Two And A Half Hernias
Following up on yesterday’s blog about Charlie Sheen, it looks like he’s gonna be OK. (That is, IF he calms down with the booze, drugs and hookers.) His abdominal pains were caused by a hiatal hernia. This isn’t his first time at the rodeo, either. It’s a long-standing condition.
(Courtesy of CBS News)
Charlie Sheen was rushed to the hospital Thursday morning with severe stomach pains. Earlier, his rep, Stan Rosenfield, told People, “All I know is what I was told – that he was having severe abdominal pains.”
Now we know the reason: The LA Times reports that Sheen has a hiatal hernia. The intense abdominal pain was a result of that.
According to the Mayo Clinic, a hiatal hernia occurs when “part of your stomach pushes upward through your diaphragm. Your diaphragm normally has a small opening (hiatus) that allows your food tube (esophagus) to pass through on its way to connect to your stomach. The stomach can push up through this opening and cause a hiatal hernia.”
Ouch. The condition can cause severe pain. In some cases it requires surgery.
The LA Times reports that “Two and a Half Men” is on hiatus this week and production is scheduled to resume Monday.