I would like to know if it's possible to have inflammation surrounding a hiatal hernia. I was recently diagnosed with a small HH, and the only symptom I have is pain that seems to feel like throbbing which would mean inflammation. The test I took was a barium swallow and it didn't show any ulcers or anything...only a small HH. I dont have acid reflux up into my esophagus. But i do have the feeling of throbbing/swollen type of sensation right at the bottom of my esophagus/very top upper part of the stomach. Could inflammation form there? and also would the GRJ help the inflammation to go down?
Re: IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE INFLAMMATION WITH A HIATAL HERNIA ?
Posted by Walt Stoll on January 05, 1999 at 13:17:07:
In Reply to: IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE INFLAMMATION WITH A HIATAL HERNIA ? posted by Kathy Hill on January 04, 1999 at 15:07:06:
Dear Kathy Hill,
I would say that one could not have a hiatus hernia WITHOUT inflammation. The acid in the stomach is EXTREMELY strong & corrosive. Only the specially designed stomach lining (that sharply ends at the gasro-
esophageal junction) can withstand this corrosion.
SO, ANY dilation of this junction (what shows on the xray to make the diagnosis) HAS to cause SOME reflux and THAT burning is the inflammation you are talking about.
That symptom is likely going to be resolved by the GRJ. However, be sure you recall the GRJ will do nothing about the LGS that caused this.