Main Article on Hiatal Hernia Question: What are your hiatal hernia symptoms? Submit Your Comment Comment from: Br1990, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 27 I was told I have a large hiatal hernia. I'm getting very dizzy after eating! I wonder if that has happened to anyone else. Comment from: Need Healing, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 16 Since May 22, 2018, I went to the emergency room (ER) 13 times. I literally thought I was having a heart attack. It took 8 trips to the ER before I was told I have large hiatal hernia. My medicine was changed several times. I had surgery December 2018. Two weeks after my hiatal hernia is back. I can't eat anything, I am bloated, my chest, back and arm hurt. I've been told I have to have surgery again. Comment from: Arj, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: December 03 I had a constant heartburn and nausea for about 1 month. When I went to a gastroenterologist he said that it was GERD and gave me medicines. But since the medicine did not help I went to another doctor and he said I had large hiatal hernia. I constantly have heartburn and regurgitate foods that I eat and it is very problematic. I've had to drop out of my college due to this. The fact that I am only 19 and have to deal with this for the whole of my life makes me feel depressed. I can't go for surgery. Comment from: Nic, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 20 With two benign tumors in my liver, a medium size hiatal hernia and GERD I feel like there is no room in my whole middle section. I feel sick all the time, and have shortness of breath and upper back pain daily. I've been on Nexium 40 mg for two years and still get heartburn even when I drink water at times. I am seeing the specialist Thursday for results on biopsies taken. It drives me crazy and also I don't want to keep taking tablets all the time. I wonder if anyone else has iron issues with their hernia. I'm going for my third iron infusion next week. I am very fatigued, light headed at times and have rib pain. Comment from: MN2VA2AZ, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 20 My main symptom of hiatal hernia was a chronic congested cough. I had it for years and was told it was asthma. This very moment I have an acute pain in my solar plexus through to my back when I even swallow a sip of water. It builds up to a peak after about 3 seconds and stays acute for about 5 more, then subsides. I have severe heartburn and belching stomach acid. Pail is nearby just in case. Comment from: Diana, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 11 I have a hiatal hernia for which I am having surgery in 2 weeks. I wonder if having an aching back and legs be also a symptom. Comment from: Brian, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 22 I have had severe pain just below my right rib, and my stomach bloats the size of a basketball, I can't move it is so painful. Then after 2 to 3 days minimum it starts to go down, at times it takes 2 or 3 weeks for my hiatal hernia symptoms to subside. Comment from: AN23, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 09 I was diagnosed with a minor hiatal hernia 2 years ago. I didn't feel much of pain except occasional acid reflux and choking sensation. Over the time, it might have gotten worse because I'm feeling chest pain, tightness and breathlessness and I thought I was having a heart attack. I wonder if surgery is the only way to fix this, besides following a strict diet. Comment from: Anita, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 02 I bend over doubled with stomach pain every time I try to eat, and have diarrhea because of my hiatal hernia. Comment from: Shari, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 26 I was diagnosed with hiatal hernia in 2013 and have gone through nothing but agony with both this illness and doctors who know nothing and label you. I have acid reflux, my chest hurts, right sinus always feels blocked, a cough that doesn't go away, and it's difficult to find a comfortable sleep position. The entire right side of my body hurts, it just pounds and doesn't let up. I have also been diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, Bowen's disease, and Epstein Barr virus. Comment from: Kit, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 14 My hiatal hernia symptom is pain in the middle of my chest going through to the back. It can radiate towards neck and can last a few minutes to couple of hours. I have no acid reflux. It feels almost like something stuck. SLIDESHOW Kidney Stones: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment See Slideshow Comment from: Elaine, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 24 I am three weeks out from hiatal hernia repair. I did not have any of the normal symptoms, but had serious breathing problems. The first doctor who did an endoscopy said I had a 7 cm hiatal hernia (HH), but that it was not the cause of my breathing problems. My cardiologist said my heart was fine as did the pulmonary doctor say that my lungs were fine. Then primary care physician told me it was a combination of things partly due to my age. I did not buy that and after a year and a half of being