Q. If you have a hiatal hernia is it unusual for that spot to hurt and feel tender to the touch? – Lisa
A hiatal hernia is a when part of your stomach actually slides north into your thoracic (chest) area. This can result in stomach acid refluxing up into your esophagus and leads to a burning sensation.Many hiatal hernia occur without symptoms. If symptoms do occur the typical treatment is with a medication called a proton pump inhibitor that decreases your ability to produce acid. That sounds like a good idea and it will work to ease symptoms but you must be careful with prolonged use of these types of medications as they will interfere with your ability to digest food, they will nearly arrest any absorption of calcium which will lead to bone problems over time, they will contribute to intestinal problems as undigested food enters the small intestine and they don’t fix the actual problem of a hiatal hernia.
To answer your question, yes the area around your stomach can be tender to touch. Things that can exacerbate this problem are coughing, sneezing, obesity, constipation or anything that increases pressure in the abdomen. Keep that stool soft with a high fiber diet and plenty of water. Lose weight if you are heavy to reduce symptoms. Talk with your doctor if your case is severe to see if surgery is a viable option.
There are some natural products that can help to reduce reflux symptoms such as zinc carnosine and sialic acid. Glutamine, aloe vera leaf extract, and deglycyrrhizinated licorice root can help the cells to repair and work well in conjunction with a proton pump inhibitor. Avoid acidic foods like alcohol and coffee.
Dr. Gary Huber
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