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Chiropratic Treatment for Hiatial Hernia and Endoscopy

Posted by Terry on February 05, 1999 at 01:18:12:

I have an appointment next week with a Gastroenteroligst regarding my Hiatial Hernia. I am going to try to get a referral to a chiropractor. I don’t know how receptive this M. D. will be to this treatment approach. (If the HMO would compare the cost of regular Chiropractic appointments to what they shell out to pay for Tagament each month, they might be less hesitant – but that is a different story.)

Dr. Stoll, could you or anyone (everyone – the more responses the better) who has experienced relief with chiropractic manipulation give me an idea of what a typical treatment regimen would involve. That is, how frequently might I need to see him/her initially? How frequently later on and for how long - assuming SR is eventually effective?

Also, I have only been treated thus far by a Doctor of Internal Medicine. I requested to see the specialist specifically for discussion of all my treatment options. (i.e. prescription, surgery, complementary/alternative treatment). The Doctor of Internal Medicine, as he was writing the referral, mentioned that the “GI Docs” would probably want to do an endoscopy. (I was diagnosed with an HH about one year ago via an Upper GI.) My goal is to have a consultation with the specialist, not to be poked and prodded more. On the other hand, he may wish to confirm the original diagnosis (which would be understandable) before considering treatment options. Should I be concerned about this procedure if the Doctor is insistent on doing it?

Thank you in advance,

Terry



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Re: Chiropratic Treatment for Hiatial Hernia and Endoscopy

Posted by David Ferguson, D.C. on February 05, 1999 at 14:37:51:

In Reply to: Chiropratic Treatment for Hiatial Hernia and Endoscopy posted by Terry on February 05, 1999 at 01:18:12:

Your chances of getting that referral are not likely.

Treatment should involve the detection and correction of spinal subluxations(misalignments). You should see some results within 4 weeks. If not, then that probably isn't the answer.

The idea is that nerve interference at the levels which control the muscular contractions, necessary to keep 'hernia' from herniating, can be corrected if the spine is functioning correctly.

I have seen MANY cases like yours and 9 times out of 10 there are problems in the mid and/or lower thoracic spine.

Read up on skilled relaxation while your here so you can learn how not to need to go to the chiropractor as often once things get "resolved".


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Re: Chiropratic Treatment for Hiatial Hernia and Endoscopy

Posted by Terry on February 05, 1999 at 15:30:53:

In Reply to: Re: Chiropratic Treatment for Hiatial Hernia and Endoscopy posted by David Ferguson, D.C. on February 05, 1999 at 14:37:51:

Doctor Ferguson,

Thank you for your response.

I have also read a lot about a soft tissue manipulation that (temporarily) pulls the stomach back below the diaphragm. Can you comment on the effectiveness of this technique?

The current overall treatment picture that I am envisioning (which may change as I learn more) involves the following items:
-GRJ for symptomatic relief (Actually, I am now also chewing straight ginger, as I have read RHJ refer to – I think I am beginning to get used to it :-)
-repeated repositioning of the stomach (via this soft tissue manipulation) to aid in restoring of possibly injured muscles and ligaments
-spinal manipulation to restore possibly compromised nerve function
-SR to release and stored stress that perhaps caused this all in the first place
-dietary changes as yet to nailed down – one possibility is a diet designed to increase protein metabolism as I have read that perhaps another factor in this condition is a lack of proper protein metabolism resulting in flaccid diaphragm muscle tone

I am still doing research on this condition, but I kind of have this picture of a vicious cycle. Perhaps the primary triggering factor was stress, but now the condition and its symptoms cause more stress. The stress causes unnecessary muscular tenseness which cause spinal subluxations, which cause muscular tenseness, which aggravate the condition, which causes more stress, … etc. That is why I think I will try to treat this from all fronts. I hope that each style of treatment will aid each other. As I said, I am still doing learning about this condition. I do know, however, that while Tagamet relives my symptoms fairly well, it is NOT healing the condition. I have been on it in varying strengths for about one year now, and I am ready to be off. I see no reason not to give this (or another) complementary regimen at least as long.

I know it may seem naive to hope for a referral, but I would be amiss to not at least try. As I mentioned, I also want to get as much information as possible on ALL possible treatment options, which is another reason for the visit.

Please give me your opinion on this soft tissue manipulation (repositioning) and my current treatment ‘schedule’ and I thank you in advance.

Terry



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Re: Chiropratic Treatment for Hiatial Hernia and Endoscopy

Posted by David Ferguson, D.C. on February 05, 1999 at 19:13:25:

In Reply to: Re: Chiropratic Treatment for Hiatial Hernia and Endoscopy posted by Terry on February 05, 1999 at 15:30:53:

Sounds like you're covering all the bases. Congrats to you.

I know enough about the soft tissue 'manipulation' to say three things.
1. It hurts like a SOB.
2. It works very well for some people.
3. It won't last without the cause being addressed.

Best wishes.



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