Hiatal Hernia causing extreme fatigue???

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John R

Chester, MA

#1 May 9, 2010
I'm a 63 yr old male with a moderate size hiatal hernia.I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired.My symptoms are extreme fatigue,chest pain that moves around from left to center to right sides,and to my back between the shoulder blades.I also feel lightheaded many times and just overall weird feelings.
I'm wondering if the hiatal hernia can cause the fatigue?Does anyone else suffer from the fatigue? Also feel like the middle of my body from the upper chest to the top of my stomach is always under pressure,not gas,but just a general pressure.
I asked my primary care doc if the hernia would cause fatigue,but he says it's not likely, but I'm beginning to wonder about his opinions.
It seems like he just sends me for blood work then says I'll see you in a couple of weeks.Meanwhile I feel terrible.The discomfort is continious,day after day,mostly chest pain and fatigue.
I had a heart attack about 12 yrs ago,but was lucky to get to the hosp.in 5 minutes,so I suffered very very minimal heart damage.But now with the constant chest pain and fatigue,I'm worried that maybe it's heart related.Last week, I actually tried a slow jogging run(kind of a diy stress test) to see if I got chest pain or shortness of breath,but I didn't get any worse.
The primary doc says he doesn't think it's my heart,and some of it may be from anxiety,so he put me on Zoloft.several weeks later(about 11)nothings changed.I've never suffered from anxiety before so I think it's out of the question.
I've had it with primary care Doctors,They're mostly nice people,but I never seem to get a firm answer from them,it's always "well,let's try this,and I'll see you in a few weeks,or if this doesn't help I'll send you to a specialist.Meanwhile weeks and months go by and I still feel lousy.
Am I nuts? or can all these symptoms be caused by the hiatal hernia?
Gabby

Carrollton, TX

#2 May 10, 2010
John, I am 23 and was recently diagnosed with a small hh. I have chest pains running from under my left armpit over the the right side of my chest and under my ribcage. Something I am experiencing that I am not seeing anyone else with is pain throughout my entire stomach from top to bottom. Thats the part thats worrying me. I also have never suffered from anxiety but I know alot of this is from it just because of all the stress from worrying about it being my heart or cancer or something horrible. I was put on a low dose of citalipram its an anti depressent but it was given for anxiety which I can honestly say has helped I was having very extreme panic attacks due to all these "pains" I am having and would sit and cry for 30 minutes at a time and now I seem to have control over that and can sit here and calm myself down. As far as fatigue I do have this but again think it could really be stress related over this whole situation. I am not sure if this helps but good luck!
John R

Boston, MA

#3 May 10, 2010
Thanks Gabby,also have very similar pain as you.I have to agree that it does make you worry all the time.could it be this,could it be that.It just seems odd that a hiatal hernia can cause this pain every single day.BTW I also get stomach pain in the whole region.
janie

Chula Vista, CA

#4 May 24, 2010
John R wrote:
I'm a 63 yr old male with a moderate size hiatal hernia.I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired.My symptoms are extreme fatigue,chest pain that moves around from left to center to right sides,and to my back between the shoulder blades.I also feel lightheaded many times and just overall weird feelings.
I'm wondering if the hiatal hernia can cause the fatigue?Does anyone else suffer from the fatigue? Also feel like the middle of my body from the upper chest to the top of my stomach is always under pressure,not gas,but just a general pressure.
I asked my primary care doc if the hernia would cause fatigue,but he says it's not likely, but I'm beginning to wonder about his opinions.
It seems like he just sends me for blood work then says I'll see you in a couple of weeks.Meanwhile I feel terrible.The discomfort is continious,day after day,mostly chest pain and fatigue.
I had a heart attack about 12 yrs ago,but was lucky to get to the hosp.in 5 minutes,so I suffered very very minimal heart damage.But now with the constant chest pain and fatigue,I'm worried that maybe it's heart related.Last week, I actually tried a slow jogging run(kind of a diy stress test) to see if I got chest pain or shortness of breath,but I didn't get any worse.
The primary doc says he doesn't think it's my heart,and some of it may be from anxiety,so he put me on Zoloft.several weeks later(about 11)nothings changed.I've never suffered from anxiety before so I think it's out of the question.
I've had it with primary care Doctors,They're mostly nice people,but I never seem to get a firm answer from them,it's always "well,let's try this,and I'll see you in a few weeks,or if this doesn't help I'll send you to a specialist.Meanwhile weeks and months go by and I still feel lousy.
Am I nuts? or can all these symptoms be caused by the hiatal hernia?
Yes John, I also have your symptoms too, the weird feelings, dizzy, fatigue during shortness of breath and the pain between my shoulder blades. The DR. says an HH does not cause shortness of breath, I disagree. Dr's have been no help in my case, I will be seeing a chiropractor, I have more faith in them. All we can do is just keep seeking help and answers. God help us.
Moin

