Patient Comments: Hiatal Hernia - Experience


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Comment from: Gerald, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 31

I have had hiatal hernia for 40 years. I have attacks when I pick up something heavy, or perhaps eat spicy foods. The attacks last usually a week with heartburn, belly pain, belching, and pain between my shoulder blades. I made trips to the emergency room (ER), had scopes and tests. I take Zegerid and Tagamet (Zantac was the best), I cocktail them all. Just watch your trigger issues and keep calm. But I know, it’s terrible for a while.

Comment from: Rockinswife, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 26

I had an endoscopy done in December to check on my hiatal hernia. The doctor said everything looked good and hernia is small. So I don’t understand why I continue to have burning chest pain, sore throat, nausea, reflux and more! Sometimes I feel like they don't know what's going on!

Comment from: Heather, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

In October 2019 I had a repair for a very large hiatal hernia with reflux and GERD and it is the worst thing I could have ever done. True, I no longer have severe hernia symptoms, but instead I have traded them for the most severe flatulence with bloating that you can imagine. I can no longer have anything like a normal life due to embarrassment of almost continuously needing to pass wind. I would give anything to turn back time.

Comment from: BitLovely910 , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 26

I just recently had a hiatal hernia surgery on November the 18th, but I have been dealing with the hernia for at least 12 years. I chose surgery because my pain, shortness of breath, difficulty lying down and sporadic major pain was getting worse. Come to find out after surgery that 70 percent of my stomach was in my chest and now 4 days after I couldn't be happier with my choice. With preparing for surgery I did find out that my lower esophagus isn't working at all but I do have Loeys-Dietz syndrome.

Comment from: Recovered, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 14

I was diagnosed with hiatal hernia (3 cm) 2 months ago, after having an endoscopy. I was suffering from myriad symptoms ranging from aching joints, bloating, diarrhea, chest pain, heart burn, dysphagia and nausea. My anxiety was going through the roof and I thought I had a more serious condition (e.g. cancer). After the endoscopy, symptoms almost disappeared overnight showing how debilitating anxiety is to our bodies.

Comment from: Kazzoe, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

I have a large hiatal hernia, and no end of problems. I had camera down and they found 2 areas of redness. She said there was nothing sinister but she referred me for a CT scan which I'm waiting for. I'm really worried and wonder if anyone here has been through this.

Comment from: Cocojackson22, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 05

I was diagnosed with a small hiatal hernia and was wondering if anyone else gets a weird dull ache almost like a weird gas or knot feeling that I can't really describe. I get it in the right side mid upper back.

Comment from: Tina, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

I just had a diaphragmatic hernia repair surgery on October 21, 2020 and I am still in pain with diarrhea going on two weeks now. I cry every day and I don't understand why God I am sick like this.

Comment from: Lynne, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I have extreme short episodes of burping with my hiatal hernia. Frequently my throat feels like it is closing and when food is swallowed some pain is experienced.

Comment from: brisguy, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 17

I have a hiatal hernia that I have been living with for over 15 years. Every now and then I get what I call an 'attack' which feels almost exactly like a heart attack - severe and growing pain in the chest that can radiate out to my left arm. In fact, I had a few trips to the emergency room because of this. I wanted to share a remedy for those that have these attacks. As soon as it hits, rush to a faucet and fill a drinking glass (at least 12 oz) and gulp it down without stopping. Works for me!

Comment from: ssherre64, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 04

My boyfriend has all the symptoms of a hiatal hernia. He has the acid reflux, the heartburn, and he says the pain is so bad in his chest he can’t stand it. He can’t eat, he takes two bites and then vomits even when he drinks water. He has lost 35 lb. now. He has no insurance so the doctors refuse to keep seeing him once our bills get past a certain amount.


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Comment from: Sara , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

I had muscle cramps, locked ankle, and horrible pain in my foot after my epidural steroid injection. I never had this before; don’t think I will do this again.

Comment from: Maria , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

I have a small hiatal hernia but it seems like I have a dry throat and dry stomach. I'm on Protonix but I still get the dryness in my throat, my mouth and my stomach.

