how severe is your hernia? I have identical breathing issues, pressure in the chest/lungs? etc.
Like you, I also have a hiatal hernia and GERD and take Nexium. How do you know which symptom is attributable to hernia, and which is attributable to GERD? Do you also have asthma? So many people with these problems do.
I think the breathing issue (pain and pressure upon inhaling) could be from asthma. I get the same pressure as you sometimes. When I do, it is non-stop, painful with each breath, and can last all day. Then it goes away. I have no idea what causes mine. A few possibilities: asthma, beta blockers or other meds, stomach issues, hernia or something else entirely.
My question: Do you feel this problem is more lung-related than stomach (or hernia) -related, since the pain/pressure is dependent on our breathing rhythm and intensifies with each air inhalation ? Not being able to get any definitive answers can be so frustrating! I think even our doctors often find it difficult to put things in a perspective. How bad is your hernia since your doctor feels you should even consider surgery?