About 50% of patients diagnosed with hiatal hernia do not feel pain from the hernia. For those that do feel paraesophageal hernia symptoms, the pain is usually mistaken for acid reflux or heartburn.
For more severe cases of paraesophageal hernia, patients can feel intense pain and may need immediate medical attention. These signs of paraesophageal hernia include the following conditions:
- Sudden chest pain that can’t be treated with antacid
- Difficulty swallowing
- Shortness of breath
- Stomach pain
- Nausea and Vomiting
While only some patients report feeling symptoms of paraesophageal hernia, the patients with severe pain usually indicate a serious complication or related condition. Florida Hospital specialists encourage all patients with these symptoms to seek medical attention.