Comment from: Sheilac, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

I had laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication for a giant hiatal hernia 11 weeks ago. Sadly I've still had no follow up as my appointment was cancelled by the hospital. I've had a new appointment sent but it's not until 22nd July. That will be 16 weeks post-surgery. I had a fairly straightforward recovery at first apart from bowel problems which are now settling. However I am now getting severe pain in my left shoulder every time I eat. I've lost 2 stone in weight.

Comment from: sue d, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 22

My experience with hiatal hernia was awful. About 3/4 of my stomach was in my chest. I suffered from acid reflux for years. After being on many different medicines, I developed GERD. The last time I had it, it aspirated my lungs. I was in the hospital with aspirated pneumonia for 3 weeks. Nothing to eat or drink for 18 days, then clear fluids. I was advised to have the surgery. I went home and came back 3 weeks later for surgery. I had a thoracic surgeon that did it, and in my opinion he was the best surgeon anyone could have.

Comment from: tarz, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 26

After 3 years of being sick every time I ate and constant heartburn with different medications, my doctor told me it would be best to go ahead with the operation for my hiatal hernia, so I agreed. I couldn’t cope with being sick, so in October I had it done. Yes, it was working for about a week, no heartburn at all. Then the heartburn kicked in even worse than ever and sickness was worse than ever. Now I am having trouble eating and even drinking, the pain in my chest is unreal. I honestly wish I had never gone ahead with the operation.

Comment from: redpants, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 29

I had a Toupet 270 percent fundoplication in November 18 to fix my hiatal hernia - but still have the same symptoms, crazy belching and nausea. I know have a lot more flatulence, I would assume the wrap is not tight enough, so hopefully I can pay to have it adjusted to a Nissen 360 percent. Life for me is pretty awful, no appetite and no energy, Good luck to all!

Comment from: Else, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 29

I have suffered with hiatal hernia for 30 plus years now. Now I have a bulge that pops out whenever I eat anything, under my right breast, along with losing my breath and my heart skips a beat or two. I am burping constantly and passing wind and have had irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) for years with chronic diarrhea. I can't move or turn over in bed because the pain is so severe, and it is getting worse. Without belching I would probably have a heart attack, I feel breathless and the heart stops/skips beat. Very scary.

Comment from: dxtreme68, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 26

I had hiatal hernia surgery on October 2018, and even today I cannot keep certain foods down. I throw up all the time after eating small portions, and if I take a drink of water after I eat, everything is coming up for sure. I have gone back in three times and my doctor stretched certain parts of my esophagus to no avail. Now he says that if the last time did not work that I would have to have a surgeon open me up and see what the issue is. My symptoms are throwing up and constipation.

Comment from: Chris46, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 30

I was diagnosed with hiatal hernia about 18 months ago. It is so bad that if I sleep lying down, within 5 minutes I wake up choking because acid and other stomach contents end up in my lungs and I can’t breathe. Then it burns every time I cough to try to clear my chest. I've tried all types of anti-acid medicines. Nothing helps. I am forced to sleep in an office chair upright and that causes other symptoms such as water retention from my feet to my knees. My gastroenterologist won’t do anything but endoscopy every 6 months.

Comment from: Lizette , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 01

I had the Nissen laparoscopic surgery done for my hiatal hernia in April 26, 2018 and it’s now September 25, 2018 and every single time I eat a normal sized portion my throat hurts so much, especially when I inhale. The doctor said it was normal, and that it was because I was eating too much and I was full. He said it happened to everyone when they get full but before my surgery that never happened. I don’t even look forward to eating anymore because of the pain.


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Comment from: Tgirl , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 24

I had suffered from severe heartburn, vomiting after meals and feeling food getting stuck after eating. After an endoscopy I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia. As symptoms progressively got worse I went in for hiatal hernia surgery. Things were fine for two years and then the symptoms returned. Upon a follow up endoscopy it was determined that the stitches did not hold and the hernia had slipped. I am so frustrated and disappointed. That surgery was not easy and I don’t want to do it again.

