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Comment from: gettingawaywithit, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 12

I am living a life of agony at the moment. I have really bad GERD, pain under ribs radiating into my back and shoulder, extreme bloating and constipation as well as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) symptoms. The thing that gets me down more than anything is the extreme anxiety. I haven't been diagnosed with a hiatal hernia (HH) yet but I know it is a HH. It affects me every day but the thing that gets me down is the fact my body is screaming at me that there is something wrong and doctors just dismiss it and put it down to stress. More needs to be done.

Comment from: mack, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 11

I have had bloating, pain in stomach, and pain between shoulder blades since May. I have had all the required tests and a small hiatal hernia was found. I was assured it would never give me problems. Well, I still have the same symptoms I did in May and can't find out why. I burn in abdomen, have chills and sometimes shortness of breath. I have been to several doctors and still no relief. This is no way for anyone to have to live!

Comment from: MINABEE, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 11

I have been so sick. I vomit every day and can't hold down food or liquid. I can't eat or sleep. No medical insurance. I need help. I am 22 feel like I am 90; in bed all day. Reglan and Zofran has been working. I have GERD, hernia and acid reflux. So much acid is in my stomach I can feel it.

Comment from: solar, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 17

There is something you can do that may be helpful. Lay down. Place a heavy book on your abdomen. Slowly lift the book with your stomach as you take deep breaths in. This will allow you to use your diaphragm while breathing and can help getting the stomach to move from under it. You should do this exercise every day. Hope this helps.

Comment from: Sally, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: December 02

I am careful of how much I eat at one time. Instead of three meals a day, I eat six. When I get pain, I take a single Bufferin and 2 Tums.

Comment from: Debbi, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 03

I have Crohn's and a hiatal hernia. My hernia pain is always preceded by stabbing pain in my ear. I take Prilosec daily, but the only medication I've found that relieves the hernia pain is Carafate. If I take one or two grams as soon as the ear pain starts, the hernia pain will go away within ten minutes.

Comment from: Scoots, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 29

I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia many years ago. I am not dependent on any medication. I only have to be careful of my diet. I don't know if any of you have ever experienced this, but one of the foods I cannot eat is garlic. With my hernia I get very nauseated after eating something I shouldn't be eating, and garlic is one of them. I also stay away from pork. I sometimes think it's more of a gall bladder problem than a hiatal hernia. Another thing I can't eat is cheeses! Makes me nauseated and is usually followed by vomiting until it's down to the bile.

Comment from: Will Do, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: March 03

Was in the hospital several times with upper abdomen pain and was always tested over and over for heart problems. There were none. After six days in the hospital I felt just as bad as when I went in. I had been suffering with loud belches and shortness of breath and no sleep. When I came home I felt that there was no help available. My wife read that a chiropractor might help hiatal hernias. I went and after one treatment I felt better than I had in two years. Two treatments are all I had and now I'm fine.

Comment from: Pegster65, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 28

I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia about 5 months ago. I had pain and pressure in mid chest along with heartburn and pain radiating into my upper back. I have lost 30 lbs in the last 8 months over this and there are days when any food I put in my mouth causes severe pain and pressure. Also have trouble breathing when it gets bad. My doctor has not even mentioned surgery to fix it but I think it might come to that. I can't live like this anymore.

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