Do stomach hernias hurt?

If you’re anything like me, the word “hernia” makes you cringe. The thought of something protruding where it doesn’t belong is enough to send shivers down your spine – and not in a good way.

But what about stomach hernias? Do they hurt as much as other types of hernias? Or are they relatively painless? Let’s dive into this belly-first and find out.

What is a Stomach Hernia?

First things first: what exactly is a stomach hernia, anyway?

Put simply, a stomach hernia occurs when part of your stomach pushes through an opening in your diaphragm. Your diaphragm is essentially the muscle that separates your chest cavity from your abdominal cavity. Normally, there’s no hole or gap for any organs to squeeze through.

Unfortunately, sometimes weaknesses or tears can develop in the diaphragm – allowing for uninvited guests (AKA parts of your insides) to crawl up into places they shouldn’t be.

There are two primary types of stomach hernias:

  • Hiatal Hernia: This type develops when part of the top portion of the stomach squeezes through an opening called the hiatus – which itself is located within the diaphragm.
  • Paraesophageal Hernia: With this type, a portion of the stomach bulges upward next to (instead behind) the esophagus.

Symptoms & Signs You May Have A Stomach Hernia

Okay okay enough with all these boring medical terms let’s get real here: do I have one of these things lurking around inside my body? Here are some signs and symptoms that could indicate yes:

Heartburn / Acid Reflux

Are you feeling that annoying burning sensation in your chest anytime acid comes back up after eating or drinking something acidic such as tomatoes sauce or alcohol ? No bueno. This could be a sign of stomach hernia, specifically a hiatal one.

Chest Pain

Now if you are experiencing severe chest pain or pressure, see your doctor asap this is not to be played with but it can stem from a tear in the diaphragm caused by paraesophageal hernias .

Abdominal Discomfort

You feel tightness and bloating under your rib cage that never goes away? Sounds like something has escaped up there! A type I hiatal hernia might cause these symptoms along with eating larger meals, bending over or laying down quickly after consumption.

Trouble Swallowing

When you swallow food, does it tend to get stuck halfway down your esophagus ? That’s not normal folks ,so call your physician- this symptom may cause trouble breathing when left untreated!

So…Does It Hurt?

Ah yes the million-dollar question: do stomach hernias hurt? The answer isn’t exactly straightforward – because it depends on what type of hernia we’re talking about and how severe its effects are.

That being said, here’s what we know:

Hiatal Hernias

With this type of hernia, discomfort tends to center around the upper abdomen area (think: right behind the breastbone) and naturally where heartburn comes in play . Consequently that pie you indulged last night out will likely put you through fire especially whilst laid flat or soon after consuming anything acidic.. From time to time people don’t experience any obvious signs at all ;they may wonder why they sometimes coughs uncontrollably each evening whilst lying perfectly still in bed for no reason whatsoever ? You guessed it !Hiatus Hernias which causes frequent reflux issues undiagnosed for months.

So wowza : now you know pain associated with hiatus happens due to acid reflux moving into your esophagus creating inflammation leading into difficult breathing , chest pain and a burning sensation especially at the back of the throat .

Paraesophageal Hernias

First, it is important to know that a paraesophageal hernia may pose serious health risks compared to hiatal ones. While often asymptomatic & untreated for years ; in more rare cases symptoms can be severe.

If left untreated, blood flow could be compromised cutting off circulation which leads to organ death (AKA necrosis) . Unpleasantly unexpected drop in BP or passing out while feeling nauseous after eating , vomiting constipation or bloody stool are all no joke signs you should get checked immediately.

Now on the mild end ? It’s possible this type would produce no pain whatsoever. Those with other experiences report generalized abdominal discomfort, difficulty swallowing certain things like pills large enough yet not much further beyond that.

What Can I Do About It?

As with any medical concern it is wise consult your doctor to confirm any suspicion of a stomach hernia ; there really aren’t very doable heaps of self-diagnosing one can do her unfortunately!

However as an over-all advice here are some tips :

  • Adjust Your Eating Habits: Avoiding larger meals and following prescribed diets could help alleviate non-extreme discomfort associated with hiatal hernias.
  • Exercise More Frequently: Workouts positively impact how we feel inside and out overall so why not avoid putting too much pressure around your waistline altogether by exercising regularly?
  • Seeking Quality Sleep Position: Endorsement from experienced physicians suggest avoiding sleeping flat on one’s bad side by providing an elevation support pillow adjustments lessening reflux when sleeping

Unfortunately those suffering from extreme cases may require surgical intervention but regardless monitoring yourself via yearly appointments & additional care advised can stave off potentially gut-wrenching outcomes (pun intended).

Remember, just because someone has been diagnosed with or experiencing symptoms suggesting stomach hernias doesn’t mean they will go through all the symptoms listed here; nor does it mean even someone without diagnosed hernias couldn’t be facing one at some point in their life. But, i’m getting ahead of myself or yours ;ending with peace of mind , we know hishernias can symptomize as heartburns while paraesophageal ones could lead to severe pain & other major signs- yet being proactive and working with health practitioners will more often than not promote a better outcome over anything else!

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