I too am dealing with the pain of a hiatal hernia
My primary care doctor had me do a barium swallow test in Dec 05 and they told me I have one. She told me not to worry about it and really didn't explain to me what it was. I got all my information on it off the internet.
Well this past Christmas I started having some pain in the "upper epigastric" region and on my left side. I saw my primary care doctor again in early January and she told me it was "just heartburn" and gave me some protinix samples. A few weeks later I asked by husband to take me to the ER because it felt like I was having a heart attack. They did an EKG which was fine and blood test which were also fine. They sent me home with a prescription for Sulcrafate which is some type of stomach coating medicine. I've been taking that 4 times a day and it is helping a bit.
I made a follow up appointment with my gastro doctor and he told me it might be my gallbladder of all things. I had an abdominal ultrasound yesterday and even thought the tech isn't suppose to tell you anything, she said that my gallbladder looked fine.
So now I am back to square one. I did get a prescription today for Donnatal which is suppose to be good for IBS...but no one seems to be taking my hiatal hernia symptoms seriously.
My gastro doctor wants to do an endoscopy on March 3rd so well see what he says.
Have you found anything that makes it feel better? If so...please let me know.