Since about june 2008 I have been having "attacks".. there is a lot of pressure in the top of my stomach/bottom of my chest. Sometimes it causes so much pain that I can't breathe.. I've had about 10 or 11 of these, spread out. They last anywhere from 20 minutes to to worst which was 8 hours.
The pain subsides a little depending on what position I am in; usually I need to be in a seated, slightly leaned forward position for it to ease off. If I change positions or try to lay down, it almost feels like I'm spreading poison through my body and I end up being dizzy with the need to vomit. (This dizzyness has only happened the last two times, but the positon part holds true for every time.) I have found that once I do vomit, the pain usually goes away. If it doesn't happen then (as I sometimes have a hard time making myself do this) it happens when I just move a certain way. Once I stood up straight, another time I twisted my abdomen to get out of bed.. it is very random. Most of the time there is a shooting pain through my right shoulder blade.. and last night I experienced the pain move to my back for the first time (same area, just on the opposite side of my body)
I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia when I was 12 (in 2000).. I don't remember having problems like this, thoguh. It was mainly nausea, and I was prescribed prevacid.. I didn't take it long. I never had problems again until june of 2008. I finally went to the doctor in august 2009 (I know, I know) and mentioned the hiatal hernia. The doctor said it very well may be it, and asked if id gained weight recently.. then it hit me that I had. My mother died at the end of 2007 and over the next 6 months I gained 50lbs due to depression.
I hadn't had an attack since August.. I started taking prevacid again, watched what I ate (and how much) and lost about 30lbs. Then last noght it happened again and I feel like I'm back at square one, after I thought it was under control
I have been reading posts related to both hiatal hernias and gall bladder issues and seem to have symptoms of both. When I bring it up to friends they say it sounds like my gall bladder (which I have a family history of having bad ones) but my dad is fairly convinced it is my hiatal hernia coming out of hibernation. I just know that this scares me. I didn't get an upper GI the last time I went to the doctor, he said he wanted to try the prevacid and see what happens, then if I have more problems to come back and we would do further testing.
I am terrified to find out what it is (my mom had very many health problems and I'm scared of ending up like that) but I also just want to get it fixed. I'll probably go back to him on Monday but I just wanted opinions.
Sorry for the long post and thank you for reading, and any advice you may have