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Upper Abdomen (Definition)

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Can you get pain between your shoulder blades from gerds? I also have a small hiatal hernia

Can you get pain between your shoulder blades from gerds?  I also have a small hiatal hernia

Hernia: The discomfort you get from a hiatal hernia is usually pain in your upper abdomen or chest. If fact, we sometimes think someone is having pain from their heart when in fact it is heartburn from a hiatal hernia. ...Read more

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Docs, could a small hiatal hernia caused by being overweight go away once the weight is lost?

Docs, could a small hiatal hernia caused by being overweight go away once the weight is lost?

No: Short answer is no, but small hiatal hernias are usually asymptomatic, and not dangerous anyway. Large hiatal hernias can be dangerous, and sometimes require surgical repair. Weight loss could help a small one from becoming a large one. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have acid reflux and a newly found small hiatal hernia, if I am careful can I still shovel snow?

I have acid reflux and a newly found small hiatal hernia, if I am careful can I still shovel snow?

Yes: You can do all of your normal activities with a small hiatal hernia without fear of making it worse. It can enlarge over time, but this usually takes years, and is probably independent of your activity. There are obviously exceptions to every rule, but you should be ok to shovel snow. ...Read more

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Female, 67 , good health, no smoking or alcohol, can a small hiatal hernia grown or enlarge? Thank you

Female, 67 , good health, no smoking or alcohol,    can a small hiatal hernia grown or enlarge? Thank you

Hiatal Hernia: Hiatal hernias can come and go, get better (especially with weight loss), and can get worse (with time and age, weight gain, increased abdominal pressure). They can cause acid reflux, feeling full early, chest pain and even feeling short of breath). Good luck. ...Read more

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23yo diagnosed with small hiatal hernia. No GERD symptoms. Will my hernia grow and give me future probs? Thank you.

23yo diagnosed with small hiatal hernia. No GERD symptoms. Will my hernia grow and give me future probs? Thank you.

Probably not: Odds are it won't get bigger, but its completely unpredictable and unavoidable. Live our life normally, and without regard to this. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Why might a small hiatal hernia cause pain and pressure a few hours after sleeping/laying down? Pls don't say it won't because it does.

Why might a small hiatal hernia cause pain and pressure a few hours after sleeping/laying down? Pls don't say it won't because it does.

Pressure: If gastric contents begin pushing up then there can be more reflux which will cause burning and pain. If you sit up and take something like Tums (calcium carbonate) and note an improvement in you symptoms this further supports your belief. ...Read more

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I have a "small" hiatal hernia, and lately have had pain and swelling in the xiphoid process and around to my back.Could these be related?

I have a "small" hiatal hernia, and lately have had pain and swelling in the xiphoid process and around to my back.Could these be related?

Doubtful: The esophageal hiatus (the hole in the diaphragm through which the esophagus passes) can stretch out to allow some or all of the stomach to go into the chest is located just in front of the spine. It would not cause swelling near the xiphoid process. Maybe excess gas in the stomach or colon could cause that. It doesn't sound specific to any one diagnosis. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Diagnosed with small Hiatal Hernia. No GERD at all. What are the chances it grows and gives me GERD in future. 23yo 145lbs. It hapnd frm Hevy lifting ?

Diagnosed with small Hiatal Hernia. No GERD at all. What are the chances it grows and gives me GERD in future. 23yo 145lbs. It hapnd frm Hevy lifting ?

Yes It can develop.: Heavy lifting doesn't always have too much to do with hiatal hernia as opposed to a groin hernia. A small hiatal hernia can certainly get bigger. The GERD or the reflux can be prevented or minimized by paying attention to your lifestyle in avoiding the late or the large meals and also in using an extra pillow when needed. Watch your weight. ...Read more

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Can a small hiatal hernia cause heart problem of any kind?

Can a small hiatal hernia cause heart problem of any kind?

No: What is of importance is that symptoms that may suggest a hiatal hernia may be cardiac in origin. That is why it is important to receive a thorough history and physical examination by your primary care physician and decipher between the symptoms and the primary source. This may require some specific testing and trial of some medical therapy. ...Read more

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Have small hiatal hernia, been on protonix (pantoprazole) for past 2 months,still reflux.. Can I get linx procedure.. And would they be able to repair hernia w linx?

Likely: I recommend seeing a general surgeon who is both board certified and fellowship trained in MIS/foregut, and has experience implanting the LINX device. This consultation visit should give you a better idea for whether you would be a good candidate for this procedure ...Read more

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Can my small hiatal hernia cause my palpitations? And how come it is not dangerous when it presses against heart?

Can my small hiatal hernia cause my palpitations?  And how come it is not dangerous when it presses against heart?

Palpitations : Palpitations are very non specific and can occur with any conditions. In fact are one of the most common reasons for consults as outpatients. It will not hurt your heart because it presses softly if at all and what you will experience is reflux disease and likely palpitations. ...Read more

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I have small hiatal hernia. No GERD symptoms or heartburn. What are the chances it will get bigger and give me symptoms ? Ty

I have small hiatal hernia. No GERD symptoms or heartburn. What are the chances it will get bigger and give me symptoms ? Ty

Hiatal Hernia: Hiatal hernia will slowly stretch and may give you symptoms. It may run in families. If your parents have GERD, then you may develop GERD. No need to do anything until you have symptoms. Hiatal hernias are easily fixed. ...Read more

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I had an ulcer, it healed. I'm still getting consistent nausea. All that seems to be left is a small hiatal hernia and gastritis. What gives?

I had an ulcer, it healed.  I'm still getting consistent nausea.  All that seems to be left is a small hiatal hernia and gastritis.  What gives?

Unknown: Nausea is a very nonspecific symptom. It is not related to your small hiatal hernia, but could be from the gastritis. If the ulcer recurs, ask you GI doctor about zollinger-ellison syndrome, an uncommon tumor that produces excessive amounts of gastrin, a hormone that produces acid. Also, gastroparesis is another uncommon disorder diagnosed by nuclear medicine gastric emptying study. ...Read more

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Hernia (Definition)

The ascendence of the gastroesophageal junction into the chest above the diaphragm through the ...Read more