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Just so we're all clear on what's happening with your symptoms, the hiatal hernia doesn't cause your pain directly. The hiatal hernia compromises the lower-esophageal sphincter which allows you to get heartburn when you eat fatty or spicy foods. Perhaps you know this, but the wording you used made it sound like the hernia caused the pain, which isn't the case. The hernia allows heartburn which causes the pain. You need to make sure you keep the heartburn under control or you are at risk for developing Barrett's esophagus, which is a pre-cancerous condition. Standard precautions for avoiding heartburn include avoiding fatty foods (like pizza) and not laying down immediately after eating. The pain you are describing (with the radiating into the back) is esophageal pain, not stomach pain.

The Mayo Clinic has a good overview of heartburn:


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