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Hiatal hernia or GERD?

have you ever had this before? what were your symptoms and how did you cure it? any answers will be greatly appreciated. thank you!

Hiatial Hernias happen when a bit of the stomach tissue protrudes into the esophagus. Gastric Esophageal Reflux Disease is where gastric juices get up into the esophagus.

Both conditions are very uncomfortable and can cause serious damage to the bottom of the esophagus.
I haven't but my grandmother has a hiatal hernia and GERD. Check out the below pages for more info. :)


Acid indigestion at night and difficulty swallowing at times. After ignoring it for a while I actually developed a cough from the damage to my esophagus. Try Prilosec OTC for a few weeks and see a doc.
I hiatal hernia can have all of the symptoms of GERD and is taken care of by surgery. GERD is treated with medications to help control it. A hiatal hernia is diagnosed with special testing or a chest CT. (chest cat scan)

What is GERD?
Your stomach is filled with acid. Its purpose is to help digest the food you eat. Believe it or not, this acid is the same acidity as battery acid. Your stomach is built to handle the acid it produces. However, your esophagus isn鈥檛. So when acid backs up into your esophagus, it can cause the burning sensation known as heartburn.

Almost everyone has occasional heartburn. But if these symptoms occur two or more days a week for at least three months, you may have GERD, or acid reflux disease. Acid reflux occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (the valve separating the esophagus and stomach) does not close properly, allowing acid to back up into the esophagus.

GERD is a chronic condition and may lead to more serious medical conditions, but is treatable. In this section, you鈥檒l learn about the causes and common symptoms of GERD, a disease that is more common than you might think.
Left untreated GERD can erode your esophogus and cause major damage.
and it is very painful. My doctor cured it with prilosec (sic)....Go to a gastroligist and get an EGD. It will survey the current situation, and it is painless...
Good Luck
I know someone who has it. The symptoms are indesgestion, difficulty swallowing, upset stomache, and food backing up. You need to see a doctor for possible esophogeal surgery. He can widen your esophogus tube, and it will go back to normal. I don't know about hiatel hernia, that';s a seperate condition.
A friend who had it in previous years, and her doctor.
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