I have been diagnosed with a hiatus hernia but have had lots of problems with palpitations recently, i also sometimes get a cold shivery feeling some nights as if i am going down with flu, i have suffered from really bad acidity over the last 10 years, i have had three endoscopy's and it was on the last one that i was diagnosed with a hernia, i also get bad chest pain along the sternum and a bad pain where my ribs meet in the middle, it's so depressing, does anybody else suffer from palpitations etc?
Yes I suffer these symptoms too, I also get very breathless especially when I bend over or climb stairs and also feel quite faint and dizzy during a bad attack.
My stomach is also badly swollen, so much that it looks like I am pregnant.
You have my every sympathy its so awful.
I too have a hiatus hernia. Three weeks ago I started this pain/pressure up and down on my sternum., and the gas I was belching was incredible. I went to the ER, and they did an ekg and said that something was not right so I was referred to a cardiologist. Also my blood pressure in emerg was sky high. They started me on blood pressure pills and 81mg aspirin.
My visit to the cardiologist showed on the stress test that my target heart rate was reached to quickly and again the ekg showed something.I am now going back for a halter, and eco, and a stress myoview.
But a few days ago I had that same thing happen to me. I was cleaning off the side of the house and got so hot, so I had a Coke. Well that set things off again. I tried eno, then sone ginger ale, the a tylenol.
It's really freaking me out, because I am having all of these symptoms along with menopausal crap which is reall interferring with my life.
This creates anxiety symptoms, so I don't really know what cothers me
I want to blame most of it on the hiatus hernia especially the chest discomfort. It does not seem to matter what I eat it bothers me. I do not get heart burn, but my lips burn...weird.
This pain in my sternum was like a cramp...do you get this?
i need help im so fustrated its untrue have severe pain all the time right rib cage and feel like ive got a lump in my throat everynight it drives me crazy had barium swallow and endoscoppy found small hitas hernia all medication ive been given does nothing at all everything i eat or drink causes me pain ive had it 2 and a half yrs now i think i need an opp
I was diagnosed with a Hiatus hernia and Barretts disease this week after i was sent for an endoscope.I have suffered for years with heartburn and palpitations,i was on ranitadine for a long time but they stopped working for me.I am now on Omeprazole which keep the heartburn at bay but not the pain and palpitations.
You have my sympathy.
I to have a hiatus hernia and Barrett's and I am on Omeprazole. I have never been aware of acid reflux only on odd occasions but do have the chest pain. I had my gallbladder out 4 weeks ago as they found loads of stones and the gallbladder had thickened. I was told I would feel much better. (I had lost 3½ stones and was unable to eat). Alas the chest pain is back even though I am still on a low fat diet and I don't feel as good as I had hoped. Having my check up tonight after op so hopefully someone can tell me what to do next. I look about 90 and it is so depressing. At least when I was so overweight I didn't look my age! (62)
I was diagnosed with an hh 10 years ago and since then it's been kept in check with esomeprazole 20mg. Had another endo. done in December with seemingly nothing worse to report but over the last 6-8 weeks things have got a lot worse especially with palpitations and skipped heart beats. I'm now off work and so freaked by it that Im on paroxetine for anxiety and something else to calm me down. Specialist moved me up to 80 mg of esomprazole for a week but it's doing nothing. It's now affected my mental state so badly that I've started to suffer from depression. Had a CT scan of my chest done on Thursday and seeing him with the results on Wednesday this week where I'm going to ask him about surgery as I believe that the hernia is responsible for these cardiac arrhythmias that scare me to bits.
Anybody else experienced these frightening symptoms as at the moment I can't see how I'm going to return to work again...
i have had a stomach hernia for some years but have not treated it ...sometimes i take just rennies, other times take omneprazole for a few weeks.. but in last months my stomach has become more swollen ,and suddenly my blood pressure has increased to a fairly high level.. im trying natural methods to lower it ,im too young to go on heart medication,, still in my 40s... but am so so worried
I was recently diagnosed with a small hernia and 2 small ulcers. Can someone please put my mind at ease about these heavy heart beats. my heart doesnt beat quickly, it just beats hard and i can feel it in my chest when just sitting down. sometimes i feel it pulse in my neck, arm or ear.
and sometimes this heavy heart beat seems to efect my breathing. while breathin in and out every heart beat seems to pause the breathing.
other symptoms i am not sure about are fatigue, weakness, headaches
Hi all, I've been following this discussion for a while and feel it's time to add my experiences. I'm 61 and had a sliding HH since I was about 20 with no real probems apart from from heartburn and reflux at night which I managed by copious amounts of bi-carbonate of soda and raising the head of the bed by 5inches.
