Frequent heartburn, especially at night is usually the first of the hiatal hernia symptoms to appear. A hiatal hernia happens when your stomach bulges through an opening called the hiatus. This is where the esophagus passes through the diaphragm connecting your mouth to your stomach. The diaphragm is a sheet of muscle that separates the chest from the stomach. A weakness in the muscles and surrounding tissue is usually the culprit. It is not at all uncommon for doctors to prescribe for patients presenting hiatal hernia symptoms a variety of life-style changes along with a series of non-prescriptive remedies for the problems. The changes seem minor but can go a long way to alleviate the majority of the symptoms. He may ask you to eat smaller meals more frequently instead of having 3 large meals a day. He may also suggest that you refrain from eating chocolate and mint and not to ingest any alcoholic beverage. Foods rich in fat are also a forbidden for those suspected of having this hernia. If you smoke or chew tobacco, it would be advisable to quit as soon as possible.
As the hiatal hernia symptoms are usually worse when you go to bed, it would be wise if you were to put your bed in a more inclined position. This can be easily accomplished in several ways, one of which would be to raise the head of your bed by putting it up on bricks. Another affordable option would be to invest in a wedge pillow. Since reflux means “to flow back up” raising your sleeping position will greatly curtail this effect.
One of the effects of having a hiatal hernia is “GERD” it has a technical name but most of us know it this way. A doctor can and should test for this if you go to him with severe recurring hiatal hernia symptoms. Just two months ago I was experiencing many of the symptoms of this condition. At the time I was clueless as to what was wrong with me. I drank milk of magnesia like it was cool-aid and was throwing back antacids as if they were skittles. Three weeks and the symptoms only got worse by the time I was throwing up my stomach acids I had finally had enough and went to the emergency room. The pain was intense as I recounted my symptoms to the doctor he turned and order for me to be given an ultrasound. That was the first time I ever heard the words hiatal hernia. As it turned out it was not a hernia, however, it was just as serious. I was taken to surgery right away and my Gallbladder was removed. You see I had been passing stones for months, a simple minimally invasive surgery, became one that left a 41/2 to 5 inch scar on my abdomen. My point is heartburn can be a serious thing aside from being a hiatal hernia symptom, it could also be something else. Get it checked and be sure before this happens to you.