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Yoga Exercises For Hiatal Hernia
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?
Of course: Just realize when you increase the pressure in your abdomen, you may increase the hh bulge, so if get a pain consistent with it, take a break (and maybe some tums) and let it pass. Will quickly find if anything specific triggers it to cause discomfort, and can modify workout accordingly. Still need good physical shape / activity, even with diagnosis. Good luck! ...Read more
I have gone for my endoscopy test and result shows mild hiatal hernia. Can I still do strenuous exercise? Would it make it worse if I do?
Diagnosed with hiatal hernia during endoscopy procedure. What exercises would be considered safe for me that would not further aggravate my condition?
Cardio: Cardio, non-strenuous activities should be fine, such as elliptical, bicycling, etc. ...Read more
Indirectly, at best.: A hiatal hernia, by definition, is an enlarged opening in the diaphragm muscle that separates the chest from abdominal cavity. It is often used interchangeably with gerd; while often both present, they are distinctly separate diseases. Exercise may indirectly help gerd by leading to weight loss but it will not improve the anatomical abnormality of a hiatal hernia. ...Read more
Walking seems to irritate my hiatal hernia. What can I do to minimize that irritation. I want to walk for exercise or even out of necessity. But can't?
I believe that I have a hiatal hernia due to the symptoms I have, what can I do to get rid of it? Also, can I do regular exercise i.E. Gym work.
Not likely: Your gastric symptoms should be treated by medications to reduce acid in the stomach. Only severe hiatal hernia symptoms need surgical repair. Most of them can be managed by lifestyle changes (weight loss, cessation of tobacco and alcohol, regular exercise etc). Gym should be fine. Hopefully you have had an upper endoscopy and xray studies to make an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more
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
Usually: A hiatal hernia is an enlargement of the hole in the diaphragm thru which the esophagus passes to enter into the abdomen. This usually causes no symptoms but may contribute to acid reflux if the stomach slides thru this hole into the chest. Theoretically, increased abdominal pressure, such as ab exercises, may accentuate this reflux; if so, this would cause heartburn at the time. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with hiatal hernia thru endoscopy. But not visible in CT scan. With this, is it ok for me to do the “russian twist” exercise?
Yes: But you must clear it with Vladimir Putin first ...Read more
Diagnosed with gerd and hiatal hernia 6 months ago. I eat good and exercise but even doing that I have discomfort playing sports. Surgery an option?
There is not: Enough information to be able to render an opinion. ...Read more
Son is 15 he started workin on abdominal exercises I found like a bump on his lower chest N when I touch it he feels no pain. Hiatal hernia? Worry?
Not a hiatal hernia: A hiatal hernia would be located deep within the upper abdominal cavity, behind the lower end of the sternum or breastbone. The hole or defect that the stomach herniates through is in the diaphragm not the abdominal wall muscles. What you describe maybe something in the skin, like a sebaceous cyst or a lipoma, a benign fatty growth. Enlargement or pain should prompt a visit to your family doctor. ...Read more
I am 34 and have a hiatal hernia. I drink alcohol occasionally. I watch my diet and exercise gas and bloating have increased. Why? Soothing remedies?
See your doctor: Increased gas and bloating are symptoms of malabsorption, generally. This can be multifactorial, i.e. Related to diet, stomach, gallbladder or pancreatic disease, or a host of other issues. Sometimes over the counter products containing mylicon can be of some help, but I would recommend a thorough evaluation with your primary doctor and perhaps upper endoscopy (egd). ...Read more
Laparoscopic Surgery: A hiatal hernia is an enlargement of the normal hole in the diaphragm muscle thru which the esophagus passes to enter into the abdomen. A hiatal hernia may lead to gerd by virtue of the stomach yo-yo-ing up thru the hiatus into the chest. Surgical repair involves three key steps: return the stomach to the abdominal cavity, tighten the hole in the diaphragm, and create a new valve to rx reflux. ...Read more
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
Scope vs X-ray: There are multiple ways to make this diagnosis, but the most common ways are upper endoscopy (a camera inserted into your mouth and stomach) or some type of x-ray. Often you will drink a dye and have an "esophagram" test. Ct scans can often show large hiatal hernias as well, but may not show a small one. Talk to your doctor to see what's best for you. ...Read more
Complex: Hiatal hernia is a spectrum of disease from mild with no symptoms, to a severe, life threatening condition. Large hernias are also called paraesophageal, and can be associated with progressive symptoms of difficulty swallowing, sensation of food sticking in the lower chest, vomiting, chest pain/pressure, anemia, and weight loss. Consider a consult w/ an experienced laparoscopic surgeon if present. ...Read more
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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