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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.

Comment from: tednbarb, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 20

With my hernia I have pain in stomach and chest, choking and coughing, difficulty swallowing, heartburn, intense nausea, and it feels like something is stuck in my throat.

Comment from: tlentz, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 13

I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia back in 2002. I had been telling my doctor something is wrong. I had bad heartburn, shortness of breath; the right side of my back hurt constantly, and I was putting away a bottle of Tums in approximately 5 to 6 days. Finally in October he sent me to a specialist and I had to drink barium and that's when I found out I have a "large" hiatal hernia. I was scared to death!!!!!!

Comment from: tmini, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 03

I too was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia. I spent an entire year in misery. I had severe pain between my shoulder blades, heart palpitations, anxiety, distended stomach, low energy and always had to snack between meals. I tried different diets, but nothing helped. It hurt to even drive over a speed bump. I had a bunch of tests, colonoscopy, endoscopy, and sonogram. So, after a year of trying to heal myself I thought I would go to another doctor. I told him I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia. He said, well lots of people have those, but you should not be having that many problems. He had me submit to a simple blood test and he looked for several things. He found the problem right away. I had a high dose of H. pylori bacteria in my stomach. It is the bacteria that causes ulcers, although I did not have one. Please everyone, if you have severe stomach problems, take the simple blood test, or breath test and find out if you have this bacteria. I was cured with a triple set of pills called a Prevpac. Look up H. pylori for yourself. It is a nasty bug and is hard to kill. Many people suffer with this. I feel great now!

Comment from: JJ, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 07

I have two distinct symptoms: 1. The esophagus squeezes shut on a piece of bread or dry meat. It has occurred when drinking a very cold drink. I must wait for it to release. There is a pain like a heart attack with lots of pressure and breathing is difficult. (I have had one heart attack). 2. Sometimes when I lie down to sleep, the mouth of my stomach lets the contents out into the esophagus. I get a sour taste and a burning sensation.

Comment from: connie, 45-54 Male Published: February 04

For my hiatal hernia, my food was not going down. I had severe pain in my chest and I was vomiting bile. I could hardly drink anything.

Comment from: 45-54 Female Published: May 14

I have an acute pain in my upper chest, even finding that my glands are sore. Painful when I lift my arms or move in certain ways.

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