Patient Stories with Hiatal Hernia
Real Patient Stories with Hiatal Hernia
“I’m writing my story in the hope it will help others!
A couple of years ago I started developing uncomfortable symptoms after eating. I would have shortness of breath and slight chest pain and pressure.
I got it checked out by my traditional medical doctor and he concluded it was just acid reflux. After taking acid reflux medicine for a couple of months things only got worse. I had more chest pain, could hardly eat anything without getting short of breath, and feeling very full and bloated (yes, even a salad).
After seeing no results I got a second opinion from a gastroenterologist. They performed an upper endoscopy and told me that I did not have any signs of acid reflux, but I did have a slight hiatal hernia. They told me this hernia was not causing any of my symptoms. They thought I had a “sensitive nerve” in my esophagus and was suffering from anxiety, so they prescribed me anti-depressants.
I was very skeptical of taking these pills as I have never thought that I was an anxious person at all. After 3-4 months of taking these pills I started to develop more symptoms in addition to the original ones I had started with. Now I had heart palpitations, dizziness, and numbness in my feet. All these symptoms occurred after eating meals.
One day I ate some fried food and 30 minutes later I had severe shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pain, heart palpitations, and numbness in my limbs. I though I was having a heart attack. I ended up going to the ER and they did multiple tests. After the tests all came back fine, they said that it was just a panic attack and gave me different anti-depressants to take.
Nothing got better so I started googling and researching and came across Root Cause Medical Clinic’s website. All of the symptoms they described on their website about hiatal hernia syndrome fit me to a “T”, so I decided to give them a call.
My life changed forever!
My health has improved tremendously under their care. They ran multiple tests and figured out that I had an H. pylori infection (bacterial infection in the stomach), vitamin deficiencies, and a gluten sensitivity. I had looked into possible gluten intolerance before and tried to eliminate it from my diet, but did not know that you had to take certain steps, like the elimination diet, to see real results from eliminating gluten or any other foods.
I got treated for the infection and vitamin deficiencies with supplements and probiotics. They were great at not giving too many supplements as some other doctors tend to do. I only had to take three! I was also put on the elimination diet as I mentioned before.
After about a 5 weeks on the elimination diet I noticed a tremendous difference! My symptoms started to slowly go away and I was able to do more activities again. I developed so much more energy and my mood improved tremendously. I had no idea that gluten and vitamin deficiencies could be causing so much havoc on my body!
My experience at Root Cause Medical Clinic has been amazing. All the doctors have been so helpful and knowledgeable. Unlike traditional doctors, they get to the very root of the issue and do whatever it takes to figure out what is really causing your symptoms, instead of masking them with drugs.
Rachel , the Registered Dietitian, is so incredibly knowledgeable and has an answer to every single question about your diet. She is a walking dictionary for nutrition; I found her to be an incredible resource!!
None of the doctors pushed a bunch of supplements on me and I appreciated it so much.
I would 100% recommend Root Cause Medical Clinic to any one that I meet. The doctors are way ahead of the game when it comes to medicine. I hope one day that this sort of treatment is common in a doctors office.
I so badly want to spread the word of the great things that Root Cause does for people, so people suffering like I was can find great relief, like I did. The money and visits are so worth it!
Your health is everything!”
“I can’t say enough good things about Root Cause! Everything that you need to accomplish all of your wellness goals is under one roof, whether it’s chiropractic, physical therapy, nutrition or functional medicine etc. All of the doctors and staff are incredibly knowledgeable and friendly, and genuinely interested in seeing their patients heal. I came to the clinic to be treated for a hiatal hernia, which was making me feel miserable, and greatly affecting my quality of life.
I am now on a treatment plan put together by the wonderful doctors at the clinic, that is yielding me great results! I highly recommend Root Cause, especially if you have digestive issues and/or a hiatal hernia. Thank you Root Cause for everything, I am a fan for life!”
“I started seeing the team at Root Cause about 7 weeks ago. I was skeptical about them simply because it’s an alternative medicine practice and I think most people aren’t privy to anything beyond traditional medicine. However, their team is very attentive and proactive in listening and attending to resolving the underlying issues. My main reason for the visit was to find relief from 3 years of symptoms related to chest pains, GI issues, mild headaches and mild anxiety from such symptoms. All of these things come to find out are most likely symptoms of hiatal hernia that typically goes misdiagnosed by traditional medicine, as this cannot be detected by blood screening.
The staff developed a plan for elimination diet, in order to help find out if something type of food is creating the symptoms. To be honest, the diet is terrible especially for the first 3 weeks as your body is adjusting. However, it does get better. Subsequently, I started working with the PT and chiropractor to adjust the alignment of my spine and hip (caused from motorcycle accident). This might sound odd, but it was explained that since the spine and hip are misplaced it could have lead to the hiatal hernia, and other symptoms associated.
Long story short, after 7 weeks now I’m feeling much better now. All the chest pains, and GI issues have been significantly reduced. I am able to eat a lot of different foods now that were causing me trouble before.
Overall, I am happy with Root Cause and owe them credit for helping me out.”