I can still remember the day when I first noticed something was wrong. I was eating a large meal and felt a sharp pain in my chest. After consulting with a doctor, I was diagnosed with a Hiatus Hernia.
The doctor informed me that a Hiatus Hernia occurs when part of my stomach bulges up through the opening in my diaphragm that allows my food pipe to pass from my throat to my stomach. They said this could be a result of too much pressure in the abdomen, or weakening of the muscles.
In order to treat the Hiatus Hernia, I was prescribed medication to reduce the amount of acid in my stomach and advised to reduce the size of my meals and to eat more frequently. I was also told to avoid certain foods such as fried and spicy meals, as well as caffeine and alcohol.
After following my doctor’s advice, I started to experience an improvement in my symptoms and was feeling much better in no time. Now I make sure to eat small, frequent meals and I’m careful to stay away from those foods I was warned against.
Thanks to my doctor’s advice, I’m back to eating and living my life as normal. While this experience has certainly been tough, I’m grateful that I had the right help to see me back on track.