FIXYA volunteers don't have medical degrees, and advice is from the internet or their personal opinions. So many people want to ask questions to complete strangers on the internet, who may be self-serving or mistaken, and have no obligation to follow up with you to see if your medical condition is improved. So fair warning to you and other FIXYA questioners:
You can justify getting a second opinion from another Docter, and your insurance plan should have a provision to pay for it, especially if surgery is even being considered.
Years ago, Doctors discovered that many ulcers were curable with antibiotics.
Also, rarely is surgery needed for Hiatal Hernias, according to the internet medical information sites, but they are not a substitute for a professional medical opinion.
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How is it treated?
If you have no symptoms
, you don't need treatment.
If you have mild symptoms
, your doctor may suggest lifestyle changes and perhaps nonprescription
medicines. Here are some things to try:
If you often have symptoms or have severe symptoms
- Change your eating habits.
- It's best to eat several small meals instead of two or three large meals.
- After you eat, wait 2 to 3 hours before you lie down. Late-night snacks aren't a good idea.
- Chocolate, mint, and alcohol can make GERD worse. They relax the valve between the esophagus and the stomach.
- Spicy foods, foods that have a lot of acid (like tomatoes and oranges), and coffee can make GERD symptoms worse in some people. If your symptoms are worse after you eat a certain food, you may want to stop eating that food to see if your symptoms get better.
- Do not smoke or chew tobacco.
- If you get heartburn at night, raise the head of your bed 6 in. (15 cm) to 8 in. (20 cm) by putting the frame on blocks or placing a foam wedge under the head of your mattress. (Adding extra pillows does not work.)
- Do not wear tight clothing around your middle.
- Lose weight if you need to. Losing just 5 to 10 pounds can help.
, you may have GERD. Lifestyle changes may help, and your doctor may prescribe medicine. In severe cases, surgery can be used to pull the hernia back into the belly.
Hiatal Hernia Topic Overview