Comment from: tricia, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: June 12

I am not overweight and have had problems with hiatal hernia for about 12 years. Every time I put head on pillow I would have to rush to the bathroom and vomit. I told a general physician (GP) and he made no comment at all. I have since been taking Nexium for 11 years after a colonoscopy. However no one has mentioned the weird problem I am having in that five times since September 17 I have got violent coughing like whooping cough but only coughing up white phlegm. Antibiotics have helped the coughing but I have it for a month. Now I am diagnosed with hiatal hernia so will see the GP tomorrow.

Comment from: Adelaide, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

I was diagnosed with hiatal hernia about ten years ago. About 6 years ago I needed surgery to my left hip and spent many hours on my right side. On the way back to the ward I was experiencing severe pain from the site of my hernia. The nurse was very concerned in case it was my heart. I told her what it was and if I slowly nibble on a sandwich the pain would go away which was the case. Whatever happened I could no longer lie on my right side due to very bad reflux and vomiting. In my opinion I think the hernia has moved in some way after my being on my right side for all that time. I am now suffering a lot of problems with this and have decided to discuss it with my doctor.

Comment from: Midland, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

My primary care physician diagnosed my hiatal hernia in about 1975. I was prescribed various medications to treat heartburn and reflux. Nothing worked. I vomited frequently. I had spontaneous diarrhea frequently. In 2014 I had an endoscopy done because I was vomiting so frequently and violently that I developed a diverticula in my throat. I was referred to a specialist at the university hospital. He did surgery and found the hernia had wrapped around my rib cage and was pushing the ribs, causing shortness of breath. Surgery was done in February of 2014 and I have been fine until recently. I find my ribs being very painful; I have lower back pain and chest pains. I am overweight but seem to have no luck at losing weight. Wonder if I need to see surgeon again or how I treat the hernia. Since my surgery in 2014, I have not had anything carbonated to drink nor do I use a straw while drinking. I am currently 72 years old and wonder if I should see the doctor (to be told I am overweight) or just live with the discomfort.

Comment from: Surgery survivor, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

I had the laparoscopic hiatal hernia surgery done almost three months ago. I had years of a sore throat due to the acid from the hiatal hernia and altering my diet and elevated sleeping took me only so far. The surgery was a success. The first several weeks, the body is adjusting. There is excessive gas and bouts of diarrhea. The diet is inconvenient. But as time goes on, the gas subsides somewhat and the bouts of diarrhea are not as bad. But as of three months, there are still bouts of both, just have subsided some. I did not feel informed as to what I would experience later when I had the surgery. I believe they want to minimize the aftermath to not scare you off from surgery. Having said that, my surgery was successful and I would do it again. Just ate chocolate and no problem. Amazing!

Comment from: Annie M, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 06

I have just been diagnosed with a hiatal hernia after several months of severe pain and sickness. I have been prescribed lansoprazole by my general physician. I have severe bloating, awful wind, indigestion and a terrible taste in my mouth. My breath must really smell. It is starting to seriously impede my social life as I am always so concerned about what might happen. I am vegan and it seems that every vegetable I eat makes the situation worse which has left me not even knowing what to eat tonight as l had a plate of vegetables as usual yesterday and was so uncomfortable I could hardly cope. I feel that if this situation does not improve I really do not know how I will cope. I have for over 40 years only eaten vegetables so my diet has not caused this situation. I have been very healthy throughout my life and have never suffered with wind and indigestion. Now if I am not belching I am passing wind. I have to wear baggy clothes as my stomach is always distended. I cannot remember the last time I felt comfortable.

Comment from: erickench, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 27

I have had hiatal hernia for over two decades, since the 1990s. I had four painful episodes in the late 2000s where I couldn't eat and I would vomit for a couple of days, along with excruciating pain in the abdomen. Then in 2010 I was told that I had two ulcers in my stomach for which Nexium was prescribed. Afterwards, three different gastroenterologists thought they saw Barrett's esophagus even though the biopsy was negative. I took no chances and went forward with the surgery a couple of days ago. Right now I'm feeling bloated and the left side of my stomach is swollen and painful. I haven't deposited any stool in two days.

