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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 7/22/2009 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
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
fibromyalgia, chronic pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, anxiety, depression, hypothyroidism, avascular necrosis, costochondritis, GERD
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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 7/22/2009 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry you've had bad new. I'm not sure about the progression of GERD. I'm new here , too. Fortunately my GERD has not caused barretts yet. However, there are many here who has mention having barretts and I'm sure they can help you.
I have silent GERD which was very hard to diagnose because I had very few symtoms: coughing, loss of voice at times, and nasty taste in mouth. I'm in the progress of setting up my Esophyx procedure.

Good luck,

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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 7/23/2009 2:35 PM (GMT -6)   

I have found that when it comes to doctors you have to ask direct questions.
Consult your physician and ask do I or do I not have Barrets.
Then ask why you still have gerd even after 2 doses of protonix a day.


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   Posted 7/23/2009 5:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome, Sometimes there is an area that looks suspicious and the GIs biopsy it. It isn't always Barretts or anything, just an area that doesn't look quite right. This happens a lot with GERD because or the acid or bile.
As far as the meds go, not everyone responds the same to the meds. Sometimes you have to try different ones and different doses before you find what works. Sometimes none of them work, like mine.
Many people tend to have worsening symptoms if the meds aren't working or if it is a LES problem , it gets worse. I wuld say it is somewhat of a typical progression. I did have a worsening progression and that lead me to seek surgical help. I would recommend asking your GI about trying a different med and that may possibly do the trick. Please don't get worried because they suspected Barretts, they check for that very often and it can be managed.
What kind of symptoms do you usually have and have they worsened?

Take care,
Bill devil

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   Posted 7/23/2009 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Noklu,
Like Bill, my GERD got progressively worse, and I wasn't helped enough by the PPI's (Protonix 40mg twice a day). The GERD caused terrible asthma, and in February I had the Nissen surgery. It has been very helpful in improving my lungs.

I hope you find relief and can get your esophagus calmed down.
Good luck!
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