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Forum Post: "Shortness of Breath Due to Hiatal Hernia"

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linda

High Wycombe, UK

#86 Jun 26, 2010
have been reaaly worried about my shortness of breath which is relieved by belching.am going docs again as he thinks it's stress which it isn't. i think i have hernia as i have many of the symptoms.
BRIAN

Los Angeles, CA

#87 Aug 12, 2010
GRAVITY
Spencer

Appleton, WI

#88 Aug 15, 2010
I am 21 and have been diagnosed with a hiatus hernia. I am thin, 125 pounds. I don't smoke, eat healthy and exercise daily. I have the same symptoms as many of you, pain under left ribcage, pain in ribs, nausea, diarrhea, pain in my back. When I lay down I can actually hear my stomach move into my chest. Sometimes when it is up my chest will "click" to my heartbeat. I have found no relief.

So my question is - is this it? Everywhere I have looked nobody has an answer. I have been to doctors who only prescribe antacids. I have been to Chiropractors that pull the stomach down but it just keeps sliding back up even when I'm standing.

At this point I am starting to feel like I will have to live with this - If that is the case I will probably kill myself within ten years or so... I really can't live like this and I feel like I am out of options.

To all of you who are suffering I feel for you -
Joe

United States

#89 Aug 20, 2010
Tina wrote:
I am reading these posts and all of the suffering. I am here because I have been having the shortness of breath, after eating feeling like my ribcage is going to explode and darting pain in my lower back, total discomfort and loss of appetite, restless nights and general fatigue. Honestly, I thought that it was my asthma condition. I finally described in detail what I was experiencing to my boyfriend, who is a chiropractor. I laid down on the couch and he gently pushed in the area which is right above my stomach It was excruciating - so painful! He said, "You have a Hiatal Hernia. Relax, I can fix it." My daughter, who is 12, held my hand and he literally repositioned this section with 2 fingers forcing it to re-engage into its nautral position. Did it hurt? My daughter said it sounded like I was giving birth. YES! Immediately after he did this procedure I felt relief. The area feels bruised but let me tell you ... I am taking full painless breaths, the back pain is gone, I no longer feel like crap and I am so thankful to him. He did this procedure 2 hours ago and I keep burping (I was told to expect this). Also it is very important to drink warm, almost hot water immediately afterwards.
A lot of people do not think to go to a chiropractor for things like this. I wanted to share this with you in hopes of easing your suffering so you know that there is an alternative to surgery and medication. If you choose to go to a chiropractor with your hiatal hernia, be sure to ask if they have ever treated for this in other patients. From what I understand, not all chiros are trained in this field. I wish you health and wellness in your future days.
Tina, I live in the area and would be interested in having this procedure done and am looking for a good chiropractor to do it for me. Would you be comfortable releasing your boyfriend's information so I could schedule an appointment.

Thank you for sharing this.
Lynn San AntonioTX

United States

#91 Sep 12, 2010
I have read with interest all of these posts. I was diagnosed with barrets over 14 years ago and as a result had a surgery called nisan fundoplication which is wrapping the stomach to reduce the incidence of reflux. The surgery seemed to relieve my symptoms until 1999 when I started having severe reflux again. After several years of EEG exams to make sure the barrets was not progressing, I started having new symptoms. My Dr. ordered another upper GI and called to let me know that most of my stomach was now in my chest cavity thru the hiatal hernia. I was sent to a specialist in Tampa and had surgery in 2005 to repair the hernia. The surgery was awful, the Dr. a jerk and I was in a teaching hospital where I was at the mercy of interns and residents who did not have a clue. At my six week post op I was told by the PA that the Dr had told his students that I was the third worst case he had ever seen. (after my initial exam by the specialist and the surgery I did not see the surgeon again (not even post op in the hospital, guess he was too busy). Approx 6 months ago I started having shortness of breath and it is difficult for me to bend over to tie my shoes or pick things up from the floor (due to pressure). I am guessing that the most recent repair has failed and my stomach is again in my chest cavity. I have no intention of going through any more tests or surgeries as the preliminary tests were excrutiating and the result was not worth it. The doctors will tell you that trying to repair the diaphram is nearly impossible for a long term result. I hope the rest of you have better luck than I have had, for me enough is enough I will just live with it.
Daland Webb

