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Old 03-03-2012, 10:51 AM   #1
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Hi I have been diagnosed with a small hiatal hernia after I had an endoscope and xray.
My problems started back in October after returning from a trip to Ireland. I couldn't hold food down and I had a lump and sharp pain in my throat all the time. During the scope the doctor took a biopsy which showed I didn't have cancer but I did have h pilori a bad bacteria that grows in your stomach. He said most of the population have this but don't know it. You can have it in your stomach laying dormant for years. I still don't know what activates it, but mine was really activated I guess. I was put on a strong reflux medicine and on 2 different antibiotics. I took the antibiotics for 2 weeks and I started feeling better for a while. I was on a very strickt diet and I lost 22 lbs in 3 weeks. I was happy about the weight loss, but not knowing what was going to activate my reflux was a pain litterally! I would try to add something new to my diet and I would get the lump back again.
I had stopped taking the reflux to see what would happen but within a couple of weeks the lump was back and I was coughing all night. My doctor put me on Nexium and told me to take it before my largest meal, which is dinner for me. This has worked out quite well and has stopped the coughing I was doing at night and also the lump has eased up but does come back if I overdue my drinking and eating. Sometimes I think I have eaten OK and then I feel the lump.
I drink a lot of decafinated green tea and Throat tea. I eat small meals every 3 hours and most of the time I am OK.
I do notice when I am standing in the same position like washing dishes or just drying my hair, I get a soreness just under my left breast. As soon as I sit down it goes away. Has anyone had this happen from their hernia?
I joined this site hoping I could compare my hernia problem with others. I don't really have anyone to talk to about it and was hoping someone might have found some solutions to their hernia problems that I could try.
It really isn't anywhere as bad as it was in October, but I keep hoping I could get it under control if I am going to have to live with it. The doctor didn't seem to think I needed surgery.
If you have similar problems or know someone who does I would love to hear from you. I am interested in trying anything within reason of course.
Hope we can help each other.
Thanks for listening.
Kate

 
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:39 AM   #2
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Re: Hiatal hernia

Pretty much, lifestyle changes are key. Small meals, foods that don't cause reflux, and avoid bending over or lying down after eating. It may take some trial and error to find foods that work for you.

 
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Old 03-05-2012, 10:48 AM   #3
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Re: Hiatal hernia

Hi,
I also have a Hiatal-Hernia and have had H.Pylori.
I guess different people have different symptoms, mine being a feeling of my food coming back and lots of bouts of Hickups and Belching. Like you I was told to eat small/often. It does help, trouble is I like my food too much and often eat far more at a meal than I should.
I definitely dont eat three hours before bedtime.
I was given Nexium but it did nothing for me and now I dont take any medication.
I think Diet is the most helpful. Finding out what/what does not cause you problems. I love walking but find uphill walking causes pressure sensation on my H.H.
As time goes on you will find what does/dosent help.
All the best,

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Old 08-03-2014, 04:42 PM   #4
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Re: Hiatal hernia

Hello, Katie
My name is Lori and I have your exact problems! I first was told I had reflux
after my first endoscopy at age 32 with just burning sensations. Then I went to get the incision less surgery to repair the reflux problem and had a second endoscopy. The doctor said that he saw a Hiatal Hernia and if medications didn't help then I should get laparoscopic surgery. At that time my stomach had a piercing pain and my throat was on fire as well as a lump feeling in my throat! I made the appointment to have the surgery but, everything just stopped. I met a general surgeon where I worked and he said that I should have a second opinion before I had surgery. He told me that it is very rare to have the pain that I was experiencing. He said that it could be a gallstone. So, I had a second endoscopy and was told that everything was great! No, Hiatal Hernia, no erosion of the esophagus, no cancer , no acid, no reflux, no gallstones after the ultrasound and that maybe it was IBS. I later saw a wellness doctor that tested me for H. Pylori and was positive. I took antibiotics 2 weeks and all the pain went away. I retested negative 4 months later. I was so, happy. Now here it is 6 months later and it all started over Again! I have the lump in my throat, the burning in my throat and now 2 days ago the stomach pain started again. I've decided to have one my test done to see the hiatal hernia and to have the laparoscopic surgery. It is so intense. Sitting at the computer hunched over makes it worse. Lying down is much better. I to have lost 12 lbs. this past week in a half. from just eating soup. I'm fraid to eat more solid foods as they seem to make me choke a little and feel like they stick in my throat. I've heard that weight gain can cause a hiatal hernia and I started early menopause at age 37 and went from 110 lbs. to 138 lbs in 6 years because of it. Now im down to 128 lbs. Because I can't eat a lot of noramal foods. I read an blog about a women who had the laparoscopic surgery and it even shows her scars, which were five incisions about 5mm long, so tiny. And they looked so, good. I did have a surgeon say that surgery is the last opinion but, scar tissue can sometimes be more painful than a hernia. I cannot live like this so, im making an appointment to go through the laparoscopic surgery this week. I hope all is well with you.

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