Hiatal Hernia Support Group

Hiatus hernia or hiatal hernia is the protrusion (or hernia) of the upper part of the stomach into the thorax through a tear or weakness in the diaphragm. The symptoms include acid reflux, pains, similar to heartburn, in the chest and upper stomach. In most cases, sufferers experience no discomfort and no treatement is required.

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DOES IT GO AWAY?

Hi,

I was wondering, does a hiatal hernia go away? or is this something i am going to have to live with for the rest of my life? I keep waiting to feel all better!!!!! the pain is much less but there is still alot of discomfort involved....

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deleted_user
deleted_user

i hear mix things.. some people need them removed and other people can live with them.. my grandma has one ( runs in the family) and shes fine now..
JillyT
JillyT

I was given the impression that they never go away because it is a tear in the muscle wall. We either find meds that allow us to live with it or there is corrective surgery that can sew up the tear.

I take Prilosec 40mg in the morning and for the most part I am okay. Every once in awhile the hernia will spasm and I run and get a glass of hot water and sip it. The heat from water relaxes the spasm. But for me the spasms are the worst - they are very painful.

As far as the rest of your life, well you can keep the one you have under control. But you need to figure out what your body did or does that caused the hernia in the first place so that new hernia don't appear. For example I have IBS adn have difficulites eliminating. So the strain caused the hernia. If I continue that type of behavior I will get other hernias. I've had two so far. The hiatal hernia and and umbillical hernia. Take care...hugs jilly
deleted_user
deleted_user

Hi

Iv read so many conflicting things, some people say that the hernia can heal, others say medication for the rest of your life (im 25!!!!)
I really hope that there is a way rhey can heal
deleted_user
deleted_user

I'm searching for this answer too, whether it can heal. A kinesiologist/chiropractor pushed my hernia out of my diaphram and gave me outstanding relief but it can come back and I need treatments monthly. I don't know if it will ever heal or if ultimately surgery may be needed.
deleted_user
deleted_user

im 22 im wondering if it goes away or if i should never drink alcohal again. im already gluten and dairy free and was really hoping to not have to cut out alcohal completely...
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deleted_user

i agree mes92684, im 19 years old with a hiatal hernia, i can drink it just doesnt feel good the next morning or if i drink to much it effects me alot
deleted_user
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I'm thinking that we just have to live with it. I'm going on my 3rd week since diagnosis and I'm finally getting things under control. I'm still on the really strict GERD diet, but I'm slowing adding things daily. I think the one thing that I truly miss is carbonated drinks. I can do without the caffine, but would love a Dr Pepper!
deleted_user
deleted_user

I had thought mine was caused through vomiting a lot as I get migraines. I have just discovered in the last couple of days that i have a large fibroid in the stomach and this has pushed up the diaphram causing the hiatal hernia. Now I need to concentrate on reducing the size of the fibroid whereupon heopefully there will be no pressure on the diaphram and hence the wall can begin to heali itself . I believe a body can heal itself if you let it and don't interfere with the process. That is my theory anyway.
Larkshy
Larkshy

My understanding is that is has to be managed. What I would like to know is whether the damage to the oesophagus heals once the diet and meds have stabilised the heartburn and pain. Or is that damage permanent? Does anyone know?

Cheers
Lark
deleted_user
deleted_user

Anyone getting chest pain around the breastbone with this condition?
Larkshy
Larkshy

Yes I do. That was how it became apparent there was something wrong. It was so bad I thought I was having a heart attack.

I have meds for when it gets bad. Otherwise I'm modifying my diet and it has been mostly successful.
deleted_user
deleted_user

I don't think my reply posted so I apologize if this is my second reply :)

From my understanding, a hiatal hernia does not go away on its own. (Exceptions include infants, which often have small hernias for the first year or so, and pregnant women who develop hernias from the pressure of the baby on the stomach.) There are surgeries to fix hernias, though. Otherwise, it is possible to treat the symptoms with diet, medication, and lifestyle changes!

ALCHAM -- Yes, I often experienced pain around the breastbone and sometimes in the upper abdomen, and this is what made me suspect I had a hiatal hernia. Hiatal hernia pain is often mistaken for heart attacks or other cardiac problems, but I had several cardiac tests which showed my heart was fine. An EGD (endoscopy) later confirmed it was a hernia. One thing that made me think it was a hernia and not a heart problem was that the pain always got worse when I sat down, bent over, or slouched (i.e. put pressure on my stomach) and got better when I stood up or walked around (less pressure on stomach).

First I tried just taking meds but that didn't really help; I eventually got to the point where I was having at least mild pain nearly all day. Once I changed my diet to avoid GERD trigger foods (see my journal for more info), the pain dramatically improved in 24 hours! Of course, before that I was eating several GERD trigger foods a day since most of my favorite foods are GERD triggers, so your results may not be so dramatic ;)

I still get some occasional pain but overall it's much better!
lioness2001
lioness2001

GeekCheck thanks for posting - I'm going to read your journal. To all the others, no a hiatel hernia never goes away, and can get bigger. some people can have and never have symptoms; others suffer greatly. Some foods work for others while some can't tolerate the same foods. It's trial and error. PPIs work very well and should be considered however they are now saying there is an association with bone-loss so do your own research. For very bad cases, there is surgery to tighten the hernia.
deleted_user
deleted_user

I get this pain in the breastbone area when i try to inhale sometimes or yawn its almost like the hernia is obstructing my lung and not allowing it to expand fully!
deleted_user
deleted_user

I just discovered that long use of PPIS cause polyps in your stomah and had one in my hiatal hernia also, I am waiting for the biospy but after reading about long term use of PPIS such as 5 years one can devevlop these polyps.

I never had any before while on aciphex and dr changed me to omerperazole last year so dont know if its omer or just the long usage.