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Tony McGuire
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   Posted 4/8/2009 2:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Maybe you all can help me figure out what this is I need to find.

Throat raw and burnt from stomach acid constantly coming up (acid reflux) to the point that the tissue in the throat becomes damaged and cancerous.

As it turns out my return trip for the 'upper endo' on Friday is to see if I have this, and I would like to start reading up on it now so I'll know what is going on when I get there on Friday.


Did I describe it well enough for anyone to know what it is I'm talking about? I would REALLY appreciate some help on this.
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LLPLUV
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   Posted 4/8/2009 2:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Thats gotta suck!!!!!

I'm so sorry your throat is raw and hurts. If I could take it away I would. Hopefully they will find out what wrong on Friday. Its also great you are researching everything.

I wish you lots of luck

Laurie
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PAlady
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   Posted 4/8/2009 3:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Tony,
I'm not sure what it is either, but am interested as I'm starting to develop acid reflux I never had before. I want to get it all checked out before my insurance ends so I'm looking to see a GI specialist, too!

There is a GERD section of Healing Well. You might try posting there and see if anyone can give you more specific info.

Wish I could help more!

PaLady

Tony McGuire
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   Posted 4/8/2009 4:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Laurie,

That is part of what scares me. My throat doesn't hurt. And that is supposed to be one of the signs of the tissue having gone cancerous and is malignant. And that would be ironic.

Go through all this to find out something I can't feel is gonna do me in.

Well, can't wait until Friday...
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LLPLUV
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   Posted 4/8/2009 4:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been wondering the last 2 years what is worse? Not knowing what you will die of or knowing what your going to die of?

Yes Pete wouldn't that be the crap, the one thing that doesn't hurt will do you in... Man Of Man things work in the most mysterious ways. Makes you think like a scholar..lol
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Tirzah
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   Posted 4/8/2009 6:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Barrett's Syndrome (aka Barrett's Esophagus) maybe?

ryand
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   Posted 4/8/2009 6:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Tony:

I'm not sure what exactly you are describing, but it sounds very similar to something my father's doctors were concerned about for him. I can't remember what they called it either, but they also did biopsies via endoscopy to check it out. What I do remember is that they were pretty encouraging about the treatment potential if it turned out to be cancerous. Hopefully you'll find everything is just fine, but even if you need some treatment maybe it will be easy to take care of.

I hope everything goes well!
Ry

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   Posted 4/8/2009 7:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Tony,
they have all sorts of new treatments and if they catch it early there is a laser treatment..
But I'll be hopeing and praying it's not cancer...
Keep us posted
lots and lots of soft hugz
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   Posted 4/8/2009 7:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Frances....Barrett's? I'd wait until u know something for sure before u start thinking the worst...

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straydog
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   Posted 4/8/2009 7:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Tony I have severe acid reflux and your symptons sound like it too. I take my medication for it ans it helps keep it in check.....Susie


White Beard
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   Posted 4/8/2009 8:30 PM (GMT -7)   

Tony in the mean time you might want to sleep with your head slightly elevated so your stomach acid will stay down in your stomach, and you will have less acid reflux up in your  esophagus, and avoiding coffee and alcohol and other substances that really cause the stomach to produce  lots of acid. These are just every day common sense things to try until you see your Doctor.

There are a whole bunch of things that could be causing all this  hiatal hernia to who knows what, and the fix might be as easy as taking a pill. So for now ( I know the waiting is the hard part) untill you see your doctor, try and relax and maybe try those those things to keep the acid down, and in your stomach!

Good Luck to You

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Tony McGuire
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   Posted 4/9/2009 5:56 AM (GMT -7)   
There was mention of Barrett's (or something that sounded awfully close) as one of the possibilities.

I'll start reading up on it. Thank you.
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tsitodawg
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   Posted 4/12/2009 1:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I have severe Crohn's disease and am all to familiar with the effects of acid reflux. The person that suggested sleeping with your head elevated was right on. The first thing that you should do is put a couple of books or bricks under the head board of your bed so that the acid is at a slant at night. While you are waiting for the results from your scope, you should pick up an over the counter antiacid medication such as prilosec. Similar to what the previous posters have said, you need to abstain from coffee, tea, caffiene, chocolate, acidic juices, and most tomato based sauces. Until you get this under control, these foods will only cause you pain and make it hard for you to breath. As far as pain medication for this situation, you really should stay away from pain meds and Nsaids because they can also cause stomach ulcers which will contribute to you reflux.

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   Posted 4/12/2009 10:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I concur with straydog(susie) & tsitodawg. I've been on PPIs(proton pump inhibitors) for over 5 years now...I have polyps from the damage...Nsaids (ibuprophen, aprin, naproxen, etc) will make it so much worse...no food within 2-3 hours before bedtime (gotta eat earlier so that you are mostly digested when you lie down)...oh and higher fat and high protein take longer to digest...
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Tony McGuire
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   Posted 4/12/2009 11:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow! Great information, and I appreciate every word.

My wife and I have been hearing some of this over the last couple of months, and Liz (my wife) is doing her best to hold me to it.

We got a prescription for a generic Prilosec, so it is less expensive. Haven't elevated the bed yet, but that one is on the list.

Thanks to everyone; your time spent on this is greatly appreciated. I truly do appreciate that you took your time on a stranger; I will pass it on.
Wife: Liz, the choice of a lifetime
Dogs: Koshka & Chomp

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