I know everyone who has acid reflux does not have a hiatal hernia BUT if I can help ANYONE to stop going through what I did I will be one happy camper!
About four years ago I started feeling an uncomfortable pain in my left side of my chest and left upper arm. (Thought heart attack)
Been to different doctors....most said I just needed anti depressants. (I didn't think so) Then I had test after tests for my heart.
Finally I began getting pain in my left lower abdomin. A doctor had me get a colonoscopy and endoscopy. They found a hiatal hernia pushed up in my chest.
This explained my trouble breathing
lump in throat (doctors said it was anxiety)
Hell, who doesn't get anxiety when they can't breath??? Hmmmmmm
couldn't lay flat or left side....pinched feeling and could not breath
upper back pain
voice was raspy (guess that is the word...)
pressure in my chest....felt like someone pushing on it all the time
I want everyone to know that as soon as my chiropractor (helped my upper back during all this) found out I had a hiatal hernia, he pulled it down manually with his hands. Instantly I could breath and the pressure was lifted.
I hope this helped SOMEONE! I wished someone had an answer a long time ago for me. It hurt so bad.
(I am a 39 year old woman and doctors looked at me like I was too young for all these problems. They really made me feel crazy. )
I was recently diagnosed with GERD, colitis and a hiatal hernia. That's very interesting about your chiropractor being able to move it down. I recently lost 35 pounds in six weeks because I couldn't hold any food in me...it hurt soooo bad in the upper portion of my stomach, right under my rib cage. It got to where I would eat plain bread and even bread would go straight through me or I would throw it up.
Now that I'm taking medications for it, it's gotten a bit better but I feel like there is a lump in my throat all the time and it's irritated all the way down, as is my stomach lining. The endoscopy and colonoscopy showed a lot of redness so it will take a while to get everything settled down.
This gives me another idea to think about so thank you for posting!
Drs. did the same thing to me for 1 yr gave me 2 antidepressants, zanax, asthma spray asthma meds that I refused to take. I felt like I was having a heartattack couldn't breath, pressure in my chest in my throat etc. The dr said I was depressed,had sever anxiety problems had asthma and I new I didn't now finally after suffering one yr finally decided to send me for test diagnosed me with 2 cm sliding hiatal hernia. My stomach was so inflamed and esophigas .Thank you!! I'm not crazy and yes these feeling causes sever anxiety and panic attacks in my life.Couldn't even lye down , would jump up felt like i stopped breathing. I am still suffering everyday with pain etc .Maybe I will try the chiroprator have nothing to lose. Right now can't do to much activity
I am 33 and am having all the same symptoms apart fron the brathing that seems ok but my doctor thinks i am too young it worries me what else it could be. I am going for an endscopy soon and am really worried.
I recently had an endoscopy. I found out I have a "small" hiatal hernia. I got the impression that I shouldn't attribute my symptoms to the hiatal hernia because people can have a small hiatal hernia without ever knowing it. Yet I've been experience discomfort and pain just below the center of my ribcage. I've also had more difficulty burping lately...a problem I didn't used to have. The endoscopy also revealed scarring on my esophagus, which I infer is a result of acid reflux. If you were able to have someone physically pull your stomach down, I'd be curious to find out more. Is that a common practice for Chiropractors? (I thought they were more specialized in locating bones)
My Chiropractor did in fact pull it down. I have my boyfriend pull it down if I start feeling the pain again. Yes. Some chiropractors know of this. Look it up online. There are videos. Your hiatal hernia can continue to get worse like mine which was actually twisted. Twisted to were the endoscopy could not see part of my stomach. I am so glad people are looking at my original post. I have a chiropractor who is awesome. Used him for years. If you are in the pacific NW in mountlake terrace washington look up Dr. George Dewey. Or feel free to call him. I am sure he is willing to just talk to you about this. He was a God send for me.