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Feeling hard between the ribs. Painful burning sensation while pushing. Problem in eating food and burping. Is it hiaedal hernia?

yes, I have a hardness between my ribs just below the sternum, it is not tender to the touch unless I really push it then it send a painful burning sensation up & down what feels like my esophagus . Recently I have had troubles eating, food feels like it gets stuck there and also have been having a hard time burping / the air gets trapped under the food and when I push to burp it just makes the esophagus hurt! I have been reading that it might be a hiaedal hernia but I dunno. I was on nexium for a while for acid reflux but that was 5 years ago and was only on it for a few months.
Asked On : Tue, 22 May 2012
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The symptoms you have described do look like a hiatal hernia.
You need a thorough physical exam to find out the exact nature of your problem and to decide the treatment plan.
For now you need to eat light meals and do not sleep immediately after you eat. even while lying down you need to tilt the bed a little to prop up your upper part of the body.
You may need to take the nexium again like before if the burning is moderate to severe.
In some cases it may even require a surgery. So I would suggest go see a surgeon or a gastroenterologist who could tell you exactly what is wrong after a physical exam.
Till then avoid fatty foods and eat light meals.
Take care
Answered: Tue, 22 May 2012
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