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SaggitariusGirl
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   Posted 9/21/2013 8:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello guys. I have a question for you, hope you can help me. What do you think caused your hernia? My doc said that it probably was because of weight lifting, but I've never even tried this exercise so..what? (: Thinking..maybe lots of stress? Can coffees do that? Bad diet? Lots of antibiotics? Don't know..just trying to find a logic explanation! Thanks in advance!

1039smooth
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   Posted 9/21/2013 9:53 AM (GMT -6)   
I think what causes them is a mystery. I think I got mine from doing an exercise to try and strengthen my back. The exercise was a pelvic tilt. Based on the motion of the exercise, a hiatal hernia makes sense. This is just another example of me hurting myself while trying to improve myself.

lajenner
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   Posted 9/21/2013 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I had 3 babies, 2 of which were very large. I gained very little weight, so my doctor felt those big babies may have contributed to it.

An endoscopy in 1999 or 2000 measured mine as small. In 2009 it was moderate. Last month it was very large.

I began a serious routine of Pilates 3 years ago. It includes a ton of ab work. Who knows, maybe this contributed to the increase in size?

Many, many people have hiatal hernias and never have an adverse symptom related to it. I sure wish I had been one of those!

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   Posted 9/21/2013 1:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Basically everyone has a HH. They have to in order for the esophagus to get into the chest. Now if that hernia gets enlarged, then there is a problem.

The esophagus doesn't just attach to the diaphragm, it goes through a hole in it....hernia. It is also called a hiatus, but in basic terms it's just a small hernia that is natural. Unlike when the muscles split apart unnaturally.

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SaggitariusGirl
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   Posted 9/22/2013 12:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks. I hope I was one of those as well Iajenner

SaggitariusGirl
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   Posted 9/22/2013 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Iajenner, if you compare the pain/discomfort you've been feeling with your hernia, is it much more now with the larger hernia? What are thinking about it, are you considering surgery to fix it?

lajenner
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   Posted 9/22/2013 1:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Sag girl, I never experienced pain from the hiatal hernia that I was aware of. I had it repaired 12 days ago - nissen fundoplication - I had other related problems, which required the repair. You can read about my progress in the Laurie's journey thread.

BrandyLeigh84
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   Posted 9/22/2013 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Girl -- I was told the common factors for these dang hernias in the chest wall r cause by straining your Diaphragm by vomiting, lifting, going #2 etc. I've never heard of any types of foods causing it--have u had surgery to repair it yet? There is truly no Definite fact of y this happens there's also many ppl who have a hernia but they never know cuz it never bothers them.

Smooth- I hear ya when u think its fm exercise cuz I love exercising and I sure feel burning w weights :( the reflux always got so much worse :( since my surgery 11 days ago I have only had 2 episodes of Acid reflux --another huge factor is weight Fluctuating I was 202lbs last December now I'm 148lbs :) but I also had to diet to get my Nissen surgery ...

Lajenners --it's very likely it's fm having children and stretching type exercises that would cause increased size ...

Opnwhl4 --I'm w u on the everyone has one it just doesn't affect everyone the same way...even most of our symptoms seem the same but there's a to of varities and how painful or damaging it is to your daily life...I believe what stops the movement of the stomach to the Esophagus Is simply the size of the whole in the Diaphragm not everyone has the actual hernia that causes it --on google it has some gr8 images ..but hey I might b wrong :) if u find out different let me know ...pretty plez ..and the hernia is the swelling of the stomach or the part of the Esophagus that swells causing Tears .

SaggitariusGirl
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   Posted 9/23/2013 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Brandy, no I haven't had surgery, my hernia is small so they just said that taking care of my diet would be enough.

StephanieJean
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   Posted 9/23/2013 1:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Honestly-I think my hernia was caused by past bulimia. I wouldnt admit that to anyone I know in real life, and although I was recovered for a few years prior to the doctors finding my hernia, I think I got it from that, and made it worse with physical activity. I started having uncontrollable reflux after moving houses and lifting heavy things. :(

SaggitariusGirl
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   Posted 9/26/2013 12:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Stephanie thanks for the reply. I think it's very important to understand how was this brought up into your life, cuz it's easier to find the root of the problem that way

gaffgirl
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   Posted 9/26/2013 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I was told my hernia was caused by emotional stress. Am just now learning how to deal with it. I have been trying slippery elm bark. I struggle to get it down. I am now mixing in into my protein drink of goat milk protein, greens plus, flax seed oil, minerals, and fruit. Do you think this concoction decreases it 's effectiveness. I am using 2 TBS.

lajenner
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   Posted 9/26/2013 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Gaffgirl, welcome to the group.

I am not familiar with that supplement. Your drink sounds very healthy otherwise. I do not know how diet affects a hiatal hernia, just the reflux itself in some people.
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