Paducah, KY

#92 Sep 13, 2010
It has been over a year now since I had my hiatal hernia operation. It was successful in that I do not appear to have any reflux problem. However, it was not the answer to my asthma problem (even though I had no asthma during the six weeks of recovery from the operation) and I still suffer from gas and bloating that can cause me to be quite short of breath. I believe a big factor of many of these ailments (plus the knees) is being overweight. That is my next step: to lose enough to feel better.
Howie

Centreville, VA

#93 Sep 13, 2010
Google John hopkins Barrett esophagus and it will take you to the discussion forum.

It is a good source of hiatal hernia problems, solutions, etc
chris

United States

#94 Sep 23, 2010
Its being keeping me awake at night I can't breathe right from it I wake up every hour I can't sleep through out the night with out waking up. What can I do????

Since: Jun 08

Kingston, TN

#95 Oct 16, 2010
Heather Mills wrote:
Can someone tell me if carrying a baby will cause me to get a larger henria. I am 34 years old and have been scared to even have kids and I know now my clock is ticking. My hernia is small/mediun but I have severe chest pain sometimes with it and reflux as well as dough balls in my throat. I am obese however and want to lose 60 pounds so that maybe I will feel better eneough to carry a child. I heard a woman died her hernia got strangulated I am petrified. is this very rare?? I don't have a parasophigal hernia but a sliding one.
Heather, I'm not sure if this goes for everyone but it did cause mine to go from a small to a extra large hernia that my doctor recommends surgery for. I was in labor for 10 days so that may have had something to do with it. I have been putting the surgery off but I may have to go soon since the pain is getting bad. Also, I'd recommend losing the weight first before having the baby, no matter what. The extra weight can cause all types of problems besides the hernia problems. I have never heard of a hernia getting strangulated but I would like to know more about it if anyone alse knows. It does sound terrifying.
ally

Celina, OH

#96 Nov 8, 2010
5yrs === I have suffered with shortness of breath, could not lay on my back at night b/c I felt suffocated. have dry mouth, swallowing gets weird at times and I get relief from belching but more relief from passing gas. Zantac has helped but I try not to take it much. Sometimes a little bit of baking soda in water helps. My doc said he thinks its a sliding hiatal hernia but I think it must be up more than down. Meat and hard to digest foods make it worse. I had my gallbladder out and thought it would get better....wrong....so I think its the hernia. I have lost some weight and it seems to be helping.

This developed from me bouncing into a huge hole on my riding lawnmower. I think it was initially an injurt.
Etienne

Ottawa, Canada

#97 Nov 14, 2010
Cecil wrote:
Sorry..forgot to put down my problem....hiatal hernia....I don't know what type of Doctor to go see...HELP...Thanks...
Hi Cecil,
Can I recommend you something entirely different? If you keep doing the same thing and getting the same result... well that's the definition of insanity, right?

I used to have a hiatel hernia. I also had wicked heart burn. Debilitating to the point where I could barely go out of the house, eat and just live. I was on Losec for several months. Eventually I was scheduled for surgery. But then I discovered StopHeartBurnsNow.com .

I used this coupon to save a bit of cash. It may still work. OWU0YT. try it out.

Sincerely,
EC

ps. by the way, I never had that surgery. I am no longer on Losec. In fact my ordinary life is very normal now. And it's been over 4 years now.
Kelly

Stoney Creek, Canada

#98 Feb 2, 2011
PLEASE go to a chiropractor or anyone who does visceral manipulation.
Just had my hiatus hernia pulled out in one minute.
I am %100 better.
I thought I was having a heart attack, had anxiety, thought maybe throat cancer because I couldn/t swallow porperly etc.
Also, raise your bed at the head by 4 inches or more.
Drink a warm drink then jump down a stair to cause a swift pull down of the stomach to keep it away once you have it pulled down by a chiropractor.

