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Marburg
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   Posted 3/5/2009 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Had my endoscope yesterday.  Here is what they found:
Grade 1 esophagitis
Medium hiatal hernia
Friability, erythema and erosion in the the stomach (inflammation)
Polyp in the antrum
Polyp in the duodenum
Otherwise normal endoscope.
 
Doctor said he was surprised to find the polyps but that they are not cancerous.  My follow up is next week.
 
Anyone else have stomach polyps?
 
Marburg

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   Posted 3/5/2009 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   

Marburg,

Glad to hear the results were good news.  I have never had polyps but I am sure someone will come along who has.

Take care and  stick with us.

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LdyJane
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   Posted 3/5/2009 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I've had several; what I was told was that they are primarily due to PPI usage. Several endoscopies, with biopsies, all negative.
Janice

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   Posted 3/5/2009 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello
Excuse me for using this post to ask Janice if she got my email on hot mail, in fact I sent two trying find out if she received the first one .

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no, I haven't; I'm not on hotmail.

momangel
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   Posted 3/5/2009 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Marburg

I just had an EDG 2 weeks ago. Sounds like my results are very similar to yours. I had one polyp in my stomach also. I also had mild inflamation in the stomach and lower esophagus as a result of reflux. I also have a hiata hernia. Dr. said it was large. I was rather surprised. I hope that it won't be an issue for me in the future. I have no heartburn but I guess they still call it reflux.  My tummy is sensitive though. I had my gallbladder removed in Oct. and I have been diagnosed with IBS C which was concluded after my colonoscopy also done at the same time as the EDG. A hyperplastic polyp(non cancerous) was found in the sigmoid colon. If it is true that the stomach polyp is a result of PPI's then I guess that makes sense. I only started taking them in June, and it wasn't consistently. Well, everything was benign so I am relieved. I am sure that  you are also.  What say you?

Be well,

Carolyn

 

Marburg
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   Posted 3/5/2009 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks everyone.

Carolyn--it does sound like our results are very similar.  My tummy is also quite sensitive.  Funny thing is, since the doctor removed the polyps my tummy hasn't been quite so sore.  One of my polyps was quite large and slipped out of the tool so guess it will pass naturally.   The doctor didn't say what kind of polyps they were just that they were not cancerous.  I will actual get the biopsy results on Tuesday.  The doctor is thinking about doing small bowl series just to make sure I didn't have more polyps but was wanting to wait on the actual biopsy results before making that decision.

He did switch me off of Protonix and put me on Kapidex.

Here's hoping for good news and a better, healthier year.

 

Marburg

 


momangel
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   Posted 3/5/2009 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Marburg,
 
I was on Nexium, but took myself off for a couple reasons. I want to wean off drugs and go fully holistic. Also, Nexium is quite costly, so I started taking Prilosec OTC until I can completely stop. GI didn't prescribe anything else. What are your meds for? Also, why did you have a scope? Were you experiencing symptoms/pain etc.?
 
Carolyn

Marburg
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   Posted 3/5/2009 10:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Carolyn,

My meds were for GERD. I had an endoscope for the first time 3 years ago and it showed gastritis, hiatal hernia and GERD. The past couple of months I'd been having stomach pains that were completely different from before and was having a persistent sore throat. The symptoms were similar to gastroenteritis and ulcers, so my GI wanted to do an endo to see what was going on. He said, he suspected I had built up a tolerance for the PPI Protonix and suspected the GERD was in my throat. I can't take Nexium and Prilosec resulted in hair loss so I was put on Protonix which worked well for 3 years. The Kapidex is supposed to be a reworked Prevacid (which I originally took for over 7 years). I would like to get off the PPI's but need to get rid of the stomach pain first. I do take aloe vera juice and it doe seem to help some.

Marburg

momangel
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   Posted 3/6/2009 11:38 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Marburg,

Thanks for sharing your health issues with me. I am very new to all of my own health issues so I have lots of questions. It is great to have this forum and to get so many different points of view. The fact that you had hair loss due to the PPI's really make me more determind than ever to get myself off of those meds. You are right, we need to get our tummies healed first. An observation I have about the PPI is this. If it is blocking stomach acids to prevent reflux is it not preventing the acids from doing its job of digesting food? And if so, wouldn't it add to more problems in the intestines? I do not suffer from heartburn from the reflux. I just wonder if I changed some of my eatting habits that I could eventually get off the PPI's altogether. I know that those meds, long term, are not so good. Like I said before, I am taking whole food supplements that I am hoping will take the place of those meds and also get my whole body into a healthy balance.

Be well,

Carolyn


Marburg
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   Posted 3/6/2009 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Carolyn,

I think you are right. If we change our eating habits and lifestyle then we should be able to get off the PPI's. I am looking into the concept of food combining. Sherry Brescia has some books out that talks about how if we change what we eat and when we eat it the stomach issues will go away. It is basically food combining. It seems as those certain foods when eaten together spell disaster. Example: steak and potatoes. From what I am reading red meat should never be eaten in the same meal as a starch. I'm not sure why. Her books basically explain the principle (I'm still reading them) and I'm willing to try it. The one thing I do notice is that her books lead you away from prepared foods and more toward cooking the complete meal. This might work if you can do the cooking for several days and freeze them. My current schedule precludes me from cooking for every single meal.

I am also taking carafate and aloe vera juice as both provide a protective coating and are supposed to promote healing. I'm a little concerned about taking them for a long period of time.

Marburg

momangel
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   Posted 3/6/2009 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Marburg

The diet sounds good, but kind of restricting. It reminds me of a book that was written by Suzanne Summers (I think) that you shouldn't combine proteins with carbs. I love my carbs, but I am detoxing parasites and I am not supposed to eat any carbs and sugars. Not to mention that I shouldn't be eatting any wheat, soy, corn, dairy with the treatment I am on for my IBS. It is torture. Ah me!

