hiatus (hiatal) hernia?
I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with this.
I've had a history of hyper acidity and acid reflux, going back a dozen years. I have been treated by specialists and have been taking prescription drugs to control the affects, including Prepulcid, Pepcid, and others. Recently, because I have had more severe attacks and symptoms, I have been put on Prevacid.
I still have severe attacks of symptoms, some of which are debilitating. I don't have stomach aches and diaherra and lower digestive problems. I have a bit of tightness in the upper chest and a kind of smoker's cough. I have the burps, or have the feeling I want to. Frequently, when I eat, I have difficulty swallowing, to the point the food wants to be rejected and I go through several moments of trying to get it down, without regurgitating. The symptom that really bothers me is the attacks of shooting pains behind my shoulder blades and shoulders, that are as painful as anything I've experienced. I have a feeling of weakness often, I seem to gather it's when I haven't eaten for a while. I have had a low case of anemia which the doctor cannot pin down, but there have not been any reason for concern over it, as my other tests are OK. I seem to feel better when I have eaten something, but then I get the burpies. I have been tested for diabetes, and these have been negative. I only mention this because apparently anemia is a symptom of hiatus hernia.
I've done some research on this, and all of the other symptoms than the sharp pains, together with my past history seem to point to hiatus hernia.
I'm going to see the doctor about this, as soon as possible, tomorrow if I can, but he does not seem to be that knowledgeable about this subject, as I have been under his regular care for years, and my symptoms were expressed to him the past two visits.
I have had heart surgery, and therefore I am familiar with that aspect. I am abolutely certain it is not heart related. This is not denial. This is based on many factors, including seeing the doctor once a month and having checkups, while this has been going on.
Does anyone have any experience, and can they comment on the shooting pain symptom? From my experience, it seems that taking a prescription Pepcid, or PreAcid pill when an attack starts to get bad, gradually makes the pain subside. I'm just wanting to get some first hand experience on this, while I'm pursuing it.