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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Sliding Hiatal Hernia Symptoms
I have been diagnosed with a sliding hiatal hernia, GERD and esophagitis. A motility test indicated nonspecific esphageal motility. I have had chest pains, shortness of breath, astmatic symptoms, a feeling of bloating, pressure, or fullness,essentially the full cadre. I have been on every antacid known to man with very little relief. I have been evaluated cardilogically (echo, stress test, EKG`s) with normal results. Can the hernia be causing all this? Is surgery a good option given this scenario?
Most definitely a hernia can be the root of all your problems. A surgeon visit would be helpful to explain risks and benefits of fixing hernia and then you can decide with full information whether it would be useful or not.
Annette Kyprianou, MD
Senior Clinical Instructor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University