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:
- Fried or fatty foods
- 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 5/7/2014
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
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