What Are Hiatal Hernia Symptoms?

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I have had a hiatal hernia surgery once and now I have another one
Have you had the 2nd one? How are you feeling now?
I have been told that I have a large hiatal surgery that is pushing my stomach up in my chest. I am 78 yrs old have been scoped through the years but have been having more belching than I usually did before and sometimes have trouble swallowing. I try to eat before 6PM to avoid acid reflux at night and I have a mattress that raises the head of bed so do that slightly each night. I have an appointment to be scoped on Sept. 18th
I am glad. I found you. I also have a large hiatal hernia in my stomach . i am 80 years old and just found out in march 2018. I am also dealing with a fib. I have spoken with a surgeon and going to see another surgeon for a second opinion. They do not say surgery is an option. Would love to speak with you.
Hiatal hernia is treatable by surgery.
To Saundra Karp, I also have a very large hernia  petruding up thru my stomach, now think affecting my lungs. I have a lot of trouble breathing and short of breath. I am 82, what are you going to do? He wants me to talk to a surgeon. I have had this for years. Years ago the surgery sounded so bad I would not do it. But now concerned with shortness of breath. I will talk to someone but sure don’t know what to do. My pulmonary dr is the one who wants me to do this. Let me know what you decide .
I have the same thing and breathing problems.Im 69.It has put pressure on my lungs and heart.
Have you done a CT scan for the upper stomach? If not, you should have one. Reflux esophagitis could also cause symptoms like this. If there's no hiatal hernia present, you should have endo gastroscopy to find out the cause.
I too have been told by my Doctor years ago I have a hiatal hernia but as long as it wasn't bothering me to not worry about it. Now I want some answers as to symptoms and treatment. I am 78 Years old.
A hiatal hernia occurs when the upper part of your stomach bulges through diaphragm, the large muscle separating your abdomen and chest. Most small hiatal hernias cause no signs or symptoms. But noticeable symptoms may appear with larger hiatal hernias. These signs and symptoms include:
Difficulty swallowing
Chest or abdominal pain
Shortness of breath
Backflow of stomach acid into the esophagus (acid reflux)
Regurgitation of food or liquids into the mouth
Vomiting of blood or passing of black stools, which may be the indicator of gastrointestinal bleeding
For minor hiatal hernia, no treatment is needed. But if you have acid reflux and heartburn, you may be treated with medications or surgery. Your doctor may recommend antacids to neutralize stomach acid, medications to reduce acid production, known as H-2-receptor blockers, and proton pump inhibitors. Surgery is generally used when medications do not work to relieve heartburn and acid reflux or have complications such as severe inflammation or narrowing of the esophagus.
You can also make some changes to your lifestyle to reduce your symptoms. It may be effective to eat smaller meals several times a day instead of three large meals. You should also avoid eating meals or snacks within a few hours of going to bed.
You can consult your doctor for more details of treatment options.