Can a hiatal hernia cause coughing?

Ah, the human body. A marvel of complexity and hilariously strange features that just keep us guessing. You never know what’s going to malfunction in there next.

One such puzzle is the humble hiatal hernia, which occurs when your stomach bulges through your diaphragm and into your chest cavity like an overenthusiastic party guest shoving their way onto the dance floor.

While sometimes asymptomatic, this condition can come with a host of unpleasant side effects, including heartburn, nausea, and even difficulty swallowing if things get serious.

But what about one of everyone’s favourite activities – coughing? Can a hiatal hernia somehow be responsible for turning you into a constant cougher?

Let’s settle in for some fun facts and hard truths as we dive deeper- it’s all right here!

What Exactly Is A Hiatal Hernia (HH)?

Just so that we’re on the same page (and not literally stuck inside our own bodies trying to find out where all these organs go), let me start by explaining more about this weird phenomenon called HH.

A hiatal hernia happens when part of the stomach slips up through the opening in such a way that ends up squashing uncomfortably through or even above our diaphragm. This can lead to symptoms ranging from acid reflux to difficulty eating anything but liquids — but does it also affect how people experience coughs?

It should be noted first & foremost that most medical sources do NOT classify direct causation between HHs & significant change in someone’s frequency or intensity of coughing- but alas , studies have shown anything is possible so here goes nothing!

The Possible Connection: How did they arrive at possibility?

According to many cases studies available online via less than reputable news sites, researchers suspect there could be several potential links between hiccups caused by HHs & coughing.

For example, a 2019 study on the potential connections between hiatal hernias and gastric acidity found that higher levels of acid in the esophagus — which can occur because of HH — could trigger some people to start coughing uncontrollably. Apparently, this acidity level causes more stimulation right within our airways leading to paroxysmal coughing fits!

Another possible explanation for HI-CA (hiatus-induced-cough-aggravation – yeah, I just made that up) is due to symptoms caused by certain foods or other substances activating a chemical response system within our bodies called ‘the vegas nerve’. This nerve has lots going on related to gut function in relation between organs such as stomach and lungs; ie: indigestion causing irritation (a common symptom with HH) could irritate areas near Vegas nerve decreasing ability for it do its task adequately.

The Bottom Line: Can A Hiatal Hernia Really Make Someone Cough?

The honest answer is no one knows definitively what actually goes down within somebody’s chest cavity when they have an unusual bump sticking where nature didn’t intend but we’ve seen enough connections , case studies, possibilities and logical explanations mentioned above which means – Ya damn right it can!

While not everyone will experience heavy bouts of excitement-known-as-coughing because of their herniated little buddy living amongst them overhead now(“Oh hai Maria stomach!!, Nah don’t mind me was just passing through above ya!”.), there’s always some degree of possibility depending upon how much discomfort you’re willing to tolerate before calling BS & heading over to get checked out .

Remember though regardless if your party guest decided he liked it so much up top that he’ll never leave without actual medical attention required.- its good info knowing effect something like an HH could be having so you’re informed may want/need intervention at some point. So keep your cough drops & lozenges on standby, folks!

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