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Comment from: Roberto, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 05

My wife, 43 years old, was just diagnosed with hiatal hernia. She cannot keep any food or drink down. She had an upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, and we are currently waiting for the biopsy and blood results to determine the appropriate treatment. After the GI procedure, I took her to a lady (kind of a chiropractor). She massaged her stomach and that made the pain bearable to the point that she could retain foods and liquids. I will keep you all updated on what works for her, we are very confident the massaging will help her, she may need another one, the lady said. I will keep my fingers crossed.

Comment from: Tess, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 19

I am not sure what is going on with me, but one of my suspicions is a hiatal hernia. I have read symptoms from other writers and I believe that Kathy's seem the closest to mine. My symptoms of late are fainting spells, breathlessness, fatigue, sharp spasm and pain under my left breast, leaving me feeling very unwell. I have made three visits to Accident and Emergency and told I am not having a heart attack, and to control my breathing because it creates further symptoms of shakiness, weakness and no energy when talking. My body stiffens when walking which is close to a shuffle. I have burping and coughing and I neither drink nor smoke. I have lost some weight and my appetite is low.

Comment from: Kathy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

I have just had an upper GI done and have been diagnosed with a hiatal hernia. It first began almost 2 years ago when I had symptoms of a heart attack. Numbing in my left arm and intense pain close to my heart, as well as dizziness. After going through every heart test known to man, I was cleared of heart trouble. My Dr did tell me to follow up with a gastroenterologist because sometimes gastro problems mimic heart pain. What strikes me as odd is that I have never had heartburn, acid reflux, and diarrhea or have had any repercussions from eating anything! So I did nothing and I have been fine until 6 months ago when I was treated for h pylori. It took about a month for it to go away, but ever since then my stomach has not been the same. I have what I can only describe as tightness in my stomach, almost like it is constricted if that makes any sense. Recently, I lost about 9 lbs when I lost my appetite. I would only eat when I felt dizzy and I knew this was messed up so I told my Dr about it. My liver enzymes and proteins were slightly elevated when she ran my blood work the first time. I have not gotten the results of my second round of blood work after I completed a round of antibiotics for a urinary tract infection. It will be interesting to see if this liver/protein thing is from the hernia or the infection. So now that I have been diagnosed with this hernia then I will try and follow the food guidelines as I have always eaten whatever I wanted. I am supposed to use Malanta or Prilosec and possibly raise my head higher at night too...even though I don't have reflux!

Comment from: Rita, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 09

I am suffering with hiatal hernia attacks which feel like I'm having a heart attack. It lasts about 5 minutes. I just took a Cardiolite stress test because my pain goes from my chest into my neck, jaw and ear. I am waiting for results.

Comment from: debbie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

I'm 25 years old and I just found out I have hiatal hernia. I start getting pain in my chest and my middle back would get hot. I felt a stabbing pain. I have to watch what I eat. The pain is unbearable.

Comment from: DebKay58, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 25

My sister-in-law was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia about seven years ago. The last 4 years she has been having trouble breathing. She was told that she has asthma and it has been getting worse. She has been to so many doctors and to the best of them, but it wasn't until a month ago that they figured out why she is having trouble breathing. Her hiatal hernia has gotten so big it has been pressing on her lungs, which has actually ruined her lungs. It's been a long road, but finally they figured it out.

Comment from: mary, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

I suffer from hiatal hernia pain. I get it in my back, chest, jaw, teeth and ribs. I don't get to sleep at night.

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