Forum Post: "Shortness of Breath Due to Hiatal Hernia"

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Denise

Regina, Canada

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Feb 28, 2008
 
Yes I also experience shortness of breath because of my hiatas hernia, at I think that is what is caused by. I cannot do any of my regular chores such as vacuming or washing floors, nor can I even climb stairs without running out breath. I hope by having it removed that I will be able to get back to normal
Cecil

Port Lavaca, TX

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Mar 6, 2008
 

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How I hope you, Denise...have got some help by now....I have the same thing....hurts so bad...That camera scope thing proved it...yet...no referal to anyone....What kind of Dr. should I see ?...Will have to go scout for one myself...quick !...It's getting to be unbearable !
Cecil

Port Lavaca, TX

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Mar 6, 2008
 
Sorry..forgot to put down my problem....hiatal hernia....I don't know what type of Doctor to go see...HELP...Thanks...
Marisa Lorah

San Diego, CA

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May 13, 2008
 
I have a hiatal hernia and I just started getting out of breath when I run short distances. I am glad to hear that others have shortness of breath from a hiatal hernia. This symptom makes me nervous and then my heart rate goes up too. I get angry easily and I have to urinate all the time. I think I'm also in menopause.
Frank

Minneapolis, MN

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May 14, 2008
 
That's weird, I've been unusually angry and irritable for the last year or so, along with frequent urination on some days. The doctor said I only had a small hiatal hernia, but it feels terrible. Obviously I don't need to worry about menopause, so I wonder if the hernia screws with our metabolisms? Does anyone's hands tingle a lot too?
Marisa

United States

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Jun 7, 2008
 
Frank,
I also have frequent urination. I was diagnosed with a "moderate" hiatal hernia during an endoscopy in 2005. I believe it was caused by heavy lifting a few years ago. It is starting to give me more trouble, especially after eating. I carry Gaviscon with me in several forms to take whenever it gets too uncomfortable. I have read that medications actually can make this condition worse. I also read that drinking a pint of warm water first thing in the morning and then jumping up and down a few times might cause the stomach to drop back down. I am doubtful of this working (in my case) but I am going to try it. Also, I have read that some chiropractors are trained on how to "manipulate" the stomach back down where it should be but I am skeptical of chiropractors. I may try that as a last resort.
Marisa

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Jun 7, 2008
 
Cecil wrote:
Sorry..forgot to put down my problem....hiatal hernia....I don't know what type of Doctor to go see...HELP...Thanks...
I saw a gasteroenterologist.
sandy

Burnley, UK

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Jun 14, 2008
 

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hi anyone get burning in upper back and shoulder blades with hiatus hernia?
Is this hiatal hernia

Roosevelt, NY

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Jun 15, 2008
 

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Sometimes I get a pain under right rib cage, then funny feeling in throat, like something is there.

also, when I walk around on an a very empty stomach, I get wicked sharp pains under left rib cage in heart area....it is relieved when I eat. IT happens all the time when with empty stomach.

I think empty stomach causes it to shrivel up and go up into chest cavity more so, if you eat I think better?

your thoughts?
Hiatal hernia

Roosevelt, NY

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Jun 15, 2008
 
Forgot to mention...Does anybody with hiatal hernia gasp for air or get out of breath and then have to pass gass?
It happens frequently. I can be sleeping, walking, sitting, running, and if this senstation happens, I gasp for air sometimes or feel out of breath, then I know it is because I have to pass gass. LOL. gasping lasts can last 20 seconds.
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Zane

Elwood, IN

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Jun 25, 2008
 
Yes i was wondering to. I get short of breath and Constant gas with bloating i have a 3cm hiatal hernia. I cant even function normally or sit in my car with pressure on my back. Does anyone have these symtoms?
Rex

Kansas City, MO

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Jul 7, 2008
 
Wow, this is good stuff. I had to go to the emergency room two months ago because I thought it was heart-related. Since then, I've noticed this pressure is only really bothersome when I am driving my car or sitting in my office.

I still tell myself it's heart-related, but have no clue. When I went to the hospital, I had a high blood pressure, but that was from all the coffee I've been drinking and the intensity of my work environment. The nurses looked at my EKG and x-rays and saw nothing wrong with my heart or anything associated with cardio.

However, just this past weekend, I drove 4 hours to my dad's house and back and this pressure grew increasingly worse.

