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Comment from: Larry A, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 08

This is advice for "Miserable". Contact the USC Medical Center, Thoracic Surgery Dept, Dr. Hagen in Los Angeles. I've had the same symptoms as you for five years and finally found a general surgeon that takes it seriously, ordered barium swallow, endoscopy and chest X-ray. When hiatal hernia was found, he indicated that he's only seen about eight cases in his career and referred me to USC and Dr. Hagen. Dr. Hagen ordered another endoscopy with a biopsy, a Ph uptake and an esophageal motility test. These tests will determine the treatment plan. Surgery for a hiatal hernia is not common and it's necessary to seek treatment at a regional medical research center such as USC for aggressive treatment. Wish you the best.

Comment from: sunshinemn09, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

My chiropractor diagnosed me with a hiatal hernia months ago. I go in and he fixes it and it comes back. I can't afford to keep going in to have him fix it and it's back right away. I also take Prevacid because I had a bleeding ulcer years ago, but it has not helped my hiatal hernia. I too want to feel normal again. I hate always having this pressure and pain sitting under my ribs. It helps when my husband works on my stomach we found a way he can get rid of the pain and I am able to sleep through most of the night without waking him to do it again. I am starting to eliminate foods and change to caffeine-free coffee to see if that helps. But I'm frustrated by that because I have Celiac Disease and my food is already limited! :( I eat breakfast standing because we have a 45 minute drive to work. Our dinner is always late and there is no changing that until we retire or get jobs closer to home. (Not going to happen). If giving up caffeine and alcohol doesn't help, I am going to go in for an endoscopy to see if there is anything else going on or if someone will attempt to do surgery on it. I'm too young at 50 to live with this problem, being a Celiac is problem enough!

Comment from: justtwo, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 12

I have been having shortness of breath for some time. Lately I started feeling weak and faint whenever I took a deep breath. Thinking I was having a heart attack I tried to get to a doctor with no luck so my friend took me to her chiropractor. He diagnosed me with a hiatal hernia. He laid me down and pushed it out with his bare hands. This was 2 hrs ago. I am home now and breathing normally with no weakness. Hurt like heck but it sure beats surgery!

Comment from: Jerry, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 06

Hi all... My gastroentologist has found that i am having hiatal hernia. She has suggested me to stick to the routine diet timings. She says that taking food at proper time (not heavy) will automatically take care of the heart buring sense and the vomitting kind of feelings. I am now under strict diet avoiding spicy and acidic food stuffs. Am getting better and my appetitie is also good now. She said, the possible reason for this problem could be constipation. So she suggested me to walk a lot instead of sitting at a place and also empty the bowl immediately when i feel like. So frenz, if u r also having the same kind of problem, please dont panic. It is a very simple problem [ it can be dangerous if not taken proper care ]that can be solved easily by changing ourselves. Thanks Jerry

Comment from: harold23, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 06

I too was told my hiatal hernia is "small." The symptoms are not small. Horrible pain that radiates into my neck, throat, ears, arms, and back (yes, it is easy to believe you are having a heart attack). I become paralyzed, unable to move due to the pain and anxiety. Unable to process thoughts because I just cannot think of anything else but the pain. Heart palpitations so severe I have honestly thought of killing myself because I cannot stand the feeling and don't know how to make it stop. Nausea, gas, bloating. I take pantoprazole, which helps with the heartburn symptoms, but I have not found anything to deal with the other symptoms. I admit that I have done little in terms of diet or any of the other suggestions you will see listed.

Comment from: nancy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 17

I've had pain in the tummy area for years now I'm 61 years old. until recently a doctor did a GI and it was found I have a small Hiatal Hernia I am on 40mg of Nexium a day but still have severe pain rising from the stomach up in the chest then down my left arm, it can last for 10min or 3hrs. I have cut all caffeine and fats out of my diet. I pray that someone finds a cure for this terrible pain that myself and 100,000 of others suffer daily. I try to keep my bowel moving daily as well, just because its labeled small means nothing. It's so painful and draining.

Comment from: mick1, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia 6 years ago. I had lost blood from erosions on my esophagus and had to have 4 blood transfusions. They put me on Prilosec and I took it for 6 years. Now I am having all kinds of side effects. Since then I have found out it hasn't been proven safe for that amount of time. I have come across several people who are having trouble with their joints and muscles hurting, especially in the legs. They have cramps, twitching, and anxiety. I am trying to find a safe alternative to take. My Dr. failed to tell me not to take it that long and also when you try to stop your symptoms come back worse than ever.

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