I enjoy a hiatal hernia and the Doc told me?

He said I should get 6 inch blocks to put under the head of my bed. Where surrounded by the world can I find these blocks? None of my friends know.. Thanks!
Chewey's Mom,
Hiatal hernia is a condition surrounded by which the upper portion of the stomach protrudes into the chest cavity through an opening of the diaphragm called the oesophageal hiatus. This opening usually is considerable enough to accommodate the oesophagus alone. With weakening and enlargement however, the opening (or herniation) can allow upward alleyway or even entrapment of the upper stomach above the diaphragm.
The doctor is suggesting that you raise the head end of your bed to prevent the hernia affecting you during sleep. Might I suggest a couple of bricks or a concrete block or even equal thicknesses of wood, or even a gummy plank, to raise the head end of your bed by approximately six inches. Make sure that the item(s) used are stable, it would be a shock to awaken next to the bed suddenly falling back to the floor!
I am pleased that none of the staff I am in daily contact near are of the same level of knowledge as the "nurse" SaRaH. (Above)


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He is talking about putting bricks under the cranium post on your bed. You can also do this by propping up pillows under your head and shoulders so you have your chief well above your stomach, so the acid does not reflux back up into your esophagus. I enjoy the same thing myself. He may not tell you this, but after have sugary on a perforated ulcer Hiatal hernia is caused by stomach acerbic, I would take one OTC prilosec every day too. Source(s): Personal experiance with the ailment.
Hiatus hernia is a protrusion of the stomach through the diaphragmatic hiatus. Most hernias are asymptomatic, but an increased incidence of acid reflux may lead to symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Diagnosis is by barium swallow. Treatment is directed at symptoms of GERD if present.

A variety of lifestyle change can help ease the gastroesophageal reflux that may accompany a hiatal hernia. Some or adjectives of the following measures may help:
* Eat small meals. Large meals can distend your stomach, pushing it into your chest.
* Avoid problem foods and alcohol. Try to avoid alcohol, caffeinated drinks, chocolate, onions, spicy foods, spearmint and peppermint — adjectives of which increase production of stomach acid and relax the lower esophageal sphincter. Even decaffeinated coffee can be irritating to an inflamed esophageal lining. Also try to limit citrus fruits and tomato-based foods. They're caustic and can irritate an inflamed esophagus.
* Limit fatty foods. Fatty foods relax the lower esophageal sphincter and slow stomach emptying, which increases the amount of time that acid can back up into your esophagus.
* Sit up after you chomp through. Wait at least three hours before going to bed or taking a nap. By afterwards, most of the food in your stomach will have emptied into your small intestine, so it can't flow hindmost into your esophagus. Eating a bedtime snack stimulates acid formation and further aggravates acid reflux.
* Don't exercise immediately after ingestion. Try to wait at least two to three hours before you engross in any strenuous activity. Low-key exercise, such as walking, is fine.
* Lose weight. If you're overweight, slimming down help reduce the pressure on your stomach. This may well be the most important point you can do to relieve your symptoms.
* Stop smoking. Smoking increases acid reflux and dries your saliva. Saliva helps protect your esophagus from stomach acid.
* Avoid persuaded medications, if possible. Medications to avoid include calcium channel blockers; the antibiotic tetracycline; nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen sodium; quinidine; theophylline; sedative and tranquilizers; and alendronate. If you take any of these medications and have heartburn, verbalize to your doctor. You may be able to take other drugs instead.
* Elevate the head of your bed. If you elevate the boss of your bed six to nine inches, gravity will help prevent stomach acid from moving up into your esophagus as you sleep. Using a foam wedge to make higher your mattress also may help. Don't try to use pillows, which tend to increase pressure on your abdomen.
* Avoid tightfitting clothes. They put pressure on your stomach.
* Take time to relax. When you're under stress, digestion slows, which make GERD symptoms worse. Relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation or yoga may help stifle acid reflux.

Anti-reflux surgery is surgery to correct a problem with the muscles at the bottom of the esophagus (the tube from your mouth to the stomach). Problems with these muscles allow gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) to transpire.
This surgery can also repair a hiatal hernia. Source(s): http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/…
?? im a nurse and im not even sure why the doctor is saying get 6 inch blocks to put lower than the head of ur bed....

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