Are these symptoms from my hiatal hernia?
In June I was diagnosed with a small hiatal hernia and mild gastritis. At the time, most of my pain was right-sided, underneath my ribs. I also had a HIDA scan of my gallbladder which came back low but normal (ejection fraction 39). Over the last month or two, the pains have shifted more to the left. I've had pains underneath my left rib about 2 inches to the left of the bottom of my sternum. There were times the pain would wake me up from sleep and I thought I was having a heart attack. Usually the pain isn't that severe but I have this persistent feeling that there's *something* (air, phlegm, acid, I have no idea) in my esophagus/lungs (again, no idea) that is interfering with my breathing. It makes me feel like I need to cough, but there's nothing to cough up. I don't think there's a problem with my heart or lungs, but it's a very confusing feeling because I can't tell where it's originating. Sometimes I'm able to dig my fingers underneath my left rib, and when I push in, I feel some relief which makes me think it's the hernia. I'm wondering if the hiatal hernia is causing a little bit of acid to leak back and that's 'tickling' the nerves which is causing this sensation? Has anyone ever felt anything like this before?