Symptoms of Hiatal Hernia and Treatment

Learning about Hiatal Hernia

Posted on 9/30/2008 8:03:43 AM

Hiatal Hernia happens when there is a weakness and enlargement of the opening of your diaphragm. As a result, this can make the upper part of your abdomen slip in the Herniation.

There are no symptoms for this unless you have it check by a doctor. Changing your lifestyle and eating the right kind of food can help in treating hiatal hernia.

Hiatal hernia is a medical condition where in the upper area of the stomach goes beyond the chest cavity through the esophageal hiatus. It means to say that there is a weakness and enlargement in the opening of your diaphragm. This opening is referred as herniation where in it can allow upward passage of the stomach in the diaphragm. Hiatal hernia is a condition that is common to people when they reach 60 years of age. There are two types of hernia – sliding type and fixed type. The sliding type happens when the stomach and esophagus slides in the hiatus when there is a pressure in the cavity of abdomen. When the pressure is gone, the upper area of the stomach will go back to the original position. The fixed type is the thing wherein the stomach is stuck in the cavity of the chest.

A hiatal hernia is usually common to those people who are overweight. Generally there are no symptoms of this condition except when you undergo x-ray. They say that gastresophageal reflux can actually tell you if you have a hiatal hernia. This is a burning sensation that you feel in the lower chest and upper part of the abdomen. Experts say that hiatal hernia can add to the backward flow of the contents of your stomach. Smoking and eating certain kinds of food can definitely contribute to acid back up and this would result to symptoms that may get worse. It would often lead to inflammation of the esophagus that will make swallowing difficult.

Symptoms of Hiatal Hernia

Although it is said that hiatal hernia doesn’t have symptoms, some people would usually feel chest pain or pressure within the area. Heartburn, coughing, belching and hiccups are some other symptoms of this condition. Sometimes when one is experiencing severe hiatal hernia, there is a tendency that it can cut blood supply in the area therefore causing serious illness.

Treating Hiatal Hernia

In order to treat hiatal hernia, you need to change your lifestyle. You need to modify your activities that include heavy lifting, straining and bending over. It would be best if you improve your posture. Proper exercise is also another solution to the problem. Try sleeping in an incline manner. Choose activities that are standing especially after each meal. It would be best to make changes in your diet. Try to avoid drinking coffee and alcohol. It is advisable not to eat 2 to 3 hours before going to bed. Avoid eating large meals.
 

There are over the counter drugs that you can buy. Before purchasing any drugs make sure to check with your doctors first. Mylanta, Zantac, Pepcid, Axid are some oral medications that you can buy.
 

If you got a gastroesophageal reflux, it would be best if you undergo a program that will aid in its prevention. Of course if symptoms persist and it gets worst, you might need a surgery to stop bleeding or clear out obstruction. The goal is to rebuild the sphincter and repair hernia.
 

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