almost an invalid I requested a second opinion on the HH. This doctor did think it was causing the breathing problems. When the hernia was repaired the doctor told me my entire stomach was in my chest area. He put in a feeding tube, not for nourishment, but to anchor things in place. That was very painful when I got up or sat down. Not too much other pain at all. Since I have not been very active since the surgery I cannot say for sure it will help my breathing but my honest feeling is it will. I'm writing this to urge you to get a second opinion if you feel your HH is causing problems but your doctor disagrees. When the feeding tube is removed I will be out doing yard work and can then give an update. I am looking forward to getting my life back. Comment from: pizzanan, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 25 I have tight pain around chest and cannot wear a bra. I also have shoulder pain, tight pain around waist, and bloating. I am choking up lots of phlegm and have hot and cold shivers. All these pains get worse during the day. I have a hiatal hernia (HH) and fibromyalgia and take lansoprazole 30 mg but my pain has got a lot worse. I have been to the hospital 4 times with suspected heart attack and a panic attack and had to be put on a drip. I also have jaw ache, mouth ulcers, streaming eyes and nose, and my vision seems to be getting worse with the formation of cataracts. I have stress and think I have irritable bowel syndrome symptoms. Nice to know I am not alone with HH symptoms and I will try a chiropractor. Comment from: Andrea jessica, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 20 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. Comment from: Anna, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 24 My hiatal hernia symptoms were frightening - seems like heart attack or a very tight bra. I also had a slight nausea and pounding in chest. I had endoscopy and told it was about 6 on scale 1 - 10. Goodness knows what a 10 is like. I can't understand why in these days of fantastic surgery they can't be more easily repaired. Comment from: Helper 6262, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 30 I have been diagnosed 6 years ago with a hiatal hernia, and told to deal with it, to take ibuprofen, and no caffeine, chocolate, or fried foods. All of which I have given up, but it doesn't seem to make a difference, I still have so much pain all the time. The pressure in my stomach is so bad, and the pain between my shoulder blades is so painful and miserable. I would not wish this on my worst enemy. Las Vegas has a new clinic that does surgery on them now. Smaller inventions, minimal down time, but they don't take Medicare and that leaves me out. For anyone else living here or close by this may be your answer. Comment from: RedJaq, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 13 I got a hiatal hernia from heavy lifting. It caused very bad back pain and as it went untreated and undiagnosed for over 6 months it started running into shortness of breath, as walking and breathing and almost everything caused pain. I was crying, angry and at a loss as to what to do. My doctor's office thought I had gotten bitten by a spider because my whole body was beginning to spasm and tremble. Finally a nurse practitioner scheduled me with a gastroenterologist. Simple procedure and mystery solved. Prevacid was prescribed. Honestly that little nurse practitioner saved, my job, my marriage and my sanity! If you lift weights for fun or as part of your job please be aware that this is one of the causes of hiatal hernias and I had no heartburn or acid reflux at all! Comment from: SuzieM, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 06 I have been having chronic moderately severe pain and tightness starting at my lower chest area to my stomach. My general physician ran many tests (nothing), and she told me to take Ativan for anxiety since she felt I was having panic attacks. I went to a gastroenterologist and had colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy; nothing. He gave me Oscimin for stomach spasms. I saw my gynecologist, she didn't see anything. I finally gave up and just was worn down so I thought I must have to live with this. I finally saw another gastroenterologist. I had an endoscopy and it revealed that I had hiatal hernia and esophagitis. He gave me prescription Prilosec and I have modified my diet. I have only been working on my new regimen for 2 weeks and I still have chronic pain and aching in my chest/stomach. Comment from: Martha, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 03 Around November 19, 2016 I began this terrible coughing. It actually caused me to lose my breath at night when lying down and then during the day about 10 minutes after eating anything the cough would occur. It was so bad that I had to curtail all activities, driving, attending any function, basically everything so I would not suffer the cough because it sounded like a bad cold but it was not. I had a swallow test that revealed a sliding hiatal hernia, this led to an EGD which I had today. The doctor said for me to continue with Nexium morning and noon and add Zantac at night for two weeks. If no improvement then