I try to avoid toxic drugs and treatments. What can I try before I go for traditional medical care for hiatal hernia?

GERD. If you are like most people, you are using "hiatal hernia" to mean gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd). This can be well-managed by avoiding the foods that cause heartburn, avoiding smoking, alcohol, and caffeine, and losing weight (if overweight). If your symptoms are bad at night, putting the head of the bed up on blocks helps, as does eating dinner well before bedtime. Hope this helps!
See a doc. First - if symptoms are persistent and/or severe, you need an egd. This is a simple test that is painless to look inside your esophagus and stomach to confirm the diagnosis and to look for premalignant changes. Try otc Omeprazole or a similar acid blocker - don't eat right before gouing to bed.

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Hi...What treatment should I take for hiatal hernia? And how can I avoid stomach pain?

Surgery. Hiatal hernia is an anatomical defect in the diaphragm and surgery is the only means to fix it. To alleviate the symptoms associated with hiatal hernia such as heartburn and pain, you may consider weight loss, anti-acids and ppi. Weight loss can also hinder the increase in size of the hernia. Hope my answer helped. Read more...
Depends on symptoms. Many hiatal hernias require no treatment at all. Often the hiatal hernia is associated with gastresophogeal reflux disease (gerd). Symptoms of gerd can be treated with over the counter antacids. If these fail, there are prescription strength acid blockers available. If these are ineffective you should see a gastroenerologist. Less than 5% of gerd related problems require surgical correction. Read more...

Best treatment plan for gastroparisis, barretts, nighttime gasbloat and hiatal hernia, IBS? I see a GI, just for looking options as im newly diagnosed.

See below. Complex but not rare constellation of problems. Barrett esophagus most important - severe esophageal damage due to reflux. If no dysplasia on biopsies can be treated by hernia repair and fundoplication. Repeat surveillance endoscopy may be advised first. Gastroparesis concerning but fundo. Can sometimes improve gastric emptying. By lbs do you mean morbid obesity? Running out of space. Read more...
Check gallbladder. Sometimes gas bloat and "gastroparesis" could be secondary to dysfunctional gallbladder. Fixing the hiatal hernia would definitely improve the reflux. Losing weight would improve lots of symptoms. Read more...
Tough situation. Gastroparesis is probably the cause of everything else, but figuring out why you have it may be only way to fix things. No really good drug therapy or endoscopy. A surgeon in rochester, jeff peters, may be worth a drive and the consultation fee. Tops in the field. Read more...

Results of CT abd/pelvis, 2 fatty inguinal hernias, fatty umbilical hernia and hiatal hernia. What are these & what is treatment and risks of treatmen?

Depends on symptoms. We typically recommend repair of inguinal and umbillical hernias if the patient is fit for operation. A hiatal hernia is a different matter, and depends on symptoms. You should speak to an experienced hernia surgeon. Read more...
See below. Hernias refers to protrusion of abdominal contents outside of the abdominal wall. These contents are typically bowels or fat. Bowel hernia are typically more concerning than fat hernias. Fat hernias typically are asymptomatic, unless the fat become strangulated. Read more...
Surgery if pain. If the inguinal (groin) hernias and umbilical hernia are causing you discomfort, they should be fixed. A hernia is a bulge of tissue through a defect. A hiatal hernia is where part of the stomach goes up past the diaphragm into the lower chest. There are different types. A surgeon would have to evaluate this to see if surgery is needed. He or she may also do an endoscopy (egd). Read more...

What is the treatment for a hiatal hernia with chronic vomiting?

Surgical repair. Significant regurgitation or frank vomiting due to a hiatal hernia usually does not respond well to acid reducing drugs or other medications. These kinds of symptoms typically require surgical correction of the hiatal hernia. Your doctor should run tests to make sure that your esophagus functions adequately and that your stomach empties appropriately before proceeding with surgery. Read more...