Hello, I am new here and I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia about 3 years ago. I have had my esophagus dilated twice. The 1st time 3 years ago when I was originally diagnosed, and a few weeks ago when I started getting severe chest pain upon eating. The 1st time I had it dilated I had almost immediate relief. It really made a lot of difference for me. However, this time which was a few days before Christmas, I was miserable. My chest hurt, I could not swallow and I felt like there was a lump in my esophagus. It has been 2 weeks since my procedure was done and I still have this lump feeling when I swallow. When I spoke with the dr on my follow up, he told me to give it time, that I should be feeling better soon and if not he would go in one more time and dilate it again. He said if that does not work then he will have to do laparoscopic surgery. That part worries me, But that may be after the 3rd attempt of the dilation again. So that means I continue to suffer with the symptoms of my hiatal hernia. It seems to be getting much worse as the time progresses. I have stopped eating and drinking many different things. And I take omeprazole twice daily. There is not much more I can do. I have even gone too eating smaller meals. What else can I do? And has anyone ever had the surgery to repair it? what should I expect? I really would like to know what to might happen, since it looks as if I will eventually be having the surgery. What can I do to help myself feel better, that I have not already tried? Need advice badly please!!