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   Posted 7/23/2009 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,  I am posting this here because noone answers your posts on the GERD forum.  I was hoping someone here could help me, not that I hope someone has this, but just the same, I'm desparate because I can't see my dr. right away.
 I have had GERD for 3 years and I take the PPI Protonix 2/day.  I just had another upper-endoscopy and now they say I have reflux esophugitis.  Is this the next step?  How bad is this?
The drs. preliminary report said I had an island of something that may be consistent with Barretts.  The biopsy results did not mention it however.  Is this weird?  cry

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   Posted 7/23/2009 9:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Maggi, I wanted to answer your post even though I don't think I can help you. I have had GERD for about 10 years. I've taken lots of meds for it, now I am on omeprazole. But, aside from a little heartburn once or twice a month I am fine. Hope you get some answers. Diane
Fibromyalgia since 1984, Sjogren's, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Auto-immune eczema, GERD, osteoarthritis, IBS, RLS, sleep apnea

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   Posted 7/23/2009 9:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Maggi,

I'm not sure what the next step for you would be, either, but I too have GERD and have had it for quite some time now. I've never had a scope done, though, (no insurance) so I'm not sure how they deal with it when they find what they've found in you. I did want to let you know that I hope you are able to figure out what's up soon.

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   Posted 7/23/2009 10:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Noklu, because I have Crohn's disease, I have acid reflux, too and I also take omeprazole (Prilosec) for it...and an occasional Tums, if I feel any reflux.  That will generally settle things down for me.  I have had the inflammation in the esophogus and I do have some scarring.  But the Prilosec has helped a lot.  I do keep away from spicy food, fried foods, and fatty foods.  I don't eat a lot of foods with tomatoes in them either. 
For example, a greasy meatloaf will send stomach acid into my mouth in the middle of the night so I avoid things like that.  When I make a meatloaf I use the 93% fat free ground meat and just a little tomato.  Then I drain any fat off it, too.  You may do all of this but just thought I'd pass it along.  I'm an avid label reader and that has saved me a lot of reflux over the years!
I hope you get some answers and some help.  Feel better, soon!

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   Posted 7/23/2009 10:47 AM (GMT -7)   
     Check into Essiac Tea. It now comes in capsule or tea form. My husband got into it for his acid reflux on the advice of his sister-in-law who conquered her severe reflux. It works he now has no sign of it. It is an old Indian recipe and patented by Renee Cassie. She spelled her name backward and got Essiac. It is a very good natural fix as it also helps repair the damage from the reflux. 
                                  Good Luck
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