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I was wrongly diagnosed with a mid-sized hiatus hernia (HH). For 1.5 years I was on 40mg Esomeprazole for Hiatus Hernia and GERD (although there was no sign of it).
Fast forward 1.5 years...I had a barium meal test to confirm whether I did have an HH or not. Barium meal took like 25 minutes, it confirmed I didn't.
I was shocked. My new gastroenterologist was correct. He thought my reflux was allergy related and that in endoscopies, due to retching, the stomach CAN in occasion push upwards to create the appearance of a hiatus hernia.
I had another endoscopy 2 days ago. Lo and behold, despite retching during the procedure, I don't have a hiatus hernia!
My first endoscopist who misdiagnosed me couldn't even recall what type of hiatus hernia I had (sliding or para-oesophagul), he just stated in his report that I had a mid sized HH.
The endoscopy is absolutely brilliant for detecting everything and should definitely be done (I was advised to be completely off PPI's 10 days before the endoscopy), but if all you've got is a hiatus hernia, a barium meal test could be beneficial.
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