Hi again and question about barretts

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   Posted 4/15/2010 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi again, just love this forum which I read all the time!
had my endo today (did the versed/fentanyl combo and was told I was "rolling all over the place" and pulled the scope out myself)
and it looks like barretts :( have NOT gotten biopsy results back yet)
of course doc went over stuff when I was done but still very very groggy so don't remember much
can I still drink a cup of tea (just one tiny little cup) with barretts?

already of course I do the whole no carbination, tiny meals, mostly yogurt, no citrus/tomatoes/soy/caffeine/fats, elevate my bed and all that, have not done any sweat lodges, just didn't know what other lifetyle adjustments people recommend for barretts?
it looks like will be going back for more endos??? but fully out this time, doctor says.

what else do people do? my mom has barretts but does not seem to have made lots of lifestyle changes that I can see (she does not live near me so I don't really know)

I do have a HH but I guses the doc told my hus (have no recollection of this!) that it does not require surgery

thanks again to everyone

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   Posted 4/15/2010 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not a specialist on barrett's. Bill can probably help you there.

Has the doctor discussed halo ablation?

I fought the doctor during my second endo. They redid it with the "Michael Jackson" drug and it went better. Of course, I didn't remember fighting them and I slept after the test for two hours before they took me back again.


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   Posted 4/15/2010 10:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep I sure do have barretts....I am going to see my GI tomorrow about possibly seeing a specialist on barretts because the surgeon who redid my Nissen thinks I should. Anyway, I was told that I need to keep the reflux under control the best I can. For me that was surgery since PPIs weren't doing a good enough job. Before I had the surgery I was told to also stay away from the reflux triggers such as caffeine, spicy foods, etc. On top of this I had to have the area checked every 6 months for a year and then if there it didn;t get larger I could switch to once a year. That is where I am at now. Mine hasn't gotten any larger, but it isn't any smaller either so my surgeon wants me to see the specialist and see what he thinks I should do.

Take care,

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   Posted 4/15/2010 10:31 PM (GMT -6)   
THanks Joy! I wonder if outpatient clinics can use propofol or if you have to be in a hospital. I would not, NOT recommend the versed/fentanyl combo, ok for colonoscopy but wow, would not do this again. Doubt my doc would either!

interesting you mentioned the halo ablation..have you had it done? I think I saw it on Dr. Oz! and someone else was asking about it. No my doc has not mentioned it. I've had GERD now since 2000 but now am back dealing with it much more aggressively. I'm pretty much at the beginning again, tho, with all the diagnostics. Have had 2 upper endos, upper GIs, and obviously, the dx of GERd. But here we go again. Hence, the upper GI (#3) today.

But, have never experienced the nausea I've had recently. Just awful. On my knees praying to barf (but I don't). Found my GB has polyps, not sure what that will mean. And now found out about the Barretts.

AM just wondering what all this will mean for my life....my husband runs a sweat lodge (NOT like the thing in AZ) but, given all the smoke, can no longer attend. Obviously, no caffeine, trying to adjust my work schedule. Now trying to figure out what this will mean.

I will ask for sure about the ablation!

thank you.
hope you are doing well!!


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   Posted 4/19/2010 8:38 AM (GMT -6)   

To the best of my knowledge, propofol now stands at the threshold of a broad introduction into the endoscopy suite. Today, three major questions regarding its use have to be answered:
- What are the major advantages, and potential risks, of propofol?

- When should propofol be used?

- Who should administer propofol and how?

These questions have to be addressed by each individual institute that chooses to introduce propofol into their endoscopy departments.

Take care,


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   Posted 4/19/2010 12:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Thankyou! Bill, by "getting it checked" I guess you mean another upper endoscopy? I will be very interested to hear what your doc thinks about barretts. My mom's doc thinks check in 2 years, thought it was more often more like what you heard.

I will be open to whatever my (new) doc has in mind for an endo procedure. Did not like doing versed alone, particularly when I had been assured (and had consented to) some kind of painkiller, fentanyl, would be on board.

Anyway, thank you again. Will see what happens with the Barretts. Have to wait 10 days or so for th biopsies to come back and see what they say.
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