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Diaphragmatic hernia

What is Diaphragmatic hernia?

A diaphragmatic hernia is a birth defect in which there is an abnormal opening in the diaphragm, the muscle that helps you breathe. The opening allows part of the organs from the belly (stomach, spleen, liver, and intestines) to go up into the chest cavity near the lungs.

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My wife has a diaphragmatic hernia. What are the possible treatments? She has coughing fits (caused by stomach acid???) which cause her to swallow rapidly, preventing her breathing. This is very distressing for her (and me), as she is also an asthma patient.
Hello, XXXXXX,
The hernia that you mention occurs because of a defect in the
diaphragm, muscle separating the chest and abdomen.
The stomach is usually below and the esophagus is above the
level of the diaphragm. In this case the sphincter muscle
between the esophagus and the stomach is week and...
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Well, right now (at approx 4.30 am) i.ve been awakened by some kind of 'whooping cough', just as yesterday and the two days before that. It's very frightening experience, because of the almost endless stream of thick mucous shooting across my throat, threatening to cut off my breathing radically. Simultanuously spams like tiny electric currents are grating through my diaphragm. I have a 'diaphragmatic hernia', by the way. (I have been nursing a bout of flu, besides, for the past ten days). It might seem 'melodramatic', but yesterday and today I even contemplated suicide, on account of my impression of a gradual worsening of the situation (coughing combined with the spams.
O, I live in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, am a retired clinical psychologist (just turned 70 last August).
I went to see my family doctor yesterday and he prescribed: effervescent ACETYLCYSTEIN pills and an anti-biotic (AZITROMYCIN, 500mg). To no avail as yet. Finally, I also suffer from hypertension, reasonably in check now. That would not seem unusual at my age. All in all it's the coughing, mucous overload and the constant belly spams that are turning my life into some sort of hell now. I'd very much appreciate your advice, best regards,
XXXXXXX
Hi

Thanks for the query

According to the description, you seem to be suffering from acute sinusitis. Sinuses are the empty cavities in the skull to protect the brain. The acute infection and the inflammation of the sinuses are termed as acute sinusitis.

Following an attack of common cold or flu,...
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hello I know I have a hernia--have had a Barium X XXXXXXX and it showed up. however that happened in 1993 or thereabouts. Last Summer --i.e. one year ago, I began to have times when I couldn't sleep well without extra pillows and this has continued with the addition of a cough which is caused by the feeling of a blockage somewhere at the back of my throat. There seems to be some phlegm also . This cough was much worse earlier this year but seems now to be reducing. I have stopped eating late at night when I can and have lost weight though I was never very large in any case.
I also suffer from bad breath which really embarrasses me.
Is this all related to the diaphragmmatic hernia?.
Brief Answer:
Re-investigate Hernia, GERD, PND, bad breath cause

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for your query.

1. Since the diaphragmatic hernia has been detected very long ago, and since ou have managed so long without treatment, it must have been a sliding type of hiatus hernia.

2. You will...
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hi, I have pain (discomfort really), seemingly, in my diaphragm right below my ribcage. It's been on an off for 2 weeks and trying figure out if it could be strained adominal muscle or gas or both. I've been burping more than usual latetly. Thanks!
Hi and thanks for the query,

It might be important for you to get a proper clinical review. Did you have any notion of trauma? past history of gastritis or gastroesophagal reflux? Is it the first time you are experiencing this? Any hiccup associated?

A simple clinical review coupled with a simple...
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I become short of breath when lifting objects over 20 pounds. I also become very nauseated and dizzy. The symptoms are relieved after I rest for 10-15 minutes. My BP and HR remain normal (I checked both). No chest or cardiac pain, no numbing or tingling in arms, no radiation of pain. Just very short of breath, nausea and, dizzy relieved with rest.
One month ago had EKG which was normal. Had cardiac angiogram normal 2 month ago. Both were for anxiety and high blood pressure which is now controlled by metaprolol and xanax. Cardiologist said health is very good "lose some weight." I forgot to mention hernia as it did not become a problem until spring and I began lifting objects and digging with exertion.
Brief Answer:
Seems to because you are overweight.

Detailed Answer:
Dear Friend.
Hi , I am Dr Anshul Varshney , I have read your query in detail , I understand your concern.
Shortness of breath on exertion is seen in two conditions only:
1. Cardiac Disease
2. Respiratory disease.
You are already...
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I was diagnosed with a Hiatus Hernia a couple of years ago and have been taking a tablet daily since then.

I had a sickness bug last week and was vomiting quite often. I am now experiencing a pulling sensation which is quite uncomfortable around where I believe the hernia to be. Is this something that will wear off or have I caused more damage?
Hi,
Thanks for writing in.

Hiatus hernia is a benign condition where the stomach elevates itself into the thoracic cavity (chest portion) from the abdomen. In severe cases, the stomach is pulled slightly below, to its normal position and fixed by closing any defect in the diaphragm.

Since you...
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My baby had a persistant non visulisation of fetal stomach from 20 weeks and on weekly scans up to 28 weeks where a small stomach appeared but stayed small until he was born. He was born with a full esophagus and did not have the suspected diagnoses of esophagal atresia,he is now 12 weeks and seems to be thriving. Occasionally I do hear strange noises coming from his chest/stomach and sometimes with his breathing especially of a night time (possibly reflux ). I am writing to check if there are any other possible causes of persistant non visulisation of fetal stomach where baby has been born considered healthy but later findings have told otherwise. Is there perhaps a link to non visulised fetal stomach and Spinal Muscular Atrophy?
Hi
Thank you for your query
Ultrasound is a operator dependent procedure and occasionally can be missed by the ultrasonologist. Stomach bubble sometimes is migrated into the chest in a condition called congenital diaphragmatic hernia. But it would have been picked up if your baby had undergone...
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i AM HAVING PAIN IN MY LOWER RIGHT BACK AND SIDE AFTER EATING OR DRINKING. SOME IN THE LEFT SIDE TOO BUT NOT AS SEVERE. i DO HAVE HERNIAS THAT WERE REPAIRED WITH MESH ALSO, THEY HUR T WHEN YOU TOUCH THEM. mY DOCTOR SAID THE HERNIA WAS IN PLACE ACCORDING TO THE CAT SCAN HOWEVER THE HERNIA DIDN T POP OUT UNTIL AFTER THE CAT SCAN. HE THINKS THAT IT IS FLUID FROM THE HERNIA AND NOT THE HERNIA IT SELF AND WANTS TO ASPIRATE THE FLUID THAT HE SAYS IS THE MASS THAT I AM FEELING
Hello.
Thanks for writing to us.
The pain that you have in the back is likely to be related to hiatus hernia. This needs to be confirmed after an endoscopic examination. Treatment involves avoiding hot and spicy foods and proton pump inhibitors.
I hope this information has been both informative...
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Dear sir.
PFB the medical report of thw chest xray which I just recieved. please let know thw reason sevrity & the way out.

regards
vaman

Report:
Note in-adequate inspiration.
The Bony Thorax appears normal.
Trachea is normally oriented.
Cardia & Aorta appear nomal
Accentuated bronchovascular are noted bilaterally.
Both CP angles appear clear.
The Diaphragmatic domes appear normal
Incidentally note elevation of the left diaphragmatic dome due to marked gastric flatulense.
Hi vaman,
Thanks for visiting HCM.
Let me answer your query one by one.
1) During x-ray lung has to be filled completely with air i.e full inspiration is to be taken to outline the lungs properly. probably you have not inhaled maximally so they have pointed it out.
2)Bony thorax, trachea, heart...
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