Jessica Watts from Myrtle Beach, SC in black top, Casey Cleffi from Manasquan, NJ with me yesterday. They are both University of South Carolina co-eds.
Well my Facebook and blog diagnosis is in, I am pretty sure I have a hiatal hernia. I put my symptoms out on Facebook and this blog, and I got a lot of good response, and even some advice from three or four doctors. What I have learned lately is, no matter how unique you think your symptoms or medical problems are, there is somebody out there who has them before.
As some of you regular readers may know, I posted about my current stomach problems this past week, and I got a lot of good responses. I was baffled with my condition, but after talking to several doctors, and reading what others had to say, I think I have figured out what I have. After reading some opinions of my Facebook friends, and some blog readers, I did my research, and it appears hiatal hernia is what I got. All the symptoms match, and after staying up all night the other night doing research, so I am relieved I now know what my problem is.
Here are some of the diagnosis I got on this blog, and on Facebook, some are quite interesting.
“the good news is you have a consistency of symptoms, and the reactive episode has a start and end as the body flushes out perhaps a toxin?
Most researchers would examine first your environment, then what you ear and drink, looking for a clue.
what has your life have in common this past tear? The place you live in Ka..something or other, thats the one consistent place but what else. you tend to eat at the same places and the same food. Keep a dairy of your daily conssumption, when and what. and where, is there any toxic gases or smells or chemicals at the Ka? paint,
Your food? by keeping a dairy you might identify triggers, your environment might have triggers. only keeping a dairy can help you identify triggers.. Good luck stewart. sounds awful… sounds like a toxin or a parasite or a bacteria.”
“Everyday Health » Gallbladder » Symptoms
Symptoms of Gallbladder Problems
By Diana RodriguezMedically Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD
The gallbladder isn’t an organ that gets a lot of attention — unless it’s causing you pain.
The gallbladder is a little sac that stores bile from the liver, and it’s found just beneath your liver.
The gallbladder releases bile, via the cystic duct, into the small intestine to help break down the foods you eat — particularly fatty foods.
Typically the gallbladder doesn’t cause too many problems or much concern, but if something slows or blocks the flow of bile from the gallbladder, a number of problems can result.
What Can Go Wrong
Some common gallbladder problems include:
Gallstones (cholelithiasis): This is the name of the condition when small stones, or sometimes larger ones, develop inside the gallbladder.
Gallstones may cause pain known as biliary colic (see below), but about 90 percent of people with gallstones will have no symptoms.
Most symptomatic gallstones have been present for a number of years.
For unknown reasons, if you have gallstones for more than 10 years, they are less likely to cause symptoms.
Biliary colic: This is the term often used for the severe episodes of pain that can be caused by gallstone blockage of the cystic duct.
The gallbladder contracts vigorously against the blockage, causing spasmodic (or sometimes constant) severe pain.
Biliary colic episodes usually last only an hour or two. They may recur infrequently, often years apart.
Inflamed gallbladder (cholecystitis): Inflammation of the gallbladder can be caused by gallstones, excessive alcohol use, infections, or even tumors that cause bile buildup.
But the most common cause of cholecystitis is gallstones.
The body can react to the gallstone irritation by causing the gallbladder walls to become swollen and painful.
The episodes of inflammation can last for several hours, or even a few days. Fever is not unusual.
About 20 percent of the time, the sluggish, inflamed gallbladder is invaded by intestinal bacteria, and becomes infected.
Occasionally, the gallbladder actually ruptures, which is a surgical emergency.
Suspected episodes of cholecystitis always require medical attention, particularly if fever is present.
Dysfunctional gallbladder or chronic gallbladder disease: Here, the gallbladder may become rigid and scarred from gallstones and repeated episodes of inflammation.
Symptoms are more constant, but tend to be vague, including abdominal fullness, indigestion, and increased gas.
Chronic diarrhea is a common symptom, usually occurring after meals, and up to 10 times per day.
Common Gallbladder Symptoms
Specific symptoms may vary based on what type of gallbladder condition you have, although many symptoms are common among the different types of gallbladder problems.
But most gallbladder symptoms start with pain in the upper abdominal area, either in the upper right or middle.
Below are common symptoms of gallbladder conditions:
Severe abdominal pain
Pain that may extend beneath the right shoulder blade or to the back
Pain that worsens after eating a meal, particularly fatty or greasy foods
Pain that feels dull, sharp, or crampy
Pain that increases when you breathe in deeply
Chest pain (angina)
Heartburn, indigestion, and excessive gas
A feeling of fullness in the abdomen
Vomiting, nausea, fever
Shaking with chills
Tenderness in the abdomen, particularly the right upper quadrant
Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
Stools of an unusual color (often lighter, like clay)
Some gallbladder problems, like simple gallstones that are not blocking the cystic duct, often cause no symptoms at all.
They’re most often discovered during an X-ray or CT scan that’s performed to diagnose a different condition, or even during an abdominal surgery.
