Hernia - Symptoms

A person can sometimes feel a hernia as it develops. There may be tenderness or a slight burning sensation in the area where the hernia is developing. Sometimes a person can push the hernia back into place. In other cases, the hernia may just disappear by itself. In still other cases, the hernia cannot be pushed back into place easily.

About half of the people with hiatal hernias have no symptoms. Those who do have symptoms are likely to experience heartburn. Heartburn is caused when stomach acid is pushed back into the esophagus (pronounced ee-SAH-fuh-guss). The esophagus is the tube that leads from the windpipe to the stomach. Heartburn may also be accompanied by chest pain. These symptoms are worse when a person is lying down.

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