Table of contents:
- What is this moving lump in my stomach?
- Do cancer lumps move?
- Is a hernia lump hard or soft?
- Can a hiatal hernia feel like a pulled muscle?
- Do I have a hernia or something else?
- What causes narrowing of the esophagus?
- How do you know if you have a blockage in your esophagus?
- How do you treat narrowing of the esophagus?
- Can narrowing of the esophagus be reversed?
- When does esophagus narrow?
- What does a stricture feel like?
- How do you relax your esophagus?
What is this moving lump in my stomach?
Most often, a lump in the abdomen is caused by a hernia. An abdominal hernia occurs when there is a weak spot in the abdominal wall. This allows the internal organs to bulge through the muscles of the abdomen. A hernia may appear after you strain, or lift something heavy, or after a long period of coughing.
Do cancer lumps move?
Cancerous lumps are usually hard, painless and immovable. Cysts or fatty lumps etc are usually slightly softer to touch and can move around. This has come from experience - I found a rubbery, painless moveable lump in my neck which was not cancer.
Is a hernia lump hard or soft?
Most hernias are abdominal hernias. This means they happen in the belly and groin areas. You may have a hernia if you can feel a soft lump in your belly or groin or in a scar where you had surgery in the past. The lump may go away when you press on it or lie down.
Can a hiatal hernia feel like a pulled muscle?
Pain or No Pain A pulled abdominal muscle can cause mild pain or sudden sharp pain, which may be aggravated by coughing, laughing and sneezing in a consistent area. Hernias don't usually cause pain initially. But as they grow, they can cause discomfort that many people describe as 'achy or heavy.
Do I have a hernia or something else?
Even a lump that doesn't reduce in size when you lie down could be a hernia, or it could be something else. Both are good reasons to speak to your doctor. Hernias can cause sharp pain when your body is under strain. Acts like coughing, sneezing and lifting can pinch the organ trapped in the abdominal wall.
What causes narrowing of the esophagus?
The most common cause of an esophageal stricture is long-standing gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), where stomach acid backs up from the stomach into the esophagus and causes esophageal inflammation, which can lead to scarring and narrowing over time.
How do you know if you have a blockage in your esophagus?
The main symptom of narrowing is a feeling of a lump in the foodpipe, particularly when swallowing. If the foodpipe becomes narrowed, swallowing can become more difficult and painful, leading to a loss of appetite and often vomiting.
How do you treat narrowing of the esophagus?
Dilation (stretching) of the esophagus using a thin cylinder or balloon that is inserted through an endoscope is the main treatment for acid reflux related strictures. You may need to have this treatment repeated after a period of time to prevent the stricture from narrowing again.
Can narrowing of the esophagus be reversed?
Things Patients Can Do Currently, there are no medications to reverse Barrett's esophagus. However, it appears that treating the underlying GERD may slow the progress of the disease and prevent complications. Following are some things the patient can do to help reduce acid reflux and strengthen the LES.
When does esophagus narrow?
An esophageal stricture is an abnormal tightening or narrowing of the esophagus. Your esophagus is a muscular tube that connects the throat to the stomach, carrying food and liquid. A stricture narrows the esophagus, making it more difficult for food to travel down the tube.
What does a stricture feel like?
Symptoms of strictures include abdominal pain, cramping, and bloating. In serious cases, strictures can progress to the point of causing a complete intestinal obstruction, which may result in nausea, vomiting, abdominal distention, and severe abdominal pain.
How do you relax your esophagus?
Let foods and drinks that are very hot or very cold sit for a bit before eating or drinking them. Suck a peppermint lozenge. Peppermint oil is a smooth muscle relaxant and might help ease esophageal spasms. Place the peppermint lozenge under your tongue.
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