The cause of a hiatus hernia is still unknown. The condition occurs when part of the stomach starts coming up through the diaphragm. Suffering from a hiatus hernia can be extremely painful. The symptoms include chest pains, heartburn, and even difficulty swallowing. There are some things you can do to help relieve the symptoms of a hiatus hernia.
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Eat small meals. The larger meal will engorge the stomach. This can cause the stomach content to push it's way back up into the oesophagus. There is also less chance of gas with a smaller meal.
Stay in an upright position after eating. When you lay down the food can come back up if you have a hiatus hernia. Walking after a meal can help aid in digestion. This will allow the stomach to return to a normal size more quickly. Laying down will relax you and the metabolism slows down. This can lead to painful gas and acid reflux, not to mention weight gain.
Neutralise stomach acid. This can be done with medications. Medications like Nexium or Pepcid AC can help to relieve the certain symptoms associated with a hiatus hernia. You can also start watching what you eat. Foods that naturally cause heartburn, such as spicy foods, should be avoided.
Schedule a checkup. There are times the symptoms of a hiatus hernia can be confused with a heart attack. You should rule out the possibility of a heart condition. Your physician can also advise you as to what medications may work to alleviate some of the symptoms of the hiatus hernia.
Prevent further damage to the oesophagus, stomach, and hiatus by following the prescribed treatment of your physician. Age, diet, and lifestyle can affect the seriousness of the hiatus hernia. Always follow up with routine office visits to keep healthy.
Tips and warnings
- Some people find that by raising the head of the bed, certain heartburn symptoms are alleviated while they sleep.
- Never ignore any unknown pain in the body. This could be an indication of a more serious health matter.