In a healthy individual, the esophagus should pass through the diaphragm (the flat, dome-shaped muscle that separates the chest from the contents of the abdomen) and into the stomach. The opening leading from the diaphragm to the esophagus is known as a hiatus, which gives this syndrome its name.
Many factors may contribute to hiatal hernia, including injury, obesity, thyroid dysfunction, and age. In some people, a congenital shortening of the GI tract may be a causative variable. In such cases, hiatal hernia may develop later in life as the result of a stressor such as pregnancy or extreme physical exertion. Many cases of hiatal hernia go undiagnosed or are wrongly diagnosed as heartburn. If the symptoms are worse when lying down or after eating certain foods like peppermint and chocolate, the issue is most likely a hiatal hernia, and should be diagnosed by a gastroenterologist.
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- Check for food allergies.
- Eat slowly and chew your food well.
- Ensure you are drinking enough water throughout the day (but do not take water with meals).
- Limit alcohol intake and quit smoking.
- Do not lie down after eating. Try to keep your upper body in an upright position.
- If heartburn occurs when trying to sleep, try raising the top part of the bed to avoid lying completely flat.