Comment from: bonnie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 10

I had hiatal hernia surgery on October 6. It’s been two days out. It’s hard for me to get out of bed because I feel like I am stretching the surgery area. My worst pain was migraine headaches which is now getting better. Doctor said it was the largest hiatal hernia he has seen. I would vomit at night regardless of what time I ate, before my surgery. I am now looking forward to a better lifestyle.

Comment from: Lorraine, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 09

I had a hiatal hernia repair operation a year ago. I am overweight but there has been no change in my weight for more than 10 years. The hernia came after my mastectomy (breast cancer) 5 years ago. After a lot of chest pain and constant nausea and sore throat the hernia was discovered. I now suffer a lot of gas, burping, severe bloating and constant bad taste in my mouth. I am due for another follow-up scope. Because of the experience of cancer, this cannot be ruled out though blood tests are negative for cancer.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Comment from: StephMarie8379, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 12

I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia after an endoscopy. I have horrible GERD and chest pain. Also every time I eat I get short of breath and my stomach and chest hurts. It is getting to the point that it is unbearable.

Comment from: abdullah, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: March 28

I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia after an endoscopy. I have unbelievable chest pain with GERD. I do not like going to bed when I eat. I do not eat chocolate, ice cream, and citrus food, still have chest pain every time. I took chest x-ray and echo and it is fine. The doctor said it is a small hiatal hernia so he won't do surgery, so I want to die.

Comment from: rtfaxe, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 29

I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia after an endoscopy. Heartburn drugs were not working and I had a feeling something was in my throat all the time. I saw a naturopath, improved my diet, no tomato products, no caffeine, no chocolate, no alcohol and my symptoms improved to the point that I rarely have heartburn. I do not take any medications but I eat small meals, never exercise within two hours of eating, and raised my bed 8 inches by putting a slat on the bed frame. Benefits from this include weight loss, improved energy and reduced anxiety because it doesn't feel like I am dying. One has to be diligent with their diet and then your chances of success are way higher. Life is good, I don't mind making the changes to have way more energy and improved health. Good luck people, I hope you find something that works for you.

Comment from: Mrs. Saleh, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 01

I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia and GERD about 8 years ago. When I ate it felt like there was something in my throat blocking my air passage, like my throat was closing. I couldn’t eat but maybe a bite, sometimes two, before I would have to run to the bathroom to throw up. This went on for over a year along with the intense pain in my stomach that I still deal with. However, instead of having this pain every day, several times a day, I now only experience it about two to four times a month. The reason for this is because my mother told me of some exercises to do to help the stomach turn right side in. Also she told me of cold milk or water. Drinking one of these gives instant relief from this crippling pain. To do the exercises, simply stand up, raising arms in the air and lifting up and down from your toes 15 times. The other is raising your arms over your head and breathing in and out, like you are doing Lamaze for child birth, for 15 seconds. I hope these help, like they did me.

Comment from: dinogirlca, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 27

I too suffer terribly with heartburn, acid reflux and was told years ago after endoscopy that I had a hiatal hernia as well. At that time I had H. pylori and severe gastritis. I can go periods of time and not have any problems, but then it will act up and oh goodness, the pain is unbearable in my chest and shoulder blades, sometimes I think I even get anxiety from it all. It feels like food is stuck in my throat and I am constantly burping. I feel it is getting worse as I get older. I had my gall bladder out years ago. I have had numerous tests done and a barium swallow a couple years ago showed that my esophagus spasms intermittently causing the backwash of acid and there was also acid reflux lying in the bottom of my esophagus while they were doing the test. I have taken every pill on the market and nothing helps except when I tried Dexilant a couple years ago. It gave me diarrhea so bad that I had to stop taking them but unfortunately it was the only pill that helped at all, go figure. I drink Gaviscon like water, it helps a bit. I am currently on Nexium, but that is not working anymore. I sleep sitting up most nights on 4 pillows. This is just awful to have to suffer like this, I don't know what to eat or drink anymore because everything bothers me. Anyway I am heading back to my general physician tomorrow and see what else we can do to fix this.

