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Hi All,


I've been kind of quiet lately....lots going on health and otherwise.


Had colonoscopy and endoscopy last week. Biopsy results not in yet, but I expect them to be fine. Bacterial overgrowth is suspect. However, the endoscopy showed a Para esophageal hernia. This is different from a hiatial hernia (which I also have). I'm also scheduled to have a manomotry (sp) next week as well as a breath test (to check for the bacterial overgrowth) the following week.


I am wondering if anyone has heard of or has had a para esophageal hernia. If so, would you mind sharing your experience with me? Thanks!


xoxo emmie

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I have not heard of that at all, I was going to ask you what it is.. I too have hiatial hernia. I will see if I can find some information and get it to you about it. Well give it to one of the girls on here , Take care, Sam


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Yes, you have been quiet. Great to hear from you as always. Sam provided a great link that should help you. We also have a small section on Hiatal Hernia on our reflux page. You might find some information there as well. There are two types of hiatal hernias - sliding and paraesophageal. Apparently, paraesophageal is more problematic than the sliding type. So sorry that you have to deal with both.

There was a discussion a while back on hiatal hernia that you might find interesting. Apparently, a lot of us have them and it's pretty common with SSc. I have one, but I don't know if it's sliding or paraesophageal. I do know that it is one of the main reason that I can not lay completely flat and can not overeat. Stomach contents can come up too easily into the esophagus. Other than that, I really don't know it's there. Just another of those nagging symptoms that might require some minor lifestyle changes.

Please let us know the results of your biopsy.

Big Hugs,

Janey Willis

ISN Support Specialist

(Retired) ISN Assistant Webmaster

(Retired) ISN News Director

(Retired) ISN Technical Writer for Training Manuals

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Sam and Janey,


Thanks so much for the links; I really appreciate it. Guess where I'm off to right now....yep to the links. No, not the golf kind. I never could hit the ball off the tee, even pre-sclero!


xoxo emmie

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