laparoscopic surgery taking the diaphragm muscle over the hernia thus narrowing the esophagus tract. Only downside to this is I would have to be on liquids for two weeks to let the surgery heal. I am in a quandary as to what to do and I do not want to be on Zantac 150 mg for the rest of my life. QUESTION What is a hernia? See Answer Comment from: mary, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 22 I have a hiatal hernia with severe chest pain for the last 5 days, acid reflux, heartburn, and pain in top part of my back. I have been waiting 14 months for operation appointment. I wonder if something could be wrong with the hernia. Comment from: Kris, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 20 I have had painful attacks on the left side of my chest since I was 8 years old. I am now 46 years old. It hurts to take a deep breath when these attacks occur and the pain radiates around to my back. They happened with more frequency when I was young but were not as painful or long as they are now. Usually I need to lie down for a while before they go away. I have been treated for ulcers in my 20s, and had pneumonia in my early 30s but was never diagnosed with a hiatal hernia until 8 1/2 years ago when the pain lasted for over 15 hours. I am on heartburn medicine but every once in a while I still have an attack. As I am writing this I have been dealing with the pain for over 7 hours hoping it will go away so I can go watch the football game tonight! Whenever I have broached the pain with doctors I always get the brush off. They tell me the hiatal hernia couldn't be causing the pain. Comment from: teddybear, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 05 I have had all kinds of scans and x-rays and found to have a very large hiatal hernia. It has pushed my stomach up over my diaphragm. It leaves me breathless if I walk very far or do too much standing (like preparing food). Doctor says it is too dangerous to do surgery unless I start to have pain, then to call immediately and I will have to have surgery. Comment from: Jumadi43, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 02 I have had a hiatal hernia for over 15 years. Nexium helped, but the insurance stopped paying for it. I am on pantoprazole. It helps some. I ended up in the hospital 2 weeks ago with terrific pain. I thought that I was having a heart attack. I had blood work and EKG, which were ok. I had a cardiac catheter and it came back ok. So it had to be acid reflux. I had pneumonia a couple of years ago, due to GERD. I have asthma now. I also sleep on my left side. I have a Tempur-Pedic bed, and keep my head up. Nothing much helps. Yogurt helps some. The doctor wants me to have surgery, but said there are risks. Comment from: Lavender grace, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 22 I discovered I had a hiatal hernia, over a year ago. I've always had digestive problems and sometimes I would bloat up so much I couldn't breathe. I take acid reflux medicines and lots of Gas-X. Sometimes I feel like my heart is skipping beats because I'm so bloated! If I lift anything heavy, the next day my back and the side of my ribs hurt and I can hardly breathe. I'm a care giver and I think it's causing me a lot of stress. I feel so depressed. Comment from: mardela, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 07 I was diagnosed with a small reducible hiatal hernia in November 2012. I never experienced heartburn or vomiting, only pain. The pain is still always there, I cut raw food very small but nothing helps the pain. Doctor has no suggestions except an acid blocking medication. I never feel well and don't eat much. I was diagnosed with gall stones in 1991 (which were accidentally found during a different test). I have never had any pain from that. I wonder if the problem could be acid. My saliva pH tested number 5. I feel horrible all the time, scared to eat anything but mushy oatmeal. Comment from: jersey88, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 29 I had a baby 4 weeks ago. Within 3 days of having her I had severe pain in my back and abdomen, almost like contractions. I could barely breathe. This lasted 10 minutes. Then two more times the pain came back lasting an hour. I went to the emergency room (ER) and had blood work, a chest x-ray and a CT scan. The CT scan showed a hiatal hernia. I have had these pain attacks 3 more times since the diagnosis. The pain is so bad I don't feel I can live like this! I have been drinking coffee and eating chocolate as well as some spicy foods. Comment from: Gozo, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 16 I had my 2 teeth removed and the dentist prescribed me an anti-inflammatory and some other medicine for my pain. When I finished the course of 7 days I had a strange feeling in my stomach. After 3 weeks I began feeling stomach pain like squeezing, in the morning for 30 minutes and the pain goes away. I went to my surgeon and he told me he suspects that I have hiatal hernia and told me to do endoscopy test. I forgot to tell him that I also had some light burning pain on the upper right chest to shoulder. Comment from: Bashful, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 15 I wonder if hiatal