I have a hiatal hernia and can tell you the things I can eat without that aweful tasting (smelling) acid coming back up on you.
Saltine crackers, Ginger ale (left out so no fizz)-ginger is FANTASTIC for your digestive system. You can get raw ginger at a grocery market, grate it up fine and stew in hot water. It tastes good and the warm ginger tea will make you feel tons better. OK, the rest of the menu...carbs (noodles, bread) rice. Milk literally puts the fire out for me. However, the lactic acid may be too much for your tummy. Vanilla ice cream!!!!! oooo yummmmm. (no chocolate though). The ice cream will cool the fire in your stomach too.
Bananas are great....avocados are pretty good too. Can't think of any other fruit....the others may bug your stomach. Vegetables are excellent like carrots, celery, potatoes/yams (no butter-a bit of sour cream OK), and string beans. The others may bother your stomach. NO GASEOUS vegies like broccoli-asparagas- cauliflower-cabbage....and the like..NO NO NO.
OK....dairy products: every is pretty much OK to tolerance except for cheese and butter milk. The way it is processed is really hard on your stomach. But cottage cheese, yogurt, sour cream, milk and ice cream (vanilla or strawberry only) are all good for tum tum.
Speaking of tum tum.....have you tried TUMS or it's generic? I wouldn't go with any other brand because they use metals in their formulas--hard on stomach. There is also OTC Zantac and Tagament. Both will help to control the acidity level of your stomach.
Currently, I am taking Protonix....but that is because my father passed away from Esophagael Cancer due to HIS hiatal hernia and his acidic problems he had every day for over 40 years--I have had all the same symptoms as he had through the years. So the Protonix is especially designed to help keep the Cancer Monster away from my esophagus! It not only controls the acidity in the stomach, but also helps with the damage already done to the esophagus. You bet I'm going to take it!
Have a great day!
Oct 2000: Repetitive Stress Injury-Inverted Hernia
Feb 2001: MRI. Shows only slight bulge at L4-L5
Dec 2001: Discogram/CT scan shows Inverted Hernia at L5-S1. L4-L5 & L5-S1 ruptured in all 4 quadrants. Unable to walk.
Feb 2002: IDET, Nucleoplasty, Intra-Discal Injections
Sept 2002: Rated in the top 10% for successful patients. Retraining for new career.