I just ordered some more supplements just now. Licorice root, probiotics and slippery elm. I almost ordered the Aloe Vera but it indicated that it could be used as a laxative and that it shouldn't be taken for a prolonged time. I decided against it. I usually am constipated but I take other things for that right now so I don't want to over tax my intestines. I think that the slippery elm is supposed to coat the stomach anyway, and that is what I would have taken the aloe for. This is a huge learning experience for me. Thanks for your input.

Blessings.

Carolyn


Marburg
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   Posted 3/9/2009 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Carolyn,

Yes, it kind of does sound restricting. Not in what you eat but in how you eat it. The foods you are supposed to stay completely away from are: cookies, cakes, candies, soda, coffee, etc. She provides a list of foods that are good with beef, another list that work with poultry, fish, etc. Still--it is a drammatic change. My biggest problem is I love rice and bread and you are very limited in eating these.

Until the polyps were removed, I was having pain in my right side and constipation (bm's not hard just not as frequent as normal). I'm still getting acid taste in my mouth when I wake up.

Right now, I am just plain scared of what the biopsy results are going to be. The polyps were not cancerous (according to the doctor) but he also biopsied the inflammed areas and find out the results tomorrow and whether or not he is going to want to a do a small bowel series. I guess I'm mainly scared to death because 3 1/2 years ago my dad died of carcinoid tumors (syndrome) of the intestines.

It is a huge learning experience for me too.

I pray we all get better.

Marburg

momangel
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   Posted 3/9/2009 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Marburg

So sorry about your dad.  I can understand why you would be nervous, but I am believing that you will be fine.  My biopsies of the stomach were ok and it was inflamation also. How do they do a bowel series? I have bowel issues also. Constipation. All my life. I have slow transit. My colonoscopy was fine though. Don't have to do that again for 10 years. With the diet my ND has me on I am very restricted already. Just about the only thing I can eat are rice products. No wheat, corn, soy, dairy, sugar, yeast, starches. You KNOW I am cheating. lol She is trying to kill off parasites as well as settle my intestines down. I am amazed though, that since I have been on the whole food supplements my IBS pain is gone.  So it has all been worth it. I hope it will stick and that I can adjust more to this new lifestyle.

Have a happpy and healthy day,

Carolyn


Marburg
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   Posted 3/9/2009 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Carolyn,

Thank you for the good thoughts. I'm not sure how they do a bowel series. All I know is that he said it couldn't be done at the Endoscopy Center, so I am thinking it might have to be done at the hospital (that is if he decides it is necessary to do). For me, I have sort of been constipated (hard to go but once I go it is soft). My colonoscopy last year was fine (found some diverticulosis).

I'm really hoping everything is okay. I hope your stomach settles down. I wonder if whole food supplements will help me.

Have a healthy wonderful day

Marburg

momangel
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   Posted 3/9/2009 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   

marburg

I think whole food supplements would help anyone. It sure beats drugs, in my own opinion. Not knocking them. They are essential in many peoples lives, but whatever can be done naturally is the way I personally view it. Like I said before, I hope to be off of PPI's as soon as I know that the supplements can take over completely.

Sure sounds like we have allot of the same issues. Please keep me informed about any further tests that you may have to have. Do you still have your gallbladder?

Praying for you,

Carolyn


Marburg
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   Posted 3/10/2009 11:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Carolyn,

Well--got the news today. The biopies were fine but the large polyp is probably pre-cancerous due to it's size. I'm going to have a small bowel UGI/MRI series done on Thursday and a followup Endoscope in May. I haven't had a gallbladder in 20 years.

Thanks for the prayers.

Marburg

momangel
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   Posted 3/10/2009 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   

Ok... be strong. I know that it is stressful but you have prayer support backing you up. I am believing for the best! I did some reading on bowel series. I guess you have to drink some barium and then have a CT?  Or is there a different procedure? Well, you are a strong person. I sense that. Let us all know how you do.

Hugs,

Carolyn


Marburg
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   Posted 3/10/2009 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Carolyn,

Your positive words help a lot (and so do the prayers). I'm not really sure what all it involves. I do know that there is no eating or drinking after midnight and there is some kind of barium drink with an MRI/CT or X-Ray. They didn't really say.


I'll keep you posted.

Hugs and prayers
Marburg

Marburg
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   Posted 3/18/2009 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Well--had the UGI done last Thursday. Doctor is out of town until tomorrow. Nurse said she looked at the report and there is nothing to be worried about. I guess that's good news.

Marburg

colabear2890
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   Posted 3/18/2009 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   
my doctor said that i have a lot in my stomach, from taking prevacid for so long, but they aren't cancerous, so he only took out the biggest ones (3 cm.) and left the rest in my stomach.

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momangel
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   Posted 3/18/2009 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Marburg, that is GREAT news.  One more hurdle you just got over!
 
Keep the faith,
Carolyn

Marburg
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   Posted 3/19/2009 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Aliza,

I only had 2 that I know of. One was extremely large and possibly pre-cancerous so the doctor removed both. That's why he ordered the UGI and small bowel follow through to see if there were any in the small intestine. The nurse told me that she could tell from looking at that report that there was nothing to be concerned about. Just having GERD was bad enough, but now to learn that the meds for GERD can cause polyps---does it ever get any better? :-D

Hi Carolyn,
Yes, I think it is great news. Don't know why I keep feeling like the other shoe is going to drop anytime. Guess it's all the stuff I went through in the past five years is leaving me overly anxious.

Marburg
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