Patient Comments: Hiatal Hernia - Symptoms

What were the symptoms of your hiatal hernia?

Comment from: missnoee, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 09

I felt sick to my stomach for years, almost like hunger pains, but after eating it got worse. Whenever I bent over or carried something fairly heavy, I felt sick. Found out I had an umbilical hernia and had it repaired and felt better but the symptoms came back only further up like half way between my navel and ribcage. Bending or carrying anything gives me sick to stomach feeling and soreness in slightly swollen area just under left ribcage. I think it's a hiatal hernia. I take meds for reflux, and lately that doesn't help when I go to bed at night. I am 67.

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Comment from: Carol, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 21

I am 66 years old and have been suffering from extreme belching sometimes 24 hours a day since August of 2010. I have no heartburn, chest pain or acid reflux. I went to a gastro doctor from October of 2010 to present after upper & lower GI, CAT scan of stomach, colonoscopy and endoscopy I was told it was diverticulitis and after two rounds of heavy antibiotics it was better but never went away. I could hardly leave my house go to church movies etc. due to the belching. About September of 2011 it was getting so severe I went to emergency as I could not sleep. I had taken many medicines such as Prilosec with no help. The hospital gave me a shot of Reglan, a magic mouthwash that you swallow. November 2011 a cardiologist found a large hiatal hernia after a cat scan of my heart and lungs. I am going to a new gastro doctor in January as I question after 1 year of tests and treatments I was not diagnosed with the hernia it took a cardiologist to do so. I just had my thyroid taken out last week and the surgery was a snap but in the recovery room I belched from noon to 2:00 AM until a doctor prescribed something. My thyroid surgeon said I will probably need hernia surgery. All I want is to stop belching. I am under control today but know it will not last.

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Comment from: 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 20

I am 24, and have had severe acid reflux for 6 years and have been unable to get it under control. This past week, I've been vomiting and no matter how many otc meds I take, I cannot get the heartburn to go away. What's more, there is a pressure just behind my sternum and at the base of my throat, which is what I think is causing the vomiting, because it's triggering my gag reflex. I think it is a hiatal hernia, but I need a referral before I can get an upper GI, and my doc refuses to give me one. Here's to a long battle of suffering.

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Comment from: druidtrekker, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 30

I have been diagnosed with a hiatal hernia. The MRI I had confirmed it. I don't have the typical symptoms (ex. heartburn) but I get pains in my chest like I am having a heart attack or something and I also from time to time have trouble eating and have to have a glass of water or something near me to drink when the food gets stuck. Usually it is only the first time I try to eat something after the first bite of food and the drink following it I am fine. Presently waiting for Surgeon appointment. This will be my 2nd time having to do this. The first time we tried stretching the esophagus to avoid surgery but that really did not work. I stretch it several times. This time going straight for the surgery.

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Comment from: ArmyGirl, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 16

I am a 30 year old woman. I have been having what was thought of as unrelated health issues for over a year now. Chest pains and shortness of breath lead to a cardio stress test which was clear. Lower abdominal pain which lead to a laparoscopy looking for endometriosis which was clear. It also leads to a full urologist screening and scope which were all clear. Was told to go Gluten free by my PCM and it helped a little with the nausea, heart burn, and abdominal pain. Finally went to a GI and after an endoscope and colonoscopy I have been diagnosed with a hiatal hernia, acid reflux, internal hemorrhoids and a twisted sigmoid and descending colon. Nexium is working a lot with the acid reflux and nausea and a bit with the chest pains and such. Have to go back to the GI doc for the treatment plan for the rest. All I want is to feel better and get back into shape again. Here is to hoping!

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