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Comment from: naturolpath, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 26

I cut gluten, all wheat products out of my diet and have no more heartburn. Chiropractors are great at fixing a hiatal hernia and can help with exercises to keep it from happening again. Look for a good chiropractor in your area for help.

Comment from: Sher48, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 25

I have always had stomach trouble and irritable bowel and have always watched my diet. I have lost 20 lb. in two months because of hiatal heart burn pain, burping, and pain on left side not up, but center of chest, but no acid reflux that I can tell. This has mystified me as omeprazole 40 mg does not work, also a new medicine Dexilant does not work after 3 days. I have new gastrointestinal work up on August 24. Every morning 5 to 6 am I have nausea and Gaviscon helps but does not cure it! I hate to go to bed because I know I'll wake up with it. Bed is elevated, sleep sitting up does not help, but sleep on left side does not help. I am eating ulcer diet of pears, peaches, green beans, baked potato, and teeny pieces of chicken and turkey not fried, meat loaf once in a great while, but most foods, cooked by hubby, make me nauseas. Afternoons and evenings I feel normal. I will find out more I hope on August 24th.

Comment from: Jackie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 05

I have had a hiatal hernia for over 20 years. It has mostly been controlled by medication but recently I had a fall and now I am having problems with the upper left back and left side of my neck. I have had an MRI, CT scan, x-rays, ultra sound, and barium testing. The pain gets so bad in my back that I have to now medicate myself with pain medications. I went to see an orthopedist because I thought I ruptured a disc when I fell. The MRI showed no back problems and I am now referred to a general surgeon for the hiatal hernia because the pain is now throughout my chest and under my left breast. I feel like I have a baby under my rib cage. I go to the surgeon soon and am going to have this repaired if he will do it. If not I don't know what I will do about the pain. I cannot be on medication the rest of my life.

Comment from: Msum, 55-64 Female Published: January 12

My sister was diagnosed with Hiatal Hernia. She was admitted to the hospital due to serious stomach pains. They tried to perform a Barium test which could not be completed because she swallowed the Barium but it did not go into the stomach (she later vomited it up). They later performed an endoscopy test (upper GI) and said they saw nothing.

Comment from: mike m, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 13

I had most of the symptoms described on this site and more. Chest pain, palpitations, gas, horrible pain, anxiety. Finally I was diagnosed with GERD due to a hiatal hernia. Prilosec helped but shouldn't be taken for more than 2-4 weeks at a time. My doctor wanted to keep me on it permanently as symptoms came back soon after going off prilosec. I looked for safer, natural remedy and found that Mastic Gum capsules treat my problem, safely and permanently. I still have to be careful not to overdo certain foods but my diet generally is open to most foods.

Comment from: Connie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I am so glad I read everyone's comments about their hiatal hernia. I have been lax lately about taking my pills as prescribed but I will definitely start doing as I was told. I too have been having the feeling in the middle of my chest and when I have lifted something heavy I have the same problems of breathing as others have mentioned. I was thinking it was my heart but everyone's comments are me to a T. Of course if I thought it was my heart I would go to the ER or see my doctor immediately. Sometimes my bra would feel so tight that I wanted to scream, and the middle of my back would ache. That's how I found out what my problem was, having an upper GI revealed a hiatal hernia. Thank you everyone for posting your own personal experiences. I don't feel so alone with this problem anymore.

Comment from: Marie-Clare, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 28

I have been diagnosed with a small hiatal hernia two weeks ago. I am waiting for the results of the biopsy taken of the various irritated foci found during gastroscopy. I am looking for how to live with this uncomfortable condition and how to prevent it from getting worse. It is agonizing. I was amazed when I found out that the cause of my dramatic chest pain the mimicked an angina and the hear burns, was actually the hiatus hernia. I have difficulty with swallowing. I always have a thick mucus plug in my throat. Even though I have been placed on 20 mg of omeprazole tablet daily, I am not very good at taking medication. I must say that I feel relieved to know that I am not alone and that there are people out there who can understand. I am 56 years old and my weight had been below 110 lb for the most part of my life until two years ago when I gained weight and now am at 124 lb.


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