hiatal hernia pain

June 9, 2011

Hiatal Hernia Shortness of Breath

Hiatal hernia is the term used to describe a condition in which a portion of the stomach has protruded into the diaphragm, either as a result of a tear or a weakness of the diaphragm muscle. When this occurs, it interferes with the flow of food through the esophagus and into the stomach, which can result in multiple problems including heartburn, chest pain, and shortness of breath.

Hiatal hernias are most common in individuals over the age of 50 and can be caused or aggravated by factors such as obesity, smoking, frequent coughing, poor posture, and heavy lifting. Many individuals who suffer from hiatal hernias do not experience any symptoms, but a small percentage of people will experience symptoms such as chest pain, difficulty swallowing, acid reflux, and hiccups.

One of the more disturbing symptoms reported with hiatal hernias is shortness of breath. This happens when the hernia crowds the chest area, thereby giving the lungs less room to work. With the reduced lung capacity, individuals who suffer from this condition often find that they have a hard time catching their breath, as well as feeling as if they never quite get enough oxygen into their lungs. It can make everyday activities such as climbing stairs much more difficult.

Often, lifestyle changes can be highly effective in mitigating the symptoms of a Hiatal hernia. Simple changes such as exercising more and improving posture can make a significant difference, especially when it comes to alleviating the shortness of breath that can occur with a hiatal hernia. Other recommended changes include eating smaller meals, refraining from heavy lifting, and elevating the head while sleeping. Dietary changes also have been shown to have a positive impact on these symptoms. Eliminating things such as caffeine, chocolate, and fried foods can be highly effective and preventing or eliminating these symptoms.

For many individuals experiencing shortness of breath due to a Hiatal hernia, implementing these lifestyle and dietary changes will allow them to successfully eliminate or manage their symptoms.

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March 7, 2011

Hiatal Hernia Exercise

Are you looking for an exercise to alleviate your hiatal hernia pain?

Then you’ve come to the right page.

A friend of mine almost died from a hiatal hernia right before my eyes. Talk about facing the reality of health and death. Ever since that evening, I’ve learned to really cherish my health and the blessings of a good digestive system.

Understanding what hiatal hernia actually is best illustrates why certain exercises are better than others.

Hiatal hernia is a violent upward muscle spasm that happens somewhere behind your heart muscle. The stomach starts the problem by losing its ability to move and digest food . . . usually from a lack of enzymes and stomach acid.

As food builds up and more food is added to an already backed up plumbing system, the stomach area bulges and stretches. Being filled to the brim with undigested food gases form from stagnation and the stomach herniates upward and out the diaphragm.

The hiatal diaphragm is the large muscle that is between your ribs and your organs, so the bloating stomach can really only push up to the one opening where your throat goes through.

What happened to my friend is the undigested pieces of steak he eat for dinner were pushed up through this opening in the diaphragm almost choking him to death.

Neither of us knew what to do, he kept pacing and choking, if he laid down, sat down or bent over it got worse.

Hiatal hernia is a scary ordeal and the best exercise we came up with after some fast Internet research was to ‘jump’. Luckily his wife had two things that saved him; a yoga ball and a tiny exercise trampoline.

The yoga ball helped by allowing him to stretch backward on the large flexible exercise ball . . . whereas the exercise trampoline made it easier to jump allowing gravity to exercise his diaphragm back down away from his throat.

Bottom-line exercising on a regular basis is the best prevention against you having a hiatal hernia event, along with eating small portions and chewing your food well.

Walking is the best way to exercise away any digestive stress. If you experience a hiatal hernia try jumping up in down. Rise on your toes and drop your heals like dead weight to the floor 10 times.

Then stretch backward over a large round, preferable soft object . . . yoga balls are large and soft enough to make this an easy exercise practice for hiatal hernia prevention too.

You were born to heal,

Todd M. Faass

Health Advocate

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March 4, 2011

Hiatal Hernia Pain

As you may already know hiatal hernia pain is the scariest kind of pain you’ll likely ever experience.

It’s a lot easier to avoid hiatal hernia pain than it is to try and stop it once it starts.

You’ll instantly know you’re having a hiatal hernia if suddenly after eating you can’t bend, sit or lay down, breathe or swallow. The undigested food you just swallowed will come up and sit in the bottom of your throat until you vomit it with a kind of weak, painful death shutter.

