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Hiatal Hernia (cont.)

Self-Care for Hiatal Hernia

Lifestyle changes are often necessary to avoid symptoms of hiatal hernia.

  • Modify your activities:
    • Minimize heavy lifting, straining, bending over.
    • Improve seated posture; don't slouch.
    • Exercise more.
    • Lose weight.
    • Sleep on an incline, with head of bed raised 4-6 inches on blocks.
    • Choose standing activities after a meal rather than sitting or reclining.
  • Modify your diet. Avoid the following:
    • Caffeine
    • Chocolate
    • Fried or fatty foods
    • Peppermint
    • Alcohol
    • Meals within 2-3 hours of bedtime
    • Large meals (eat smaller meals more frequently)
  • Try over-the-counter remedies. Check with your doctor or pharmacist first if you are taking other medications, are pregnant, or have other medical conditions, before starting therapy at home.
    • Antacids such as Mylanta, Maalox, Gaviscon, or Tums for acute symptoms
    • Antacids such as Zantac, Tagamet, Pepcid, or Axid to prevent symptoms
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/23/2014
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