Hiatal Hernia


What are your hiatal hernia symptoms and signs? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Kivio, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 10

I think I have had every symptom that comes with hiatal hernia. The worst is the fatigue, shortness of breath and panic attacks. If I lie the wrong way on my chest when I sleep I sometimes will wake up in panic and choking. Apparently the vagus nerve can cause all sorts of reactions. I also have lost a lot of weight and don't seem to know if I'm hungry, causing me to feel faint, when I realize I haven't eaten enough. I am having swallowing issues to the point of feeling like I'm going to choke.

Comment from: Edify , 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 05

I'm 51 years old and have been active all my life and still am. The weird thing about my hiatal hernia is, I have zero symptoms but could see and feel the hernia protruding and that is why I went to the doctor; it was not symmetrical with my chest. I started breathing exercise and it went away but came back like a turtle hiding. I will continue the exercise as I do not want to have surgery.

Comment from: Susan , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 02

I have been diagnosed with a hiatal hernia 43 years ago and been living with pain and symptoms since. I had camera investigations a couple of times and the last time I was told I had Barrett’s esophagus, but no need to come back for checkup. Recently I’ve been having a lot of pain in my left rib area and increased acid. I am on lansoprazole 30 mg each day. I don’t know if the stress of COVID is worsening my symptoms.

Comment from: JM, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 21

I feel so much better reading these posts! I have been having issues with a hiatal hernia for almost a year now and my anxiety over the symptoms is getting the better of me. My symptoms started in my 3rd trimester with a large baby and I noticed my sternum protruding, plus a left rib flare. I have pain under the rib cage mostly on the right and it radiates to my back. I also have upper abdominal tenderness, feel constantly full/bloated, have constant chest pressure, lightheadedness, hiccupping and burping. I’ll have CT scan next month. Wait for a gastrointestinal specialist is 6 months.

Comment from: Lorraine , 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 21

My mum is 73 and had been suffering badly for a year now with her hiatal hernia. She wakes through the night with burning in her chest and it takes about 5 hours for that to calm down slightly. She is breathless, has pain in her chest, ribs and back, and no appetite. She has had no quality of life for the last 12 months. Countless scans, doctor appointments, different medications, but nothing helps. We are now trying a strict diet plan with her, so fingers crossed this helps.

Comment from: Kat, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 21

I can feel my hiatal hernia protruding and wondering if it also causes upper inner left arm and neck pain.

Comment from: sean, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 20

My hiatal hernia symptoms are burning in the chest after eating, strong pains in the stomach, and bloating stomach.

Comment from: Jay , 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 16

I am a 28 years old male, and my mental health has physical impacts on the body. COVID-19 pandemic has brought on anxiety to the point I was having 3 to 4 panic attacks a night, and my fiancee has been absolutely amazing. My anxiety is getting better each week; no more panic attacks! But it has caused physical symptoms. I get nausea daily, constipation, which I am guessing is irritable bowel syndrome from stress related causes, feel like there’s a constant lump in my sternum/gullet, and feel full all the time. I am guessing it is hiatal hernia.

Comment from: Jan, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 16

I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia in 2003. I have always had chest pain and lethargy, especially after eating. I have to lie down even to this day. Sometimes it takes hours before I feel better. I feel weak and sometimes I get irregular heartbeat. For the past 3 years I’ve developed throat clearing, cough and mucus from the GERD. Nighttime I feel sick all the time. I have learned to live with these symptoms for the past 17 years.

Comment from: Rswyoming, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 14

I wonder if I should be seen by a doctor; I think I am having a hiatal hernia attack. It is difficult to swallow and there is pain in my upper abdomen and chest area. It feels as if there is something very large lodged in between the top of my stomach and the back of my throat. I'm also experiencing indigestion.


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

I was diagnosed with a sliding hiatal hernia in July and an incisional hernia in December after a partial nephrectomy. I also have COPD. My middle back is always in pain, I can't breathe. I'm terrified of having surgery again because this time I know I will be on a ventilator. I am so tired of feeling sick and in pain all the time. I am a 10-ear breast cancer survivor and had a double mastectomy.

Comment from: Barbara, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

I’m seeing many of the complaints in here that I have. I’ve had a hiatal hernia since I carried my last baby almost 27 years ago though it has only bothered me in the last 10 years. I was diagnosed by an old chiropractor who is the only one I know who knows how to push it down. I have much ache in my back (bra line area) along with ache in my stomach, and bloating. I only recently have experienced the shortness of breath at night. This flare up is bad and so far lasting over a week.

