Hiatal Hernia pain and pvc's

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Date Joined May 2011
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   Posted 5/9/2011 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello guys

After a flu with strong coughing 1.5 year ago I started to get PVC's when I bend forward or when I lie on my left side. Also I've got shortness of breath - getting also pain in my chest and upper back after a bigger meal. My heart-rate rises after meal and I feel often unsettled. I've done all the tests you can imagine - was by more than 50 doctors. And the only thing what they found over barium x-ray is a sliding hiatal hernia. Everything startet at the same time - I've got PVC's, shortness of breath, pain like costochondritis and upper back pain, reflux and altogether. I also get strange blublubblu noises in my throat. Nexium and omeprazol is not helping much. Also it feels like my stomach pushes against diaphragm. I have every day pain under my middle/left ribs. There is one point in there when I push in with my fingers. CT'scan only showes the small sliding hernia with air inside stomach and esophagus :-(

Who has gone through same hell??? My heart is in a very well condition - I am sporty and slim. Do not smoke and do not drink alcohol. There must be a link between sliding hernia and vagus-nerv or something. Please help?!?

I have an appointment with a surgeon tomorrow. Don't want to live with this.

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   Posted 5/9/2011 11:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Seven: I am going through the same symptoms.  I am actually going to a endoscopy tomorrow to see if they can find out whats it all about.  I was diagnosed years ago (I'm 52) we are are talking in my early 30's of IBS and after having a colonoscopy done in December 2010 found i have Diverticular. And from there is just gets worse. I have discomfort in my ribcage area to the middle of my breast area(bone) with it being tender to touch and the wire bra doesnt help but gives a tiny bit of relief to remove it. I expand to where i feel like I am 4 months pregnant and some shortness of breath, especially after i eat. Theres that word eat!!! Not sure what to eat anymore. I'm not bad in the morning but as i approach the noon hour and on its like i start to balloon out, also chest discomfort and a gagy feeling. If i do anything physical like vacuuming or racking the lawn that requires that type of movement it becomes painfull, yet cutting the grass doesnt.
Its a darn mystery that i hope i get a answer for. I also seem to have a buring sensation on my left shoulder blade dont know if thats related or not. Although there have been times when its kept me up at night but they are far and few between thank god!!! I am presently on Nexium one a day  and apo-domperidone 3 times a day. Although it seems to keep it a minimum its still there. Some days extreme discomfort but I have  a high tolerence of pain but enough is a enough. Hopefully tomorrow i will have some sort of a answer, but by reading alot of threads lately it seems that even the doctors dont know what to do and give.

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   Posted 5/9/2011 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
hello need2

The morning is the worst for me. The empty stomach pushes up agains diaphragm. It hurts under my left ribs. It feels like there is something broken. And I can't stay long. I feel better after my stomach is full. But not directly after I eat. I feel better 2hours after meal. It is like my stomach needs wheight to push down and not up against my heart. I'm fed up - nobody knows and nobody can help. I am the only one with this

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   Posted 5/9/2011 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi new members, and welcome to the GERD forum.

Yes, Seven, the vagus nerve connects the heart with the esophagus, the stomach and the lower gut too. Sliding hernias aren't usually a problem, but if it's large or not actually a slider but paraesophageal (stays partly in chest all the time), you might need surgery to bring it down. I had that, not fun, but worth it. You could be getting referred pain in the back from the heart.

When I eat a food trigger I get rapid heartbeat (tachycardia), used to get reflux before the surgery. Need2b and Sever too, you might want to start a food journal to see if there are any specific foods or things you drink, or even medicines that trigger your heart and stomach discomfort. It takes a couple of months, but it's free. It would be good to see a GI doc and maybe get a barium swallow done to see if you have a hernia too.

You can look up my old posts on food logs/journals in the search box at the top of the page.

Just a thought.

mock turtle
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Date Joined Mar 2011
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   Posted 5/9/2011 8:09 PM (GMT -6)   

i have not experienced what you describe but if i understand what you mean by pvc events ... then... there is a good article over at wikipedia

if you havent already seen it, heres the link


check out the list of possible causative agents and events

hang in there
best wishes
mock turtle

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   Posted 10/27/2011 9:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Seven32, I was reading through these forums in search of an answer, as I too seem to suffer from what you have described. I have had these symptoms for years (PVCs, upper left quadrant abdominal gas, IBS, and suspected hiatal heria). I am frustrated and angry with the effect this has had on my quality of life and the lack of support or help from the medical community. I am turning to the internet in the hope that someone, somewhere will have stumbled on a solution. Please post an update if you have found answers. Thanks so much!
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