Comment from: JME, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 30

I suffered with GERD for years, went to a seminar, thought I had Barrett's esophagus. I went through all the testing, found out it was a large hiatal hernia. I had the laparoscopy surgery. I must admit I was scared to have the surgery. I am so glad to have had the surgery, I feel great, no more reflux, or sickness. I am in my seventh week after surgery and I feel great! The only pain I had after the surgery was at the five small incisions, which was really not bad. I am very thankful to my doctor, be sure to do your homework and choose the right physician.

Comment from: Deb, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 03

I was told I had a large hiatal hernia approximately 6 months ago when I went to the emergency room (ER) with what I thought might be a heart attack. I had severe pains in upper abdomen and chest area. They said my heart is fine and strong. I've been to my primary physician several times, described the pain, and he prescribed upper gastrointestinal series and guess what? It showed a very large hiatal hernia. I am not sure why I went through that because I told him what the hospital said, and provided the results of the chest x-ray and CAT scan to him. Anyway, he wants me to see a gastroenterologist, and then consider surgery if necessary.

Comment from: teapot, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: September 30

When I have an attack I get terrible pain in my left shoulder. It is not my heart. I have a large hiatal hernia which is twisted as well as the stomach being twisted. I was told to have small meals. I try and watch what I eat and also will have to try having small meals hoping that will help. When I get the pain it is terrible and I am ready to cry.

Comment from: Sarah, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 26

I had GERD and a small hiatal hernia diagnosed after a gastroscopy. I have never had heart burn but a never ending cough. My general physician (GP) initially thought it was a lung problem, I went through numerous controlled tests but the cough persisted. Then after no luck with physiotherapy, a light bulb went on with the physiotherapy manager and she recognized my symptoms were like a patient 5 years ago, dug out the file and advised me to get referred to a different specialist. He performed the gastroscopy and diagnosed me. I have since been checked again and after 18 months on Nexium and not having certain foods after midday, I am cured of the GERD and my cough has gone. I still enjoy spicy Asian and Indian food but have cut out after midday all caffeine, all citrus and fresh tomatoes. I take Nexium 40 mg in a morning which was the specialist’s advice instead of my doctor’s evening advice.

Comment from: Hotdogs, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 11

I’m 1 week post operation (laparoscopic) for hiatal hernia. Trapped gas and shoulder pain were horrendous, worse than a previous stomach operation. I had clear fluids and lump free soups, and it’s a total soul destroyer as I’m so bored of it and have constipation pretty bad. I guess it is too early to tell you if I am happy or regret it. I do know I tried to swallow a really small Dulcolax tablet and it just got stuck, caused a ton of pain and then I threw it back up so I know I can’t take anything solid at all, and I’m exactly 10 days post operation.

Comment from: Soph, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 07

I had the hiatal hernia surgery 9 days ago. I had shoulder and chest pain after the surgery, I screamed like a baby after the surgery. They put me on a strict diet but I have bad diarrhea, gas and bloating. I need to know what I can do to heal fast as I have to be back at work in 6 days.

Comment from: kat, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 19

My husband (53) has been suffering with gut issues for the last 4 years. It is severely affecting his health and life. I think it traces back to a hernia operation. He has had 2 in the last 10 years. He has tried an IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) diet and visited 2 naturopaths and doctors. He has had a colonoscopy and several bowel sample tests (including one done in USA to sample his gut health and bacteria level). He has taken unmentionable number of medicines and homeopathic remedies. None have solved the problem.

Comment from: Darleen , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 06

I had hiatal hernia surgery three months ago through laparoscopic procedure. I am having bouts of diarrhea (uncontrollable). I wonder if anyone else has had this issue.

Comment from: Nina, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 11

I will have surgery next month for hiatal hernia. Along with GERD I also have Barret’s esophagus and I hope this surgery will help me breath properly and stop my coughing.

Comment from: Barb, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: July 11

I'm so glad I found this site. The comments about how hiatal hernia affects people's quality of life helped me. I too have felt at my wit’s end because nothing seems to help and I hate to make plans to do anything because I don't know how I'll feel. I'm scheduled to have laparoscopic surgery in 2 weeks. I'm thinking positive and hoping I'm in the group who have had successful results (don't we all).

