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Hiatal Hernia "Pull Down" by Chiropractor

From: Jennifer Darling
Date: 1/11/00
Time: 10:52:54 PM
Remote Name: 208.237.244.165

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A chiropractor performed what I would call an "insane" procedure on my husband to "pull down" his hiatal hernia (that portion of his stomach) through the diaphragm. This happened about 1 week ago and it was extremely painful. About 30 hours later he woke up from sleep with palpitations (about 150 pulse) and a very clammy sweat. He has had the clammy sweat before (over 1 year ago)and of course it scared us to death that time and after about 4 hours in the emergency room he was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia (very obvious in the x-rays, etc). Several extensive tests were run first and ruled out heart conditions. He was put on 20 mg Pepcid 2x per day and had even weaned himself off that a few months ago and had basically not been having much problem until this incident with the chiropractor. He is away for 2 weeks on a business trip at this time, but is considering flying back home just to get to a local doctor/hospital to find out what is going on. He is repeatedly having these attacks now, some in the day, but especially cannot sleep at night. He did not sleep any last night. We are frightened. I have read that "a hernia may cause pressure on the heart by pushing against the bottom of the heart, which may be one way in which a heart attack can be triggered." I would like to know if anyone else has had this horrible experience at the hands of a chiropractor and also any advice or information concerning whether a hiatal hernia could cause a heart attack. I suppose the force the chiropractor used could also have caused an injury to his heart. Thanks.


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