Patient Comments: Hiatal Hernia - Treatments

What treatments have been effective for hiatal hernia/

A Doctor's View on Seven Hiatal Hernia Treatments

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There are a variety of treatments for hiatal hernia. Remedies include lifestyle changes, OTC and prescription medications, and - if necessary - surgery. Read the entire Doctor's View

Comment from: Tony, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 03

My general physician says I have the typical symptoms of hiatal hernia but never confirmed by endoscopy, etc. Initially I was placed on a 30 day treatment course of the PPI (proton pump inhibitor) lansoprazole 30 mg daily. It certainly helped, together with my raising the foot of our bed and plumping up my pillows. I also generally try to avoid certain trigger foods such as greasy meals and red wine. However, once I came off treatment, after one month my symptoms re-occurred with temporary relief by chewing the occasional antacid tablet (Rennie). My doctor has now prescribed a half strength PPI i.e. 15 mg which I take daily in the afternoon between lunch and dinner. This dosage regimen now gives me symptom free relief until at least 24 hours later, until I take my next tablet. Sometimes, if I have been a bit naughty with my diet I find I need to chew the occasional antacid tablet. A glass of water also helps reduce the incidence of symptoms. Generally speaking, though I am well controlled and happy to be in my space.

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Comment from: EAMorton, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 06

I have a hiatal hernia and GERD. I was diagnosed when I was 25 while I was pregnant with my 3rd child. I had the worst attack possible and had to undergo an upper endoscopy while 5 1/2 months pregnant. I not only had those problems, but also cholecystitis (an inflamed gall bladder, which I had removed after the baby was born). Since then, I"ve had another child, and several endoscopies, confirming Barrett"s esophagus and the hiatal hernia. After several bouts with esophagitis, for which I took Carafate, I am now on Nexium twice a day, and have been for several years, and have no trouble with heartburn, hiccups, burping, or pain. Nexium was the answer for me.

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Comment from: ceriggles, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 28

I have been diagnosed with a small sliding hiatal hernia and GERD. I have been on 40mg of Nexium twice a day for 6 weeks with minimal success as well as diet changes and sleeping elevated. I am having esophageal manometry and PH study done in the next few weeks to see what else can be done other than surgery. I have never been a proponent of surgery, but this is miserable living with this every day.

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Comment from: Cindelee, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

I read a class action lawsuit that Prilosec, omeprazole, and others in that class may cause kidney failure and sudden heart attack. I am now afraid to take my pills for hiatal hernia. I have been on them many years. Without them the stomach burn is bad.

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Comment from: anfrz, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 19

I was in the emergency room (ER) last night with severe pain under my right breast and in the middle of my upper stomach. Constipation is another issue I am experiencing. I was put on Reglan 30 minutes before meals and one before bed until my surgeons decide further treatment. The hospital doctor said the hernia is huge. Very painful.

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