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Hiatus hernia

A hiatus hernia is a problem affecting the stomach. It can cause stomach acid to travel up to your throat.

Symptoms of hiatus hernia include a burning feeling in your chest (heartburn), burping and feeling sick.

Treatments for a hiatus hernia include taking antacids, eating smaller portions and losing weight. You may need surgery if it does not get better.

It's not clear what causes a hiatus hernia. It's more common if you're over 50, pregnant or overweight.

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Symptoms of hiatus hernia include a burning feeling in your chest (heartburn), burping and feeling sick.

Check if you have a hiatus hernia

You can have a hiatus hernia without knowing and without it being a problem.

With a hiatus hernia you may:

These are the symptoms of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD).

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Treatments for a hiatus hernia include taking antacids, eating smaller portions and losing weight. You may need surgery if it does not get better.

Medical treatments

Broadly, treatment follows these steps:

  1. Change your eating habits – for example, eat smaller, more frequent meals and do other things to help with the symptoms of GORD.
  2. If you smoke, try to give up – tobacco smoke can irritate your digestive system and make your symptoms worse.
  3. Buy medicines from the pharmacy – ask the pharmacist what you should take to help with the symptoms of GORD.
  4. See a GP – if medicines from the pharmacy and changing your eating habits do not help, a GP can prescribe stronger medicines.
  5. Further tests – if stronger medicines do not work, a GP can send you for further tests to find out if your symptoms are caused by a hiatus hernia. They might also prescribe medicines for long-term GORD.
  6. Surgery – a GP might refer you to a specialist to check if you need surgery. This usually only happens if other treatments have not worked and you keep having very bad symptoms.

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It's not clear what causes a hiatus hernia. It's more common if you're over 50, pregnant or overweight.

Read more on the NHS website.