In Jan last year I had an endoscope and it was confirmed (again) that I have a small sliding HH and a small section of Barratts. In the months following this endoscope I developed high BP, bloating, cramps, palpitations, light-headedness, difficulty breathing, tightness on the left side of my head/face and a few other things. I too get palps if I bend forward or stand up quickly.
My partner and I set about researching these things and everything pointed to Vagus nerve irritation, BUT - don't suggest this to any consultants because they think you're a stupid internet melodramatic (I know, I was called this in a letter to my GP) and then refused an appt because (I had already pre-diagnosed myself without sufficient knowledge of a condition that is impossible!) Research for yourselves the problems a HH and Vagus nerve combination can cause and you will be amazed at all the symptoms and similarities! I felt that there was pressure on the back/left side of my heart and was told that this was absolute nonsense by an upper GI surgeon, then an ultra-sound clinician told me that she'd actually seen - on numerous occasions - pressure on the heart from a sliding HH! 2 heart specialists have actually admitted the possibility of this happening recently, but I still can't get a gastroenterologist to investigate it, they all seem to want to treat the symptoms not the problem! So go do your research (avoid the websites that want to sell you a cure, go for the medical websites) and have a shock at how common this really is!
So what did I do? I set about the long task of finding everything that sparked off any problems, these are some of them : lemon, garlic, olives, lime, refined sugars give me day-long palps the next day! Pastries of any type, sweets (sugar again) green tea and so on. You must avoid refined sugar at all costs! I now have 2 juices or smoothies (containing 75% vegetables 35% fruit) and 2 small meals a day. Next you need to strengthen your stomach muscles, try doing pelvic thrusts and diaphram exercises - it really does help!
A last thought - you will also find that walking, talking and sitting upright will cause you problems, lying on your stomach or right side will alleviate this.
Hope this is of some help, if anyone finds a specialist willing to investigate please reccommend them! The 10 minutes that the NHS gives them is not adequate for us.
First, research sliding HH so that you understand exactly what it is, you will see on a diagram that it's very close to the bottom left side oh your heart - very close! These are the things I do to try to keep on top of my symptoms :
Pelvic thrusts - you can look all these up on youtube.
A pilates move called the triangle
Diaphragm strengthening breathing exercises
Using a chin-up bar or similar, hang by your right arm and let your body stretch, the hernia is situated just to the left of the place where your ribs join at your solar plexus and this can allow it to relax.
Look for 'self treatment for sliding HH' where you lie on your back and push your fingers under your ribcage and then down, pushing the hernia back down through the diaphragm.
Using 2 small dumbells, stand upriht arm keeping your arms straight, raise them up level with your shoulds, hold for a few seconds, then lower. This opens up your diaphragm and can help the hernia to slide back down - also keeps your shoulders in good condition.
Bloating appears to have a direct effect on my blood pressure and the amount of palpitations I get, you will need to know what things to avoid, once you've spent a day without bloating and palpitations you'll want to do it more! When I'm not bloated I don't get dizziness or palpitations when I stand up or bend forward.
Get your weight correct, being overweight amplifies this condition dramatically!
Hope this helps, best wishes all.
Yes is very frustrating and it is worth going to a cardiologist for them to tell you, that you are crazy and there is nothing wrong with your heart so you can begin treatment for your hiatal hernia so you do not eventually get esophageal cancer. I am very cynical about this but I suffered from heart palpitations for about 2 years and it happened when I ate or shortly after. I kept telling the doctors this and they thought I was being a nervous woman and the two symptoms of heart palps and indigestion were not related. I went through heart monitors, emergency visits, ultrasounds, xrays, and cardiologists wanting to give me tranquilizers. I was so angry.I finally went to a gastroenterologist who did a scope and found a hiatal hernia. He gave me aciphex and within a week the palps stopped. I did an experiment and stopped the achiphex and ate a heavy meal. Bingo... palps came back with a fury. So, I spoke to the gastro about this, he said, there are nerves that line the esophagus. When the esophagus lining is irritated like from acid reflux, inflammation irritates the esophageal nerves. "It is often difficult to distinguish between cardiac and esophageal causes of chest pain based upon symptom presentation alone because the nerves that supply the heart also supply the esophagus".http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3038318/
Take this peer reviewed article to the doctor calling you crazy. Here it is in a medical journal. Anyway, I took my achiphex and also reduced the amount of food I was eating, stayed away from thick sauces, gravys, bread and heavy foods and those with tomato sauces. I stopped eating around 4pm. This helped and my palpatations never returned. Make sure you really do not have a heart condition, but stop going to any doctor who says heart palps and gerd symptoms, hiatal hernia are never related.
