Kym Marsh, 42, has portrayed Michelle Connor on ITV’s Coronation Street since 2006. Her fame has given her the opportunity to highlight a number of personal issues – including those relating too her health. Just last week, she revealed she recently went to have a vitamin drip with her boyfriend Scott Ratcliffe after feeling “sluggish”. The actress also divulged her decision to have a vitamin drip was linked to the medication she takes for hiatus hernia, a condition which gives her bad heartburn.
“I’ve been working quite hard and feeling quite sluggish, so I decided to do something for myself,” she wrote in her latest OK! Magazine column.
“Scott and I went to REVIV for a vitamin drip.”
She explained: “I’m on medication for hiatus hernia, which means part of my stomach is protruding into my oesophagus which gives me heartburn, so I take medication called lansoprazole.
“The doctor told me that if you’ve been taking it for a while it affects your body’s ability to absorb vitamin B12, which is important for the immune system.”
Kym said the vitamin drop gave her a “much-needed energy” boost.
So what is hiatus hernia?
The condition is when part of your stomach moves up into your chest, states the NHS.
It’s a common problem, particularly in those over the age of 50, and treatments not required if it’s not causing any problems.
Some people may not know they have a hiatus hernia, but symptoms to look out for, according to the health body, include:
- Having a painful burning feeling in your chest, often after eating (heartburn)
- Bringing up small amounts of food or bitter-tasting fluids (acid reflux)
- Having bad breath
- Burping and feeling bloated
- Feel or being sick
- Having difficulty or pain when swallowing
These are the symptoms of acid reflux.
When to see your GP
If your symptoms don’t get better after three week or symptoms get worse, see your GP.
You should get advice from 111 now if you have indigestion or acid reflux and:
- You’ve lost weight for no reason
- Swallowing become difficult
- You’re being sick (vomiting) frequently
- There’s blood in your sick
- You have pain in your upper tummy
Treatment can be as easy as changing your eating habits, such as eating smaller, more frequent meals and not smoking.
Medicines are also available from the pharmacy and your GP, and in severe cases surgery may be required.
Kym has spoken about other health conditions she’s experienced in her OK! magazine column, including her struggle after birth.