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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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