I really am uncomfortable and this is no way to live. Should I go to my primary care or a gastro Dr.?

Rex
DJM

Pasadena, CA

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Aug 31, 2008
 
Hi Rex. You need a treadmill stress test, where your doctor hooks you up to an EKG and a treadmill at the same time to look at your heart under stress. Much better than a plain EKG.

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Oct 1, 2008
 

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I too have a hiatal hernia, am out of breath, feel extreme chest tightening, my back sometimes feels like someone is shoving a spear right through it into my stomach, Im grouchy, in pain, sick to my stomach and have chest pains......apparently we all have the same symptoms. Is there anyone that has had the surgery or something that helped them?
Jillymac

Rochester, MI

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Oct 8, 2008
 
I Have been dealing with these problems also. I feel like my stomach and other organs are pushing up and out of my chest. i have been trying to exercise but get out of breath. I use to run 8-10 miles a day. I have been to a gastro Dr and they gave me medication that has done nothing. I look as if I am 8 months pregnant. I eat very small meals because anything I eat, I pay for later. I can barely sit without it feeling like everything s pushing its way up through my ribs. I can not live like this. is surgery the answer or do i try a chiro? Anyone who has had the surgery please help.
JHarrison9

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Oct 12, 2008
 
I believe I have hiatal hernia or a diaphragm spasm, and I definitely am short of breath after running, jumping rope, or lifting anything more than light weights. I can walk, ride a bike, and lift light weights with no discernible issues, but if I try to run, then I'm short of breath for about 24 hours especially when I try to lie down for bed. I have not found a solid solution except to avoid what bothers me. I did go to a chiro some years back and he indicated I had a hiatal hernia. His manipulation did not provide any lasting cure, but not sure it did any harm either. The only thing that has seemed to help is to find exercises on the web that help relax the diaphragm muscle and avoid eating large meals. I had GERD, but my Dr told me to avoid eating so many carbs, and to get down to my fighting weight (ie. what I weighed in College). I had to lose 15 lbs, but amazingly it did work.
Jen

Epsom, UK

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Nov 12, 2008
 
Hi,
Not sure if anyone has theses symptoms but...when i sit down, or wat or drink, i want to take large deep breaths and cant..id this hernia related
Jen

Epsom, UK

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Nov 12, 2008
 
wat was ment to be eat
tisheae

Hull, GA

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Nov 18, 2008
 
Jillymac it is good to hear that someone is feeling what i feel i have been complaining to my doc's about this pushing up in my chest feeling for 3 years. This all started during my pregnancy 3 years a go my daughter is 3 while preg i had heartburn, reflux and breathing issues when lying down.

Nonetheless i am still having the same issues...its really bad during either right before,during, or right after my menstrual. I sit down and it feels light everything is bunching up and my left rib is always hurting or sore my stomach bulges and i've been trying to lose weight but it doesn't seem to work..the breathing isn't good either worse around menstrual time..the doc gave me a test to test me for asthma and said i have a mild case of asthma i don't take any of the meds until i get to the bottom of this i have not yet been diagnosed with hiatal hernia no tests just been testing at th e heart doc who suspects hiatal in which i suspected after my research...i hate that it takes the doc's so long to figure things out! I just want relieve and to feel normal again. I haven't tried to workout but i will but i am hearing its not good to workout i will do cardio/treadmill anyone think that will be ok??
Jillymac wrote:
I Have been dealing with these problems also. I feel like my stomach and other organs are pushing up and out of my chest. i have been trying to exercise but get out of breath. I use to run 8-10 miles a day. I have been to a gastro Dr and they gave me medication that has done nothing. I look as if I am 8 months pregnant. I eat very small meals because anything I eat, I pay for later. I can barely sit without it feeling like everything s pushing its way up through my ribs. I can not live like this. is surgery the answer or do i try a chiro? Anyone who has had the surgery please help.
chris

Ashburn, VA

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Nov 24, 2008
 

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Hey guys I'm only 23 years old and got a nasty hiatal hernia from too much heavy lifting, and a synthetic diet of nothing but protein shakes and vitamins. Apparently all that was pretty hard on my stomach, I'm confident in the 95% success rate of the surgery.
Hiatal hernia's usually grow worst over time, and if medicine can keep the pain under control i suggest you get it done. I will tell you how mine goes, but I'm highly confident it will get my life back on track.

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