Top 5 Hiatal Hernia Symptoms
Think you might have a hiatal hernia? You are not alone. As people age and reach their golden years over half of them will develop a hiatal hernia. Googling your potential condition leaves you with more questions than answers unless you happen to know that the esophageal hiatus is an opening in the diaphragm, which you probably don’t. What you do know however, is how to listen to your body and thankfully hiatal hernia symptoms are easy to identify. Below are 5 of the most common:
1. Pain: is it generic? Sure, but it might be one of the more uncomfortable hiatal hernia symptoms. When your stomach gets stuck above your diaphragm, you can experience hiatal hernia pain.
2. Grossing out your cohabitants: Belching and hiccups are one of the common hiatal hernia symptoms, but their overly generic nature makes them a poor indicator of condition unless accompanying other symptoms. Stomach pain and bloating may be associated with this raunchy pair of symptoms.
3. Coughing: Just because you don’t have the sniffles doesn’t mean that cough isn’t important. While most people wouldn’t associate a cough with a gastrointestinal issue, a cough can signal a tummy in distress.
4. Heartburn: is it caused by your late night wing cravings or something else? Acid indigestion, while common, can also be a sign of hiatal hernia.
5. Difficulty swallowing: A lesser common of the hiatal hernia symptoms, difficulty swallowing (unless associated with an obvious illness like strep through) could mean your insides are fighting back, and they’re going vertical. While a lesser common of the hiatal hernia symptoms, difficulty swallowing should always be evaluated by your health care provider.
Hiatal hernia causes vary greatly and encompass everything from constipation straining to smoking. Weight and activity level play a key role, and so do hereditary and genetic factors. Luckily, while pinpointing the source of your new condition might be difficult, treating it is less so and can be done via home care and dietary changes. Exercising, losing weight and avoiding foods you probably shouldn’t be eating anyways will improve the condition of your stomach sucker. Antacids are there to lend a hand when home treatment is just not enough.
The most important thing to remember is that one (although uncommon) symptom of hiatal hernias is chest pain, and abdominal pain. If you have chest pain, do not sit around thinking about it and using online symptom checkers. Get yourself to a hospital.
Talk to your doctor about your symptoms and work with him or her to develop a treatment and lifestyle plan that works for you. And avoid the hot wings at all costs.