Hi, this is my first post so bare with my questions, please. In 2000 the GP I had at that time sent me for breathing test, because I had some sob and had smoked for 38 years. The results showed mild Emphysema. The Doctor said I should quit smoking to help me breathe better and to slow the progression. To bad I loved my cigarettes more than myself. I did not quit then.
It's really different now because I used to be so active. I used to go wading in the backwaters of Alabama for Bass, I used to be a very fast runner and could always out race my children and usually anybody else, But not now , It's me and my hose with the 24/7 Oxygen.
Now enough of the good stuff and back to my original thought/question. I had a Endoscopy this year and my doctor said I had a Hiatal Hernia. I have tried every diet I can think of to reduce my stomach, but with no luck. It seems as though my stomach is pushing up on my diaphragm making harder to breathe. I am at 35% lung capacity. I am 67 yrs old , 5'7" and weigh 161 lbs. , which most of that is in my stomach area. Oh yeah and my back hurts in that general area.
None of my Doctors seem to be concerned about the Hiatal Hernia interfering with my breathing ???
Has anybody else had this problem either with a Hiatal Hernia or with just with a distended stomach ?