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Had a hyper acidity problem. Endoscopy said hiatus hernia. Why is there easiness and burping?

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Approx 8 yrs back i had a hyper acidity problem & when i did the endoscopy the doctor said i had haitus hernia. As of today i do not suffer from any acidity problem but i do feel post eating an uneasyness in my chest till i burp . Sometimes i also feel i can stretch my centre haitus chest muscle in the centre if i stand straight & move backwards.Is there anything to worry about?.
Posted Wed, 25 Apr 2012 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Mohammed Tauseef 5 hours later

Thank you for the query.

I would like to know few more things which would help me in suggesting you better:

1.) Do you have nausea, chest pain or heart burn?
2.) Did you sustain any injury to your chest area?
3.) Do you smoke?
4.) What is your height and weight?
5.) Did you get yourself treated for Hiatus Hernia 8 years back? Any Surgery was done?

Your history suggest symptoms of Hiatus Hernia, but it has to be confirmed by doing the following,

1.) Barium meal x-ray.
2.) Endoscopy.

Kindly don't panic, once the cause for your symptoms is confirmed, you will be treated with,

1.) Antacids that neutralize stomach acid.
2.) Medications to reduce acid production.
3.) Surgery (to repair the hernia defect).

Follow these lifestyle modifications:

1.) Eat six small meals instead of three large ones.
2.) Avoid hot, spicy and fatty foods.
3.) Drink plenty of water.
4.) Eat at least three hours before bedtime.
5.) Avoid alcohol and smoking if you do.
6.) Avoid lying down immediately after having food, sit up for a while.
7.) Exercise regularly for 30 to 40 minutes and maintain a healthy weight.
8.) Avoid stress, practice relaxation techniques like yoga and meditation.
9.) Sleep for a minimum of 8 hours daily.
10.) Sleep with the head end of your bed elevated.
11.) Stick to your treatment plan and go for regular follow up.

Hope I have answered your query; I will be available to answer your follow up queries. Please accept my answer in case you do not have further queries.

Wish you Good Health.

Take Care.

Dr. Mohammed Tauseef.
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