Comment from: Rich, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 10

I was diagnosed with Barrett’s syndrome 7 plus years ago and have been on 20 mg of omeprazole once a day since, with no reflux, except I learned early on to not eat too much near bedtime, or I suffer the consequences of reflux. I had an endoscopy yesterday and the doctor found I have a medium sized hiatal hernia. I'll see him in a few weeks to get more details. Obviously, hoping this doesn't get worse.

Comment from: mrsmonkey, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 14

Just like so many drugs on the market now, the side effects are sometimes worse than what you're taking the medications for. Check out natural remedies/cures, they are out there. Research on PPIs is scary. I have a hiatal hernia too for past 5 years and will not take OTCs. Looking into more natural remedies.

Comment from: h, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 19

I have had hiatal hernia for 13 years, and now it has become more serious. But I wish surgery for this will be the last option. I heard a lot of people saying they became more serious after doing surgery. They want to operate my hernia but I refuse, even though my pain is bad.

Comment from: glowjoe, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 21

I just am post-operation three weeks from hiatal hernia repair. My whole stomach was above my diaphragm. I can breathe now, and I have hardly any mucus anymore. My doctor and the whole nursing team are working together and I believe are great. I just wish they had diagnosed me correctly, they were telling me I had COPD when I never smoked a day in my life. And your family doctor does not understand the amount of pain that goes along with a stomach stuck in your chest.

Comment from: Suffering, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 01

I had open [thoracic} surgery 10 years ago. I had a rib removed too. I still have hiatal hernia and still have pain. I have had a nerve block, various medications, and a TENS unit. Nothing helps. I would like to have some relief from this pain.

Comment from: Winnie orr, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 07

I had surgery on 9th May for hiatal hernia which went really well. My only problem after I was home approximately one week I developed a pain in my hip and right knee. The hip has eased a bit but my knee is very painful when I stand on it.

Comment from: luvdatcat, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 07

My 70 year old sister had laparoscopic hiatal hernia repair 5/23/16. She spent one night in hospital and she left with a low grade temperature (her fault) that resulted in emergency re-admit 3 days later with infection; alpha streptococcus. She was in ICU for one week and is now in regular room. It's been a nightmare going on 3 weeks now. This is not a minor surgery by any means. My advice to anyone considering this surgery is find a surgeon who specializes in this particular type surgery, do not be foolish and leave hospital with any temperature, and go to rehabilitation, skilled nursing, anything the hospital suggests, use these resources.

Comment from: G50M, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 21

I have had a hiatal hernia for many years. The heartburn part is well controlled with Prilosec but I get flare-up where it feels like a bubble is expanding in my chest and it causes my heart to skip a beat. Sometimes these symptoms will last for several days to a week or more. I am considering surgery.

Comment from: HarleyGirl, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

I had hiatal hernia surgery on September 11, 2014. After the surgery I felt great. I was on 5 stomach medicines prior to surgery and now I don’t take any. The only problems I am having now is bloating; my stomach and intestines stopped working and I spent a week back in the hospital and I keep getting pains in my left shoulder. There are foods I can no longer eat because of bloating as well.

Comment from: Audra, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 12

I had absolutely no heartburn with my hiatal hernia. I had chest pain, shortness of breath, vomiting up food (but no acid or bile with it), nausea after I ate, and pain at the edge of my ribcage on the right side. The first doctor said it was stress. It just kept getting worse, and a friend thought I was having a heart attack. The second doctor I went to ran tests and found the sliding hiatal hernia and severe acid reflux disease. We are treating with Nexium and small (one-fourth to one-half cup size) meals for now. A weight loss regimen is to follow as soon as I heal enough to be off this bland diet. My doctor says while surgery is an option, he is against it and claims it doesn't hold well. I would just have it back again and again.

Comment from: Saltlick, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 12

I had the gastric lap-band surgery performed two years ago last month. Not until about last November did I start having problems swallowing meats, veggies, and anything with any consistency. My lap-band doctor did X-rays and some kind of swallow test last March and found nothing. He thought I just had too much saline in my band, so he took some out. That didn't help. Last December, I was rushed to the hospital with kidney stones. They took X-rays from the side, something the lap-band doctor never did. They didn't bother to tell me until August that they had found I had a hiatal hernia.

