Patient Comments: Hiatal Hernia - Symptoms

What were the symptoms of your hiatal hernia?

Comment from: D, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 06

I was just diagnosed with a hiatal hernia, I had no idea I had it. I went to the doctor for bad heart burn, because I have been on heart burn medications for about three years and thought something was up. I was then told about the hernia; with hind sight I have had some symptoms for a while and just didn"t know. The shortness in breath is the worst. I recently moved to a high altitude area and thought it was just old age; I was wrong.

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Comment from: SMatthews, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

My first episode made me think I might be having a heart attack - the tightness in my chest, the pain, the shortness of breath - it was awful. That was 30 years ago and I've had plenty of episodes since then but I figured out a way to stop the attacks dead in their tracks. Drink something (anything) very, very fast until you're able to have a hearty burp. Once you burp, the pain, the pressure, the shortness of breath all disappear.

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Comment from: ppkk, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I am a 52 year old female and was told when I was around 30 that I have slight hiatal Hernia and I have many of the symptoms. I have burping, acid reflux, pieces of food regurgitating hours after having eaten the meal, pain in upper left side of abdomen, sometimes dull pain in the right side of abdomen. Have had all possible tests, tried Nexium, Prevacid, Protonix - the works. I am feeling so much better ever since I saw this integrative doctor 2 years ago! I take digestive enzymes before eating lunch, Phillips probiotics after lunch. I do this for 4 to 6 months, then go off the regimen for 6 months and then start again. He also prescribed L-Glutamate 2000mg/ twice a day (from health food store) that I took for 6 months. I watch what I eat and this has worked miracles for me.

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Comment from: Melissa, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

The symptoms of my hiatal hernia were a bulge sticking out, occasional severe pain when bending or twisting at the waist, and heartburn.

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Comment from: macca, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 25

Hi from down under i.e. age 68 - have had problems with gastric reflux which medicos treated with Losec and seemed to work. then became iron deficient and, after many appointments, much money, many blood tests scans etc. diagnosed as having "a large percentage of my stomach in my thoracic/chest cavity. I feel breathless and heart does funny things but doesn't seem to be worrying doctors. I got a copy of the report from physician which said. I could manage with symptom therapy i.e. iron I guess. Unless and this freaked me out a surgeon could be found who would be prepared to "tackle" this hernia. What the heck does that mean. I have contacted godlike physician and of course have to go through St. Peter (oooops - his personal assitant) still waiting for some info - anyone else out there who has a similar condition. I need to move on this contrary to the song time is not on my side and I have plans for the so-called golden years which right now seem all too short.

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Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 09

I am currently 28 years old, and was diagnosed officially diagnosed when I was 19. I have regurgitated my food my entire life; I remember being very surprised to find out that everyone didn't do it. Considering that my father has also had a lifelong hiatal hernia (despite corrective surgery), I'm fairly confident that I was born w/ mine. Even though I take medication, I have severe GERD symptoms, as well as incredible difficulty swallowing. If I swallow while bent over, stomach acid will flow right into my mouth. Not only painful, but also seriously disgusting. But I've always been this way and have learned to adapt, so I've never really given surgery any thought. However, the possible long-term damage it might be doing to my esophagus is making me seriously re-evaluate the situation.

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Comment from: Jillian, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

I am 30 years old was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia back in May 2011. I was having a lot of reflux and pain right after I ate under the ribs, burping every time. I had my gall bladder removed in May and the doctors decided not to fix it. Since my surgery, I've had more intense pain and not improving since change in diet or medication (been on domperidone, sucrafalate, prevacid and dexilant). I am awaiting the surgery to repair the hernia and hoping to start feeling better. I have been gaining and losing a lot of weight lately and it is frustrating!

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