GERD/Hiatal Hernia hereditary?

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dbab
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   Posted 4/6/2005 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone know if Hiatal Hernia is hereditary?  My mom has severe GERD, peptic ulcers and was dx'd about 6 years ago with hiatal hernia.  I was dx'd with GERD and peptic ulcers recently.  It seems that I'm going down the same path and I didn't know if its because its hereditary.  The reason I am asking is that I want to make sure that I am taking all of the precautions for my own child.  I always panic when he complains about something to do with his stomach or bowels because of my problems.  Am I just being an overprotective mother or do I really have something to be concerned of?


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ed'skathy
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   Posted 4/9/2005 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi!  Per my Doctors hiatius Hernia's are hereditary.  Every female in my family has one.  I had one that was savier.  While the others have minor hernias.   I had to have a Laparoscopy Fundoplication last month, my doctors discovered my hernia after 6 years of damage to my esophagus.  The majority of the  people who have this condition can live with it.  Diet, adjusting the head of the bed up 8-10 inches, and medication helps a lot.
One main thing you need to understand is the if yours in weak, you have to watch your weight, how much to lift, and don't push or drag heavy objects.  I use to work in jobs that required women to pick up to 75 lbs of weight, now I will not pick up more the 40 lbs.  Even after Laparoscopy, the doctors will not  guarantee that the stitches in the diaphram will not rip.

dbab
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   Posted 4/9/2005 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your reply. I hate to hear that this is very possibly hereditary but it helps to know. You said that every female in your home has one, do you know if it is more common in women?

Hugs and welcome to the board,
dbab
"Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you."
- John De Paola

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