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Tulip123

Glasgow, UK

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Aug 31, 2008
 
I have a Hiatus Hernia. Mostly I can put up with the symptoms which may involve excessive burping or strange sensations in my throat.

Does anyone else suffer with this problem - I cannot get anyone to understand it (especially doctors) so hopfully you guys might recognise it.

Some nights I can go without sleep for long periods, not because I'm not tired or cannot get to sleep but because just before I'm about to drift off finally, i get a strange spasm or sharp kick, burn that starts from the stomach area and seems to wash over the whole body. This can vary in intensity depending on what position I am sleeping but its becomes a problem when it takes an hour to become sleepy again.

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illbethere246

Irvine, CA

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Oct 20, 2010
 
yes, sadly i share your pain. Currently i should be sleeping for an exam i have in the morning but it seems as soon as i lay down and begin my process to sleep, i will feel that sharp discomfort that requires me to sit up or move my body. it is rather uncomfortable and hard when you know you will need that nights sleep.
studentinbelling ham

Seattle, WA

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Dec 9, 2010
 
Wow.. it sure is reassuring to see people having the same strange symptoms I'm having. I haven't slept through a night for 5 nights due to a spreading sensation that wakes me up. I was attributing it to anxiety (like the squeeze of the adrenal gland sensation) but it feels a bit different. I don't have any heartburn, just a lump sensation in my chest and it feels like I cannot swallow without some effort.
I'm going to try the Chiropractic readjustment. I will report back about success.
Good luck to all!
screwdriver1020

Cape Coral, FL

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Jan 2, 2011
 
Does anyone feel like you can really feel your heart almost like palpitations? It feels like my heart is pumping really hard when I lay down it feels so uncomfortable i always am terrified I'm going to have a heart attack. I know I have an hh the doctor said it was a medium hh. Meds are barely working. Also sometimes I do get heart palpitations bad just not recently.
Jackie

Houston, TX

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Jun 24, 2011
 
I know exactly how all of you feel. I was diagnosed with a hh and there are nights I feel a wave of pressure that starts in my stomach and washes over my chest, back, and neck. I wouldn't describe it as pain, more like pressure. I also have heart palpitations and anxiety when this happens. I notice it comes in waves through out the night. I imagine its a nerve being pinched or squeezed by the hernia. I have an appt with my Gastro in a week. I'm seriously considering surgery. I don't want to live with this anymore.
Lori

Los Angeles, CA

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Aug 23, 2011
 
I can relate. My sympathies to all of you. People who don't have this condition can't understand our suffering. I too suffer from hiatal hernia, causing lump in throat, difficulty swallowing, extreme shortness of breath, heart palpitations at night when lying down, constant burping (dyspepsia), bloating in stomach, weight gain, pain between shoulder blades (like being stabbed with a knife), and worsening of symptoms after eating. Unable to sleep, unable to exercise (used to run 5 miles a day), and in such constant misery that I'm at my wits end. I never had a health problem in my life before this. Now I can barely go on from day to day. I read that there is a connection between hiatal hernia and the vagus nerve. Hiatal hernia causes imbalance in the vagus nerve, which wreaks havoc on your body. This explains many/most of my symptoms. I'll pass it along if anyone is interested. At the end there is a link to an article about hiatal hernia and vagus nerve imbalance.

The vagus nerve is either one of two cranial nerves which are extremely long, extending from the brain stem all the way to the viscera. The vagus nerves carry a wide assortment of signals to and from the brain, and they are responsible for a number of instinctive responses in the body. You may also hear the vagus nerve called Cranial Nerve X, as it is the 10th cranial nerve, or the Wandering Nerve. A great deal of research has been carried out on the vagus nerve, as it is a rather fascinating cranial nerve.

Vagus is Latin for “wandering,” and it is an accurate description of this nerve, which emerges at the back of the skull and meanders in a leisurely way through the abdomen, with a number of branching nerves coming into contact with the heart, lungs, voicebox, stomach, and ears, among other body parts. The vagus nerve carries incoming information from the nervous system to the brain, providing information about what the body is doing, and it also transmits outgoing information which governs a range of reflex responses.

The vagus nerve helps to regulate the heart beat, control muscle movement, keep a person breathing, and to transmit a variety of chemicals through the body. It is also responsible for keeping the digestive tract in working order, contracting the muscles of the stomach and intestines to help process food, and sending back information about what is being digested and what the body is getting out of it.

Please read article at:
http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-107201216.htm... to find out about this connection between hiatal hernia and vagus nerve.

nano

Tbilisi, Georgia

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Jan 25, 2013
 
Hi everebody, i have this disgusting hiatal hernia too:(
Its very little even during endoscopy it was hidden, but when I made Xray doctors told me that i had little hernia.
But almost it`s litlle its really problematic for me. I had swallowing problems but domperidon and nexium helped me.

I have burn sensetion after eating whatever I eat and at night at 5 o`clock,:( I drink 20mg nexium before sleep to avoid burning.

I dont want to drink all my life this omeprazol, cause it has many lateral effects.

Did anybody have surgery for it?
studentinbelling ham

Seattle, WA

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Jan 25, 2013
 
studentinbellingham wrote:
Wow.. it sure is reassuring to see people having the same strange symptoms I'm having. I haven't slept through a night for 5 nights due to a spreading sensation that wakes me up. I was attributing it to anxiety (like the squeeze of the adrenal gland sensation) but it feels a bit different. I don't have any heartburn, just a lump sensation in my chest and it feels like I cannot swallow without some effort.
I'm going to try the Chiropractic readjustment. I will report back about success.
Good luck to all!
Well, I never got around to going to the Chiropractor or any other treatments but I'm mostly cured!! Once I finished school and passed my licensing exam my symptoms went away. Once in a great while I will get some sensation of pressure when swallowing when lying flat on my back but very rarely.
I also stopped taking my thyroid meds that were giving me heart palpitations (PVCs).
I think for me this was induced by stress and has been relieved by the stress going away (school ending). I wish you all luck in your search to find relief from these terrible symptoms. If you think stress might be the reason you are suffering, I highly recommend reducing/removing the stressor from your life if possible. Its effects are ruinous to your health in general! If you cannot remove it, practice stress reduction techniques which quiet the mind and reduce anxiety, exercise, yoga, meditation; whatever fits your life. Its worth the time to get your health back!!

Best wishes to everyone!!

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