Injury from 3 months ago and hiatal hernia.

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   Posted 9/30/2011 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone, my journey of hell began on 6/19/2011 when I tore several muscles used for breathing (intercostal, abdominal and probably diaphragm) by using a lung exercise device.

I was in excruciating pain everytime I took a breathe, especially as I breathe with my chest. I had to change the way I breathe, into using stomach (diaphragm) to breathe. The transition was so painful that I wanted to just die several times within the first two months.

As I was healing, I noticed that I couldn't sit up, eat, drink properly. I could not stand up and walk for a month, lying in my bed the whole day. I also noticed that I felt very bloated, with the urge to burp and gasp in air, and even hiccup as my diaphragm quivered.

Since today is 9/30/2011, with more than 3 months since the life altering injury, I am so concerned that I still cannot move very much without getting worse. For example, I went to first day of school (fall quarter) last thursday. I walked around a bit, and from that night, I was in severe pain in my sternum area with difficult breathing. It felt as if my diaphragm was overworked and I had trouble sleeping for several days.

Since Hiatal Hernia occurs as the stomach goes up a small opening of diaphragm, am I making myself wear out the diaphragm by breathing with my diaphragm? I read that that is how all mammals breathe naturally; babies breathe diaphragmatically when they are born, but a lot of us lose that ability and chest-breathe as we grow older.

My theory is that I feel so sore and in pain due to hiatal hernia; because I breathe with my stomach going up and down with breath (instead of chest breathing, which I have for most of my life). Also, it could be that I'm noticing the symptoms of GERD - I can feel acid and gas coming up, which leads to me burping or taking sip of water to bring the acid down.

Does anyone here breathe through their diaphragm? I am just so lost; I have already lied to my parents about attending fall quarter of college, because I am in too much pain to commute or even walk around. Because I did not pay tuition for fall quarter, I lost my student insurance, so I'll need to wait until January to get it back and get endoscopy done.

Even if I get the endoscopy and find that I have hiatal hernia and damaged esophagus, how will I be able to become healthy again? I am lost and any thoughts/advice will be appreciated. Thank you...

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   Posted 9/30/2011 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I think you need to be honest with your parents and maybe they can get you back on some health insurance and to the Doctor. You really should be checked out well. I think you can get well if you can get treatment. To control the GERD, cut out fatty, acidic, spicy foods. Try an OTC remedy. If you have GERD going on it could also be irritating that area as well. Really though, call your folks and let them know what is going on.

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   Posted 10/1/2011 12:59 AM (GMT -6)   
thank you davinci817. I thought that I could wait 3 months until winter quarter, but the breathlesness is really scaring me.

I'm also afraid of telling my parents the truth; they are living in foreign country and I feel so alone with a failing body at age of 20.

I will call the school and ask if I can enroll in school for the health insurance. After that, I'll call my parents and see what they'll say about this. Is there anyone who experiences trouble standing up or sitting straight due to pain in the solar plexus/difficulty breathing?

So far, I haven't found anyone with a symptom like mine, so I've been starting to get hopeless about my injury.

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   Posted 10/1/2011 9:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I'd go to a gastroenterologist and ask for a barium swallow. It's not invasive, no anesthesia like the endoscopy. I've had been scoped and the doc couldn't really tell I had a huge hiatal hernia.

If you do have a large hernia AND the stomach is stuck in the chest, it can be life threatening if the stomach twists/rolls over.

This is not something we can diagnose on a forum! I hope you will see a doctor immediately. You don't have insurance? Most schools require it. Please check.

Whatever the machine is, I hope you will report it to authorities before someone else gets hurt.
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