Patient Comments: Hiatal Hernia - Treatments


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Comment from: davidm8888, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 02

My suggestion is don't eat any more carbs. I stopped eating wheat mostly. Try it and see what happens. I was able to stop taking PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) for over 5 years and no heartburn or gas coming up my esophagus anymore. Hiatal hernia I'm told can be helped by doing deep breathing the right way while pressing down on the lower portion of the stomach. Look on YouTube for examples. I am still working on that. These should help reduce the effects. Taking a PPI and pills is up to you. Wish you all well.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Comment from: MURPHY, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 06

Start drinking fluids at onset of pain and continue to take small drinks until pain subsides, it really works for me and my mother! I prefer water.


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