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CrohnsCrone
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   Posted 9/15/2008 7:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a gastroscopy not long ago and they discovered a very large hiatus hernia. It is causing me a lot of discomfort and the new food restrictions coupled with my Crohn's food restrictions leaves me not a lot of dietary choice.

I was talking to my GI today and told him I'd like to fix the hernia; but he says he hasn't seen good results with this surgery. He said that once they fix it, you can't burp or vomit any more. He's concerned about the burps because the gas can wreak havoc on the gut.

He is going to refer me to a surgeon so I can discuss it further. But I was just wondering if anyone here has any experience with this.

Thanks.

Squattie
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   Posted 9/15/2008 8:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a hiatial hernia. I once read that approx. 70% of the U.S. population has one. Mine makes me gag. I've never had surgery tho. Usually docs won't operate on them unless it's life threatening. The surgery doesn't hold up real well a lot of the time and you can actually re develop them.

My chiropractor gave me a great tip. First thing in the morning, drink a full glass of warm water and gently bounce up and down on your toes...but don't let your toes leave the floor. If you can get the glass of water down without puking the warm water acts to relax the muscles in the solar plexus and the weight of the water will pull the hernia down. Ya know...it really does help.
.....Squattie


LMills
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   Posted 9/15/2008 9:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I also have a hiatal hernia. My doctor has me on omeprazole for it. It's caused a lot of problems in the past but generally goes away the same way I treat Crohn's: liquid and/or soft diet, not straining that general area, and rest when you can. I know these don't always work though. Also, I've noticed that sometimes when I overexert myself it begins to act up.
20 years old, Diagnosed with severe Crohn's and colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone, pentasa, alinia, bentyl, prilosec, tandem plus, and the occasional ultracet
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy(very possibly due to Crohn's inflammation) in July of 2008.
Due to start Imuran September 17 depending on blood results.


Nanners
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   Posted 9/16/2008 7:10 AM (GMT -7)   
What symptoms are you having from it? I have one too and Squattie is right the majority of the population have one. The general symptoms are heartburn and that can be treated with meds like Prilosec, Nexium etc. I have also heard that the surgery is not very successful. So many folks hear they have a hiatel hernia and think something has to be done, when really a simple medication in most cases will do the trick. Good luck!
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


d2parrotperson
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   Posted 9/16/2008 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
My husband has one. He has goteen alot of relief from DGL Licorice and digestive enzymes. He's drinking coffee again and eating pizza, sauce, sausage & chocolate. The licorice is all natural, but you need to get a good quality brand for the most benefit. I am amazed hoenstly! He feels so much better that he only takes his ranitidine once in a while. Certainly not everyday.
150mg Azathioprine, Lomotil, Iron, Nexium 2/day, Fentanyl patch, Oxycodone, Baclofin
Crohn's, Fibromyalgia, Several bulging discs, Bone spurs, Osteoarthritis, Osteopenia, Reflux, Stenosis, Strictures, Dengenerating facet joints
2 resections
 
Stephanie
When I am weak, then am I strong


Keeper
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   Posted 9/16/2008 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
This may be a waste of time, but I had the idea that perhaps the way you breathe makes a difference. If you expand your lungs and pull in your stomach at the same time, this will put pressure on the diaphragm down and on the abdomen up. The weak point is the stomach valve and it seems to me that a hiatus hernia would result. I have been careful to expand my belly when I breath in - but I have not had a problem with heartburn lately, so I can't tell if it is doing anything. I think that pulling in your stomach happens more when you are tense. Anybody notice anything like this?

CrohnsCrone
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   Posted 9/16/2008 3:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the replies.

I've had one for a number of years and really had no symptoms as I was taking one Pantoloc a day.

A few months ago I started experiencing pain and distension just under the rib cage. I just assumed it was my Crohn's acting up in a new area although it did seem to be awfully high for Crohn's. Then I started getting terrible acid reflux and heartburn. Turns out my hiatus hernia has become quite large. I've doubled the Pantoloc which has helped somewhat. Although I do get bouts of nausea which I attribute to this as well as the food seems to sit in the part of the stomach above the diaphragm for quite a while.

Added to my Crohn's dietary restrictions, this is a real pain (often physical :-) ) so I just figured I'd get it repaired and at least I could cross that one off the list. Nothing is ever quite so simple though, is it.

I also do voice overs and sing and am finding I don't have nearly the control over my breath that I did which is frustrating as well. I also suffer from sarcoidosis and apparently the acid and reflux aren't good for that.

Anyway, I'm just exploring my options right now. My GI has set me up for a small bowel follow through just to get a lay of the land in the esophagus. I do that in a couple of weeks. Don't have an appointment with the surgeon yet.

d2parrotperson
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Total Posts : 320
   Posted 9/18/2008 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
again, I highly recommend the DGL licorice. It's good for both the hernia and the Crohn's.
150mg Azathioprine, Lomotil, Iron, Nexium 2/day, Fentanyl patch, Oxycodone, Baclofin
Crohn's, Fibromyalgia, Several bulging discs, Bone spurs, Osteoarthritis, Osteopenia, Reflux, Stenosis, Strictures, Dengenerating facet joints
2 resections
 
Stephanie
When I am weak, then am I strong

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