Comment from: UK_Male, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 09

Twelve years ago I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia and up to this year it was under control with omeprazole. This year, and since the lockdown started I have had two flare-ups where I have felt sick and been having a pain around the breastbone area. In April, after 4 weeks of taking double my normal omeprazole dose it seemed to calm down. At this time again, October, it has flared up so I am now taking lansoprazole instead. It is affecting my day to day life now making me depressed.

Comment from: Iris, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I am dealing with hiatal hernia right now as I write this. I have the same symptoms! I have never had any medical problems before, 2020 is just a beast. On top of all of the same symptoms you mentioned, I also have anemia now.

Comment from: lee, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 07

I have a sliding hiatal hernia, wondering if it causes bad breath. My breath is really bad since having the hernia. My dentist said it’s nothing to do with my teeth.

Comment from: Ms V , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

I thought I was going crazy until I read a lot of the hiatal hernia symptoms on this site. I have constant pain between my shoulders, and inflammation. I have trouble swallowing, and bloating. I have had an endoscopy and colonoscopy, and had my esophagus dilated. I'm now on omeprazole and Pepcid. I can't lift anything or bend over. I got an ulcer and had Helicobacter pylori and lost 30 lb.

Comment from: Retiredlife, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I have a hiatal hernia. I also have nocturnal diarrhea and at the same time I feel like I'm going to vomit, so I try to take deep breaths and fight off the feeling so I don't vomit. After I have one of these episodes the next day my stomach just doesn't feel right, irritated, and I don't have much appetite. I have been on omeprazole for many years and I hate it, because long term use can create osteoporosis, which I also have, but if I don't take the omeprazole I will wake up at night from acid reflux.

Comment from: Jen71, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 09

After seeing multiple doctors I was diagnosed with sliding hiatal hernia. My symptoms are severe bloating, constipation, GERD, lump in the throat, and pain in my abdomen and back. I am so bloated my stomach feels/looks like I’m pregnant, it is hard to breathe, I get full quickly, and have a sour taste in mouth. Finally I saw a surgeon who did EGD with Bravo; he’s known for his repair surgery. Advocate for yourself. It’s been a nightmare and there should be more education in these types of hernias.

Comment from: JMassey71 , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 09

My hiatal hernia symptoms are severe bloating, excessive gas, difficulty in burping or passing gas, constipation, abdominal pain, back pain, difficulty breathing, feels like a fist in the chest and throat and GERD. I cannot sleep lying down, feel full quickly, and have heart palpitations. After many doctors finally I found one to listen and help. Surgery that he created for these hernias will pull hernia down from the diaphragm use 20 percent of the stomach to wrap 270 degrees around the bottom of the esophagus and the hernia is kept in place. GERD will be cured. Advocate for yourself!

Comment from: Riyadh, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 09

I have a hiatal hernia, and just wanted to know if anyone has the same symptoms as me. I have had it for 7 years now, and it starts with a pain in the chest, and pain directly behind my back. It burns between my left shoulder blade and spine, and the pain also is below that. My left and right arm also pain, and also my jaw. I burp like a lot, even when I don't eat, it really hurts me.


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Comment from: Fgrant6657 , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 09

I was diagnosed on the 25th August this year with sliding hiatal hernia of 2 cm. However, for 2 years I have been treated for acid reflux with lansoprazole to ranitidine and symptoms went, but now back, the week before my endoscopy on 25th. Since my endoscopy my symptoms got worse and I was placed back on lansoprazole 30 mg. Presently I am having, burping and fullness of stomach but less after waking in the morning. As soon as I start activities of daily living, then I develop bloating, fullness, left side pain under the breast/sternum and back pain.

Comment from: Prince, 25-34 (Patient) Published: September 01

I was diagnosed with hiatal hernia a few months ago. My symptoms are GERD, chest pain, shortness of breath, bloating stomach, panic attacks, and frequent lung infections. I can't sleep at night.

Comment from: Denise M, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 01

I have been struggling with hiatal hernia for the past 3 months. I found out 2 weeks ago I have a small hiatal hernia. My primary physician and gastroenterologist think I should not get surgery. But I feel really bad, I have back pain and palpitations. I can’t eat because I get a very sharp pain. Walking is hard for me too. I have lost so much weight. I have been to the emergency room four times and they keep telling me it is anxiety. I feel hopeless. I cry every day because no doctor seems to help me. I have been in bed for these past 3 months.

Comment from: Kerryann, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 01

I am 32 and I have a large hiatal hernia in my chest. I am having heaps of chest pain and back pain every day and night with it. I have very bad acid reflux with it, I am on 4 different acid reflux medications for it, and nothing is working. I vomit all the time too with it.

