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Hiatal hernia definition

The esophagus connects the mouth and throat to the stomach. It passes through the chest cavity and enters the abdominal cavity through a hole in the diaphragm called the esophageal hiatus. The term hiatal hernia describes a condition where a part of the stomach that normally is located in the abdominal cavity pushes or protrudes through the esophageal hiatus to rest within the chest cavity.

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Comment from: Audra, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 12

I had absolutely no heartburn with my hiatal hernia. I had chest pain, shortness of breath, vomiting up food (but no acid or bile with it), nausea after I ate, and pain at the edge of my ribcage on the right side. The first doctor said it was stress. It just kept getting worse, and a friend thought I was having a heart attack. The second doctor I went to ran tests and found the sliding hiatal hernia and severe acid reflux disease. We are treating with Nexium and small (one-fourth to one-half cup size) meals for now. A weight loss regimen is to follow as soon as I heal enough to be off this bland diet. My doctor says while surgery is an option, he is against it and claims it doesn't hold well. I would just have it back again and again.

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Comment from: missmarilyn71, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

A former posted statement said she had vomiting that lasted for up to 8 hours after eating, and could not even take a sip of water during that episode. I was surprised as I have been having the same reaction for 13 years. My symptoms began after I had a VBG (vertical banded gastroplasty) stomach stapling in 2000. I thought the symptoms, which include extreme burping, were caused by that. I had an endoscopy 3 weeks ago and was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia. Since that diagnosis, my symptoms have increased in pain and duration. Some new ones have begun. Constipation that has lasted for up to 5 days, feeling of being choked and Inability to burp or have a bowel movement makes me feel pain and extreme pressure that lasts for hours to days. These are some of the symptoms I am having among others. This is horrible!

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