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I have a small hitial hernia, I'm 95 pounds and the symptoms are so strong, medicine doesn't help. Would a doc consider surgery? Appt next week.

I have a small hitial hernia, I'm 95 pounds and the symptoms are so strong, medicine doesn't help. Would a doc consider surgery? Appt next week.

Hiatal hernia: 20 F from KY I have a small hitial hernia, I'm 95 pounds and the symptoms are so strong, medicine doesn't help. Would a doc consider surgery? Appt next week. ANS: would not think a small HH would cause severe problems esp if not obese. Ask your Dr. What is the cause. ...Read more

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Hernia (Definition)

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


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Hi I have a small hital hernia in the cardio oesophageal junction can u tell me what possible symptoms one could get thanks?

Hi I have a small hital hernia in the cardio oesophageal junction can u tell me what possible symptoms one could get thanks?

Most are asympt.: Small HHs areanatomic findings on GI styudies. It is only if the so calledesophagael sphincter in incompetent ant there is reflux do you have problems. See GI for esophagael manometry if concerned ...Read more

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Can having GERD and a small hital hernia cause panick symptoms?

Can having GERD and a small hital hernia cause panick symptoms?

GERD: Patients react to gerd and symptoms of hiatal hernia in different ways. Anxiety is generally not a symptom but esophageal spasm from the acid or tiny bits of acid aspirated into the airways could give the sensation of anxiety. I would recommend a history and physical examination by primary care physician in a trial of a proton pump inhibitor. If the anxiety persists after this medication trial then it may be a separate issue. ...Read more

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Hello I'm on omeprazole for acid reflux I have a small hital hernia too but I'm getting flare ups from time to time is this right?

Hello I'm on omeprazole for acid reflux I have a small hital hernia too but I'm getting flare ups from time to time is this right?

It happens: Omeprazole works well for many patients with reflux and small hiatal hernias. In some cases it is not enough and additional treatment, or even surgery may be needed. Be certain to keep a log of the frequency, timing, position, relation to meals and severity of your symptoms. This will help your doctor to help you. ...Read more

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I had small sliding hiatal hernia 4/12. 3/27/13 I was hit from behind in car accident with seatbelt on 4/2/13 had gastric bypass surgery; found large paraesophageal hernia. Can the accident cause this?

I had small sliding hiatal hernia 4/12. 3/27/13 I was hit from behind in car accident with seatbelt on 4/2/13 had gastric bypass surgery; found large paraesophageal hernia. Can the accident cause this?

It is possible: It is possible, but difficult to know 100%. It would be helpful to know how large the hernia was at the time if you gastric bypass, something your surgeon would know. You should see your surgeon anyway to help guide you on what to do about the paraesophageal hernia. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is it ok to lift weights with a small sliding hiatal hernia?

Is it ok to lift weights with a small sliding hiatal hernia?

Yes: Yes just breathe well and try not to hold your breath while straining ...Read more

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I've had a 2cm hitial hernia for 2 years, I'm 96 pounds and everytime I eat it feels like food gets stuck. Medicine doesn't help. Is surgery an option?

I've had a 2cm hitial hernia for 2 years, I'm 96 pounds and everytime I eat it feels like food gets stuck. Medicine doesn't help. Is surgery an option?

One option: Alexis, surgery is an option, however you must weigh the risks and potential complications of undergoing surgery before proceeding. A 2cm hiatal hernia can certainly cause problems with eating, you certainly need to rule out other GI issues before having an operation that is irreversible. Continue working with your GI doctor, or ask for a referral to an esophageal specialist first to be sure. ...Read more

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Is a hitial hernia dangerous to one's health? Many times I have difficulty taking a deep breath and it can cause anexity sometimes for me. I was told over 30 years ago that I had this type of hernia but it seems to have flared up symtoms. I do not have ac

I: I do not know that your breathing symptoms are from a hiatal hernia. Acid reflux is a common symptom of a hiatal hernia. Aspiration of stomach contents into the lungs, more often when lying down sleeping, can cause breathing or asthma-like feelings. Many people have small hiatal hernias that do jot cause problems. Rarely very large hiatal hernias can cause sudden illness from twisting internally, or can rarely bleed or cause anemia. It sounds like you need to seee your doctor for an examination. ...Read more

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Can you take a small amount of mineral oil for hiatal hernia?