hernia causes excessive gas and pain, I have these symptoms. Comment from: Mandar, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 05 I have belching and chest pain from hiatal hernia since last 4 to 5 years. Comment from: sbyrs, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 20 I had 18 inches of my sigmoid colon removed a year ago due to diverticulitis. I was feeling great. I have been diagnosed with a moderate size hiatal hernia. I had been getting short of breath but then it would go away. Now for the past several weeks it doesn't go away. I have shortness of breath all the time and pain in my back and shoulders, and a tight feeling in my chest. I wonder if all these symptoms are of hiatal hernia. Comment from: hekrishna, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: August 04 For 7 years now hiatal hernia is my main concern. Due to constipation about 9 years ago I developed hiatal hernia. It is on the right side lower abdomen and I fear it has now entered my scrotum sac. I have no other problems like pain, uneasiness, etc. I dance, walk, etc., and do yoga daily. Comment from: Roberto, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 05 My wife, 43 years old, was just diagnosed with hiatal hernia. She cannot keep any food or drink down. She had an upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, and we are currently waiting for the biopsy and blood results to determine the appropriate treatment. After the GI procedure, I took her to a lady (kind of a chiropractor). She massaged her stomach and that made the pain bearable to the point that she could retain foods and liquids. I will keep you all updated on what works for her, we are very confident the massaging will help her, she may need another one, the lady said. I will keep my fingers crossed. Comment from: Tess, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 19 I am not sure what is going on with me, but one of my suspicions is a hiatal hernia. I have read symptoms from other writers and I believe that Kathy's seem the closest to mine. My symptoms of late are fainting spells, breathlessness, fatigue, sharp spasm and pain under my left breast, leaving me feeling very unwell. I have made three visits to Accident and Emergency and told I am not having a heart attack, and to control my breathing because it creates further symptoms of shakiness, weakness and no energy when talking. My body stiffens when walking which is close to a shuffle. I have burping and coughing and I neither drink nor smoke. I have lost some weight and my appetite is low. Comment from: Kathy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 05 I have just had an upper GI done and have been diagnosed with a hiatal hernia. It first began almost 2 years ago when I had symptoms of a heart attack. Numbing in my left arm and intense pain close to my heart, as well as dizziness. After going through every heart test known to man, I was cleared of heart trouble. My Dr did tell me to follow up with a gastroenterologist because sometimes gastro problems mimic heart pain. What strikes me as odd is that I have never had heartburn, acid reflux, and diarrhea or have had any repercussions from eating anything! So I did nothing and I have been fine until 6 months ago when I was treated for h pylori. It took about a month for it to go away, but ever since then my stomach has not been the same. I have what I can only describe as tightness in my stomach, almost like it is constricted if that makes any sense. Recently, I lost about 9 lbs when I lost my appetite. I would only eat when I felt dizzy and I knew this was messed up so I told my Dr about it. My liver enzymes and proteins were slightly elevated when she ran my blood work the first time. I have not gotten the results of my second round of blood work after I completed a round of antibiotics for a urinary tract infection. It will be interesting to see if this liver/protein thing is from the hernia or the infection. So now that I have been diagnosed with this hernia then I will try and follow the food guidelines as I have always eaten whatever I wanted. I am supposed to use Malanta or Prilosec and possibly raise my head higher at night too...even though I don't have reflux! Comment from: MIL327, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 16 I have a hiatal hernia. I had a tummy tuck and about a year later I thought the surgeon had left an instrument in me. Then I was diagnosed with hiatal hernia and I wonder if that is what I feeling. Comment from: kendra, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 03 I am a 31 year old female and have been having gastrointestinal problems. For years the doctors and I couldn't find an answer as to why so, after all the endoscopy and colonoscopy. It then was discovered that I had colon cancer and a hiatal hernia but I can't yet find a solution to my pain. I just ask anyone who has had or have a hernia what might be some of the things that may help me. Comment from: Rita, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 09 I am suffering with hiatal hernia attacks which feel like I'm having a heart attack. It lasts about 5 minutes. I just took a Cardiolite stress test because my pain goes from my chest into my