Hi Donna, sorry about
this suffering you're going through but I'm glad you're having some tests. I have a hiatal hernia which is not too severe, I guess, because I can sort of avoid reflux if I follow a few precautions. (These were orignially suggested by the doctor who diagnosed me years ago.) Since it will bother me at night when I lie down, I don't eat a large dinner and I don't eat anything after dinner. I keep the head of my mattress a little elevated and I take a Pepcid AC after dinner. I know that coffee or chocolate will trigger it so if I have any of that, it will be in the middle of the afternoon. If I drink wine with dinner, I may also end up with reflux - but not always.
Also, lying on the left side will help immensely until the antacid kicks in.
I don't know how much the UC contributes to this so this is something you need to talk to your doctors about
. I do know that in my case, anxiety makes mine worse.
I wish I could help more but I'm sorry for your problem. I know it's awful.
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