Comment from: FedupinEngland, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 12

As of today, I have tried many PPIs to no avail. It is worse, as I suffer from reflux badly, 24 hours a day. I also have hiatal hernia that was only found a couple of months ago after several endoscopies. I am 49 years old and I have been suffering for more than 12 years now. My twin sister also suffers the same as me, but she is worse.

Comment from: dj4243, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 12

Suffered with strong pains to stomach & chest. Thought it was my heart with chest pains. Had gall bladder removed years before & knew it wasn't that, but stomach pain felt just like my gall bladder attacks. Went to Dr. and had an esophageal biopsy & it showed Schatzkis Ring; hiatal hernia & esophagitis. They put me on generic name of "Pantoprazole" after about 3 days, I got my first relief from pain in months.

Comment from: sanchezgirl, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 12

I was having heartburn and reflux every time I wanted to burp. Dealt with it for a year and a half. Also had chest pains from time to time and decided to see a cardiologist. Heart was fine so I decided to see a gastrologist. Had a endoscopy done and found out I had a hiatal hernia and GERD and because of the reflux my esophagus was very irritated. I took pills the doctor gave me and they worked from time to time but I still suffer from extreme heartburn. Diet is an issue too because I can't eat anything without getting heartburn. Ask the doctor about repairing it but she said they will wait until I tried every solution. I think it's time for it now!

Comment from: Lainie67 , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 05

I had laparoscopic surgery 3 weeks ago for hiatal hernia but the pain is horrendous, like stinging nerve pain. I can't get up or lie down without severe pain on the right hand side of my belly. Nobody told me it was going to be this painful!

Comment from: Deana, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

I just found out with a sonogram that I have a hiatal hernia. I might have surgery. I am taking medication and I feel ok so far.

Comment from: shirl99, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 23

I had the surgery for hiatal hernia a week ago. Wish I hadn't, I'm in more pain now. I can't sleep, eat or go to bathroom without extreme pain. Is it supposed to hurt this much!

Comment from: Eliza, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 26

If you are experiencing severe abdominal or intestinal pain and/or vomiting after eating, please get your pancreatic enzymes checked. Pancreatitis can cause these symptoms and is a medical emergency. Doctors don't always think to check this, particularly if they've already decided on a diagnosis, such as a hiatal hernia. Thank you.

Comment from: natural help, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 07

There are natural products without side effects that will help many people with hiatal hernia. Read the reviews on these things; many people were helped and able to get off of prescription drugs. Also, sometimes acid reflux is caused by a lack of acid, believe it or not! The use of acid-blockers can eventually make the problem worse.

Comment from: tazzy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 29

My doctor just told me that my hiatal hernia had returned even bigger than before and that he did not want to do the new surgery which will be the third time.

Comment from: Doris, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 23

I have acid reflux and may have a hiatal hernia. I am having pain in my chest when I wear a bra.

Comment from: FUSTRATED, Male (Patient) Published: June 05

I have been diagnosed with a hiatal hernia. I feel tired and burp continuously, doctor prescribed Pariet which gives me temporary relief. He was totally against me doing surgery saying that the symptoms are not severe enough to do so and that I could be worse off afterwards.

Comment from: mattmiller, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 27

I sip a warm fluid, (water, tea, coffee), before I begin to eat or drink anything cold. This almost stops the spasm from hiatal hernia happening and I can swallow without the pain. The food then goes down much more easily.

Comment from: wildjflippin, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia some years ago. Lately, it has been getting worse and more noticeable. I feel horrid pressure on my chest and food seems "stuck" sometimes. I have gas, bloating, and belching. Often I am sure I am having a heart attack, but after taking Tums, 7 Up and Gas-X, I burp and feel better. I take Dexilant, but I hate it. If I eat anything "heavy," I know I will be up all night. It sucks.

Comment from: Kimber, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 08

I am 45 and have a hiatal hernia. When an attack occurs, it is so scary – you think you’re having a heart attack. Severe pain in the center of the chest shoots right out the back of the left shoulder blade. This lasts for about ½ hour, which feels like longer because when you breathe, it seems to feel worse. I had one tonight and almost called 911.