Patient Comments: Hiatal Hernia - Experience

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Comment from: kellyann, 55-64 (Patient) Published: May 09

I've had GERD for over a year which has been progressing to sleepless nights and extreme pain. I've recently had a barium swallow done and in a few months will be wearing a monitor for 24 hours. Pills don't help at all and I'm hoping to ask, beg really, for surgery to be done. It doesn't matter what I eat, how often I eat, lie down or sit up. Lately I've been vomiting through my nose during sleep, tonight actually through my mouth, and this is more vomiting than I have done in my entire lifetime, so my hiatal hernia symptoms are progressing. Reading some comments, I'm really worried it won't help and seriously hoping and crossing my fingers it does help. I'll keep you posted. Next nasal esophageal 24 hour test isn't until October.

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Comment from: Alfbano, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 22

I have had hiatal hernia repair surgery four weeks ago; before that I was a mess, had shortness of breath, acid reflux and extreme heart burn. I could not sleep, was always tired and had high blood pressure. Now with the repair, I am so much better except that I get a dull strong pain on my chest almost every day. I cannot eat a full meal (soft food) and always so much gas, something I didn't have before. Overall I am 80 percent better. Thanks to the doctors who decided to fix it because I could tell I was going down the drain with my health condition.

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Comment from: Anna, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 10

I had my hiatal hernia surgery done back in October 2016. I was free of acid reflux and heart burn for about 3 months. This surgery did not take, and I am having the acid reflux and heart burn again. My doctor had to go back in and stretch my esophagus. I am now a candidate of acid reflux back. I have had many registered nurses tell me this surgery was not worth it and does not work.

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Comment from: Clueless, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 16

I have had a surgery in February. Since surgery I have been nauseous and it is making me fatigued. I have been to 3 different doctors, and had many tests. I do have a medium size hiatal hernia in stomach which stomach doctor does not believe is the issue but it is dyspepsia. I am going for a second opinion. I have never had indigestion and can't understand how all of a sudden it happens after a surgery. I just want to feel better and not nauseated all the time. I read that hernia can be a symptom of dyspepsia so I would think the doctor would want to fix the hernia. I am confused and tired.

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Comment from: koalaroo, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 12

I'm in Australia and had laparoscopic surgery for two hiatal hernias 2 weeks ago. The top half of my stomach was trapped in my chest cavity, causing much vomiting and chest pain. I went to emergency 3 times, the first time, they immediately found gallstones so I had the surgery. No better with the pain and vomiting. I had a barium meal x-ray which showed how serious the hernia was and I had the surgery. Now, 2 weeks later, not a sign of nausea, I am getting stronger every day, and sticking to my pureed diet which gives things time to heal. I am very pleased so far, and realize I will have to change my lifestyle. Smaller meals, and no heavy lifting. I find I get a little indigestion if I eat too much now. Someone mentioned pain in the left shoulder after the surgery. Mine was excruciating, and it is referred pain from trapped gas in the chest cavity from the surgery. It goes away. Best luck to everyone, sometimes the surgery is the only option.

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