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Strangulated Hiatus Hernia Symptoms
Variable: Typically, small hiatal hernias do not cause symptoms, or may be a contributing factor to heartburn or regurgitation. Large hiatal hernias (paraesophageal) can cause chest pain and pressure, difficulty swallowing, anemia due to bleeding ulcers, and weight loss due to avoidance of food. See your doctor to find out more. ...Read more
Bad heartburn, fullness/pain in upper abdomen/chest (worse after eating), regurgitation of bitter fluid (especially when lying flat or bending over), sometimes difficulty breathing, frequent pneumonias, asthma attacks.
Severity of symptoms depends on how large the hernia is. Most hiatal hernias are small and cause mild heartburn or no symptoms at all. ...Read more
Many: Typically, only large hiatal hernias cause symptoms such as difficulty swallowing, chest pain, feeling full quickly, and fatigue due to anemia from ulcers. Diagnosis can be made with an upper GI contrast study. Treatment is surgical repair, best done by a general or thoracic surgeon with experience in laparoscopic repair. Hope this helps. ...Read more
What to do if I have a hiatus hernia and read this case report could this happen to me if had similar symptoms?
Depends: Case reports are just that. Don't take everything you read literally. Most people with hiatal hernias have little to no symptoms. If you do have symptoms, pain, nausea, vomitting, bleeding, etc., see your doctor immediately. ...Read more
None: A small sliding hiatal hernia cannot be attributed to any symptoms. Not even reflux, as many people without a hernia have reflux, and many people with hernias do not have reflux. If the hernia enlarges, it could cause difficulty eating, intermittent chest pain and pressure, and ulcers with/without anemia. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Do I need to control diet with a small hiatus hernia if no symptoms at all are present? 23yo 124lbs. Ty
No but: No but use common sense when you are eating,specially the spicy and the greasy food. ...Read more
What are the chances of my small hiatus hernia growing in the future. No symptoms at the moment. 23yo and worried.?
Very low: Small hiatal hernias are very common, not dangerous, and usually don't grow to be large hiatal hernias, which are also known as paraesophageal hernias. Don't worry about this one however. Enjoy life! I hope this helps. ...Read more
I feel my angina is getting worse (seem to get pain more quickly on exertion). I also have a hiatus hernia. So one symptom could be masking the other.
Dont ignore angina: Unstable angina is very treatable. Contact cardiologist stat. ...Read more
Got a small hiatus hernia. 24yo no symptoms at all. Will are the chances of it growing with age. I have stopped all heavy lifting and watch my diet.?
I have a small hiatus hernia with no symptoms at all. I quit heavy lifting at the gym completely. Will my hernia grow? 25yo 60kg
Unlikely: Hiatal hernias are often incidental findings and don't usually require monitoring. It would be unlikely it would grow. ...Read more
Drink around 8-16 units of alcohol weeky within guildline. Have small hiatus hernia never had any symptoms with it. Will alcohol affect hernia? Ty.
Hi I was diagnosed with small sliding hiatus hernia. No reflux symptoms at all. Wondering if this can enlarge in future and cause me probs? 23yo Male
Maybe : A small HH can increase overtime. While many to most maybe asymptomatic, many present with mild reflux causing "heartburn". If this becomes chronic or uncomfortable see your Dr. for medical treatment. Please do not try to treat with over the counter substances before talking to your Dr. as there may be more serious problems than were anticipated. ...Read more
Difference is...: That only large hiatal hernias (paraesophageal type) cause problems, typically difficulty eating, feeling full fast, and occasionally chest pain that mimicks a heart attack. Gallbladder pain typically manifests just under the bottom of the breast bone and under right ribs in the front, radiating to the back. Not everyone is typical, and you should see doctor to help sort it out. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with hiatus hernia. Symptoms- some reflux, and bad breath. Any solutions to bad breath? Any home remedies?
