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Ok back in October I was on a high antibiotic. I have acid reflux, but had no symptoms or issues. The antibiotic and stress caused me to get this warm feeling where your esophagus meets your stomach. I got really sick, and my stomach got this heavy feeling.so I went to bed early. I felt well enough to change positions. So I turned over on my back. Still had the heavy feeling in my stomach. Just as I was about to doze off asleep. I guess my body relaxed because I jerked and came forward alittle bit when I did I felt a pop where your esophagus meets your stomach. It felt tender so I thought I pulled a muscle but when I rolled over I could feel heat coming up from my stomach. My mouth began to burn and my throat has stayed red and irritated. I have had countless test done except for a swallow test and nothing has been found. I have constant abdominal pain in the area where I felt the pop. My reflux has been worse every since. Is this a hernia? I’m at a loss and in so much pain. Help
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replied February 16th, 2019
Hello and welcome to EHF !

I went through your query and i think its acid reflux. hernia could be the cause but workup will confirm the hernia. Let your gastroenterologist plan some work up to decide what it is and how to proceed.

Take care


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replied February 24th, 2019
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Welcome to e health forum.

From the history it seems that you may be having gastric reflux disorder or Gastric Ulcer related symptoms.

Gastritis pain occurs in the left upper portion of the abdomen and in the back. Other symptoms of gastritis include - Belching, Nausea and vomiting, Bloating, Feeling of fullness or burning in the upper part of the belly.

Some tips to help your symptoms include:-

1. Reducing intake of hot spicy and Fat rich foods, fried foods, is very important.
2. Try eating a little more slowly. When you eat fast, you swallow extra air with your food. Try to not talk while eating. Extra air while eating can lead to belching and gas production.
3. Eating at the same time each day and eating smaller meals more frequently may be beneficial as well.
4. Try to eat a balanced diet. Foods with high fiber may initially increase gas production. However, the this will decrease over time.
5. It is better not to drink fluids with your food. Drinking fluids with meals can increase your air intake and increase gas.
6. Avoid major gas and acid producing foods like -
- Vegetables: Onions, Celery, Carrots, broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cucumber, Cabbage,Cauliflower, Radishes , potatoes and eggplant.
- Beans, peas, Green salads, brown rice and leeks
- Fruits like - Raisins, Bananas, Apricots, Prunes, dried fruit
- Carbohydrates rich foods like - Bagels, Wheat Germ, Pretzels,puddings, breads.
- Cured meats and high fat meat products such as sausages, salami, ham, bacon, and Red meats like beef and lamb should be reduced in consumption or avoided totally.

In addition to the above methods, Activated charcoal, probiotics and digestive enzyme supplements can be used relieve your symptoms

In some patients with chronic gastritis or GERD, inspite of following all the above tips, they might not find relief. This is due to their symptoms being mainly increased due to Stress, which is a major stimulant of Gastric acid secretion. Lack of proper sleep also adds to it. Such patients can be helped by proper behavior modification (to manage stress) and psychological counselling.

Sleeping aids or antianxiety or Hypnotic medications can also be prescribed by your doctor if deemed necessary.

I hope this helps.


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