Comment from: Jennings392, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 25

I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia some years ago. I don't wish it on anyone. I do suffer from flare ups that are so uncomfortable. The doctor has put me on esomeprazole for the condition and I brought myself a wedge pillow to sleep upright at night. I have also lost wight, but still get the horrendous flare ups now and then. I have been told to note what I eat and see what foods are triggers. Wonder if anyone else has done this.

Comment from: crying, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 24

I’m 27, and I was having COVID related symptoms back in June, coughing a lot and to this day I’m coughing. I was negative for COVID and was told it was a false positive or asthma. I got inhalers which helped a bit. I started to feel very nauseous and sick in my stomach after eating in July. Found out I have a hiatal hernia. Now I’m getting short of breath and have the worst bloating ever. I feel like I could explode with nausea, and heartburn.

Comment from: Linmaisun, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

My suspected hiatal hernia started 2 months ago as a sudden-onset, severe acid reflux type pain radiating up into my throat and jaw. I had to go to Accident and Emergency to get heart attack ruled out. Medicines don’t work, I am losing weight constantly, because I can’t eat. I can’t get endoscopy because of COVID restrictions, so no proper diagnosis. I could put up with the constant chest and throat pain, but it’s the constant palpitations and feeling I’m going to pass out that I can’t cope with. Everyone tells you it’s panic attacks - it’s not!

Comment from: Ando18, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 20

I've suffered from sliding hiatal hernia for 6 years. Recently I’ve been having one sided neck pressure, enlarged neck gland and shoulder pain, food/drink regurgitating and excessive saliva and throat clearing, and ear pain. I also suffer from erosive gastritis so I have a mixed combination of annoying symptoms every single day, including nausea, lightheadedness, migraines, head pressure, burning tummy, etc. The only way to control the symptoms is by eating small bland meals.

Comment from: enough already, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 19

I was diagnosed with hiatal hernia and GERD 3 weeks ago, with a barium swallow. I had endoscopy and the gastrointestinal doctor said my esophagus looked fine. My symptoms include feeling of something stuck in upper esophagus and vomiting in an attempt to relieve the pain. Usually vomiting 4-5 times relieves the pain. I rarely vomit food, but do vomit thick white mucus. I was controlling with very little food, no alcohol and no coffee. Today's attack is the longest with continuous attempts to clear. I am unable to keep water down. Scary.

Comment from: Therese, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

I am having the same issue. Never had digestive issues and since COVID, they discovered a hiatal hernia. They put me on Protonix and it seems to have made matters worse. I am going to have surgery next week to fix the hernia and create a new valve because it's affecting my throat tremendously. I have constant bloating, shortness of breath, pressure pushing up into my diaphragm, back pain, severe gas, laryngitis, weight loss of 66 pounds in 3 months, burning tongue, white tongue and constant tonsillitis.

Comment from: Power1on , 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 14

I have had a sliding hiatal hernia, although it rarely feels like it is moving and more stuck, for 7 years. I lifted something heavy and it all started and still exists to this day. I get chest pain after eating, and trapped gas also that is causing a lot of chest pain and palpitations. I often have horrible shortness of breath after eating, especially if I try to do any work after with bending over. I am a 48 year old male, 250 lb., but I work outdoors as a lineman. I have made countless trips to the emergency room. I also have Barrett’s esophagus from heartburn.

Comment from: Lady l, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 11

I have a hiatal hernia. I have symptoms of mucus in the throat and pain in my stomach. I did have back pain and a lot of saliva. Sometimes the mucus tastes infected.

Comment from: CALLY_B, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 11

A year ago I was told by an x-ray technician, after a CT scan, that I have a hiatal hernia. My symptoms are mild nausea and pain on the right side of my spine, right below my shoulder blade. I can only eat tiny amounts of food and if I eat only one type of food at a time, it keeps my back from aching too badly. I have had chills, but no fever. It helps if I do not have any junk food in my diet.

Comment from: Imlottolady531, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 04

I wonder if anyone else gets nocturnal diarrhea from hiatal hernia. I see little mention of that symptom. I have a large hiatal hernia diagnosed last year. I’ve been taking omeprazole for many years for heartburn, but now I have diarrhea during the night every 1-6 days. It’s awful!

Comment from: JP , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 03

I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia 8 months ago and it's been hard. My chest hurts, and my ribs and the middle of my back hurt. Everything I eat gives me acid reflux. I can’t pick up anything of weight, it makes my back hurt.

Comment from: Enchanted , 45-54 (Patient) Published: July 30

I caught a virus on May 1st 2020 and was coughing a lot. I had high blood pressure which I'd never had before, and palpitations. Suddenly on 15th May I passed out. I started passing out every time I stood up. Then it started happening sitting and lying down. If I stood up I passed out; 9 weeks daily. They fitted a heart loop recorder implant. My heart is normal. I had a camera inside which shows 5 cm hiatal hernia (HH). I get pain in my lumbar spine and hips. I've lost feeling in my left foot and part of the bladder. I've got HH surgery specialist appointment in 5 weeks.

