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Barrett's Esophagus - REFLUX - looking for direction

Posted by Paul on May 11, 2001 at 19:20:54:

I have been diagnosed with Barrett's a few years back & am on prilosec 20mg day... Seems to keep the problems at bay; but the barrett's has set in to which there is no cure--- supposedly-- some new techniques are in the offering.... photodynamic therapy--stretta procedure, bard.... in the infancy though.... After seeing a few Doctors - some said a proven procedure to undergo would be the nissen fundoplication to fix the reflux problems.... it was said the prilosec etc.. does a good job but doesn't get everything... fundoplication will fix the reflux problem & hopefully give the barretts a rest--- & ya neer know-- maybe things could possibly heal up--- at least hopefully not progress any more....
I would like to ask if surgery for nissen fundoplication would make sense to undergo ???? I really don't want to live on pills forever.....

After having a esophagael manometry next week I should know if I am even a candidate-- but thoughts folks... could anyone offere any insight

thanks much




Re: Barrett's Esophagus - REFLUX - looking for direction

Posted by beegs on May 11, 2001 at 20:56:50:

In Reply to: Barrett's Esophagus - REFLUX - looking for direction posted by Paul on May 11, 2001 at 19:20:54:


hi, i have barrett also, i cant tolerate those meds. first off, i want you to look up dr peters and demeesters site at the uni of southern cal. they are the top in the field. your ph and monom, willl be based on a deemeester score, he s the topguy. they say that bile is the cause of barretts, not just acid,and that shutting down acid, only allows the bile to do more damage. now, the scarey part, i read in ny newsday, wed, that 2 thirds f patiens who had the fundo were on meds later,and it did nothing to stop throat caancer. but f you look at other studies, the fundo is supposed to be 90 percent effecti e in stopping reflux, but hen the o ther day, there was another article that inked the fundo to heart failure deaths after 10 yrs, go to hawk tear, heartburn help website, all these studies are there. i was opting for surgery, because i cant tolerate the meds, but im ery confused, 3 different opposite reports in 3 days in the papers. one was on cnbc



Thanks

Posted by Paul on May 12, 2001 at 00:12:04:

In Reply to: Re: Barrett's Esophagus - REFLUX - looking for direction posted by beegs on May 11, 2001 at 20:56:50:

puzzling for sure....
I talked to a pal at work today who says he also has barretts. His Dr. told him (supposedly an expert in the digestive area)------ that barretts should be left alone until you can't bear it anymore.... I said HUH ?? are you kidding me ... that made no sense---- anyway I am checking more & more into photodynamic therapy-- stretta procedure-- we will see--- take care & thanks for the help

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Re: Barrett's Esophagus - REFLUX - looking for direction (Archive in GERD.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on May 13, 2001 at 09:29:01:

In Reply to: Barrett's Esophagus - REFLUX - looking for direction posted by Paul on May 11, 2001 at 19:20:54:

Hi, Paul.

I agree with your pal at work's doc.

For yourself, I would deal with the things that you CAN deal with (LGS, Stress-effect storage, wellness, etc.) and se how much your Barrett's bothers you then.

So far as I know, there is no solution to Barrett's short of surgically removing the section of the esophagus affected.

Walt



Re: Barrett's Esophagus - REFLUX - Understand BE does not have symptoms

Posted by B.B. on May 13, 2001 at 17:00:50:

In Reply to: Re: Barrett's Esophagus - REFLUX - looking for direction (Archive in GERD.) posted by Walt Stoll on May 13, 2001 at 09:29:01:


Hi, Walt

It's my understanding that Barrett's Esophagus does NOT have symptoms, that the only sumptoms are from GERD & Reflux. Do you know of any known symptoms for Barrett's Esophagus? Perhaps the occassional chest pains which mimic a heart attack? Which can't be diagnosed as costochondritis.

There's no medical cure known for BE except possibly following a wellness program. I've been following the wellness program for over a year, and I feel better, however, since there are no symptoms for BE.



