A hiatal hernia is also commonly called a stomach hernia, and it’s one of the most common types of hernias that people develop. They happen at a rate of a few thousand every year, and if they happen to you, you’re likely to experience some of the symptoms that are mentioned on this list.
A hiatal hernia is what happens when the stomach pushes upward through the esophagus. Sometimes there are no symptoms associated with a hiatal hernia, but this is extremely rare and it’s likely that you will feel discomfort, pain, and heartburn in addition to a range of other symptoms that can become gradually more serious as the condition gets worse.
Suspect that you might have a stomach hernia? It’s common in people who have lifted a large amount of weight recently, but it can also develop due to genetics or other health conditions that affect the body’s connective tissue.
Here are 14 troublesome hiatal hernia symptoms that you should know about.
Everyone expects heartburn after a large meal, and there are some meals of the year (like thanksgiving) where you pretty much know heartburn is going to be a given and you subsequently stock up on antacids to make sure it doesn’t ruin your entire day.
Heartburn is often a normal consequence of eating something that your body has trouble processing, whether it’s a big meal or a weird on-the-move snack with a lot of salt and preservatives. But heartburn can also quickly turn into a chronic problem, and this is the point at which you should make an appointment with your doctor.
If you experience heartburn more regularly than you used to, it can be one of the first signs that you have a hiatal hernia and that stomach acids are pushing up. Other symptoms on this list are likely to be combined with the heartburn at the same time, and the symptoms are all likely to get worse over time.