Comment from: Jean, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 20

My hiatal hernia symptom is a feeling of bloated upper stomach. Then I have nausea and pain in my rib cage and back; overall unwell feeling.

Comment from: christine, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

I've had a hiatal hernia for several years now. It flares up badly sometimes. My symptoms are pain in my sternum, abdominal swelling, bloating, pain in my back, sweating and fatigue. Flare up has lasted about a month this time; debilitating, painful, distressing. I have pain down my right side this time. I am having a CT scan soon. Hope the doctors do something about it this time. Coupled with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) it is very difficult to cope with.

Comment from: Emi, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

I was diagnosed with a large sliding hiatal hernia in the last 2 years. I also have esophagitis and Barrett’s esophagus. I feel like I’m dying almost daily! Constant palpitations, I guess caused by my stomach. I always have pains in my arms, and always feel very bloated. I’m always burping or passing gas. I’m always miserable. Waiting to see a surgeon at the end of the month. Already had 2 endoscopies and one colonoscopy. Scared for surgery but cannot live like this.

Comment from: Sick and tired, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 08

My hiatal hernia gives me very bad pains in between my shoulder blades. I get some rib cage pain, chest discomfort, sore throat, stomach pain and burning at times. The worst of it is the pain between shoulder blades and shoulder pain. Oh, and I forgot nausea. I went to the doctor and was given proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). I also have GERD so was given a gastrointestinal cocktail. It helps with the stomach pains and GERD, but doesn’t do much with the hernia. This flare up has lasted for 3 weeks. It is getting better but has been miserable. I need relief!

Comment from: LoiJ 96, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

For over 2 years, I got passed over to see a specialist. I’m only 24 and I have my COVID test in 3 days, before I can go in for my camera appointment. My hiatal hernia symptoms are now causing me to cry. I constantly belch, to the point I almost feel so sorry for everyone around me right now. I have episodes where I can’t actually keep my food down. I had such a big appetite, but I’m small, so this has also led me to more weight loss. I get heartburn and I struggle while lying down. Working out, let’s not go there.

Comment from: Shannon, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

I was told 7 years ago I had a small hiatal hernia (HH). Fast forward a couple years after that... my acid reflux was so bad I was choking in my sleep, inhaling acid into my lungs. I has on reflux medicines 3 times a day! It still didn't work. The attacks were debilitating. I finally got the Nissan fundoplication surgery. Get it! My bloat of 5 years went away, and so did my anxiety that I was getting from the arm pains, back pains and shortness of breath. All is gone now, and I actually quit snoring too.

Comment from: Glenda, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

My symptoms of hiatal hernia (HH) are similar to others. In the past years, I’ve had sudden severe back pain, a feeling like the hernia is twisting, very painful, fast heartbeat, etc. Recent times, I am waking with shortness of breath, etc. Good luck to you and me too I hope!

Comment from: Rachael, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

I have been diagnosed with hiatal hernia after an endoscopy. My attacks can last 4 hours of vomiting clear mucous every 2 minutes. I cannot sit in between vomiting as my back needs to be ramrod straight or I can't breathe and the vomiting will occur every 20 seconds instead. I cannot swallow during these attacks as it feels as if my throat is closed and it is very painful to try. I feel like I'm close to reaching exhaustion, and collapse after 3 hours and then won't be able to breathe if I am lying down.

Comment from: Kurka35, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 30

I am wondering if I may have a hiatal hernia. I have always had belly issues but about 10 years ago I had my gallbladder removed and things got worse. The past several months when I bend over I could feel something almost like a clicking, and it has definitely gotten worse. It bothers me to wear anything remotely snug. I have pain under my breasts, at the top of my stomach, and sometimes it radiates through to my back like a gnawing pin. I always have the hiccups, can barely drink water or eat anything.

Comment from: LMO, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 30

I have been scrolling through the comments to see if anyone else with hiatal hernia has 10 minutes of pain after having a shower and/or brushing their teeth. I too have a hiatal hernia and I get severe pain after eating, after taking medication for it and after showering or brushing my teeth. I had my gallbladder removed almost two years ago and ever since then I have been in pain. It took the doctors a while to finally test me and find out I have a 3 cm hiatal hernia. They leave us in pain for too long!

Comment from: Kpop, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 29

I’ve been getting nausea when I eat and yesterday I started to get spasms, like a nerve jumping, where my ribs meet, where the bra hits. Wonder if anyone else with hiatal hernia has these symptoms.