Re: Barrett's Esophagus - REFLUX - Understand BE does not have symptoms

Posted by beegs on May 13, 2001 at 17:36:41:

In Reply to: Re: Barrett's Esophagus - REFLUX - Understand BE does not have symptoms posted by B.B. on May 13, 2001 at 17:00:50:


barretts is esophogitis,and there are symptoms for some with esophogitis, like back pain, shooting shoulder pain,costro,etc. there have been peoople whos barretts have gone awaay after being on high dose ppi, or some who ad surgery. i imagine you musttake enough zinc, vit a an e, to heal. i am tryng to afford this wellness approach

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Re: Barrett's Esophagus - REFLUX - Understand BE does not have symptoms

Posted by beegs on May 13, 2001 at 17:38:30:

In Reply to: Re: Barrett's Esophagus - REFLUX - Understand BE does not have symptoms posted by B.B. on May 13, 2001 at 17:00:50:


barretts is esophogitis,and there are symptoms for some with esophogitis, like back pain, shooting shoulder pain,costro,etc. there have been peoople whos barretts have gone awaay after being on high dose ppi, or some who ad surgery. i imagine you musttake enough zinc, vit a an e, to heal. i am tryng to afford this wellness approach



Re: Barrett's Esophagus - REFLUX - Understand BE does not have symptoms

Posted by Walt Stoll on May 15, 2001 at 08:30:44:

In Reply to: Re: Barrett's Esophagus - REFLUX - Understand BE does not have symptoms posted by B.B. on May 13, 2001 at 17:00:50:

Thanks, B.B.

It is hard to separate out these conditions. So far as I know, you are right.

Walt

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Re: Barrett's Esophagus - REFLUX - Understand BE does not have symptoms--Beegs

Posted by B.B. on May 15, 2001 at 10:02:01:

In Reply to: Re: Barrett's Esophagus - REFLUX - Understand BE does not have symptoms posted by beegs on May 13, 2001 at 17:38:30:


Beegs,

The things you speak about are caused by GERD, the acid reflux and hiatal hernias. BE can only be diagnosed by an upper endoscopy with a biopsy.

Yes, I've got Barrett's Esophagus,Esophagitis, Hiatal Hernia, Gastritis, amoung other things. Esophagitis is an inflamation of the esophagus. Barrett's Esophagus is where the smoth cells of the esophagus have changed to be more like the squamous cells of the stomach, over periods of acid reflux and vomitting

gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or inflammation of the esophagus (esophagitis).In Barrett's esophagus, the normal cells that line the esophagus, called ...

Description: This is a condition that develops in some people who have chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease...



Re: Barrett's Esophagus - REFLUX - Understand BE does not have symptoms--Beegs

Posted by B.B. on May 15, 2001 at 17:56:44:

In Reply to: Re: Barrett's Esophagus - REFLUX - Understand BE does not have symptoms--Beegs posted by B.B. on May 15, 2001 at 10:02:01:


Hi, Beegs

I meant to post the sites where I located that information, however, needed to contact three of my doctors.

Hope this helps. My esophagitis (inflamation of the esophagus) was helped by a PPI, however, the Barrett's Esophagus is still there. I had no symptoms other than those attributed from the GERD and Hiatal Hernia.


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Re: Barrett's Esophagus - REFLUX - Understand BE does not have symptoms--Beegs--oops correction

Posted by B.B. on May 15, 2001 at 17:57:15:

In Reply to: Re: Barrett's Esophagus - REFLUX - Understand BE does not have symptoms--Beegs posted by B.B. on May 15, 2001 at 10:02:01:


Hi, Beegs

I meant to post the sites where I located that information, however, needed to contact three of my doctors.

Hope this helps. My esophagitis (inflamation of the esophagus) was helped by a PPI, however, the Barrett's Esophagus is still there. I had no symptoms other than those attributed from the GERD and Hiatal Hernia.


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