Where is hiatal hernia pain located?
Pain: At times, a hiatal hernia causes chest pain or upper abdominal pain when the stomach becomes trapped above the diaphragm through the narrow esophageal hiatus. Rarely, in a fixed hiatal hernia the blood supply is cut off to the trapped portion of the stomach, which causes extreme pain and serious illness.
Can you feel a hiatal hernia with your fingers?
The easiest way to assess for a hiatal hernia is to place your fingers on the upper belly just below the sternum. Take a deep inhalation and feel if your abs expand.
Is it dangerous to have a hiatal hernia?
Although you can have this type of hernia without any symptoms, the danger is that the blood supply to stomach can become strangled or cut off. Often, people with a hiatal hernia have heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Although there is often a link, one condition does not necessarily cause the other.
What symptoms do you get with a hiatal hernia?
But larger hiatal hernias can cause:
- Regurgitation of food or liquids into the mouth.
- Backflow of stomach acid into the esophagus (acid reflux)
- Difficulty swallowing.
- Chest or abdominal pain.
- Shortness of breath.
- Vomiting of blood or passing of black stools, which may indicate gastrointestinal bleeding.