I work as a baggage handler at the airport therefore lift heavy bags. I have a small hiatus hernia no symptoms. Will this grow if I carry on? Thx
May be, but...: Possible, but would be very slow. Yet, in reality, life has never been perfect and all have to live on. Hence, continue working as ... except you can find a less physically strenuous job & switch. In 3-5 years, repeat imaging study in 3-5 yrs or whenever clinical suspicion emerges. Remember: Life is a constantly changing & adjusting dynamic process of struggle to cope with reality, certainty, &... ...Read more
Have health anxiety and was diagnosed with small hiatus hernia. Only symptom is Abdmn pain. What is this? Should I be worried? Is surgery needed?
A hiatus hernia is a: Type of hernia in which abdominal organs (typically the stomach) slip through the diaphragm into the middle of the chest. This may result in gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) with symptoms such as a taste of acid in the back of the mouth or heartburn. This is common and not usually serious. Rarely is surgery needed. Relax! ...Read more
Diagnosed with small hiatus hernia. No symptoms at all. Recently quit weightlifting as it could stretch. Wt are chances it grows and giv me symptoms?
It can progress: Despite the cessation of Weigh lifting, Just have to wait and see. ...Read more
Maybe: First line therapy would be acid blocking medications such as h2 blockers or proton pump inhibitors. If those do not work surgery to correct the hernia may be needed. Given that you are young, I'd consider surgery sooner than later as we are just learning some long term issues with chronic anti acid medication. One example is increased osteoporosis due to decreased calcium absorption. ...Read more
Small hiatus hernia. No GERD, heartburn. What are the chances of this gettin bigger with time and give me symptoms? Anything to do to prevent HH? Ty
May not be a problem: Many people have hiatal hernias without ever having problems. Anything that increases your intraabdominal pressure a lot, such as doing strenuous activity or coughing a lot, or obesity, can cause the hernia to get bigger. Decreasing those activities will reduce your risk of symptoms. Once you have the hernia, you can't prevent it. It won't resolve on its own. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with hiatus hernia. Symptoms=acid reflux, bad breath etc. Anything I can do to help treat the hernia while I wait for the doctor?
Over counter proton : Prilosec", but do not neglect appt with your pcp. ...Read more
I hv sliding hiatus hernia with gerd, esophagitis la grade b, duodanitis. I don't have any symptom now like heartburn etc. Does it mean, medication NT rqr?
Stay on meds: I would use anti-acid producing medication until you know the damage to your esophagus heals. This means another endoscopy. If the esophagitis comes back after healing and stopping meds, may need to consider an anti-reflux procedure which could be done endoscopically or surgically. Hope this helps, and you have a merry christmas! ...Read more
Spent 2010 with pain upper right abdomen, wrapped round back, constricted breath & fatigue. Dr. attributed to hiatus hernia? & I stopped eating wheat. Symptoms back + very tender to touch/breathing more difficult. Any cause for worry? Tx ideas?
Stomach: A hiatal hernia is the protrusion (or herniation) of the upper part of the stomach into the chest through a weakness in the diaphragm (muscle that helps you breathe), where the esophagus (tube from the mouth to the stomach) has to pass through. Risk factors include: older age, obesity, straining, and hereditary factors. Treatment depends on the size and type of hiatal hernia, as well as symptoms. ...Read more
Stomach in chest :
Have a look at this link https://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/health-a-z/h/hernia-hiatus/
Basically some of the contents of the abdomen (usually the stomach) can be pushed up into the chest through a small defect in the diaphragm.
Most of the time it needs no treatment and most people have no symptoms. It is commonly picked up on X-ray or gastroscopy. ...Read more
Differences: Ulcers tend to cause pain in the upper stomach and is often described as burning, gnawing,or hunger-like, and sometimes can be crampy or vague. You can also have discomfort after eating with increased belching, early satiety, upper abdominal fullness, nausea,and sometimes vomiting. Type I hiatal hernia pain feels like reflux/heartburn. Larger hernias can cause nausea, retching, and fullness after eating ...Read more
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