Karachi, Pakistan

#5 May 27, 2010
What is hiatal hernia. In vedic or indian treatment hiatal hernia is "NAAF UTAR JANA". You must have listened to that word. Try somebody who is expert in this field.
IT Comprise of some exercise for three days in the morning before breakfast. After three days you will running man.

Try it
janie

National City, CA

#6 Jun 14, 2010
Please explain further. Where do you find an expert and what are the exercises?
eric

Birmingham, UK

#7 Jul 20, 2010
i am 66 years of age and have been diagnosed with a hiatus hernia,i am constantly belching,feel bloated my stomach just blows up,and feels like it could just explode,and have a tight feeling in my stomach.I dont get chest pains like a few of you mention,overall i just feel lethargic,tired all the time,unable to do my chores,it really knocks the stuffing out of me,does anyone else get this feeling,it will be interesting to hear your comments
Tommy D

Macon, GA

#8 Jul 27, 2010
I was diagnosed w/ a slight hernia in the Spring. My family doctor & the specialist who will do my surgery said I could put off corrective surgery until the fall (I'm a competitive tennis player). I have no bulging but the pain & discomfort have gotten a little worse. I also have been increasingly tired this summer, even after a good nights sleep. I often need a nap during the day & lots of caffine.
arlee

Montréal, Canada

#9 Aug 2, 2010
I had an upper GI last week and they found a small hiatus hernia. My problems are mainly pressure and pain in my chest, sometimes in the upper back. Sometimes I feel as though I want to burp, but can't. I don't have any heartburn. I took pariet, prevacid, pantoloc and they didn't seem to help at all. My doctor perscribed 1/2 of a 1 mg. ativan, when I get anxious. This whole business of feeling sick is making me anxious, nothing else! I'm going back to the doctor and will ask to try another medication. It's so frustrating, because now I've lost my appetite as well. I'm 63 years old, and starting to feel like 90! I just don't understand how a small hiatus hernia can cause so much discomfort? I can see that I'm not alone.
eric

Birmingham, UK

#10 Aug 9, 2010
Hi its eric,thanks for your replies,caffeine tended to aggravate my hernia so i switched to decaffenated drinks,i tend to get pain in my stomach,along with the swelling of the stomach,which seems to swell up more after having a meal,do not get any chest pain.My docter recommended me to eat small meals rather than one large meal,and to take gaviscon advance after each meal,i find this does seem to help.i take pariet in the morning,my docter tried me on omeprazole,never again,felt tired within half an hour of taking it,my wife said how i was going in myself withdrawn,its one of the worst medications i have had to take,its not catching,but my wife has a hiatus hernia,not so severe as mine,and she takes lansoprazole,which works brilliant for her,hope this has been of some help
Rebecca

