I'm new here but glad I found this site. I am a 44 year old woman with a diagnosed hiatal hernia. I have been experiencing typical symptoms - heartburn, stomach discomfort along with GERD. My symptoms got worse after a four month chronic cough which was finally attributed to my blood pressure meds which have been changed. I recently had a physical and everything came back fine, but I have struggled with health anxiety for years and always seem to be looking for the worst (not a hernia or GERD but cancer). My anxiety often exacerbates my symptoms, along with bringing back pain, muscle pain, shortness of breath and all sorts of other issues but I do take meds to help control it. I do see my GI doctor next week but I just feel better writing this because I know others have dealt with the same types of things and it feels good to know you're not alone. I just don't want this to take over my life but I feel like it often does. Thanks for listening and any advice would be welcomed.