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Does stress cause my hiatal hernia to act up?

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Dr. David Earle
Surgery
7 doctors agree

In brief: Maybe

Depends on what you mean by "act up".
Stress does tend to exacerbate many symptoms, and be a cause of ulcers in the stomach. If the symptoms are severe, see your primary care provider for more information, possible testing, or referral to a gastroenterologist and/or surgeon. And don't forget to not "sweat the small stuff. And it's all small stuff". Hope this helps!

In brief: Maybe

Depends on what you mean by "act up".
Stress does tend to exacerbate many symptoms, and be a cause of ulcers in the stomach. If the symptoms are severe, see your primary care provider for more information, possible testing, or referral to a gastroenterologist and/or surgeon. And don't forget to not "sweat the small stuff. And it's all small stuff". Hope this helps!
Dr. David Earle
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Dr. Stephen Lorino
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Hiatal hernia is more of an anatomical cause of the upper stomach slipping through the diaphragm muscle, causing the bulge of the lower esophagus; so not a direct relationship to stress.

In brief: No

Hiatal hernia is more of an anatomical cause of the upper stomach slipping through the diaphragm muscle, causing the bulge of the lower esophagus; so not a direct relationship to stress.
Dr. Stephen Lorino
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Dr. Dan Lister
Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Sort of

Stress can increase gastric acid production.
If you have a hiatal hernia, this can lead to an increase in your reflux symptoms.

In brief: Sort of

Stress can increase gastric acid production.
If you have a hiatal hernia, this can lead to an increase in your reflux symptoms.
Dr. Dan Lister
Dr. Dan Lister
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