Charlie Sheen: Hiatal hernia pain sent him to the hospital
No "adverse allergic reaction" this time -- sources told TMZ the "Two and a Half Men" star was treated for intense abdominal pain stemming from a hiatal hernia.
With a hiatal hernia, part of the stomach bulges through the diaphragm. No symptoms, no problem, but when a person does have symptoms, well, imagine having a blow torch nailing your esophagus where it connects to your stomach -- think "reflux," but think it in capital letters. (Ask us how we know.)
To mitigate symptoms, doctors recommend that people such as Sheen or the Ministry, who are aware they have a hiatal hernia, take care to avoid alcohol, caffeine, tobacco, alcohol, fatty foods, chocolate, mint and alcohol.
Coincidentally, Sheen's trip to the ER, first reported by TMZ, came after a night of heavy partying at the actor's house, neighbors told the website. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a 911 call at Sheen's gated community shortly after 6:30 a.m., Show Tracker confirmed. Two women reportedly left the house as paramedics took Sheen away.
Fortunately for Sheen, he's not missing work -- turns out "Two and a Half Men" has the week off. Not sure if he's in trouble with dad Martin Sheen, mom Janet Templeton or ex-wife Denise Richards, all of whom were spotted at Cedars.
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Photo: Charlie Sheen leaves the Pitkin County Courthouse in Aspen, Colo., after sentencing on Aug. 2, 2010. Credit: Rick Wilking / Reuters