Symptoms of a Hiatal Hernia

The symptoms of a hiatal hernia are often identical to the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). They include:

  • Heartburn
  • Chest pain
  • Burping
  • A bitter taste in the mouth
  • Dysphagia (trouble swallowing)
  • Regurgitation (the return of partially digested food from the stomach to the mouth)
  • Feeling nauseated

If you have a paraesophageal hernia, you may also experience:

  • Feeling full after a small amount of food
  • Abdominal pain
  • Abdominal bleeding/blood loss
  • Gastric torsion (twisting of the stomach, cutting off the blood supply)