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Hiatal Hernia

UNDERSTANDING A HIATAL HERNIA

CAUSES?

Anything that puts intense pressure on your abdomen can contribute to HIATAL HERNIAS including:

  • Persistent or severe coughing or vomiting
  • Straining while going to the bathroom
  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Substantial weight gain
  • Pregnancy

A PORTION OF YOUR STOMACH BECOMES A RESERVOIR FOR GASTRIC ACID WHICH CAN EASILY BACK UP INTO YOUR ESOPHAGUS.

COMMON SYMPTOMS

Most SMALL HIATAL HERNIAS don’t cause any problems. You may never know you have one unless your doctor discovers it when checking for another condition.

A LARGE HIATAL HERNIA can allow food and acid to back up into your esophagus, leading to:

HEARTBURN, BELCHING, CHEST PAIN

SYMPTOMS CAN WORSEN WHEN YOU:
  • Lean forward
  • Strain
  • Lift heavy objects
  • Lie down
  • Are pregnant
TREATMENT

If you’re experiencing recurrent gastroesophageal reflux, you may get relief from simple changes in your lifestyle:

  • Eat small meals
  • Avoid problem foods & alcohol
  • Limit fatty foods
  • Lose weight
  • Elevate the head of your bed
  • Sit up after you eat
  • Take time to relax
  • Stop smoking

If these changes are not effective, some medications may help ease symptoms.

Check with our doctor to find out what would be best for your symptoms.

Small hiatal hernias without symptoms may not need any treatment.