Hiatal Hernia

What Causes Hiatal Hernia?

In order to hopefully treat and prevent recurrence of hiatal hernia we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow hiatal hernia to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind hiatal hernia consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to hiatal hernia.  For example, dehydration.

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
high diastolic blood pressure
an average-stress lifestyle
frequent runny nose
nausea for 1-3 months
regular unexplained nausea
constant thirst
brittle fingernails
very cloudy urine
minor joint pain/swelling/stiffness
dizziness when standing up
dark urine color
insufficient water consumption
... and more than 20 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of hiatal hernia.

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate digestive problems, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Have you had a Hiatal Hernia?
Possible responses:
→ Never had one / don't know
→ Probably had one/minor episode(s) now resolved
→ Major episode(s) now resolved
→ Current minor problem
→ Current major problem
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either history of hiatal hernias or hiatal hernia, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as Dehydration.
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