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My digestive problems

Erosive gastritis was one of the three ailments they found through my endoscopy.

Erosive gastritis , exfoliative gastritis that in which the gastric surface epithelium is eroded.

Chronic or acute inflammation of the stomach, especially of the mucous membrane of the stomach.

This I had too.

Hiatal Hernia

Hiatal hernia is a condition in which the upper portion of the stomach protrudes into the chest cavity through an opening of the diaphragm called the esophageal hiatus.

This opening usually is large enough to accommodate the esophagus alone. With weakening and enlargement however, the opening (or herniation) can allow upward passage or even entrapment of the upper stomach above the diaphragm.

Hiatal hernia also causes symptoms of discomfort when it is associated with a condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly called GERD.

This condition is characterized by upwelling of stomach acids and digestive enzymes into the esophagus through a weakened sphincter that is supposed to act as a one-way valve between the esophagus and stomach.

Hiatal hernia is thought to contribute to the weakening of this sphincter muscle.

Although it is true that hiatal hernia or GERD can cause chest pain similar to angina (or heart pain) including chest pressure that can radiate to the arm or neck, do not assume that such pain is caused by the less serious condition of the two.

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