Hiatal Hernia. What helps?
I was just diagnosed with a small hiatal hernia but I’m feeling pretty miserable. I was a perfectly healthy person and this all started a couple months ago. It started with a feeling of a “lump” at the bottom of my esophagus (or top of my stomach). Sometimes I had a burning feeling in my esophagus. I mentioned it with my gastroenterologist before a routine colonoscopy; she pretty much dismissed it but immediately put me on Prilosec in the morning and Zantac.It really doesn’t help very much. before bed. I had and EGD and she diagnosed and irritated esophagus and stomach and a small hiatal hernia.
I have now given up coffee, wine, chocolate, beef, tomatoes and eating after dinner (everyday the list grows.) We have propped our bed at an angle. I am afraid to eat. She insists that the hernia is not causing this, but it must be. I’m in my 50’s, perfect weight and have never even had heartburn. If this doesn’t improve soon, I am thinking of going to Mayo for a full evaluation. I can’t live this way and I DO NOT want to be on medicine the rest of my life.