neck, jaw and ear. I am waiting for results. Comment from: debbie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 04 I'm 25 years old and I just found out I have hiatal hernia. I start getting pain in my chest and my middle back would get hot. I felt a stabbing pain. I have to watch what I eat. The pain is unbearable. Comment from: DebKay58, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 25 My sister-in-law was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia about seven years ago. The last 4 years she has been having trouble breathing. She was told that she has asthma and it has been getting worse. She has been to so many doctors and to the best of them, but it wasn't until a month ago that they figured out why she is having trouble breathing. Her hiatal hernia has gotten so big it has been pressing on her lungs, which has actually ruined her lungs. It's been a long road, but finally they figured it out. Comment from: mary, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 13 I suffer from hiatal hernia pain. I get it in my back, chest, jaw, teeth and ribs. I don't get to sleep at night. Comment from: Lady four, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 18 I was diagnosed with GERD about a year ago but found out today it is a tiny hiatal hernia. ENT doctor put me on omeprasole 40mg twice a day, yes you read that correctly. I'm on double the normal dose and twice a day. I was only on this dose for two months. I also elevated the head of my bed. Elevate the bed! I used bed risers from Walmart. Today I take medication only very rarely but still keep the bed elevated. Tried taking the risers out but ended up coughing and with pain. Hope this helps someone. Sure helped me! Comment from: Nita, Female (Patient) Published: August 23 I was diagnosed with a mild hiatal hernia a couple years ago. I notice if I wear clothing that is tight around my waist, I have pain in my upper stomach. Also, spicy foods cause symptoms. Comment from: 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 22 My husband has been suffering with the same symptoms everyone has mentioned, and he too has had everything done. He's been to the ER with arm and chest pain several times. We have had all the medications and tests, upper and lower GI, stomach emptying scans, gall bladder out, etc. However he has a symptom that no on else mentions, his saliva runs in his mouth continually and he has to spit in a container. Swallowing causes major bloating and belching. When he goes to bed he is generally silent, no spitting no belching, when he gets up in the morning it gradually starts up again. We have been everywhere, bought everything like everyone else, the saliva and belching is the worst. Comment from: katie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 12 I had been having shortness of breath for some time and pain in the middle of my chest. I had seen several doctors and made two trips to the ER, but the doctors found nothing wrong. I did several tests, but they did not indicate what might be wrong: chest X-ray, blood tests, and a CT scan. I finally went to a chiropractor. He immediately diagnosed me with a hiatal hernia and I got immediate relief after just one treatment. Comment from: Docjane, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 25 About 9 years ago, my stomach went through my diaphragm into my chest cavity beside my heart. I was constantly vomiting and severe chest pain. I couldn't keep any food down and when I ate just a tiny bit of food, I would get severe pain. So I found out by gastroscope that my stomach had twisted as well. I was taken for surgery. If I didn't have survey the prognosis was death, so I went in a week later. I woke up to three chest tubes, an epidural, three IVs, a catheter, and then found out it took them eight hours to get me off the respirator and was finally took to step-down ICU. It was the scariest surgery I ever had. Here I am 9 years later to find out I have another hiatal hernia. I'm scared that I will have to go through the surgery again. Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 13 I was told I had hiatal hernia about 6 years ago - I now have constant pain on the right side middle of my chest. Comment from: ian, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 12 I had been suspicious that I had a hernia for 25 years and had many of the symptoms of a hiatus version while not being able to figure out what the problem was until I got so nauseous I had to have an endoscopy. I was feeling worrying tight chest pains and occasional palpitations, a dull pain in the lower back, groin pain when walking and a permanent pain of varying intensity below the lung that felt like wind but never moved, along with the acid stomach and nausea. Comment from: Lucy, 55-64 Female Published: March 12 I have a hiatal hernia for 6 years I am on medicine and try and watch what I eat. I just started with chest pain and the middle of my back hurts. I have had my gall bladder out three years ago, which is the best thing I ever did. Comment from: rockymorris, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 13 I just got diagnosed with a hiatal hernia. I am having trouble following the diet that the doctor suggested