Patient Comments: Hiatal Hernia - Describe Your Experience

What were the events that led to a diagnosis of a hiatal hernia? Please share your experience.

Comment from: missmarilyn71, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

A former posted statement said she had vomiting that lasted for up to 8 hours after eating, and could not even take a sip of water during that episode. I was surprised as I have been having the same reaction for 13 years. My symptoms began after I had a VBG (vertical banded gastroplasty) stomach stapling in 2000. I thought the symptoms, which include extreme burping, were caused by that. I had an endoscopy 3 weeks ago and was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia. Since that diagnosis, my symptoms have increased in pain and duration. Some new ones have begun. Constipation that has lasted for up to 5 days, feeling of being choked and Inability to burp or have a bowel movement makes me feel pain and extreme pressure that lasts for hours to days. These are some of the symptoms I am having among others. This is horrible!

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Comment from: FUSTRATED, Male (Patient) Published: June 05

I have been diagnosed with a hiatal hernia. I feel tired and burp continuously, doctor prescribed Pariet which gives me temporary relief. He was totally against me doing surgery saying that the symptoms are not severe enough to do so and that I could be worse off afterwards.

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Comment from: wildjflippin, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia some years ago. Lately, it has been getting worse and more noticeable. I feel horrid pressure on my chest and food seems "stuck" sometimes. I have gas, bloating, and belching. Often I am sure I am having a heart attack, but after taking Tums, 7 Up and Gas-X, I burp and feel better. I take Dexilant, but I hate it. If I eat anything "heavy," I know I will be up all night. It sucks.

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Comment from: Kimber, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 08

I am 45 and have a hiatal hernia. When an attack occurs, it is so scary – you think you're having a heart attack. Severe pain in the center of the chest shoots right out the back of the left shoulder blade. This lasts for about ½ hour, which feels like longer because when you breathe, it seems to feel worse. I had one tonight and almost called 911.

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