Small Hiatal Hernia : questions
I am 53 and recently had a Virtual colonoscopy and it sees much more than the colon and saw other organs. Anyway, everything came out fine except it said minimal diverticulosis and small hiatal hernia. My dr. explained both and for the first recommended more fiber (he said it was very minimal); and for the 2nd he said it is very common in those over 50 and in fact 60 percent of people have them. If small he said it usually does not cause problems and I may have been born with it . If it does induce symptoms they are acid reflux and heartburn, etc. , which I know anyone on this board is familar with.
Since I am a female in the midst of perimenopause and one of my big symptoms is anxiety to the max , I fret over many a twinge here and there. In my whole life the times I have taken any meds for indigestion can be counted on 2 hands, so indigestion has not been a problem for me. Of course when I heard about the small hiatal hernia I started to feel like I was getting indigestion and my guess is that I created acid in my stomach (if that is possible !!) with my fretting 2 weeks ago when I found this out. Is this possible..that is, is anxiety a trigger for hiatal hernia symptoms?
Also I have always noticed if I have a bigger meal in the evening that some times (rarely but at times) that it will "sit heavy on me" around the sternum, only way I can describe it. like I need to take more of a breath. again, anxiety does this too.
Long post ,and I apologize but to just sum up my questions :
Do any of you have a "small hiatal hernia" that is not problematic?
What do you take for times when you have issues?
Does anxiety worsen this issue?
Thanks for listening to what I am sure sounds like a silly post!!