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After 2 months of horrible tummy symptoms I have finally been diagnosed with a hiatus hernia after an endoscopy today. The consultant didn't have much time to chat so I've done research on the Internet about exactly what it is etc.
However I wondered whether anyone could share any advice on dealing with one/ things that set it off etc. the consultant said nothing needs to be done about It but I certainly cant live the way I have been for the past few months.
I feel a bit lost although relieved it's nothing more sinister. Not sure where to go from here.
Hi. I was diagnosed with one years ago now and with little/no info. Have found that eating small portions, nothing too spicy and not leaving too long a gap between meals helped. Oh, and qpregnancy was a nightmare - sleeping upright from 12 weeks... Hardly have any problems now unless really stressed. Use antacids when you need them and you'll soon work out your triggers.
I would look into it OP ,google and discuss with GP . If your GP is helpful ,open to that .
I'm sorry to make life complicated and hey this is just me googling but as I understand it antacids will knock any immediate indigestion /pains quickly on the head but then they cause your stomach to make even more acid in a rebound action PPIs and similar like omneprazole and ranatadine ( googling has done nothing for my spelling ) will greatly reduce the acid but ( like any drug ) have their own side effects like reducing your stomachs mechanism for dealing with viruses and bacteria . I also understand that they leave you liable to osteoporosis and B12 deficiency .
So maybe best approach is watching food intake and being aware of triggers ,don't eat before lying down/bed - go to bed with an empty stomach as possible . Prop yourself or your bed up so that your less flat at night .
At risk of destroying any credibility I may have I could post list of homeopathic tissue salts that are meant to reduce acid more gently .
Thanks everyone for your responses. I'm feeling more positive this morning after eating breakfast and having no pain!
Ginger roots - I would love any homeopathic remedies you've come across. I've already been on Omeprazole and had horrible side effects so I would really much rather manage it through diet than meds if I can.
Does anyone know what actually causes one? The only thing i can think of it that I've been going a bit mad recently with stomach workouts and maybe I could have strained too much?
Just wish I'd had a bit more time to discuss with the doc!
Thanks so much ginger roots - that sounds quite a concoction! I live in bedfordhshire so if you have any nearby nos. that would be wonderful, but otherwise I can just do some reasrch locally. Thanks again
I have one, so does my mother, and we manage them differently...
I take Omeprazole, but find that eating less fatty/spicy/acidic foods invariably means I can cut the dose, or miss out the occasional dose. Sadly, I loathe bland foods, so am resigned to antacids on the whole I also sleep with two pillows, which helps a lot, and eat my evening meal fairly early - makes massive difference.
My mother managed for years with dietary care and pillows alone, but now (aged 84) takes a low dose of one of the other PPIs too. She had pancreatitis a few years ago, cause of which was never discovered - nor has it recurred - but has been on a PPI ever since, with no side effects.
I think both of our hernias came after pregnancy...
My dh gets a terrible taste in his mouth but says he doesn't get heartburn. He says it's like something stuck in his throat. He had an endoscopy but it showed nothing. Going on for 2 years now. He was told it was silent reflux. He's not a red wine drinker