Hi everyone, 7 years ago i was diagnosed with a sliding HH and associated GERD. I had a nissen wrap done and a repair on the hernia. All great until the following year even out jogging i felt it all come apart. Severe shoulder tip pain and almost instant reflux. Back to the surgeon, different one, he tested for everything and essentially the whole lot had come undone. So he re-wrapped and also repaired the HH, this time using mesh. Then last year, 4 years after the repeat surgery i was putting the 1yr old to bed and i was being and twisting at the same time. I felt a really bad/sharp pain in my sternum. I ended up in hospital the next day being tested for a heart attack. Nothing came up in the bloods so i was sent on my way. The pain subsided so i didn't worry. Then two days after the birth of my second child i came down with the flu. The hospital ordered a chat xray where it shouted that i had a moderate HH again. As i had been asymptomatic i wasn't concerned. HowHowever recently I've been short of breath laying down, it's worse when laying on my left and after a bout of food poisoning I've started to get chest pain in the lower left side. I'm assuming it's all related to my HH. No reflux this time but not sure about the pain. It feels like something is jarred there.
Any advice? The gp got me to make an appt with the surgeon whole he chases up the xrays.
I'm torn between assuming it's the HH and stressing it's something heart related but I'm mildly pleased that the fact that it's been going on for the better part of a week now means it isn't too serious.
Or is this being a bit simplistic. Any advice welcome.
I also gave a hiatus Hernia with some of the same symptoms that you have palpatations ,chest pain I also get a beating in my ear I don't know if this is the result of the hernia or something else These conditions make me very depressed I don't know wherectontyrn for help I live in NJ
I'm having almost the exact same symptoms as the topic creator...my blood pressure just shot up again and is staying just under 150/100, even though I am already on blood pressure meds because it shot up unexpectedly before too. I've got a fullness or lump in my throat that the doctors cant feel from the outside, and I did a barium swallow but they said I didn't have a hiatal hernia.
I use CPAP and it has been forcing air into my stomach and it also causes air to get trapped in my esophagus where I have to forcibly burp it out. I have to wonder if this forcing air into my stomach and esophagus hasn't caused a hiatal hernia, but because of the negative barium swallow a few months ago I doubt they will consider hiatal hernia.
I really don't know what to do...they just put me on a different blood pressure med but don't seem concerned what might be causing it. I'm only 29 years old. I've been obese most of my life, currently 5'10" 270lbs, but I have been lifting weights for the past couple months and feel like I have lost some fat and replaced it with heavier muscle.
I haven't been sleeping well for the past several weeks due to the CPAP situation, and am constantly tired. I just don't know what to do or say to my doctors to get them to consider this. I've had reflux too for several years and am on 60mg of Dexilant, which I understand is about the strongest reflux med you can be on, yet I still get frequent hiccups and reflux. I wanted to see about getting fundoplication done to help with the reflux, but the surgeon said he wouldn't do it because the EGD I had showed no signs of acid erosion (uh, probably because I'm on super strong reflux meds?).
What should I tell them or ask for to get them to do something? I was right before about my gallbladder; I had severe pain in my right flank so they did a gallbladder ultrasound and didn't find anything, but I knew something was wrong so I asked them to do a hitascan and sure enough my gallbladder was at 0% function and needed removed. I KNOW that there is something wrong here too since I've been getting pain a little to the left of the bottom of my sternum for a couple days now, right between my stomach and heart. Maybe I should just keep pushing myself at the gym and try to get something severe to happen so they can finally see it.
Hi I was diagnosed with a 4cm sliding hiatus hernia today after an endoscope, for the last three months I have suffered with extreme dizzyness, vomiting and upper abdonamol and lost around a stone in weight. I have also been having feelings of adrenaline for no reason and palpitations which at one point had me rushed into A&E. I have had my life drastically changed in this time as I am normally very active and healthly and had to stop all physical activity. I am still waiting for urine tests a CT scan and a heart scan but after looking into this issue I am hoping this is the cause of my issues and I can start the road to recovery as I am 33 have three children and want to get back to a fully active life!
I was diagnosed with hiatus hernia back in July, am on 30mg lansoprazole which seem to work most of the time but I do get a lot of pain in my back especially in my ribs, have had ultra sound for gall stones but that was all clear. Back of to docs tomorrow to see what else they suggest. Also I hsve cut a lot of food out till I donot know what to eat for the best. I can understand you feeling depressed because at the moment that is how I feel too