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Comment from: Linda6343, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I have been diagnosed with a hiatal hernia. I constantly get chest pain, and on two separate occasions I have had excruciating pain in my upper back between the shoulder blades that lasted about an hour. Since I got rid of some of the stress in my life after my divorce, that back pain hasn't returned, but I still get the chest pain with belching, and I also get GERD if I eat the wrong kind of food. It's difficult to pinpoint what foods bother my hernia because it seems that any food I eat brings on chest pain and/or GERD. I was taking Protonix for the GERD but I need help in finding a way to eliminate the hiatal hernia. I have read that the hiatal hernia is the reason for the GERD. I would appreciate anyone writing back with any information on this topic. Thank you.

Comment from: this has worked for, 65-74 Female Published: October 14

I have had a hiatus hernia for a long time and endured years of pain, trips to the ER, heart tests that were all Ok. After all this I finally had an upper GI and learned it was a hernia. Later, I read somewhere that drinking a big glass of water would cause the hernia to go back down. This has worked like a charm for me when I have this pain.

Comment from: John, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 24

I had a severe pain in my solar plexus that lasted for about 3 hours, then vomiting and shivering. These symptoms repeated a few days later and a Blood tests showed abnormal readings for the liver and my doctor and I suspected gall stones. After a third incident I went into hospital and was given a drip with antibiotics. After an ultrasound scan and then a CT scan there was nothing wrong with liver, gall bladder or bile duct although I did have a severe infection of biliary cholethiasis and sepsis with klebsiella pneumonia, cured by the antibiotics. A follow up gastroscopy showed that I have a sliding hiatal hernia. Fortunately, living in England where we have a National Health Service, none of this costs me anything. I am pain free but there is increased risk of esophagal cancer so biopsy results are awaited and I will need treatment to illiminate Helicobacter pylori. It's probably harmless but may increase risk of ulcers.

Comment from: Child Of God, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 14

I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia in the early 90s. In which I have experienced excruciating pain in between my breast that goes to my back. I have been to the ER in the past many times to be sure it wasn't my heart. I was given a GI cocktail of Milk of magnesia and pain killer that stopped the pain. I take Prilosec daily but when I miss too many doses that old familiar pain comes back. I have also been prescribed non narcotic pain killers that also helped. Certain foods with acid and medications will irritate as well.

Comment from: grandpamspumpkin, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 27

My best friend Sarah has had a hiatal hernia for about 1 year or so now her GI Dr. Livingston won't take out her hernia and she is having all of the symptoms of the hiatal hernia since she was diagnosed. She can't hold anything down in her stomach. I feel so horrible for her since she is my best friend. She sees her doctor on Thursday hope everything goes well!!

Comment from: Miserable 2, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 15

I was diagnosed with a small hiatal hernia after having an upper GI series done. I have constant discomfort in the upper abdomen and chest, and I get pain when I lift, bend or get upset or stressed. I also have back pain and should pain, especially at night.

Comment from: Military gal, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 05

I know the feeling! I have had a hiatal hernia for three years now; maybe longer but was just recently diagnosed. I was in the military and used to left heavy objects above my head for 11 years and of course there was a lot of stress. I was advised that once you have this problem; you will always have it!? Well, I was just tested by a VA doctor and he claims I no longer have it? The doctor had me do a Barium swallow and did an upper GI x-ray series that was performed by a radiologist (you drink some contrast material, and x-rays are taken). But...just recently I was rushed to the hospital because of chest pains and shallow breathing! It felt as if something was pressing down on my chest. So I figure the hiatal hernia is back? Or never left. I sleep with my head propped and it helps and I have changed my way of eating and lost weight; however I find that when I left heavy items and am stressed or upset, this brings on the hard pain! I have been in the ER six times in the three years that I found out I had this problem. I am just adjusting to this and try not to bring it on. Sometimes it's difficult. I hope this helps others.

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