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What are the symptoms of hiatal hernia?

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Posted on Fri, 15 May 2015
Question: Hello, I have a hyneial hernia, and about a month ago, I threw up in my sleep. I woke up and couldn't breath, made myself vomit and went back to bed. Three days later, I had a panic attack? It started with a migraine, I took some excederine and than took a bath, got out of the bath and my left hand was numb and tingling like it was asleep, followed by all of my limbs. This appears to have been a panic attack The first one in my life and hit hypotension crisis on a BP machine. 185/123, I have extreme stress in my life the last 3 months.Since that day, I have experienced anxiety and heaviness in my arms and feet that switch sides, heaviness in my chest. Than I started, getting this daily. I have full dextery and Xanax seems to make the symptoms go away. I also get a feeling of physcosis. I have no medical history of severe health issues other than chronic migraines I can't imagine what this could be. It does seem to make it worse when I smoke cigs. I was a heavy smoker a pack and half a day, I have cut back down to a half of pack. The symptoms are happening now both legs and left arm feels heavy, my feet are a little tingling. I just left the hospital were my Grandmom was admitted. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Again Xanax makes the symptoms go away or makes me feel reduced. I don't know why it's happening so often.
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Answered by Dr. Riyanka Chail (58 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Consultation with a physician, general surgeon and psychiatrist is required

Detailed Answer:

Hello sir,
Thanks for writing in to us at hcm.

This is Dr.Riyanka and I am glad to be helping you with your query.


As far as i know there is no term called as hyneial hernia and probably you are referring to hiatal hernia.
Your diaphragm normally has a small opening (hiatus) through which your food tube passes to join your stomach.
A hiatal hernia occurs when part of your stomach pushes upward through your diaphragm.
The symptoms are belching, chest pain , regurgitation of food, vomiting. This is more common in obese people.

Therefore the episode of vomiting that you got was probably due to this problem. You should consult a general surgeon regarding this as you may require treatment be it medical or surgical depending on the seriousness of the problem.


It definitely looks like you have been under lot of stress hence may be having chest pain , panic attacks and restlessness. However, since you are a chronic smoker it is important to rule out any cardiovascular problems or respiratory problems.

It is important to visit a general physician/ cardiologist regarding a few non invasive cardiac tests like Electrocardiography and Echocardiography and a few blood tests.
The drugs like xanax is highly may relieve stress but has many side effects and also dextery is not good for long term use. Hence , you could visit a pschiatrist regarding panic attacks.

Meanwhile you can try doing yoga and meditation for 30 minutes each day for relaxation.

You need to make life style modifications like slowly cutting down on smoking to avoid withdrawl symptoms and dietary changes.

Hope this answers your query.
Do write back if you have any further doubts.

Get well soon
Dr.Riyanka

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What are the symptoms of hiatal hernia?

Brief Answer: Consultation with a physician, general surgeon and psychiatrist is required Detailed Answer: Hello sir, Thanks for writing in to us at hcm. This is Dr.Riyanka and I am glad to be helping you with your query. As far as i know there is no term called as hyneial hernia and probably you are referring to hiatal hernia. Your diaphragm normally has a small opening (hiatus) through which your food tube passes to join your stomach. A hiatal hernia occurs when part of your stomach pushes upward through your diaphragm. The symptoms are belching, chest pain , regurgitation of food, vomiting. This is more common in obese people. Therefore the episode of vomiting that you got was probably due to this problem. You should consult a general surgeon regarding this as you may require treatment be it medical or surgical depending on the seriousness of the problem. It definitely looks like you have been under lot of stress hence may be having chest pain , panic attacks and restlessness. However, since you are a chronic smoker it is important to rule out any cardiovascular problems or respiratory problems. It is important to visit a general physician/ cardiologist regarding a few non invasive cardiac tests like Electrocardiography and Echocardiography and a few blood tests. The drugs like xanax is highly may relieve stress but has many side effects and also dextery is not good for long term use. Hence , you could visit a pschiatrist regarding panic attacks. Meanwhile you can try doing yoga and meditation for 30 minutes each day for relaxation. You need to make life style modifications like slowly cutting down on smoking to avoid withdrawl symptoms and dietary changes. Hope this answers your query. Do write back if you have any further doubts. Get well soon Dr.Riyanka