New here. Think I have HH

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Date Joined Aug 2013
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   Posted 8/30/2013 3:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,

Sorry if this gets long - I need to vent a bit :(. A few weeks ago I started feeling weird. I'd been going through a long period of multi faceted stress, plus just generally not taking good care of my health in different ways. Went to the doctor a few times who put me on antidepressants and referred me for CBT... Well, these are reasonable reactions but unfortunately I don't think (basically I'm sure at this point) that it was the cause of all my problems.

Long story short I diagnosed myself with the HH. What i feel is that there's an air bubble in my chest and air goes into it rather than getting burped out. I also hear grumbling around my sternum which supports this theory. I'm guessing its the paraoesophagol HH but hopefully I'm wrong about that. And if I'm not, I hope that they can do the LYNX procedure (does anyone know?).

I'm devastated sad. I wake up in the morning feeling morbid and afraid. I feel like I've just gained a chronic condition which will affect the path of my life. This is obviously true to an extent but the question is how much. The thing that scares me most is the lifestyle impact. I didn't have chronic debilitating GERD before... Now I feel like I'm looking at something which is going to disable me, and I'm only 30 sad. I don't want to burden my friends and family. I'm afraid of scaring them or looking stupid I guess. This is my fault, I self imposed too many risk factors without expecting a consequence like this.

Hoping someone has a few words of reassurance. Thanks for reading!

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   Posted 8/30/2013 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I am sorry to know your having a tough time.  I would not rule out anxiety as you have some legitimate reasons to be anxious especially about your health.  I do feel it may be wise to request your Dr. to order you an  X-ray of your upper digestive tract. During a barium X-ray, you drink a chalky liquid containing barium that coats your upper digestive tract. This provides a clear silhouette of your esophagus, stomach and the upper part of your small intestine (duodenum) on an X-ray.
A hiatal hernia can also be diagnosed with a procedure in which the upper digestive system is examined with an endoscope (long-thin flexible instrument).
There are two main type of hernia:
A sliding hiatal hernia, the junction of the stomach and the esophagus herniate (slide) up into the chest through the hiatus. This is the most common type of hiatal hernia.
A paraesophageal hernia is less common, but is more cause for concern. The esophagus and stomach stay in their normal locations, but part of the stomach squeezes through the hiatus, placing it next to the esophagus. Although you can have this type of hernia without any symptoms, the danger is that the stomach can become "strangled," which means its blood supply is cut off.
In a small number of cases, a hiatal hernia may require surgery. Surgery is generally reserved for emergency situations and for people who aren't helped by medications to relieve heartburn and acid reflux. Hiatal hernia repair surgery is often combined with surgery for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
You may want to seek out a GI Specialist for a medical screening exam. 
I wish you the best,
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Date Joined Aug 2013
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   Posted 8/30/2013 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi stkitt, thanks for the reply... I've done quite a bit of research about the HH... One question, if that's what it is, will they be able to tell the size of it from the barium X-ray? Or does that require an endoscopy?

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Date Joined Jul 2013
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   Posted 8/30/2013 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Scott,
Speaking from experience I would have both an endo and a barium study done. I had a small HH but it was repaired during my fundoplication on 20 Aug 2013. A few years ago during my diagnosis, the barium study did not show a HH while the endoscopy did. I am not sure which study is better....just glad I had both because so I knew what was causing me so many problems.
I hope you find relief soon.
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