Comment from: Jtwag45, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 26

My hiatal hernia symptoms are sharp pain in the solar plexus area under the sternum when the food passes and shortness of breath. Basically I always have an aching pain that carries over to under my right shoulder in the back. Specific area is slightly swollen. I can barely eat, but feel full. I am dizzy after eating or moving, and tired all day long.

Comment from: Ejuno, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 26

I have a small hiatal hernia. My chest pressure feels like an elephant is on my chest. I have so much mucus in my throat sometimes I can't swallow fully, and I'm nauseous every day. I have shortness of breath and bad panic attacks from it. My legs get weak. Doctor's think it's anxiety and not the hernia. I have been feeling like this for 3 years now.

Comment from: MSh, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 25

I have been suffering from spasms and burning in the throat which increases at night. Wonder if anyone has managed to get rid of spasms and reflux caused by hiatal hernia without surgery, and if so, how long it took them.

Comment from: Sheri, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 25

I had an upper respiratory virus over 12 weeks ago and into the 4th week of it. I started feeling better but was still having heaviness in the chest and shortness of breath which eventually turned into acid reflux symptoms and has even affected my bowels. I have had every test under the sun performed in the last 12 weeks. The only thing that is found is a large hiatal hernia. I think I will need surgery. It all started with an upper respiratory virus. Maybe COVID, I don't know but I'm thinking so.

Comment from: Laja5 , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 23

I can’t walk more than 10 minutes without bringing on a hernia attack; this along with the normal symptom of intense chest pain during attacks. The less I eat, the better that is, but then I get lightheaded and fatigued. I’ll take the latter.

Comment from: Len, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 23

Wonder if anyone has managed to get rid of the contractions and reflux caused by hiatal hernia without surgery, and if so, how much time it took. I've been suffering for several months from contractions and burning in the throat.

Comment from: Powerocker, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 23

As a former powerlifter I created my hiatal hernia through years of lifting weights, but when it flares up and I do something physical, the flare up can last up to two to three weeks. The one I'm currently in is four days now, and it makes all the symptoms worse. Nausea, burning, and I get trapped gas and have to lean a certain way to get the burp out. I am going to go in Monday and check on getting the actual surgery because I'm tired of it. Everything I love is killing me.

Comment from: sapiench, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 16

I have been having the same symptoms of chest pain, rib pain and shortness of breath (SOB), all since past 11 weeks that led to diagnosis of hiatal hernia last week. I have had COVID symptoms 11 weeks ago which triggered all of this. I tried connecting dots and figured, at least for me, it’s my diaphragm that’s hurting. If the diaphragm is weak, it causes chest pain, SOB, lower rib pain and eventually the weakness might lead to hiatal hernia/GERD/reflux. I am no doctor, but the virus affected the diaphragm somehow.

Comment from: Sonia , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I have a hiatal hernia and every morning my chest feels tight and sore. I have to sit up and lean forward until it eases.

Comment from: Logan, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 29

My hiatal hernia symptoms started 2 weeks ago, and it has been miserable. I was getting ready to lie down and all of a sudden I started feeling like I was going to have a heart attack. I went to the emergency room (ER) and was told I was having anxiety. I have been to the ER and my primary care physician 10 time since then. My symptoms are bloating, uncomfortable feeling right under my left pectoral, difficulty swallowing, and pain in my sternum along with high blood pressure. I am told I’m having anxiety with them knowing this lasts all day for weeks straight.

Comment from: Harmonious, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 27

I have exactly the same hiatal hernia symptoms as another person who has commented here. I get a twinge under my right ribs a few seconds after swallowing food and drink. I have discomfort under my right ribs which goes through to my back and side, and under shoulder blade. Sometimes my back starts to hurt when I move. I haven't had endoscopy yet (I am 76).

Comment from: Linda, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 18

I am struck by all the similarities amongst everyone's hiatal hernia symptoms. I experience difficulty in breathing, filling my lungs with air, palpitations throughout my esophagus and chest, sweating, chills, headache and dizziness after eating, a heavy fullness throughout my chest, hiccups and burping, radiating pain throughout my arms, neck and leg weakness. I feel full even when hungry. I have bloating which makes breathing difficult, and high blood pressure. Symptoms trigger panic, exacerbating all symptoms.

Comment from: Margaret, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 05

I have hiatal hernia and GERD. This has caused chronic sore throat, belching, pain between shoulder blades and fatigue. Being isolated makes the situation feel worse. The doctor has increased medication and pain killer to help with the sore throat whilst dealing with the acid reflux. Anyone experiencing same, you are not alone.

