Throat raw and burnt from stomach acid

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Tony McGuire
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   Posted 4/8/2009 6:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I posted the below in the Chronic Pain forum, where I normally reside, and was referred here as a next possible stop in my quest. If anyone can help I would surely appreciate it.

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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.


opnwhl4
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   Posted 4/9/2009 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Tony,
Hi...I have Barrett's esophagus which is the first step in the cells of the esophagus changing. I have had about 15 Endoscopies in the last year, ten of which have been since last September. The procedure itself isn't bad. Everyone I have had were done with IV sedation. about half of them I don't remember anything of the procedure itself. Some I do remember some parts of, but that is because I tend to have severe gag reflexes when they do a dilation. That's another story though. Anyhow, besides dealing with an IV and possibly a slight sore throat for a couple days it really isn't too bad. If I can answer any direct questions feel free to email me. My email is on my profile.
Take care,
Bill

dencha
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   Posted 4/9/2009 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Tony,
I've had two endoscopies. The first one was with very mild sedation. I was totally aware and conscious, but the sedation relaxed me.

The second one was done last August. At that time I opted to have it done without sedation. I had an IV, so I could have had sedation at any time if necessary. I know not everyone would feel this way, but I did not find it all that bad. It was very tolerable.

You have NOTHING to worry about. I agree that it's good to be prepared and know what to expect. Just don't get anxious about it. You won't have any problem!
Good luck!
Denise

Tony McGuire
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   Posted 4/10/2009 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you.

I go in today at 1pm Mountain, and should have the diagnosis later today if I understand correctly.
Wife: Liz, the choice of a lifetime
Dogs: Koshka & Chomp


dencha
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   Posted 4/10/2009 11:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tony,
Yes, an endoscopy is one of the few procedures where you don't have to wait long for the results. Good luck! You'll do fine.
Denise

Tony McGuire
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   Posted 4/10/2009 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, the 2nd endoscopy showed that there has been improvement, but there is still inflamation hiding some areas.

My GI believes it likely I have Barrett's. But he keeps insisting that "a very low percentage get cancer". Which I understand. That doesn't make the Barrett's any easier to stomach. ha ha yes intentional.

Or the constraints it will probably put on my eating.

Cancer or not, should find out in 7 to 10 days.

Thanks, everyone, for helping out. I do appreciate it.
Wife: Liz, the choice of a lifetime
Dogs: Koshka & Chomp


Tony McGuire
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   Posted 4/14/2009 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Early Answer: NO CANCER!

Can you believe they got the answer in early instead of late?

No cancerous cells. Everything looks normal.

Everyone handles that differently, I guess.

Being diabetic, I think I'll celebrate with a big box of chocolate chip cookies. I wish the milk in Utah wasn't so terrible or I'd get a half gallon to have with the cookies.

Since the answer was "everything", I'm taking it that there is no Barrett's, either; in my excitement I forgot to ask.
Wife: Liz, the choice of a lifetime
Dogs: Koshka & Chomp
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Post Edited (TonyMcGuire) : 4/14/2009 12:49:04 PM (GMT-6)


opnwhl4
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   Posted 4/14/2009 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Tony,
That's good to hear.
Bill
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