Hiatal hernia

Hiatal hernia is a condition in which a portion of the stomach protrudes upward into the chest , through an opening in the diaphragm . Sometimes I can't go for days, sometimes I can't stop. 6 - Pain right in center of chest where esophagus meets stomach (hiatal hernia?) when I twist, bend, or turn a certain way. The diaphragm is the sheet of muscle that separates the chest from the abdomen . Definitely not my abdomen or hernia. It is used in breathing .
Overview
BelchingChest painHeartburn , worse when bending over or lying downSwallowing difficultyA hiatal hernia by itself rarely causes symptoms -- pain and discomfort are usually due to the reflux of gastric acid , air , or bile . Reflux happens more easily when there is a hiatal hernia , though a hiatal hernia is not the only cause of reflux . Do you think if a person had acid reflux and or a hiatal hernia it would cause rib pain?
Symptoms
The goals of treatment are to relieve symptoms and prevent complications.Reducing the backflow of stomach contents into the esophagus -LRB- gastroesophageal reflux -RRB- will relieve pain . Medications that neutralize stomach acidity , decrease acid production , or strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter -LRB- the muscle that prevents acid from backing up into the esphagus -RRB- may be prescribed.Other measures to reduce symptoms include : Avoiding large or heavy mealsNot lying down or bending over immediately after a mealReducing weight and not smokingIf these measures failure to control the symptoms , or complications appear , surgical repair of the hernia may be necessary . Thanks in advance Harry Hi there - I have a history of GERD, and eventually needed surgery to repair a hiatal hernia and tighten up the lower esophageal sphincter
Treatment
The cause is unknown , but hiatal hernias may be the result of a weakening of the supporting tissue . There can be inguinal hernias, in the leg torso area, there can be umbilical hernias at the belly button and there can be hiatal hernias in the area above your diaphragm and are effected by what you eat and how full your stomach gets. Increasing age , obesity , and smoking are known risk factors in adults.Children with this condition are usually born with it -LRB- congenital -RRB- . It is often associated with gastroesophageal reflux in infants.Hiatal hernias are very common , especially in people over 50 years old . Hiatal hernia is so common, about 50% of people have them at the age of 50. This condition may cause reflux -LRB- backflow -RRB- of gastric acid from the stomach into the esophagus .
Causes
Barium swallow x - rayEsophagogastroduodenoscopy -LRB- EGD -RRB-
Tests & diagnosis
Most symptoms are alleviated with treatment .
Prognosis
Controlling risk factors such as obesity may help prevent hiatal hernia . I also have a hiatal hernia, so that doesnt help either. I have tried aloe vera to help cure the pain surrounding my hiatal hernia.
Prevention
Pulmonary -LRB- lung -RRB- aspirationSlow bleeding and iron deficiency anemia -LRB- due to a large hernia -RRB- Strangulation -LRB- closing off -RRB- of the hernia
Complications
Call your provider if symptoms indicate you may have developed a hiatal hernia . I am not sure about a hiatal hernia causing the symptoms you talked about, but I think so. I had a hiatal hernia repair 3 years ago. He said that this goes along with the hiatal hernia. I have vibrations/twitches in the area where my esophagus would meet my stomach (like where a hiatal hernia would be), but I don't have a hiatal hernia & have several digestive system tests that have turned up negative. A hiatal hernia occurs when the stomach gets pushed up because of stress, wrong food combinations,gas. and other reasons. This third possibility is a hiatal hernia.

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Esophageal spasms can occur along with GERD and a hiatal hernia unfortunately.
IT showed a small sliding hiatal hernia
Been diagnosed as having a small hiatal hernia, reflux and gastritis, and am on Nexium 40 mg, once a day, 45 minutes before breakfast.
The colonoscopy showed Hiatal Hernia, Gastritis and IBS.
Next biopsy showed that I definitely had Barretts plus had added a hiatal hernia.

High Prob. Terms:
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My endoscope did show gastritis and a hiatal hernia.
I recently had an upper GI and a small hiatal hernia; plus acid reflux was diagnosed.
I've read that most often the hiatal hernia itself does not induce any symptoms but this type of pain is very similar(ie throbbing pain) to the inguinal hernia which I had repaired a couple of years back.
I had an Upper Endoscopy done which ruled the heartburn, GERD, Reflux out & Hiatal hernia.
Quote: Originally Posted by Solange1965 I was recently in the e.r. for kidney stones and after getting a catscan I was told I had a hiatal hernia which was news to me.