Comment from: Janboo, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 29

My daughter has moderate learning difficulties, and she was diagnosed with hiatal hernia. She was on antibiotics for water infection, which caused her to feel sick. Since finishing the course she can’t keep anything down, though eating things that are light. There is blood in sample, pain in chest, and she is getting treated for yeast infection also. I was that desperate I went to a homeopath but that hasn’t helped either. My daughter is 33.

Comment from: Angie , 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 29

My hernia symptoms are upper back pains, sternum pains, severe epigastric pain, pressure on the chest, dizziness and discomfort in the chest.

Comment from: David, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 09

I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia 13 years ago. I used to have a chronic cough, burping after a cup of tea in the morning, mucus clearing, sweaty feet and palms, and sharp pain behind my left rib at the front. A classic was, my right shoulder blade would protrude, and I had pain in the shoulder and upper arm. I had a slight ache and pain in my upper back on both sides after eating. Also difficulty breathing. I take lansoprazole 30 mg and cut out fatty or acidic food and drink. I am fine if I stick to a good diet.

Comment from: Merton, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 07

I believe I had my hiatal hernia for about 15 years. It first showed up as a “large one” on a routine x-ray 10 years ago. I had some acid reflux over the next few years that was manageable and pretty much went away. But about 4 months ago I experienced waking up at night with shortness of breath and very high blood pressure (e.g. 185/120). My fluoroscopy exam showed my stomach superimposed over my heart! After surgery 6 weeks ago I am doing great. High blood pressure is gone and I am sleeping well.

Comment from: Nanacleto60 , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 06

I have had a hiatal hernia for years. When it flares up as has been for the last few months I have burning in my chest, back pain and shoulder pain. Regurgitation and then sore throat from burping and all the gas. Did not realize so many others had the same symptoms. It makes me feel better to know I’m not alone.

Comment from: Joan, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 02

I haven't had endoscopy yet but suspect hiatal hernia. Acid reflux, discomfort under my right ribs that goes through to the back. Food and drink hurt slightly a few seconds after swallowing. Really worried. Wrong time just now to be ill. Wonder if anyone else has these symptoms.

Comment from: Deedy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 02

I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia (HH) 18 months ago after feeling sick and not being able to eat much. I suffered from acid reflux on Nexium. Recently I have been rushed to the hospital emergency with heart attack symptoms. I told the hospital/doctor that I feel it is my HH playing up. At the hospital they gave me every conceivable test possible but no further checks on my stomach. Only 3 days ago I felt like I was having a heart attack and called the ambulance. I have sore throat and hoarse voice constantly.

Comment from: Ash, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 17

My hiatal hernia symptoms started off with acid reflux, moved on to pain between shoulders and then extreme pain in my left arm, neck and pain radiating to my middle chest where the sternum is. Endoscopy was done today which revealed a 2 cm sliding hernia and active Helicobacter pylori in the body, due to which there is inflammation in the intestines. Really don’t know what to do.

Comment from: Nòna, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 03

I have been diagnosed with a combination hernia and it is covering my left ventricle. I have a great deal trying to swallow and feel as if I’m being choked. I see my gastro-surgical team on 16/3. I also suffer from CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome), so any surgery has to be approached with caution.

Comment from: Jobo , 45-54 (Patient) Published: February 27

I was admitted to the hospital after phoning an ambulance because of severe pain in my abdomen. I have previously been diagnosed with a hiatal hernia. In hospital I had my 2nd camera test, the 1st being done at my health center. The doctor who carried out the latest camera procedure said a hiatal hernia does not cause pain. He found no ulcers or anything else apart from my hernia. So now do I have to live with this pain!

Comment from: Sharuthen, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 24

When my hiatal hernia (HH) flares, I am short of breath, belching, have pain between my shoulder blades, and feel like I have eaten a huge meal. Mine developed from throwing up as a result of migraines since I was 11. With some migraines I would throw up for 3 to 5 days in a row, hourly. Funny thing is sometimes throwing up is the only relief for my HH attacks. I am on pantoprazole 40 mg daily but with a flare I take Nexium too. I watch my diet; no soda, no spicy foods, no raw vegetables.

Comment from: Lola , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 21

My hiatal hernia symptoms are severe chest and sternum pain, upper back pain, can’t swallow, and constant nausea. When I’m sick it gets stuck and my stomach hurts like it’s being twisted and squeezed.

Comment from: Claire, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 13

I started having bad heartburn and what I was told nocturnal panic attacks, because I felt like I was having a heart attack. I had an endoscopy done and it revealed 4 cm hiatal hernia and esophagitis and they decided to try me on different medicines. I tried them all, things got worse and I was sent for another endoscopy which revealed my hiatal hernia had gone from 4 cm to 7 cm in just 6 months’ time. I also was back and forth from the hospital because it felt like couldn't breathe. They have done a CT scan and there is infection.

