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Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 13

I was told I had hiatal hernia about 6 years ago - I now have constant pain on the right side middle of my chest.

Comment from: ian, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 12

I had been suspicious that I had a hernia for 25 years and had many of the symptoms of a hiatus version while not being able to figure out what the problem was until I got so nauseous I had to have an endoscopy. I was feeling worrying tight chest pains and occasional palpitations, a dull pain in the lower back, groin pain when walking and a permanent pain of varying intensity below the lung that felt like wind but never moved, along with the acid stomach and nausea.

Comment from: Lucy, 55-64 Female Published: March 12

I have a hiatal hernia for 6 years I am on medicine and try and watch what I eat. I just started with chest pain and the middle of my back hurts. I have had my gall bladder out three years ago, which is the best thing I ever did.

Comment from: rockymorris, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 13

I just got diagnosed with a hiatal hernia. I am having trouble following the diet that the doctor suggested for me.

Comment from: jo, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 05

I was given a endoscopy and told I have a hiatal hernia. After taking medicine for several years the doctor said I should not take the meds forever. I stopped taking the meds about 4 years ago now. My symptoms are back and are even worse. I cannot eat a small meal without feeling bloated. My stomach is sticks out after the meal and is hard.

Comment from: gillian, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 29

With my hiatal hernia, I have neck back pain. It feels like something is stuck in my throat and I can't breathe very well. I also have constant pressure on my stomach and sinuses.

Comment from: amanda, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 27

I just found out that I have a hiatal hernia. I have a very hard time swallowing and just over the past two weeks I have been getting a lot of chest and upper middle back pain.

Comment from: proudmom, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 02

I have had my esophagus stretched twice, just recently the third time. I had this done the last time because of choking on food and severe heartburn continuously. When I had this done, the doctor said everything looked good other than my esophagus. Yet here I still am in continues discomfort and pain. I am not a complainer, but seriously can't keep food down. I go back to the specialist Tuesday and am not leaving until I have answers.

Comment from: chef, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 26

I have had chest pain, difficulty swallowing and GERD for the last 4 years. I just was diagnosed with hiatal hernia. Because I cannot take the medicine prescribed I was also checked for gallbladder functions. I have found a wonderful surgeon who explained to me that a wrap (hiatal repair) can solve the issue for good but not if my gallbladder was not functioning properly. Today is my surgery. I will follow up with the results. Wish me luck.

Comment from: 48butfeelin'great, Published: October 07

I am a 48 year old male with very few health problems. I have always eaten well, exercised, and I am a non-smoker and non-drinker. My only weakness is my love of coffee. I experienced occasional blood in my mouth upon waking for approximately two years. It was only recently that the blood went from a dark brown to a bright red that caused me to see the doctor. I do not have gas, heartburn or general indigestion problems, but the blood 'spooked' me a bit. When I went see my doctor he immediately requisitioned an X-ray of the stomach. Well, the results are back and I have been diagnosed with the hiatal hernia. I have been prescribed an acid lowering medicine that seems to help. However just recently I consumed a pizza, which is high in fat and the tomato sauce and is very acidic. I had an immediate reaction to the pizza, and have now realized that anything with tomato sauce is a no-go. I am only consuming one cup of morning coffee, no tea or soft drinks, and it seems to be held in check. A person has to discover themselves which foods trigger the event of acid reflux leading to blood in the mouth, and completely refrain from those foods. My doctor has suggested that I forget about surgery. He tells me to adjust my lifestyle; to get more exercise, and NOT to sit down after a meal. It is best to walk around the block a few times, and definitely do not lie down after a meal. He has told me that this condition is irreparable and that I can only manage the situation with good healthy eating habits.

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