Hiatal hernia treatment, diagnosis & prescriptions
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Can I talk to a doctor on Maple about my hiatal hernia?
Yes. In some cases, a doctor on Maple can diagnose hiatal hernia online by asking about your symptoms, observing your condition, and ordering X-rays and ultrasounds. The doctor can also help you manage a previously diagnosed hiatal hernia.
The doctor will be able to provide a diagnosis, write necessary prescriptions, and recommend an appropriate course of treatment. If the doctor suspects you have a more serious problem, they may suggest for you to go to a clinic for a thorough physical examination.
Can I get a prescription on Maple?
Yes, our physicians can prescribe medications online during your consultation. Once you accept a prescription, you’ll have the option to pick it up from any pharmacy or to have it delivered right to your door at no additional cost.
You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.
What is a hiatal hernia?
Hiatal hernia occurs when the upper part of your stomach bulges through the large muscle separating your abdomen and chest (known as your diaphragm). The diaphragm has a small opening, through which your esophagus passes before connecting to your stomach — and it’s through this opening that the stomach herniates.
What are the symptoms of hiatal hernia?
Small hiatal hernias don’t usually cause problems. Symptoms of larger hiatal hernia include:
- Regurgitation of food and/or liquids
- Acid reflux
- Difficulty swallowing
- Chest or abdominal pain
- Shortness of breath
- Vomiting blood or black stools, which indicate bleeding.
How can I treat hiatal hernia?
Your treatment will depend on the severity of the hiatal hernia and your symptoms. Treatment options include:
- Medications to address acid reflux and heartburn, such as antacids, acid reducers, and proton pump inhibitors.
- Surgery is used when medications don’t work and/or there are complications, such as inflammation or narrowing of the esophagus.
- Lifestyle changes, such as eating smaller meals and avoiding triggering foods, can help.
What is Maple?
With Maple, you can start talking to a doctor about your symptoms in a matter of minutes. We’re a healthcare app for fast, convenient 24/7 access to Canadian doctors.
You simply log in, tap a button to request a consultation, and we’ll immediately connect you to a doctor via live chat or video. You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.
Our doctors can assess symptoms, and provide treatment, including prescriptions as necessary.
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