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I have a hiatal hernia and had an ileus.I've eaten twice today and vomited after the first meal.After the last I have severe lower abdominal pain why?

I have a hiatal hernia and had an ileus.I've eaten twice today and vomited after the first meal.After the last I have severe lower abdominal pain why?

Abdominal pain: This could be related to your gallbladder, gerd, irritable bowel or other GI issues. Less commonly you could have a twist in the stomach related to your hernia depending on the type or if its paraesophageal you should start with an appointment at your pcp and then have imaging performed and or see a GI physician or surgeon. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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What is hiatal hernia?

What is hiatal hernia?

Hiatal hernia: A hiatal hernia is a laxity or defect of the diaphragm where the esophagus travels through the back of the chest into the abdominal cavity and your stomach. Some patients have heartburn associated with hiatal hernias while some do not. ...Read more

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Living with a Hernia (Checklist)

Avoid straining
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Consider surgical repair
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Avoid heaving lifting
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See a general surgeon
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How is a hiatal hernia diagnosed?

How is a hiatal hernia diagnosed?

X-RAY, Endoscopy,etc: A hiatal hernia is an enlargement of the hole in the diaphragm thru which the esophagus passes to enter the abdominal cavity. This commonly leads to the stomach "yo-yo-ing" up into the chest, which may cause gerd (reflux). This can be seen by ct scan and by upper endoscopy. ...Read more

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How should I treat hiatal hernia?

How should I treat hiatal hernia?

C Gastroenterologist: If you are like most people, you are using "hiatal hernia" to mean gastroesophageal reflux disease(gerd). Proven rx include dietary changes, avoidance of caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol, wt loss, and acid-lowering meds.If your symptoms are bad at night, putting the head of the bed up on blocks helps, as does eating dinner early. If symptoms persist, it's best to see a GI dr(gastroenterologist). ...Read more

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Living with a Hernia (Checklist)

Avoid heavy lifting
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Avoid straining
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If painful, see your doctor
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What causes a hiatal hernia?

Unknown: The hiatus is the normal hole in the diaphragm muscle thru which the esophagus passes to go from the chest to the abdominal cavity. A hiatal hernia is an enlargement of this opening thru which the stomach can slip up into the chest. This is found in 15% of people & rarely causes symptoms. It is unclear if this develops before birth and/or develops in response to elevated abdominal pressure. ...Read more

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Can a sliding hiatal hernia ever get well by itself?

Not really: These types of hernias won't fix themselves, but really are not dangerous or need treatment. They are fixed during operations performed for reflux disease, But otherwise just left alone. They can get larger over the years, but there's no specific activities or diet to avoid to prevent this. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Living with a Hernia (Checklist)

Discuss pros and cons of hernia repair with your doctor
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Be aware of symptoms of incarcerated hernia, pain&can't reduce
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Go to emergency department for incarcerated hernia
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What are the tests for hiatal hernia?

Doctor evaluation: The best "tests" are an evaluation and answering questions of possible symptoms by your doctor, such as food reflux into the throat, heartburn, feeling of food sticking when swallowed. Simple chest x-ray can be done, sometimes a ct scan, and likely best is a referral to a gastroenterologist for possible endoscopy procedure. ...Read more

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Ileus (Definition)

Ileus is a slowing, or non-functioning condition of the gastrointestinal tract. The movement of food, digestive juices is slowed, leading to distension, sometimes back-up and vomiting. It is usually caused by trauma or injury, often by surgery itself. Usually responds to ...Read more

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Hiatal Hernia (Definition)

Hiatal hernia is a medical condition in which the stomach protrudes up into the chest through an opening in the diaphragm, which is the muscle lining the bottom of your lungs that control your breathing. Symptoms include heartburn, chest pain, ...Read more

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