Comment from: Samantha13, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 11

I have been dealing with a hiatal hernia for almost a year. At first it was just acid reflux and I was put on Protonix and it seemed to work short term, then I was having chest pain and shortness of breath. I went to the emergency department about 7 times just to be told it’s GERD and I am just having a panic attack, I am fine. I now have trouble swallowing and it feels like there is something in my throat choking me. This is unbearable, and unlivable with. I have an EGD appointment in a month. I hate waiting to know what’s wrong.

Comment from: jenzack04, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 05

I was told I had a baseball size hiatal hernia in about 2007. Never had too much trouble with it. No pain. The last few years I had trouble with painful swallowing. Food would get stuck so last year he stretched my esophagus. Ever since I have heart attack type pain and it feels like I am being crushed to death. It hurts in my back too. Mostly in my right shoulder. Took me a whole year to get them to go down and look again recently. When I woke up he said looking at the floor I have to have surgery.

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

I have had a hiatal hernia for several years. Three weeks ago I had symptoms of a heart attack: pain in my left arm, neck, into the chest area. The emergency room doctor did a CT scan that showed my stomach was entirely above my diaphragm. A barium swallow test and endoscopy showed a volvulus (twisted) stomach. Although rare, it can be serious. I will have surgery. Make sure you get a barium swallow test as well as an endoscopy to see the entire picture of your hernia!

Comment from: HadEnough42, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

I'm 42, had been suffering with really bad heartburn for years, and was just given Laprazole. Then after having pains right under my breasts like a bra being too tight, I had an appointment with a consultant. I had an endoscopy and it revealed grade 4 hiatal hernia and esophagitis, and was given omeprazole and told to take for a month. The last 6 months I've thought I had been having a heart attack, went to the Accident and Emergency and called ambulances. I have to have another endoscopy and acid test then.

Comment from: Lorrie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 14

I have bloating and with my stomach hiatal hernia it feels like I ate a big meal. Then I start having problems with GERD. I don't dare lie down without propping up or the acid starts burning in my throat and stomach. I feel like I'm 6 or 7 months pregnant. I take medication for it.

Comment from: Powerocker78, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 14

I get dizziness after eating. I have a small hiatal hernia with esophagitis and diverticulosis thrown in. I am learning how to use intermittent fasting with periodic 2 to 3 day fasting to give my gut more chances to heal. When I cut way down on alcohol and soda (gluten free as well), I do quite well.

Comment from: SB, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 09

I have hiatal hernia that I got to know recently. I had gastric problems for the last 2 months but symptoms became worse suddenly one day. I was having constant burping, constipation and was feeling nauseous all the time. I had shivering attacks also which increased my heart rate. I was taken to the emergency room where all the tests were negative. Finally I had an endoscopy and got to know I have hiatal hernia. I'm taking medicine and the symptoms are almost gone but I still feel weakness in my legs.

Comment from: Div, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 06

I had a baby on May 1st, 2018. After 20 days I started having pain while swallowing, and my upper back was paining too much. Within 15 minutes after eating, the pain will go away. Till now I'm facing the same problem, and nowadays my throat is irritating me. I am getting little pain in heart sometimes. I am worrying about this too much. Wondering if the reason for this is a hiatal hernia.

Comment from: Lendogg714 , 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 02

I was diagnosed with a sliding hiatal hernia. I can pretty much handle all the symptoms except for the bloating... I can’t stand it. I am suffering every day; even when I don’t eat anything I’m bloated. It pretty much ended all the fun things I used to do. I am miserable all the time, can’t eat anything I like, can’t drink with the boys. This is awful and this also gives me anxiety.

Comment from: Jenn, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 02

Nonstop pain is my symptom, never goes away, and you can actually feel the hiatal hernia growing to the touch.

Comment from: AnneC, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 31

I get an awful pain when lying on my right side, under my shoulder blade and across my chest. They tell me it’s not my heart, but possibly the moderate hiatal hernia they found.

Comment from: Susme70, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 31

I sympathize with all. I have a large hiatal hernia (HH), and had a heart attack in the middle of a full blown HH attack. They had to rely on blood work to realize it. I also have a gallbladder full of stones. Had to wait for surgery for 6 months, and still waiting. I can almost deal with the pain in shoulder blade, the nausea, the reflux (30 plus years), sleeping upright, palpitations, the low iron (dizzy, and partly numb swollen feet), but the shortness of breath is too much. I learned, left is HH, right is gallbladder.

Comment from: KAV , 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 31

For me hiatal hernia symptoms have been anxiety, shortness of breath, palpitations, high blood pressure, tension, back and shoulder pain, tightness in chest, dysphasia, regurgitation, exercise intolerance, low pain threshold, irritability and some nausea.

