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What are the symptoms of a hiatal hernia?

It is not uncommon for people to have no symptoms associated with their hiatal hernia. When symptoms do occur, they normally consist of heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux. Other symptoms may include pain or discomfort in the stomach or upper abdomen, chest pain, a harsh or sour taste in the back of the throat, as well as bloating and even excessive belching.

Chest pain due to a hiatal hernia feels very similar to that experienced during a heart attack. It is crucial to seek evaluation and treatment immediately so that you can be correctly diagnosed and treated.

Symptoms of a strangulated hiatal hernia or associated obstruction include the inability to have a bowel movement (constipation), the inability to pass gas, or development of nausea and vomiting.


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