A Hiatal Hernia is difficult to diagnose because it impersonates other medical conditions. People can get quite severe chest pain and think they are about to have a heart attack. More concerning is that a Hiatal Hernia can give rise to the regurgitation of bile acid, chronic indigestion, stomach pain and give rise to the notion that the cause of all this grief is a stomach ulcer or a biliary complaint. The doctor may conclude that the problem is caused by gallstones, and low and behold on ultrasonic examination, Gallstones and sludge is detected. This is not surprising because so many people have Gallstones but only a few suffer the consequences of symptoms.
A Hiatal Hernia occurs when the top of the stomach moves through a diaphragm (the Hiatus) that separates the chest cavity from the bowels
A Hiatal hernia allows stomach acid and gas to travel back up the oesophagus which causes heart burn, belching, bloating, difficulty digesting meat/high protein foods, tension or pressure at the solar plexus, sensitivity at the waist, intestinal gas, regurgitation, hiccups, lack or limitation of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation, and ulcers.
Gastric gas is drawn into the lungs and may irritate the lungs causing a cough. The commonest cause of a long term non-symptomatic cough is indigestion.
The vagus nerve can been aggravated causing changes to heart rate, changes in blood pressure, over or under stimulation of gastric acid and other enzymes, emotional changes, cause a hoarse voice, affect the ear and alter the action of the colon. The vagus (meaning wandering) nerve serves the heart, esophagus, lungs, stomach, small intestines, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, colon, kidney, bladder, and external genitalia. One can only imagine what a long term aggravation of the vagus nerve may cause as it upset the fine balances and PH levels within the body. In the long term poor digestion leads to nutrient deficiency, loss of minerals, greater toxicity, food ‘allergies’ and food sensitivities. This results in fatigue, poor clarity of the mind and emotional difficulties.
A hiatal hernia can cause shallow breathing, changes to heart rate and blood pressure. You feel ill and unwell but the doctor can’t find anything wrong and you end up being diagnosed with a syndrome. Other breathing problems are as follows: Difficulty with deep abdominal breathing, Difficulty in swallowing capsules, Asthma, Inability to take a deep breath from diaphragm, Overall fatigue, Tendency to swallow air, Allergies, Dry tickling cough, Full feeling at base of throat, Pain or burning in upper chest, Pressure in the chest, Pain in the left side of chest, Pressure below breastbone, Lung pain, Rapid heartbeat, Rapid rise in blood pressure, Pain in left shoulder, arm or side of neck.
Other symptoms of a Hiatal hernia may include:
TMJ (Temporo-Mandibular Joint Pain)
Bruxism (Grinding teeth in sleep)
Localized or overall spinal pain
Suppression of anger or other emotions,
Dizziness, Shakiness, Mental Confusion, Anxiety attacks, and Insomnia.
Open ileocecal valve
Cravings for Sugar or alcohol
Menstrual or prostate problems
In fact a Hiatal hernia may mimic almost exactly the symptoms of gallstones. The important lesson is that although it may be overwhelmingly convincing that health problems may be caused by Gallstones other possibilities may exist. The search for a cure is a journey of discovery.