Copied and pasted my comment from the other thread..hoping to get some advice
I am a 23-year-old 5'6 Male ~ 130 pounds, and I got a 4cm hiatal hernia sometime in August I believe. I was getting extremely bloated a month prior and one day I looked eight months preggers, so I did some leg raises thinking it would help. I'm pretty sure the abdominal pressure I had combined with the exercise popped my stomach up and ripped the hole my diaphragm.
I've been miserable, and I have been fine since, but more miserable than fine. I have trouble breathing sometimes, and I cannot do/am scared to do intense activities like playing competitive basketball as I have for the past eight years. Running is also weird, esp when on an empty stomach, it feels like my stomach is banging against my diaphragm wall and causes me pain and hard to breathe.
I definitely can't take a full deep breath like I used to, and I have had constant nasal congestion since. Usually, happens when I am having an episode of GERD.
My doc put me on Pariet "for life," and said surgery has a 99% fail rate. I hate taking these drugs....I have never really been sick in my life, and if I was, I rarely took medicine for anything I always recovered quickly. I am healthy and had no problems at all, and now I feel like I'm an old man who can't do anything anymore.
My quality of life has drastically fallen.
I don't know what to do. I'm in Canada, and I'm not too sure how things work here. Part of me wants to explore the surgery, but am scared of the side effects (not vomiting or burping, which are essential to have).
I want my life back..I'm 23 finishing up my degree but am having the hardest time for the past year. It's not even much reflux, it comes and goes but my hernia has seemed to inhibit my ability to do anything moderately athletic. I really dont want to be on drugs forever.