Chicago, IL

#11 Aug 9, 2010
I am a 33 yr old female who (as Im told by my mother) that I progectile vomited as a baby. I have ALWAYS had heartburn. I went to a GI dr and had and endoscope. I am dx with Hiatal hernia, Bartics esp& GERD. I had breast reduction surgery many years ago & it relieved symtoms abit. But am unable to wear a bra now because it sits on my bloated chest/abdomen. I am not overweight at all. My stomach is bloated, I cant bend down at all, I sleep on the couch propped up and just feel so tired all the time. I suffer from anemia, fatigue,constant burbing, tenderness, depression & anxiety ( not sure if its due to said dx or childhood physical).Progressiving it has gotten worse. Within the last month I am unable to drink anything or eat. I eat small pieces of bread at best within the last 2 wks. I am worried about malnutrition, dehydration & organ failure. My lips are so dry, my eyelids stick to my eyes and Im so thristy buy, I cant keep anything down. I have no insurance (lost my job due to BP Oil Spill). I have an appt with a church clinic August 18th. I have 4 family members who passed away from cancer (2 from stomach cancer). Im scared I may have stomach and/or esp cancer. I feel so alone and scared. Any help or encourgement?
BritFL

Sarasota, FL

#12 Aug 12, 2010
Hi, I'm a 34 year old female weighing around 94lbs. Healthy diet and excercise, no smoking or drinking.

About three weeks ago I started experiencing intense heartburn and pain behind the pit of my stomach when swallowing - anything from saliva, to foods. I saw two doctors and both said there was nothing to be concerned about and to take Prevacid for three weeks. Anyway, I knew the pain wasn't right - it was so excruciating and the heartburn was unbearable. The PPI's made me feel worse than the condition, I was at a loss. I couldn't really change my diet any more than I already had.

My friend recommended that I see a Chiropractor as I didn't want to start polluting my body with Acid suppresent drugs and then becoming addicted to these chemicals. The doctors are too quick to prescribe these as a "quick fix" that mask the real symptoms - and I suspect they get a kick back from the pharmaceutical reps.

So, I went to see the Chiropractor on Tuesday, after a few muscle tests, he said a had a Hiatal Hernia. He got a machine and the vibrations moved down my stomach. He also alligned my spine and neck. I was totally sceptical, as he said that I'd need four treatments, and I would feel a difference within a day or so. He advised that I stop taking the PPI's immediately and gave me some digestive enzymes as a replacement.

Well, today (two days on) I have woken with no heartburn and the pain I was experiencing has totally vanished. I stopped the Prevacid on Wednesday...I'm due for a follow up on Friday with him, and for the first time in weeks, I feel so much better.

I'm taking Slippery Elm supplements, plus the digestive enzymes and have cut out dairy products and yeast for a few weeks to allow the inflammation in my stomach to heal.

I would definitely recommend that you see a good Chiropractor if you are experiencing these symptoms. It has worked for me so far.
sean

Hollywood, FL

#13 Aug 18, 2010
i haven't yet been diagnosed with this, however; I am nearly 100% sure this is what I have been suffering from.
At first, I thought i had celiac disease, but turned out not to be it.
I recently started taking a magnesium supplement daily, which has helped a bit, but the true helping hand in all of this has been finding a video on youtube with self-treatment techniques for a hiatal hernia. Believe it or not, just doing the couple of things he recommends in the videos has helped me immensely.
Type Hiatal Hernia Treatment into youtube and you'll see what I'm talking about. One method is massaging it down yourself, and then other is drinking a quart of water early AM and dropping from your toes to heals suddenly... a few times in a row.
I had all of the same symptoms as you, John, and as of today, they have pretty much all vanished, with the exception of a little fatigue still lingering around.
I'm a 30 year old male, had all heart testing done, blood work, etc... thought i was doomed, but since this seems to be helping, I am a little more encouraged. give it a shot if you feel like... it certainly can't hurt.

