Patient Comments: Hiatal Hernia - Effective Treatments

What kinds of treatments have been effective for your hiatal hernia?

Comment from: cy, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 05

I had surgery for a hiatal hernia because it was causing my stomach to partially twist, which happens in only 5 percent of hiatal hernia cases. Its official name is a partial stomach volvulus which is extremely dangerous if it twists and gets stuck. I was very lucky that mine did not, but given enough time it would have. I had to wait 10 months for my surgery which was extremely stressful. After waking up from surgery I was in more pain then I have ever been in, but in time that went away and I am extremely happy I got it done.

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Comment from: Mendy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 14

I am 69 years old and was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia many years ago. The only medication that has worked for me is Nexium, 40 mg. Recently, I have been taking the Nexium two times a day and also some antacid over-the-counter pills. On New Year's Day, I went to the emergency room because I thought that I was having a heart attack. I had eaten a very small amount of scrambled eggs and felt so bloated that I thought I would burst. I began getting a great deal of pressure in my upper abdomen, back, neck, and upper arms. I couldn't stand up straight. I took two antacid pills and continued to feel worse. I finally went to the ER and thankfully my EKG and cardiac enzymes were fine. On X-ray, the doctor saw what he thought was my esophagus being pushed to one side of my chest. Then he did an MRI and said that it was a GI problem, gave me a GI cocktail, and I immediately felt better. I can't get an appointment with a GI doctor until April.

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Comment from: Miserable, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 16

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.

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Comment from: Need help please, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: May 02

I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia and gastritis about a week ago but have had this problem for two years, since I was about 17. I take omeprazole, Paxil (anxiety medication; it helps when you stress out and your heart begins to beat quickly) and Antivert for pain relief. My lower chest, both kidneys, and eyes hurt horribly. I constantly feel nauseous and have an acid taste in my throat. I've never puked, though. My stomach constantly makes noise as well.

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Comment from: Emily, 13-18 Female Published: January 14

I am 15 years old, and I have a hiatal hernia. A few months ago, I had a foreign object lodged in my esophagus and needed an endoscopy. After the procedure, my doctor told me that I had the hernia, and I might have gotten it from the scope accidently poking a hole through my diaphragm, but it might have been there already. Lately, I have been extremely nauseous and whenever I lie down, I feel acid come up from my esophagus, resulting in extreme nausea and burning. I can barely eat anymore because of the acid indigestion. I plan on going to the doctor soon to see if there's a medication to help.

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Comment from: TwoTwo, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 05

For the past 12 weeks when I walk I experience unbearable pain in my chest and back, this also causes a tight feeling in my neck, nose and the back of my neck and I have to stop walking every 20 meters or so. My doctor tells me this is acid reflux and gave me pump inhibitors. They have been of no use at all and the symptoms are just as bad as ever they were. Additionally if I bend or lift I get pain in my upper abdomen, tightness in my neck and head. These symptoms are so debilitating I feel I need a better diagnosis.

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