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hiatus hernia

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  • Posted By: jennyanne
  • May 27, 2007
  • 11:41 PM

Hi i had an endiscopy about 2 yrs ago and they told me i have a hiatus hernia i am really scared of this condition i am scared that my hernia will strangulate ,this is supposed to be life threatning if that happens ,can anyone advise me on this thankyou love jennyanne:confused:

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  • Jennyanne - this is not a life threatening condition. I think it was not explained correctly to you. Your diaphragm is a flat muscle just below the bottom of your lungs. When the muscle contracts and relaxes, it helps push air in and out of your lungs. There is an opening in the diaphragm for the esophagus. The esophagus lets food go down your throat and then down to your stomach. With a hiatal hernia, a little part of the esophagus moves too much.These cannot strangle you. Perhaps an anatomy book could help you see this if it has a good illustration. Some chiropractors can help this. You may want to ask friends and relatives if they know of one who can. I am a chiro and do work on these types of problems.
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  • Thankyou so much ralph ,you have made me feel much happier now ,thankyou for answering me love jennyanne
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