikely: Though many children may have symptoms of reflux with episodes of vomiting, it usually is only of concern if there is associated respiratory problems or poor weight gain. The symptoms are monitored to see if they improve once advancement of diet to more solid food occurs. If significant symptoms, including respiratory complaints, evaluation would include a contrast study to exclude hiatal hernia. ...Read more

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Hernia (Definition)

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