Main Article on Hiatal Hernia Question: What kinds of treatments have been effective for your hiatal hernia? Submit Your Comment Comment from: Martha, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 19 I'm not sure if I have hiatal hernia, but I have a strong suspicion. Bad time to feel like this since it's not safe to go out now. I have tightness on my upper stomach that comes and goes, especially when I eat. My stomach is bloated and hard. I keep on burping. I have pain on my left arm and chest heaviness. I also have back pain. Overall it's just so uncomfortable. I was taking omeprazole for my GERD but it doesn't seem to help. Comment from: Miss piggy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 05 Sodium alginate is a godsend. It is derived from brown seaweed. Taken after meals it forms a gelatinate 'raft ' that sits on top of stomach contents and makes a physical barrier preventing the acid leaving the stomach. It is not an antacid. It is a physical barrier. No need for any famotidine orientation PPIs (proton pump inhibitors). Read up on it. Entirely natural. No chemicals. It literally works instantaneously with drinking about 6 ounces of water. Also I have hiatal hernia. This stuff works. Comment from: Meggie, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 28 This works for me for dealing with hiatal hernia. Stand upright, drink a full glass of water. Raise both arms straight above your head, stretch them high. Walk around slowly for a minute or two. Then place both hands on your belly at your navel, push inwards and downwards with even pressure towards the groin. These actions should quickly ease the stomach down out of the hiatus. Sleep on raised pillows so your upper back is supported in reclining position. Don’t lift weights. Lose belly fat. Eat light meals. Comment from: Vonny, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 13 I have had a hiatal hernia for years. It's never bothered me. Occasionally I would get a flare up and go on omeprazole but not for long. But this time I have burnt my esophagus due to drinking some red wine that I don't normally drink and I have a throat like a volcano. I am having the surgery to rid myself of the hernia, after having tried the chiropractor which made it a lot worse. My surgeon has done 1400 of these operations and his secretary has had one too. Comment from: Erica ruth, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 10 I have had hiatal hernia for many years. I didn't get many symptoms till a few years ago. Now it causes unbearable nausea. I take omeprazole and cyclizine from the doctor. Helps a bit. But I find apple cider vinegar with the mother, diluted to be weak and bearable, add honey if needed, I don't; and sip it warm throughout the day. If you make it too strong it will cause worse acid. It really does help, I was skeptical at first. Also ginger herbal tea is helpful. Comment from: Seemab y, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 30 I think the early days of hiatal hernia should focus on avoiding drugs, especially oily meals, spicy foods, smoking, tomatoes, and chocolates, and have more cold water, energy drinks, and a little more comfort when eating. All these measures can give you better results. Which is what I do. Comment from: Pam, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 20 I have been taking omeprazole (Prilosec) for my hiatal hernia for about 2 years. It has been very helpful; however, I recently read an article from 'The Trial Lawyer' that Washington University School of Medicine did research showing a 25 percent increase raising the risk of premature death compared to H2 blockers such as Pepcid and Zantac. I am in the process of contacting my doctor about his thoughts/concerns. Comment from: Lynn3, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 18 I have been reading many of the stories of ladies in my age range with the same issues that I have been dealing with for about 15 years. First, I was told I had acid reflux, then gastroesophageal reflux, and then a small hiatal hernia. I was taking the purple pill but was changed over to omeprazole 40 mg, first thing in the morning, then added ranitidine 150 mg at bedtime. Honestly, the medicines don't seem to help a whole lot. It seems that after every meal, the nausea, pain, and heartburn begin about 30 minutes later. I thought if I really focused on eating better and cutting out certain foods, along with the medications, it would help the situation. Unfortunately, nothing has changed. I'm glad that I am eating better, but I'd like to try something natural instead of the medicines, and so the search begins. Thank you for sharing your stories. Comment from: Rambo10, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 10 I sympathize with all those people suffering from gastrointestinal problems. About 2 years ago, I started having shortness of breath and fullness while eating, even just a little food. The shortness of breath became worse as time went by. I went to the cardiologist and rheumatologist and all tests came back negative. I was told by my family doctor that I must have silent reflux and needed to get an endoscopy. While waiting for that test, friends of mine told me that I had symptoms of a hiatal hernia. I researched it and found out that chiropractors are knowledgeable about hiatal hernias and can do a stomach manipulation to slip it back in place. Last week I went to the chiropractor and sure enough the manipulation helped. Since the hernia can slip in an out of the hiatus muscle, you might need to have more than one treatment. My husband even did the manipulation on my stomach and thank goodness I'm feeling much better. I am scheduled for the endoscopy next week just to make sure that my stomach is ok otherwise. There is a YouTube video on how to do the manipulation. Look up 'how to fix hiatal hernia.’ All the best out there. SLIDESHOW Kidney Stones: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment See Slideshow Comment from: Marcus Aurelias, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 02 I have suffered from chronic heartburn and reflux for most of my life. When I was a child the doctors said I was lactose intolerant, and my mother cut all dairy from my diet. But that didn't eliminate the problem. I always carried an antacid, and occasionally gobbled them like candy to stop the pain. Reflux intensified in my forties, and nothing seemed to stop it; diet, 'normal', antacids, etc. I was then put on PPIs (proton pump inhibitors), which I have been on for the last ten years until even they stopped working effectively. An endoscopy two years ago revealed esophagitis, ulcers, and a hiatal hernia. A special diet and increased use of PPIs took care of these issues, but the hernia remained. The hernia did not cause my reflux, according to my doctors. Excess acid was the problem. They suggested I take the PPIs in large doses for the rest of my life. I hate the PPIs, their safety and long-term implications, and the side effects. I had read that certain chiropractors could make an adjustment, through abdominal massage, to return the hernia to its original position, and that this adjustment could cure reflux. It sounded too good to be true. I hesitated, thinking that chiropractors are all quacks. I finally reasoned I had nothing to lose, and found one who said he could help me. One visit and $25, and the heartburn was gone! Unbelievable! The chiropractor suggested that the hernia may return, as he felt my diaphragm is weak, and he taught me how to make self-adjustments through massage. It's only been a week since that initial treatment, but I have not needed any antacids in that time. I have never known life without antacids. I have never known what normal digestion is like. Even dairy doesn't present a problem! I encourage anyone who has not considered chiropractic treatment to look into it. I wish I had done this years ago. Comment from: hunt, (Patient) Published: March 26 I have had hiatal hernia for over 12 years now, due to a colonoscopy. I was having severe heart burn. The doctor placed me on Prilosec, until insurance would no longer pay and over the counter was too expensive due to having to take 20 mg, then Nexium which worked the best. Then the same thing happened with the insurance. Now they are trying Protonix 40 mg which was okay in the beginning but now I am actually feeling the pain of the hernia, not heart burn anymore. Also over time the dosage has gone from 20 mg to 40 mg. Basically the Nexium being taken the first thing in the morning has been the best result, as long as you take it daily before you eat anything or drink anything other than the water to take the medication. It will work all day continuously because it will be in your system. Believe me it had taken me from a life of pure agony to being able to once again eat as I please. Good luck to all! Comment from: Benjy, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: February 24 About 3 months ago I started burping constantly, with headaches and nausea that got really bad at times. Prilosec seemed to help a little but the problems didn't totally go away. An ultrasound didn't find anything wrong with my kidneys or gallbladder, but an endoscopy revealed a hiatal hernia. My doctor put me on Zantac about a week ago to see if that will work better. I think part of my problem is that every time I start to feel a little better, I revert to my unhealthy lifestyle that caused this condition. Whether that's smoking cigarettes, eating late at night, drinking carbonated beverages or caffeine. Like the old saying goes, old habits die hard! Comment from: Lisa, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 25 I have had a significant reflux problem for 7 months now. It started off with a terrible cough in the middle of the night bringing up mucus. This went on for about 2 weeks, then I had to see a general physician as I was not getting my proper sleep, and it caused breathlessness too. I'm on medicines for hiatal hernia but don't want to take them long term. For people with similar problems I recommend they research the neuromuscular exercise device from Sweden called IQoro. Comment from: Pwood369, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 13 I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia right before I had my gall bladder removed. I feel a little better but have chest pain and nasty upper back pain. I've had all the cardio tests and they came out normal. I'm having another endoscopy done next week with an event monitor for 4 days. If this pain is from the hiatal hernia, I definitely want it fixed. It has severely affected my quality of life for the last 6 months. By the way, some of my doctors were telling me it was anxiety too, but it's definitely not. Comment from: Faith, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 07 I am 66 years old. I am a woman who is usually very active, but this bout with hiatal hernia has been bad. The doctors look at my age and think it is heart/chest pain. It is pins and needles, shortness of breath, upper body pounding and pressure. They want me to wear a Holter heart monitor. What I've done is research a chiropractic technique to relieve and reverse hiatal hernia. I typed in hiatal hernia and upper body pressure. I then chose hiatal hernia, the uncovered reason for many diseases. I am looking for a chiropractor to manipulate the hernia. I hope it works out. I wish all of you the best. I don't believe surgery is the best. 