Newbie here, breathing issues - need some help...

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Date Joined Dec 2010
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   Posted 12/16/2010 12:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone

I've been looking at the site for a few weeks and have just joined today - everyone is so helpful and friendly.
I hope I'm posting this in the right place and doing all the right things!

I'm worried I might have a hiatal hernia - not diagnosed as yet - I have lots of gastric symptoms starting from a few months back, but have also developed since 8 weeks ago a horrible restricted breathing feeling, that hasn't resolved.
I was doing heavy gardening work when it developed and likewise looking back over the previous months have been lifting heavy bags of soil etc while trying to re-vamp the garden, with hind-sight this is why I'm wondering about h. hernia.
I've lost loads of weight due to all this - now have difficulty swallowing, burning indigestion etc
Previously I was fit and active female and correct weight...but now am very poorly and skinny and breathing issue is preventing me living a normal life.
It's the restricted breathing that's the big problem.

I'm looking for some moral support really...I feel very alone and frightened with how ill I've become.
My doctor hasn't really helped at this stage.

Just wondering - if I do have hiatal hernia, can breathing issues be resolved by medication?
I'm very upset with myself for doing the heavy work too!

Any thought or comments would be much appreciated.

Thankyou so much.

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   Posted 12/16/2010 3:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you have asthma? You need to see the doctor to check for this first. Next see a GI to check you out for gastric issues.

New Member

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   Posted 12/17/2010 5:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Joy

I've never had asthma - or any breathing issues 'til 8 weeks ago, it came on very suddenly.
The sensation is like being squashed, if that makes sense, rather than wheezing feeling.

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   Posted 12/17/2010 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   
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New Member

Date Joined Dec 2010
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   Posted 12/17/2010 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Kitt

Thankyou very much for making me welcome.

I've seen my gp again today and felt that he was taking my concerns more seriously than when I last saw him a few weeks ago.
He's given me a prescription for omeprazole? to try, and is arranging for me to have a barium swallow soon.
So I feel grateful that he is listening now.

I'm in the uk by the way.

Thanks for your kindness.
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