Hernias & Hemorrhoids: Are They Related?

Hernias and Colon HealthIf you exercise, eat right and still have hemorrhoids, then a hiatal hernia may be the culprit.

A hernia happens anytime a body part pushes into a place where it doesn’t belong. A hiatal hernia happens when the hiatus – which is an opening in the diaphragm separating the chest cavity from the abdomen – has the stomach push up through it.

Anyone can get a hiatal hernia, but they are more common in people over 50, people who are overweight, and women. Often you can have one without any symptoms at all, but heartburn is usually the No. 1 indicator that something’s amiss.

If you think a hernia may be at the root of your problem, see your health care provider. He or she has several options to explore, including a specialized X-ray using a barium swallow, or an endoscopy that provides a first-hand look. Regardless of which method he or she chooses, you will be better off once you know what you’re dealing with, so contact your doctor today.

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