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can a small hiatal hernia cause pain and bloating

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I was diagnosed with a small hiatal hernia. I was tested because I have been having severe pain in my upper abdomen area. One Dr said that a hiatal hernia would not cause the pain I am experiencing and another said it would. In the mean time I am still having severe pain and extreme bloating and all tests that have been done show no reason.
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr Amit Munjal replied 9 years ago.


Do you have the symptoms of acid reflux ? retro sternal burning ?

What test have been done so far ?

Have you seen a gastroenterologist so far?

Customer: replied 9 years ago.
I do have some symptoms of acid reflux according to the Dr.
I have had an ultrasound, an upper GI and both a colonoscopy and an endoscopy.
The last Dr I went to was a GI Dr and he is the one that did the last tests.
He is also the one that said my hiatal hernia was insignificant.
Expert:  Dr Amit Munjal replied 9 years ago.


Well usually small haitus hernia are usually don't require any surgical correction and as said by the doctor it may not be significant .

A hiatal hernia by itself rarely causes symptoms and pain and discomfort are usually due to the reflux of gastric acid, air, or bile.

But presence of acid reflux symptoms you need to be prescribed usual medicines for reflux and general measures may be taken for reflux like following a proper diet for acid reflux

Raising the head end of the bed .

Avoid any spicy food.

Eat smaller meals.

Don't lie down soon after a meal .

Avoid smoking if you smoke .

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