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. QUESTION What is a hernia? See Answer 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. Comment from: Miserable, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 11 Since I was about 20, I've had a strange feeling in my lower chest, mostly on the left side. For a long time, I thought there was something wrong with my heart, but there was really never any direct evidence, and it began to be more of a pressure and a constant discomfort under my ribs. No doctor could tell me anything other than "you're fine," and so the mystery continued. Only now at age 29 have I finally gotten an endoscopy. I apparently have a "small" hiatal hernia and "mild" gastritis. All I want is to feel a normal feeling in my body and not bloated, gassy, and on the verge of a heart attack all the time. It just seems as of it’s something easy enough to fix but my doctor says there are no good surgeons in Las Vegas who can do the operation. My journey starts here, and hopefully this helps somebody else figure it out. Comment from: esined 56, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 11 I have been diagnosed with a hiatal hernia. I recently gained a few pounds, and that’s when it got worse. I had to change my diet. No citrus, chocolate, caffeine, tomato or spicy foods. Some over-the-counter medications have caffeine in them, such as Excedrin. So I cut out some of these products and I felt better. Oh, and I do not eat or drink three hours before going to bed. I use extra pillows when sleeping. Comment from: Susan D., 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 13 Suffering from bowel disease, I have had a camera from both directions. When the camera went down, they asked if I was aware I had a hiatal hernia. I said that I wasn't, but as that wasn't what they were looking for, and nothing was mentioned again. I didn't know what the symptoms were! I feel like I have swallowed a Gobstopper, I feel like it's stuck and this then sends pain into my throat, shoulders, chest. I have on occasions took myself off to hospital, thinking I was having a heart attack. I do take lansoprazole 30 mg, this was for acid and feeling sick. I wonder the pain I'm having is from the hernia. I really don't want to start again with hospitals and doctors but it is getting worse! This morning I was trying to be healthy and had some raspberries with muesli. My lips have swollen and I am now walking about with excruciating pain. I know it will pass hopefully soon. I've taken an antihistamine and 2 lansoprazole, 2 Co-codamol and I'm just waiting for the pain to pass! 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. 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. Comment from: Spitfire, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 17 I have suffered from endometriosis and gas pockets since I was 13 years old. Between the female surgeries and colonoscopies, the symptoms have moved into my chest cavity. I find that eating chocolate sets my symptoms off. Within fifteen minutes of eating anything chocolate, gas forms right under my sternum, and it feels like my ribs are going to break off from the pressure. Also, my esophagus starts making gurgling sounds. My newest symptom is pain radiating between my shoulder blades in my back. Once I feel like I am going to vomit, I know that is the turning point for feeling relief, even if I do not get sick. Finally, at the age of forty-two, I have found out that I have a Hiatal Hernia. Sure would have been nice to know this when I was younger. The doctor put me on a limited diet and told me to lose some weight. I am wondering if anyone else has that back pain--it is horrible!! Anyhow, that is it: no chocolate and lose weight. 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. Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 25 I am sitting here reading all the reviews which are so familiar, and heplful! I thought I was imagining all these symptoms thank god I’m not alone. I have been suffering from this hiatal hernia from my early teens, but since I reached my 20’s I found it did get a lot worse, anytime I eat anything I constantly feel bloated, breathlessness, feeling of vomiting, reflux and pain in left side under my rib cage down my arm, this scared me as I thought it might be my heart. Thankfully it wasn’t, my doctor recommended change of diet and exercise which I do but still I can get it very bad sometimes I just wish there was some other treatments that can be done rather than surgery. Comment from: tina, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 25 I have a hiatal hernia. I don't do anything different, although when it flares I stay away from caffeine, grease and tomato sauce. Omeprazole, (over the counter) takes care of it 95% of the time. I just want the lump to go away..... Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 11 I have been having with chest pain for the last several years. I have been to the ER about 4 times thinking I was having a heart attack. The doctors have ruled out my heart is fine I have had EKG, stress test and three weeks ago I had a cardio catheter in August I had surgery because I have GERD and they found out I also had hiatal hernia and also had my gallbladder removed. The surgeon repaired the two hernias and told me that that might be why I am having chest pain. Well the last three months I had no chest pain now it is back. I have PH monitor test and every test you can name with my gastroenterologist, taken every pill: Nexium, Prevacid, Aciphex, Apidex, Pepcid, Rolaids Gas X you name it I am still having these chest pain in the middle of my chest and goes all the way to my back. I just wish some could help. Comment from: 13-18 Female Published: December 21 I have a hiatal hernia. I'm not sure which kind, I think fixed, although I have a lot of constant pressure in the very center of my chest. It causes breathing difficulties. My deep breaths are very shallow, and I sometimes find it hard to breathe. The pressure causes pain, such pain that it sometimes makes me cry. It took them maybe six months to find my problem, they told me it was anxiety, but after an endoscopy they found it. It affects me constantly and I came online to find answers.