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Posted on Fri, 6 May 2016
Question: Hi, I just had and upper GI yesterday. I went as my doc thought possibly the pain and nausea in my tummy was an ulcer I haven't seen my doc yet. But doc who did upper GI said he sees a small hernia and that they can Cause reflux symptoms
Do hernias ever heal? Or is surgery the only answer so I can keep active. I am 55 but I still do high impact Zumba classes. I'm thinking that may be the prob? I don't know what else it could be. But jumping when I dance right now just doesn't sit well with this hernia so I am walking more and pre Cor ing.
I'm on nexium 40 mg a day until I see or talk to my doc about the results. Does that help hernias? We thought it was an ulcer
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Answered by Dr. Muhammad Sareer Khalil (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Hiatal hernia

Detailed Answer:
Hello and welcome

Your concern is appreciated

Hiatus hernia also causes reflux symptoms its a type of internal hernia when some part of stomach bulges into thorax through an opening in diaphragm through which esophagus is continous with stomach. Two types are sliding and paraesophageal. Most people dont experience any symptoms while some may have .
Symtoms include heart burn, chest pain, belching , diificulty swallowing like that of GERD cause one of its causes include hiatus Hernia.
Exact etiology is not known but risk factors include pregnancy, chronic cough, straining on defecation , lifting heavy objects, smoking, obesity , elderly people >50yrs
Hernia dont heel once they are formed they require surgical repair but in this case it depends in the severity of symptoms and type of hernia. Nexum do help as it reduces the symptoms caused by it. If hernia is in danger of strangulation its repaired.
Open surgery or laproscopic surgery is done .
You can also make some life style changes like avoiding caffien spicy foods carbonated drinks etc
Use milk and keep your head elevated from the body during sleep
You can use PPIs like nexum and antacids to reduce acidity.

Hope it will helps

Thanks

Dr M.S Khalil
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Brief Answer: Hiatal hernia Detailed Answer: Hello and welcome Your concern is appreciated Hiatus hernia also causes reflux symptoms its a type of internal hernia when some part of stomach bulges into thorax through an opening in diaphragm through which esophagus is continous with stomach. Two types are sliding and paraesophageal. Most people dont experience any symptoms while some may have . Symtoms include heart burn, chest pain, belching , diificulty swallowing like that of GERD cause one of its causes include hiatus Hernia. Exact etiology is not known but risk factors include pregnancy, chronic cough, straining on defecation , lifting heavy objects, smoking, obesity , elderly people >50yrs Hernia dont heel once they are formed they require surgical repair but in this case it depends in the severity of symptoms and type of hernia. Nexum do help as it reduces the symptoms caused by it. If hernia is in danger of strangulation its repaired. Open surgery or laproscopic surgery is done . You can also make some life style changes like avoiding caffien spicy foods carbonated drinks etc Use milk and keep your head elevated from the body during sleep You can use PPIs like nexum and antacids to reduce acidity. Hope it will helps Thanks Dr M.S Khalil