for me. Comment from: jo, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 05 I was given a endoscopy and told I have a hiatal hernia. After taking medicine for several years the doctor said I should not take the meds forever. I stopped taking the meds about 4 years ago now. My symptoms are back and are even worse. I cannot eat a small meal without feeling bloated. My stomach is sticks out after the meal and is hard. Comment from: gillian, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 29 With my hiatal hernia, I have neck back pain. It feels like something is stuck in my throat and I can't breathe very well. I also have constant pressure on my stomach and sinuses. Comment from: amanda, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 27 I just found out that I have a hiatal hernia. I have a very hard time swallowing and just over the past two weeks I have been getting a lot of chest and upper middle back pain. Comment from: proudmom, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 02 I have had my esophagus stretched twice, just recently the third time. I had this done the last time because of choking on food and severe heartburn continuously. When I had this done, the doctor said everything looked good other than my esophagus. Yet here I still am in continues discomfort and pain. I am not a complainer, but seriously can't keep food down. I go back to the specialist Tuesday and am not leaving until I have answers. Comment from: chef, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 26 I have had chest pain, difficulty swallowing and GERD for the last 4 years. I just was diagnosed with hiatal hernia. Because I cannot take the medicine prescribed I was also checked for gallbladder functions. I have found a wonderful surgeon who explained to me that a wrap (hiatal repair) can solve the issue for good but not if my gallbladder was not functioning properly. Today is my surgery. I will follow up with the results. Wish me luck. Comment from: 48butfeelin'great, Published: October 07 I am a 48 year old male with very few health problems. I have always eaten well, exercised, and I am a non-smoker and non-drinker. My only weakness is my love of coffee. I experienced occasional blood in my mouth upon waking for approximately two years. It was only recently that the blood went from a dark brown to a bright red that caused me to see the doctor. I do not have gas, heartburn or general indigestion problems, but the blood 'spooked' me a bit. When I went see my doctor he immediately requisitioned an X-ray of the stomach. Well, the results are back and I have been diagnosed with the hiatal hernia. I have been prescribed an acid lowering medicine that seems to help. However just recently I consumed a pizza, which is high in fat and the tomato sauce and is very acidic. I had an immediate reaction to the pizza, and have now realized that anything with tomato sauce is a no-go. I am only consuming one cup of morning coffee, no tea or soft drinks, and it seems to be held in check. A person has to discover themselves which foods trigger the event of acid reflux leading to blood in the mouth, and completely refrain from those foods. My doctor has suggested that I forget about surgery. He tells me to adjust my lifestyle; to get more exercise, and NOT to sit down after a meal. It is best to walk around the block a few times, and definitely do not lie down after a meal. He has told me that this condition is irreparable and that I can only manage the situation with good healthy eating habits. Comment from: tednbarb, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 20 With my hernia I have pain in stomach and chest, choking and coughing, difficulty swallowing, heartburn, intense nausea, and it feels like something is stuck in my throat. Comment from: tlentz, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 13 I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia back in 2002. I had been telling my doctor something is wrong. I had bad heartburn, shortness of breath; the right side of my back hurt constantly, and I was putting away a bottle of Tums in approximately 5 to 6 days. Finally in October he sent me to a specialist and I had to drink barium and that's when I found out I have a "large" hiatal hernia. I was scared to death!!!!!! Comment from: tmini, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 03 I too was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia. I spent an entire year in misery. I had severe pain between my shoulder blades, heart palpitations, anxiety, distended stomach, low energy and always had to snack between meals. I tried different diets, but nothing helped. It hurt to even drive over a speed bump. I had a bunch of tests, colonoscopy, endoscopy, and sonogram. So, after a year of trying to heal myself I thought I would go to another doctor. I told him I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia. He said, well lots of people have those, but you should not be having that many problems. He had me submit to a simple blood test and he looked for several things. He found the problem right away. I had a high dose of H. pylori bacteria in my stomach. It is the bacteria that causes ulcers, although I did not have one. Please everyone, if you have severe stomach problems, take the simple blood test, or breath test and find out if you have this bacteria. I was cured with a triple set of pills called a Prevpac. Look up H. pylori for yourself. It is a nasty bug and is hard to kill. Many people suffer with this. I feel great now! Comment from: JJ, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 07 I have two distinct symptoms: 1. The esophagus squeezes shut on a piece of bread or dry meat. It has occurred when drinking a very cold drink. I must wait for it to release. There is a pain like a heart attack with lots of pressure and breathing is difficult. (I have had one heart attack). 