Hiatus hernias are quite common. People often have small hernias without even knowing it. The problem comes when the hernias become too large. Here we will go over some things to look for if you suspect you have a hiatus hernia.
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The first and most important step in determining whether you have a hiatus hernia is to know exactly what one is. A hiatus hernia is located where your oesophagus meets your stomach, and is caused by part of the stomach pushing through into the oesophagus.
Now that you know what a hiatus hernia is, there are some symptoms to look out for. If the following symptoms are bothersome or persistent you should check with your physician: Heartburn Belching Chest Pain Nausea
Another thing to be aware of with a hiatus hernia is that the symptoms are worse when you are lying down or leaning forward, and when straining or lifting heavy objects. Hiatus hernias will also get worse during pregnancy.
Finally, watch out for the following symptoms as they indicate a worsening of your hiatus hernia most likely caused when the part of your stomach poking through into your oesophagus gets twisted and the blood flow is cut off. If you experience any of the symptoms seek immediate medical attention! Severe chest pain Difficulty swallowing Obstruction of the oesophagus
Tips and warnings
- Learn self help treatments for hiatus hernias.
- Stop smoking.
- Always check with your physician when experiencing chest pain.
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