Diagnosed with a Hiatus Hernia yesterday

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Panda_82
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   Posted 12/17/2011 9:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a gastroscopy yesterday as 4 weeks ago I had Norovirus and since then, my nausea hasn't really settled down. Before the norovirus, I used to get episodes of heartburn and nausea.
The gastroscopy showed a sliding hiatus hernia. Have to see my consultant next week to discuss everything as I was a bit too groggy when I saw him yesterday.
Any advice folks???? Already taking 20mg Omeprazole a day. What kind of things should I avoid eating etc?? And is it common to get nausea with a hiatus hernia.

I am 29, 51kg, and a non smoker

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 12/17/2011 3:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there

A hernia is one of those things that some people can have without symptoms, yet others aren't so lucky. I have a very small hernia and a touch of gastritis, and I think it's the latter that causes the nausea. I find DGL helps, especially first thing in the morning. The only thing that really knocked my morning nausea on the head was when I switched to taking my ppi at night. Taking it before breakfast seemed to leave me without protection just when I needed it most - lying down at night.

Have you got the head of your bed raised? You also need to avoid eating for at least 2 hours before you go to bed.

Most people find alcohol, tea, coffee, spicey food, citrus fruits (especially drinks) and tomatoes are triggers. But, everyone is different and you may discover over time that some of those things are OK for you but that something else isn't.

During your endoscopy you should also have been tested for coeliac disease and Helicobacter - make sure you ask about those when you go back for your results.

Depending on the size of your hernia and other findings (amount of inflammation and evidence of reflux), your consultant may or may not recommend surgery.

It probably doesn't seem fair to have this problem when you are young and not overweight and not smoking..... and not drinking heavily (I presume). However, whilst GERD type problems are more common amongst smokers, drinkers and those with less than desirable BMI, it can pop up in other unsuspecting individuals!

Have you tried taking a probiotic - just a thought seeing as things worsened after the viral attack.

Good luck for your follow up appointment - hope your nausea settles down soon.

MMM
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Panda_82
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   Posted 12/18/2011 6:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you very much for your post.
Have a follow up appointment next week. My helicobacter was negative so just waiting for the coeliac biopsies. Also have an MRI of my small bowel next week.
I get a lot of burps, hiccups and indegestion.
I take 20mg Omeprazole in the morning and have just been given a prescription for VSL#3 which is a strong probiotic. I also get a lot of chest pain - is this normal also?? I know it's nothing to do with my heart as it radiates accross my chest, especially after I have eaten.

Thanks very much for your reply.

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 12/18/2011 7:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Pain can be a feature of GERD yes - I had a lot of pain when mine first started. I still get pain now, but it comes and goes and I'm not alarmed by it now that it's dragged on for 18 months! One thing that seems to happen is that once you've had reflux and had everything sore, you're brain seems to be extra vigilent for any sign of irritation and somehow you end up with the pain messages being amplified.

It's also possible your pain is due to spasms around the base of the oesophagus - I'm not very well versed on that but others here have had that problem, so you might want to search and read around on what people have experienced with that.

Good luck with your further tests

MMM
New stuff: GERD. Interstitial Cystitis
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies, eczema, asthma
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