diagnosis of hiatal hernia - medium size
I had a recent endoscopy and was diagnosed with a medium size hiatal hernia - I was supposed to have a few more tests - brava, etc but they had to put those off (brava recall). I did have a barium swallow test which showed some esophogeal spasms (which the doc said might be false). I have been dealing with chest and swallowing issues for about a year, varying severity - was told that it was lpr, and that I did also have reflux. Tried ppis, and didn't like them (some diarrhea with some of the kinds -I just don't like to take medicine). Although I haven't talked to him except after the test- he leads me to believe from that brief talk that he thinks surgery is probably the best option.
I am NOT in pain - sometimes I have globus, sometimes my chest is sore, I feel acid burn, sometimes I feel very uncomfortable, but - I think that he is jumping the gun after what I read about the surgery option. I am appreciably overweight and need to lose at least 70 pounds. I have been told that there is no cure for the fact that I have a hernia, but as I read about it, seems like diet and weight loss may relieve the symtoms. I work out every day on the eliptical or the bike for at least an hour, so I am not in terrible shape.
I am getting scared and depressed - not sure what to do.