All the best to you all,
sean
Ozzie

Atlanta, GA

#14 Sep 20, 2010
I just had scope today and I have a small hiatal hernia. I have reflux, heartburn, but the worst is extreme fatigue like you have reported.
alpino

Sydney, Australia

#15 Sep 28, 2010
i am a 50 yr old male with h.hernia.a very small one i was told.i hawe a new symthom every day depending of the chores i am doing at the time. shortness of breath,dizziness,nusea,lot of abdominal gas,constant burping,tightness of chest,fatigue,anxiety,panik attacks,followed by palpitations, i hawe being hospitilised 4 times in 6 years from these sympthoms only to be told everything is normal.but one thing i learned from all of this....never and ever.....use antidepressants.as you will get hooked as i did with zanax,and,aropax. it has taken me 1 hole year to get rid of these tablets and their effects on the body..the key is extreme diet.and relaxation.stay away from lactose,and gluten .products.lots of fresh vegetables.and vegetable soups.fruit.and fish..because majority of nerves tie up to the stomack.if the stomack stresses nerves send signals almost every corner of the bodey.aches and pains.swhortness of breath is due to the upper part of the stomack presses against the lungs.you can correct that hernia to be pushed away from lungs and hart. visit a good chriopractitioner.to perform hernia adjustment.take it from me i suffered for almost 9 years.after a proper diet that i found through the net.and shedding almost 16 kilos in 5 months.i feel terrific....no motre fatigue,shortness of breath,or tired,pain,aches.....all gone...please try it.and tell me how you feel in couple of months.
Mel

Rochester, MI

#16 Mar 10, 2011
I am 39 year old female have been dianosed 3 years ago with hiatel hernia and ulcers,Changed my diet, seen a chiropractor and did great for 2 years but gradually went back to my old ways and ended up with major problems.5 months ago started throwing up for about 2 months straight couldn't eat nothing but liquids or soft food. Decided to get serious because I just felt awful had every single symptoms everyone has talked about. I quit smoking cold turkey. NO alcohol, pop, caffeine, spicy etc. went on a gluten free diet and started seeing my chiropractor again. Lost 44 pounds, started taking aloevera juice, 2000mg of B12, iron pills, multi vitamin. DOCTORS do not help I think they try to put you on acid reducers that do not help and you shouldn't be on for more than 6 weeks anyway. My advice is find a good chiroprator and nutrionalist they will help traditional medicine is crap and does not give any answers, but take more acid reducing pills. Hope this helps your not alone I have too every symptom mentioned, but all is definatly getting better and better.
Mel

Rochester, MI

#17 Mar 10, 2011
Also I was sleeping in a chair for about 5 months due to having extreme heart palpatiations when I lie down and acid. My chiroprator said DO NOT do that it makes everything 100 times worse. Prop head of the bed up about 6 inches. I also forgot to mention I eat 6 small meals a day and DO NOT eat for about 3 to 4 hours before bed.
Rob

Brunswick, OH

#18 Jun 18, 2011
I to have the same problems, hernia and now I get extremely tired from doing the work I need to do. I am only 41, but feel like 80. Doctor says it's just the stress from my job. Whatever.
Wendy

Birmingham, UK

#19 Jun 19, 2011
I was diagnosed with hh. on friday, after being in and out of hospital since dec. 1st symtoms were querey heart attack. After angiogram and scan,thankfully my heart was given the all clear. My symptoms still persisted and are progressively getting worse. Reading all your letters gives me some comfort as i was begining to think i'm turning into a hyperchondriac. Severe pain through out my upper torso. palpatations, extreme fatigue to the point i have stopped work as i couldn't cope. I have lost 6 kg since dec. Not being big anyway, i am down to 45kg (7 st)I am struggling to eat, so the weight is still coming off. I find this all quite debilitating.
matt

Lewiston, ME

#20 Jul 10, 2011
I am 30 years old and thought i was going crazy with the same symptoms as the rest of you fatigue pain shortness of breath and somtimes dry heves my doctor thinks i suffer from anxiety but have had sevral test for hernia and have hh they have not told me anything but that wish they would fix it so i can get back to feeling better

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