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Can hiatal hernia cause shoulder pain?

A hiatal hernia can caused referred pain to the left shoulder rarely but not normally to the right shoulder. One way it could cause some referred pain would be if the hiatal hernia is causing so much irritation to your diaphragm that its spasming on the right, which could lend itself to some referred pain, but this is not very common.

What does a hiatal hernia feel like? Many people can not feel their hernias from the outside of their body. If your hiatal hernia becomes strangulated, you may feel pain and tenderness in the upper abdominal and/or chest area. Listen to your body.

What are the symptoms of a hiatal hernia? Most small hiatal hernias cause no signs or symptoms. However, larger hiatal hernias can cause signs and symptoms such as: Heartburn. Belching. Difficulty swallowing. Chest or abdominal pain. Feeling especially full after meals. Vomiting blood or passing black stools, which may indicate gastrointestinal bleeding.

How does a hiatal hernia affect the body? A hiatal hernia can affect the body in mild or severe ways. The stomach produces acid to breakdown food before it passes into the intestines. When a portion of the upper stomach pokes up into the chest through the diaphragm, it can cause stomach acid or food to backup into the esophagus and chest.

Is hiatal hernia surgery very painful? No: Most of the hiatal hernia are performed through minimally invasive techniques with minimal post operative pain. Often times hiatal hernias are repaired with other procedures and all those procedures could result into some tightness under the breast bone for few days. However no sharp pain.