Hiatus hernia or diaphragmatic hernia is caused when a portion of the stomach is located in the chest. Pressure on the abdomen or fullness of the stomach may cause a part of the stomach to move up in the chest. In such cases there may be bleeding or a feeling of distress. This type of hernia can happen in people of both sexes and all ages. However it is not considered to be a condition of middle age. People who have past the age of 50 and otherwise normal have small hiatus hernia.
Causes and Symptoms A hiatal hernia occurs at the opening in the diaphragm where the esophagus joins the stomach. A hernia is a protrusion of the lining of the stomach into this opening. Small hernias usually go unnoticed and may not require any treatment. Larger protrusions can cause digestive problems and should be treated. Untreated hernias can cause food and acid to back up into the esophagus. This can lead to symptoms such as heartburn, chest pain, nausea and excessive burping.
Health advice on hiatus hernia
While sleeping, elevate the head of your bed by around 6 inches with the help of firm padding. This will check the stomach acid from moving into the esophagus. Pillows increase the pressure on the abdomen, so do not use them.
Have Gotu Kola as it speeds up the healing process and works as an effective general tonic.
Make a paste of 1 dessertspoonful of slippery elm and mix it with chamomile tea. Eat it a little at a time for effective coating of the area.
Drink a quarter of a cup of Aloe Vera juice two times a day.
Drink diluted carrot juice half an hour before meals.
Eat fresh yoghurt and sip buttermilk along with your meals. To reduce pain cold compress with an ice bag but avoid putting any pressure on the swelling.
Wear comfortable clothes and avoid bending to pick up things. Do not carry excess weight and exercise regularly. Eat smaller meals and never overeat. Consume fibrous foods and avoid taking enzyme supplements as they contain hydrochloric acid.
Diet to follow: 1. Avoid spicy and acidic foods and do not take enzyme supplements containing hydrochloric acid. This will help to prevent hernia. 2. Exclude extra fiber in diet for an effective hernia treatment. 3. Reduce or avoid pressure on your stomach. 4. Avoid eating high cholesterol or fatty foods. They may cause bloating in the abdomen. 5. Avoid alcohol to get rid of hernia quickly. 6. Eat at least 2 hours before going to sleep to prevent hernia. 7. Instead of taking large meals eat small, bland and frequent meals to keep pressure on the esophageal 8. 50 % of the diet should contain carbohydrates and proteins and 50% should contain vegetables and fruits.
Tips to follows: 1. Avoid pressure on the swollen area and do not apply heat to the area. 2. Use an ice bag to control the pain. 3. Try to avoid stress and exhausting yourself. 4. Avoid exercising with full stomach. 5. In case you are overweight loose weight to relieve the symptoms. 6. Avoid smoking 7. Avoid wearing tight clothes around your abdomen or chest as they put pressure on stomach. 8. Lift up your head 6 inches from your bed. You can do this by placing bricks under the bed frame. Gravity will help to prevent the stomach acid from moving up into esophagus during sleep. This is also one of the advantageous home remedies for hernia.
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