Normally your stomach can heave up food, but with a hiatal hernia, you’re trapped and so is your food . . . the pain is frightening. It’s a slow motion choking pain that cuts off your ability to swallow or spit up, that’s why it’s so dangerous and painful.

The undigested food is being wrenched up through the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES), a kind of seal or flap that keeps the contents of your stomach separate from your pain sensitive throat.

Your hiatal hernia pain could very well be the last thing you experience in this world unless you know what to do and that’s still no guarantee either.

The pain isn’t only physical, it’s emotional too. I’ve seen the bulging eyeballs and look of terror in my best friend’s face when he almost died from hiatal hernia attack.

What happens is your stomach isn’t digesting food, usually because of lack of stomach acid and enzyme power. This causes a painful bulging as gases form from the undigested rotting food.

The pain a hiatal hernia causes begins with the pressure forced upon all your organs, including your heart.

Then the diaphragm muscle cramps upward and forces your stomach and contents through a small opening. This is the worse pain as your stomach actually migrates up above this LES seal and bulges in your lower neck . . . the pain of a hiatal hernia is only there to spike your adrenalin so you do something fast before your choke or have a heart attack.

To stop the pain jump up and down, stand on your tip-toes and drop to you heels until your hiatal hernia spasm and pain stop. Then stretch your hands over your head, relax and go see a doctor for a stomach acid test as soon as possible.

You were born to heal,

Todd M. Faass

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October 20, 2010

Exercise and Hiatal Hernia

Do you have questions about your hiatal hernia and exercise? If you don’t, you should have. The whole problem with hiatal hernia is the physical stress placed upon your entire torso. A hiatal hernia, as you may well know, creates so much discomfort that it’s almost impossible to even bend over or lie down.

So thinking about exercise isn’t going get you anywhere, chances are that’s the last thing you feel like doing. The catch is . . . ?exercise really is of the utmost importance to reversing and curing your hiatal hernia pain.

So let’s find an exercise you can practice.

As you may already know exercising while lying down isn’t an option. In fact exercising on your back, side or stomach will only force more acid reflux up past your esophagus flap. This flap or Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) is really the main problem you’re dealing with.

It’s a mistake to think all hiatal hernias are caused from an acid reflux disease. In fact it’s usually the opposite case. Because there’s so much pressure in your stomach from eating too much of the wrong foods, it piles up and pushes against your esophagus flap.

Lack of exercise makes a hiatal hernia worse and may be one of the root causes in the first place.

Nothing beats going for a walk in the park after eating a meal. If you suffer from hiatal hernia, you really would benefit from exercising more after eating any amount.

So forget about lifting dumbbells, doing sit-ups and somersault, those types of exercise will make your hiatal hernia symptoms even worse than before.

Whatever you do while exercising, avoid putting any pressure on your hiatal hernia area.

Drugs for acid reflux should only be used by a small minority of hiatal hernia cases, and if used, use them only for a short time.

Covering up symptoms is counter-productive for most people, especially if you are capable of doing some simple exercises.

I suggest getting one of those big yoga exercise balls. I personally found this helps stretch the stomach area. You can exercise your abdomen by using the giant ball to arch your back, head over heels.

Another exercise which helps relieve hiatal hernia pressure is jumping up and down. In fact I would suggest a few tools, or toys. Pick up a small trampoline. This works great for people who can’t walk outside for one reason or another.

Living in the Snow Belt makes it hard to get out and having a little trampoline to walk and jump upon is a great way to invigorate digestion.

If you suffer from hiatal hernia, you’ve got to focus on whatever it takes to increase proper digestion.

If you’re really determined to exercise, buy a jump rope. I can’t think of a better exercise for a hiatal hernia.

Probably the easiest exercise for hiatal hernia is walking and there are many other benefits to walking, such as increasing circulation, moving food away from your esophagus, promoting movement of lymph fluid and it also encourages deep breathing. . . plus it keeps you away from raiding the refrigerator-which is the worst exercise you can be caught doing. I know it’s hard to even breathe with hiatal hernia, but when you can, use deep breathing exercises to.

Anything that stretches, creates downward movement and invigorates digestion is highly encouraged.

You were born to heal,

Todd M. Faass?

Health Ecologis

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