Had my scope last week. My gastro doc was a little nervous about the symptoms I described; it's never a good thing to be put under with your doctor looking worried. So far it seems like all of my fretting was over nothing - or at least, over very little. She said nothing has changed from my last scope. My barrett's spot looks exactly like it did a year and a half ago; no growth or anything. She biopsied it, of course, and I'm waiting on those results. She also biopsied what she called a polyp on my hiatal hernia. She did not seem too concerned about it, but at worst she said they might have to repair the hernia. But she believes my continued weight loss will help deal with that.
Aside from the polyp, I have a peptic ulcer. While it's not great, it's not a big deal; I've had those before. Those are at least treatable.
I feel like a new man. I only spent about four weeks in "survival mode" but it felt like an eternity. Needless to say, the Mrs. is quite happy to have me back.
So while I await (anxiously... but not *overboard* anxiously) the biopsy results, I've opted to seek some help with the panic issue. One way or the other I'll have to live with barrett's for the rest of my life, and I hope that is a long time still. I can't go into survival mode every scope I go through. If the biopsy does show some displagia this time, I might take more aggressive action to rid myself of barrett's before it gets worse. Depends on how bad it is. If it's still normal, then you can bet my diet is a lot more controlled than it used to be. I've done some reading that suggests recent studies are showing that barrett's in and of itself (no displagia or low grade) is not as dangerous as was once thought; it's the ongoing presence of reflux that worsens it. Those aren't absolute results but it's where the research I read about is going. If that's the case, it's a load off.
In any event, I feel fantastic. My reflux symptoms have actually lessened considerably since the scope, which goes to show you how much stress I was putting on myself with the worrying and fear. It could have become one of those self-fulfilling prophecies if it had gone on longer; my worrying about barrett's worsening flared up my reflux which could have caused it to worsen. Not a circle I want to run in again.
Thanks for asking! I hope you're enjoying your newfound freedom from worrying as well!