Comment from: Kerryann, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 31

I have very bad chest pain from my hiatal hernia. It feels like something sitting on my chest all the time and I have to take painkillers for the pain and suffering with it all the time. I have had a hernia in my chest since I was 14 years old, but it was small back then and now it's a large hiatal hernia. I would like to have surgery on it. I have so many problems with it, I am vomiting all the time and I have trouble going to the toilet and passing wind. I don't stop vomiting. I lost heaps of weight just by vomiting all the time, I lost 20 kg.

Comment from: Donna, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 26

I have been suffering with a hiatal hernia. The burning is so bad. I have retching but no vomiting. I cough if I try to eat anything. I have been getting more and more depressed and anxious and have never felt that way before. I have really bad leg and back pain, and I've lost 25 lb. in 6 weeks due to not being able to eat.

Comment from: Becka , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 10

I was diagnosed with a large sliding hiatal hernia 5 years ago and esophagitis. Late this year I've started getting different symptoms besides breathlessness; tight squeezing sensation, early satiety, bloating, unexplained weight loss, and high platelets. I can't eat out anymore or I suffer excruciating stomach and chest pain at night, and then I can't lie down to sleep. Even Gaviscon Advance stopped working. I'm on daily omeprazole which prevents any heartburn. I'm awaiting further investigation.

Comment from: Lendogg714 , 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 03

I’ve been reading some of these comments and it’s relieving to know I am not the only one suffering. I have a hiatal hernia and it’s driving me insaneā€¦ jaw aches, dull pain in my chest and back, anxiety, spasms everywhere, constipation and loss of appetite, and a handful of other very weird symptoms. I have a gastroenterologist appointment soon. I’m hoping things will get better. I literally cannot take this.

Comment from: Tired of Pain, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 03

I’m told you can’t have constant pain from GERD and a moderate hiatal hernia. I have burning pain constantly. It’s in my throat, chest, back, arms and jaw. Moving, bending, belching, walking and climbing stairs, irritate it. I have a dry cough almost all the time. I eat very little because I’m afraid I’ll irritate it. I have been to the emergency room repeatedly thinking it’s my heart but they’ve found nothing. Scared they missed something and I’m dying of a heart issue.

Comment from: Matt, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 02

Mild to severe discomfort and cramping are my hiatal hernia symptoms. I also get a pain in my left shoulder, terrible gas buildup and belching lots. It gets to a point that I vomit and then it goes away. Certain foods trigger it. The only common denominator was yogurt, a fair amount seems to really do it. I haven't had it for a while now. Also, overeating or eating lots too quickly will cause it. I'm lactose intolerant, have irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis and Barrett’s esophagus.

Comment from: Beckie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

I have squeezing aching pain which is sometimes stinging all around my stomach and sternum. I have a large hiatal hernia. I'm very bloated with breathlessness after eating or drinking. It is not easy to burp. I have to try and make myself sick which is difficult too. Lying down in bed at night can be a problem as I feel too out of breath. I am on esomeprazole for 4 weeks as endoscopy showed damage with oozing. Don't know how I can feel better.

Comment from: Joo, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I always feel heaviness or tightness in my chest and also pain from hiatal hernia. I thought I was having a heart attack. It makes me depressed all the time.

Comment from: Dtr, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 15

Mom had chest, back and arm pain. Her enzymes were climbing and blood pressure and sugars were high. Everything indicated a heart attack. After several tests the diagnosis is a large hiatal hernia pressing against her heart. I don’t know what we can do. She is 79.

Comment from: Wkd, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I have a hiatal hernia and I also have COPD. I am quite breathless and my stomach swells a lot, and I also have quite a lot of palpitations.

Comment from: dmh1031, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 14

I have had my hiatal hernia operated on three times. I was told I need a fourth surgery. I have been vomiting for the last eight days straight. I cannot eat more than an ounce at time and I am still not able to keep it down. This has drastically affected my life.

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

My hiatal hernia symptom is pain with eating, and even drinking water hurts badly.

Comment from: 1234, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I started burping a lot when I was 16, almost 17, and it continued, but I didn’t think much of it. Then the acid reflux and heartburn got super bad and I decided I have GERD. I got diagnosed with a small hiatal hernia a year ago and the doctor said crunches would help it, and pretty sure that made it worse. I am now 19 and I am scared to eat because of the bloating, nausea, chest pain, burping and reflux. I am also now short of breath and in constant pain.

Comment from: David, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 04

I get a sharp pain under my left rib cage front and back because of hiatal hernia. I also have trouble with food peristalsis i.e., clogging, it can be very painful and only clears with carbonated beverage to plunge it down.

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