Question about your build and hiatal hernias

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   Posted 3/26/2006 8:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
   I'm feeling like poop again.  I tried to come down on my beta blocker a couple weeks ago, and my heart went crazy......AND my upper GI tract went bonkers.......Severe pressure, endless burping, etc.  I went right back up on my beta blocker, but my upper GI tract is still going crazy.....and my heart is still beating too fast.  I am convinced that it's not an intrinsic problem with my heart (have had lots of tests) but that it's getting pushed on by my stomach.   I get this set of problems intermittantly..........when all of a sudden I am soooo bloated, burping constantly, and my heart is also going fast (90-100's) and pounding hard.....especially when I lie down.  It especially happens if I eat before I lie down (yes, I know that's a real no-no!)
   Question:  I am very short waisted.  I'm like a head on legs. lol!  But seriously......if a person doesn't have enough space inside them for all their organs, wouldn't they naturally have alot more pressure put on them, and maybe cause GERD more than in a person with lots of space in there?  And being overweight makes it alot worse.
   Since these episodes are so intermittant, it also makes me wonder if this is how a sliding hiatal hernia would present also.  This intense bloating and pressure usually occurs after I've done some leaning-over work.......which makes me wonder if it could be a sliding hernia.   Any one out there have a sliding one, and get intermittant symptoms like this?
   Thanks for your help!
P.S.  Sorry if I tend to have weird questions!

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   Posted 3/27/2006 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Cathy,

Don't know about the short waist but I do know that having a hiatal hernia can cause or worsen the symptoms of GERD and heart. That's what was going on with me. I went to the hospital for chest pains, burping, bloat and stomach pain. All heart tests came back fine. I was then sent for an endoscopy and there it showed the hiatal hernia next to the esophagus and gastrisitis.

Have you had an endoscopy done? Also, a friend of mine who suffers from the same thing says that taking a 1/2 teaspoon baking soda in water helps him more than the acid reducers.


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   Posted 3/28/2006 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Marburg,
Would you say your hiatal hernia gives you more pain, or more stuff like bloating? Is your's sliding or is it there all the time?
Thanks for that tip about the baking soda. I know that's what my parents used to use a long time ago, before they had all these other things.
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