I hope you go, I was being tortured by this condition, so I want others to get better too.
Kelly

Stoney Creek, Canada

#99 Feb 2, 2011
Keep looking for a chiropractor who fixes the hiatus hernia.
They are hard to find.

You could actually go to a course that is called visceral manipulation.
It is a weekend course.
Look it up.
Then you will have a classmate or teacher pull the stomach down out of the diaphragm for you.

Since: Feb 08

United States

#100 Mar 23, 2011
I think I could have one as well. I will be seeing a doc tomorrow in the morning. My symptoms started after I started doing situps a couple of weeks ago , to prep up for my PT test for Border Patrol. Since then I have had a little discomfort in my upper stomach area near or right under my sternum. I also have a weird feeling or slight inflammation or raise in lower abdomen. I wonder if it could be a hernia as well, because a couple of times I had to climb on top of a bathroom stall to unlock it and I supported myself on the top with my stomach. After that I had some problems but they would go away. Just now I have had more problems, like a feeling of something there in my sternum. I read anemia is accompanied also and raised heart rate. I notice also I get these feelings when sitting or hunched over , like at a table. I do a lot of stooping cause I'm a janitor. And, I do sometimes, strain to go poop when constipated, I read that that can cause this condition also, which I am aware i could have colon polyps or diverticulos. Gosh I'm a mess.
melanie

York, UK

#101 Mar 28, 2011
thanks for the comments its such a relieve to know others are suffering too. I cant do anything withour getting out of beath had all the heart and lung check ups and they say not enough owygen is getting round my lungs so i must stop smoking admittedly but i was wondering if the hiatus hernia could have anything to do with it and i fed up with looking 6 months pregnant and everything just sitting under my ribs sometimes i want to shout help but no ones listensx
Sven

Zurich, Switzerland

#102 Apr 20, 2011
Have the same!
Sven

Zurich, Switzerland

#103 Apr 20, 2011
I have heart palpitations and shortness of breath. My heart-rate rises up After having dinner. They only Found a Little sliding hiatal hernia
Anonymous

Switzerland

#104 Apr 20, 2011
Spencer wrote:
I am 21 and have been diagnosed with a hiatus hernia. I am thin, 125 pounds. I don't smoke, eat healthy and exercise daily. I have the same symptoms as many of you, pain under left ribcage, pain in ribs, nausea, diarrhea, pain in my back. When I lay down I can actually hear my stomach move into my chest. Sometimes when it is up my chest will "click" to my heartbeat. I have found no relief.
So my question is - is this it? Everywhere I have looked nobody has an answer. I have been to doctors who only prescribe antacids. I have been to Chiropractors that pull the stomach down but it just keeps sliding back up even when I'm standing.
At this point I am starting to feel like I will have to live with this - If that is the case I will probably kill myself within ten years or so... I really can't live like this and I feel like I am out of options.
To all of you who are suffering I feel for you -
I know this
wendy

Workington, UK

#105 May 13, 2011
thank goodness, im not the only one. i also suffer from shortness of breath and sometime feel like i have a tennis ball size lump under my left breast/top of rib cage. as well as really bad pains in my shoulder blades.

i also suffer from IBS,diveriticlous and crohns desease. the hospital are trying medication but its hard to decide which conditions is given me what symptoms. x
Anonymous

Switzerland

#106 May 14, 2011
don't be stupid - you don't know if all those symptoms are due to hiatal hernia. Most people here have more than hernia. And most of the people here have a big hernia. I have shortness of breath - pain in my chest and back and my hernia is a sliding one and only 2cm. So that is not proven if the symptoms are from the hernia

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