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Hiatal Hernia, Gerds, Hashimotos Thyroiditis, Hypothyroidism
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Hiatal Hernia, Gerds, Hashimotos Thyroiditis, Hypothyroidism

I have been diagnosed with all of these and am having trouble knowing which is causing my current problems. The other night I had some kind of attack that was no fun at all. Have you ever taken a drink of milk in the morning only to have it lump up in your throat on the way down and be extremely painful? I only ask this because it is a reference point to the pain I was feeling at the time of the attack (no milk involved) and the best description I can think of. It started at the Solar Plexis at first then started to radiate out and up stopping at my throat seemingly gripping my Adams Apple and causing pressure all down my chest and almost a warm indigestion feeling but not indigestion that also seemed to shoot through to my back and lasted about 20 minutes before letting up and then on and off again. When I reached up to my throat I halfway expected to find swollen lymph glands but did not. Afterwards I had other chest pains alternating sharply from left to right. Had I been close enough to a hospital I would have gone but the closest was an hour away. When I got up the next morning all that remained was the Thoracic back pain.
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These are all symptoms of GERD.
Hiatal hernia are of two types. The most common sliding hernia usually does not cause any symptom.
For relief of symptoms of GERD you can take PPI. Lifestyle modifications is also important.

Lifestyle modifications -
1. Head elevation while sleeping
2. Small frequent meals
3. Going to bed 2- 3 hours after food
4. Avoiding bed time snacks
5. Avoiding smoking and alcohol
6. Avoiding tight fitting clothes
7. Avoiding cola, citrus drinks, carbonated drinks, tea, coffee, spicy food
8. Weight reduction
The information provided is for patients’ education only and is not a medical advice. Always consult your personal physician for complete evaluation of your health problem.

- Ratnakar Kini M.D.

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