Hiatal Hernia “bulge"

Posted by linniestar @linniestar, Jun 4, 2019

My dr. confirmed I do have a hiatal hernia. That was about 4 or 5 yrs. ago. It’s an ongoing issue that I continue to deal with, but I’ve found that my belly (just below my breast) is getting larger. Could that be the result of growth on my hernia? I am, of course, going to make a follow up appt. for my hernia, but wondered if anyone found that their belly area grew in size due to a hiatal hernia? Your thoughts please.

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@linniestar ,

I had a paraesophageal (sliding) hiatal hernia. I expanded between ribcages. .. very noticeable… but did not enlarge outward. The hernia pulled my stomach into my chest. More of my story at my blog. Maybe one day I will get back to blogging. https://zarogasnook.blogspot.com/2015/08/a-long-time-passing.html .


Yes, mine did too and was wondering the same thing! I have not talked to my dr about it yet so would love to see what you find out.


I have a sliding hiatal hernia. It mostly moves into the diaphragm area and makes me feel very short of breath at times.


Hi @linniestar,

I wanted to follow up and ask how you are doing – are you able to share whether the hernia is responsible for your concern about belly growth?


Any direction would be appreciated. I had an endoscopy and several other digestive tests, hida scan, gastric empty study ultrasound. They found a 2cm hiatal hernia and slow empty on the empty study ( I forget the medical term used.
There is a spot that bulges out just under the sternum, when I bend over or push on something hard. The diagnosis of costochondritis was made……was told to not bend over and use lidocaine.

I just feel like we are missing something. I've attached a photo and it may be hard to see.

The buldge goes back in after about a minute when it happens. Its definitely not comfortable. I just cant see this being the end result…have to live with this the rest of my life, so if anyone has any experience with this or any direction to go, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks so much!

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