2. Sometimes when I lie down to sleep, the mouth of my stomach lets the contents out into the esophagus. I get a sour taste and a burning sensation. Comment from: connie, 45-54 Male Published: February 04 For my hiatal hernia, my food was not going down. I had severe pain in my chest and I was vomiting bile. I could hardly drink anything. Comment from: 45-54 Female Published: May 14 I have an acute pain in my upper chest, even finding that my glands are sore. Painful when I lift my arms or move in certain ways. Comment from: keeperoffaith, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 17 I am a 41 year old female who has been slightly overweight most of my adult life. I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia and I feel like it is the end of my life. I have pain under my diaphragm all the time, I want to eat mostly late at night, and I feel horrible and sick to the stomach most mornings. My doctor did an EGD and found this hernia. I had a colonoscopy done also and found out I had grade 2 hemmoroids. I have lost about 12 pounds within 2 months. God will be the one who blesses me to get over this because my doctor seems to know nothing about surgery for this problem. Comment from: Jim, 55-64 Male Published: June 15 I have suffered with a hiatal hernia for 24 years. After eliminating caffeine, I started drinking decaffeinated green tea and increased my intake of water. That combined with regular chiropractic adjustments (every 4 weeks back and neck) have allowed me to enjoy a 1/2 and 1/2 coffee a couple of times a week as well as the occasional caffeinated diet coke. If I get too carried away, a nexium for a day or two gets me back in line. A regular fitness routine, nightly walk, gym visit helps too. It took me a good 3-4 years to understand my limitations with diet. The worst thing you can do if you suffer from this is to eat a big meal after 8 o'clock at night or just lay down after any big meal. Hope this helps. Comment from: nambr2450, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 03 I was told last week that I also have hiatal hernia, but I know that I have had it for years. Every time I complained to the Dr I never got a straight answer just put on another pill. I am taking the meds and the major pain is gone, problem is I don't want to be on meds for the rest of my life. My grandmother died from cancer of the esophagus, which is what can happen when you have constant heartburn. I am hoping that the doctor will do surgery. Comment from: Miserable, 35-44 Female Published: May 24 I have all of the symptoms of hiatal hernia mentioned here plus the horrible feeling of burning right at the rib line across my abdomen when I drink or eat something with alot of acid. This is not a good thing. Comment from: bj, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 22 I have been diagnosed with a hiatal hernia and it is 6cm in size. They have me on Zantac and Omerprazole. I have been bloated for approximately 4 years without any relief. The doctor thinks but doesn't know for sure what the cause is. He says it maybe due to the size. I do not have any pain just bloating and gas which is horrible. They have me on a diet but still unable to lose any weight. Comment from: Louie , 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 11 My son has a bloating all time feels like he cannot get the pressure off his stomach, has ulcers in small intestine track. He has gone to several doctors and no one can help him. He swallowed a camera. He is 47 years. old. Needs help . We don't know what else to do. Published: February 07 I have a Hiatal Hernia. I have all off the symptoms you all describe. I'm not alone!!!!!. I have recently, after advice from a friend, started to drink lots of Cranberry Juice. I was told it really helps and it really does. I am still on my medication but it has taken away that horrible feeling of I was about to be sick away. I have heard that yoga is good also, as better posture helps. So I will be giving this a try. Comment from: AUDREY, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 27 With hiatal hernia, I experience constant painful indigestion after eating fruits and vegetables. I have acid reflux and take Nexium daily. Comment from: Tracey, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 18 Upper middle chest pains, heartburn, indigestion and a lot of belching. Need to eat slower due to food not going down. Comment from: agnes, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 21 Pressure under my breast bone, irritation after drinking alcohol.