If you spot any symptoms of gallbladder trouble, head to your doctor for a diagnosis and prompt treatment to get your digestive tract running smoothly again.”
I had similar symptoms but not quite so severe as yours. I tried restricting foods, the time I’ve eaten food, to narrow down the possibilities, nothing worked. But when I quit taking my multivitamin , a daily routine before work , it stopped after a short period of time. I couldn’t absorb the iron. I’m not a doctor, but I hope it something this simple.
“Similar symptoms until one day I felt like I was having contractions. Lol. I thought I’m dying. Went to ER had emergency surgery to remove gall bladder. All fine and better after that. 10 years ago and never another related problem. Can you see a DR in Chetumal maybe with more experience with this sort of thing where they can do some testing? So sorry you are having such discomfort.”
“I second the other opinions try a GI specialist or get your gallbladder looked at somehow.”
“I would suggest a stress EKG. Inferior myocardial angina can present like this. Agree with gall bladder investigation.You might want to go to Clinico Carranza in Chetumal to rule out these things”
“I say,possible Hiatal hernia. I have one from a past surgery, similar symptoms.”
Ding-Ding, we have the winner with hiatal hernia from Christina Connolly.
“Stew, have you ever had your gall bladder tested to see if it is active/healthy . Some, not all of your symptoms sound like a gall bladder related issue ( possibly ) Had to have mine out last year.”
“Did they make a Laparoscopy to see if it may be an Hiatal Hernia?” From my doctor friend on Facebook Dr. Marlon Avalos, he works for Costa Med, I think.
“I had this. They removed my gall bladder. And also talked about the hiatal hernia. Don’t eat after six, drink ice water, sleep in a upright position, drainage seems to make mine go crazy. You have to find out what makes yours act up. Soda pop. Cigarettes and alcohol are all no no. It seems the best thing that helps me is chewable pink Pepto bismal.”
“Try to eliminate all dairy from your diet, it causes the production of mucus and acidity in the body, it will definitely make you feel better. I have reflux and had my esophagus burnt because of the acid and had constant gastritis, also because of chronic stress. When I eliminated dairy from my diet, reflux and gastritis was gone. And of course follow up on the advice of the doctor to get a better diagnosis with the laparoscopy and other tests that will help to reach a diagnosis. Most doctors don’t tell you to eliminate dairy but it has been proven to be beneficial.”
“i have a friend who is going through the same thing right now. After all the tests and shit her doctors have prescribed her anti depressants.”
So after all these responses and my research, I think I now know what I am up against. So me being a natural holistic kind of guy, I decided to check out if there were any natural ways to treat a hiatal hernia. I mean I live right in the heart of Maya land, so I went to find out if there are any natural remedies, and come to find out there are.
So the other day I went out and bought me some cinnamon and ginger to take, because that is good to help close hiatal hernia. Other natural remedies are licorice, and chamomile tea, which I will have to get from Chetumal. I also came across this natural remedy and exercise.
How to Fix a Hiatal Hernia
If you have a hiatal hernia, you probably experience the horrible burning in your chest associated with heartburn and acid reflux after most meals. I’d like to offer a simple, natural solution for your mealtime discomfort.
But first, a quick explanation of what’s happening: Your diaphragm separates the organs in your chest from your stomach and other digestive organs. But in the case of a hiatal hernia, your stomach has breached the divide, worming its way through an enlarged hole at the back of the diaphragm that allows the esophagus to go from the throat to the stomach. The only solution is to get your stomach out of the hole. Here’s how you do it without surgery and in a quick morning exercise:
- Drink a glass of room temperature or slightly warm water when you get out of bed in the morning. (Skip the coffee, tea, juice, and cold water—just drink warm water.)
- While standing, bring your arms straight out from your sides and bend your elbows so your hands are touching your chest.
- Stand up on your toes as high as possible and drop down. You should get a pretty good jolt. Drop down like this 10 times continuously.
- Then, while standing with your arms up in the air, breathe short quick breaths with your mouth open for about 15 seconds. That’s it.
You are essentially forcing your stomach out of the hole. The warm water acts as a weight in the stomach, while relaxing the stomach muscles as well. The breathing at the end helps close the diaphragm and the hole where your stomach was lodged.
As long as you have a hiatal hernia, this is an exercise you’ll have to do every morning to put an end to you acid reflux problems. But, there are other natural solutions to more minor cases of heartburn and acid reflux like eating ginger or licorice.
So I have been doing these exercises every morning, and they seem to be working, I have not had any problems in three days. I am even chewing on cinnamon sticks, and having a couple teaspoons of ground ginger in a glass of water a couple of times a day, and so far I have had no problems.
Friday night I was watching the Gamecocks win in March Madness, and the whole game I was chewing on cinnamon sticks, and drinking water with ginger, I thought that was kind of funny. No beer or liquor for this old man, just cinnamon and ginger water, with my sports on TV.
So for the time being, I think I have a handle on my medical problem, or at least know what it is.
Thanks for reading,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina