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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
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I am a 56-year-old woman newly diagnosed w/hiatal hernia. Omeprazole 20 mg controls my symptoms; can I still run and do yoga w/o making hernia worse?

I am a 56-year-old woman newly diagnosed w/hiatal hernia. Omeprazole 20 mg controls my symptoms; can I still run and do yoga w/o making hernia worse?

Sure: Yoga and running should be helping if anything. If your yoga routine contains upside down postures and you notice worsening of your symptoms following your practice would suggest avoiding that specific part in the future. ...Read more

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Dr. Bret Boyle
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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


Dr. Matt Malkin
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What are the usual symptoms of a hiatal hernia?

What are the usual symptoms of a hiatal hernia?

Heartburn: Not all hiatal hernias are symptomatic, but can explain symptoms if present. Commonly have heartburn, sore throat in morning, maybe even chest pain (from esophagus). Gerd (reflux disease) may even make asthma worse. See your doctor. Treatment usually starts with acid-reducing meds, with further studies like endoscopy or radiograph ordered at your doctor's discretion. ...Read more

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Dr. Bret Boyle
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Dr. Paul Grin
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Is it okay to lift weights and do bodybuilding if you have a hiatal hernia with minimal symptoms?

Is it okay to lift weights and do bodybuilding if you have a hiatal hernia with minimal symptoms?

See your doctor: A hiatus hernia is very common condition which usually does not cause symptoms or problems. If it does, you should be evaluated by your physician and she/he can frequently treat the problem effectively according to your symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Will losing weight reverse my hiatal hernia symptoms?

Will losing weight reverse my hiatal hernia symptoms?

It should help.: Hiatal hernia is used synonymously with gerd, although one may have one without the other. If you are referring to heartburn, yes, weight loss can usually improve symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Bret Boyle
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Dr. David Henry
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Is it possible to have a hiatal hernia aswel as an umbilical hernia. I've been diagnosed with an umbilical, but also have symptoms of a hiatal hernia?

Is it possible to have a hiatal hernia aswel as an umbilical hernia. I've been diagnosed with an umbilical, but also have symptoms of a hiatal hernia?

Yes: You can have both a hiatal hernia and umbilical hernia. An umbilical hernia is a bulge through a defect in the abdominal wall at the belly button. A hiatal hernia occurs when part of the stomach goes up into the lower chest. Your symptoms could be due to reflux (gerd). You should see a surgeon, and he or she may perform an upper endoscopy (egd), depending on your symptoms. ...Read more

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Mike Moore
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Should I eat more lighter meals rather less heavy meals to lessen my hiatal hernia symptoms?

Yes: Eating smaller, more frequent meals can improve your hiatal hernia symptoms. Keep a food diary to make sure you don't overeat. Also try to eat only at meals, and avoid empty calories in snacks. Lastly, try to avoid caffeine and alcohol, which can significantly worsen reflux symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael sawyer
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I have a 2cm hiatal hernia I am 24 years old and underweight, I have symptoms since maybe 3 years. How can I know if its congenital or acquired?

I have a 2cm hiatal hernia I am 24 years old and underweight, I have symptoms since maybe 3 years. How can I know if its congenital or acquired?

See below: Most congenital hiatal hernias are diagnosed before or shortly after birth and frequently present dramatically. There are some that do not present until adulthood. The actual location in the diaphragm is sometimes another way to help differentiate. Discuss with your doctor for further details. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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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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Dr. Daniel Motola
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Can I eat something that might bother my GERD symptoms in moderation? Will it make my hiatal hernia larger?

It's up to you: There are no hard and fast rules. Eating something that gives you symptoms of gerd is your choice. If you want to avoid the symotoms then don't eat it. It certainly will not affect your hiatal hernia size. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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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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