However why?: Of course you can but the questions is why to take it? You should be on a regimen of antiacids to prevent stomach acid to come up especially night time. To long exposure can be bad to your esophagus besides it can injure you vocal cords too. You should be under the care of a gastroenterologist who should check the size of the hernia and the status of your esophagus. ...Read more

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What is better for a hitial hernia protonix or nexium (esomeprazole)?

What is better for a hitial hernia protonix or nexium (esomeprazole)?

Roughly equal: Bose act to limit the amount of acid your stomach will produce and both act via the same mechanisms. ...Read more

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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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What can done once you have had surgery for a hitial hernia but have now developed a hematoma?

What can done once you have had surgery for a hitial hernia but have now developed a hematoma?

Tell your surgeon: It depends on the size and location of the hematoma - you definitely should let your surgeon know. If small, you would just watch - it big may need to be drained. Again it depends of size and location. ...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

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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With upper endoscopy it possible to know how the nissen wrap condition and how I heal after hitial hernia and nissen? Thank you

With upper endoscopy it possible to know how the nissen wrap condition and how I heal after hitial hernia and nissen? Thank you

Nissen: Yes endoscopy can tell the status of the wrap and if your esophagus has healed
routine surveillance should still be performed by your surgeon or GI md. ...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?

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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Can Small sliding Hiatal Hernia rlly be reversed by exercises shown over the net.? No GERD symptoms at all. Jus scared it night grown in future? Ty.

Can Small sliding Hiatal Hernia rlly be reversed by exercises shown over the net.? No GERD symptoms at all. Jus scared it night grown in future? Ty.

No: First of all, don't worry about a small asymptomatic hiatal hernia. It is very common and does not require treatment. When you read about exercise and hiatal hernias it is to lose weight since obesity can be associated with hiatal hernias and GERD. Asymptomatic hiatal hernias are not treated, GERD symptoms are. ...Read more

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Recently diagnosed with a hiatal hernia. I've lost 35 lbs in 6 mo. Can only eat small amounts at a time, but feel hunger pains frequently. Is it normal?

Recently diagnosed with a hiatal hernia. I've lost 35 lbs in 6 mo. Can only eat small amounts at a time, but feel hunger pains frequently. Is it normal?

No: Depending upon what has already been done, one would think an egd (scope down the throat) would be in order and pending findings, perhaps more testing (ct or other imaging). You may need to see a gastroenterologist and or a surgeon dealing with hiatal hernia. The weight loss is very concerning and it appears more is in order for you diagnostic wise and treatment wise. Get more evaluation. Luck. ...Read more

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I have a 2cm hitial hernia and was told that at that size it shouldn't hurt, However I'm 96 ibs and eating kills me, is it fixable via surgery at 2cm?

I have a 2cm hitial hernia and was told that at that size it shouldn't hurt, However I'm 96 ibs and eating kills me, is it fixable via surgery at 2cm?

Hiatal hernia.: While we should never rush into such surgery, it would be indicated for refractory symptoms more than for the actual size of the hiatal hernia. So it's an option you may want to discuss with your GI or with a surgeon experienced in the Nissen fundoplication. ...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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In sept 2013 they found a hiatal hernia 4cm, jna 27, 2014 theyfoun 5 m hernia. They alsofound small superficial ulcers in the antrium. What does that?

Hiatal hernia ; more: Simplistically, a sliding hiatal hernia is a common upward bulge of stomach (with acid) thru the diaphragmatic hiatus (hole in diaphragm thru which esophagus ; stomach connect). It may appear larger or smaller at times, since (unless fixed in place) it is a dynamic structure. On the other hand, the cause of ulcers is quite variable--h.Pylori, medication, caustics, burn ; head trauma, shearing... ...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