Upper Endoscopy showed Barrett's?...Maybe bile reflux?...GB removed 5 months ago.

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   Posted 5/5/2010 10:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey!   Hoping someone might be able to offer some advice or share a similar experience.  I had not had heartburn until I had my gallbladder removed almost 5 months ago.  Still only had it a few times since but I've been having a bunch of issues since. 
Last week I had an upper endoscopy and found out the results today.  My doctor did say there was irritation in my esophagus and did say Barrett's when talking about it.  He said that I've clearly been having reflux for a while.  I get so nervous, when going to the doctor, and fail to retain information and ask necessary questions.  He, however, didn't seem to concerned by anything the endoscopy showed. 
I've tried Prilosec, Nexium, Prilosec, and have also taken Carafate some during the past few months.  Nothing is helping me!  Still having issues with my chest aching and some times one spot burning a bit.  Also having back aches, abdominal tenderness, burping, and frequent hiccups.  The most bothersome symptom is probably the chest achiness which sometimes comes shortly after eating, same with my back.  It sometimes happens fairly soon after I get out of bed and start moving around in the mornings and almost always occurs if I eat anything early in the morning.  I wake up every morning feeling just a slight bit of nausea, nothing that really bothers me though. 
I've been going to the general surgeon that removed my gallbladder and his thought, since the PPIs aren't really helping,  is maybe it's not acid reflux but bile reflux.  He prescribed Ursodiol, which is apparently used primarily to dissolve gallstones but said it may help if it's bile reflux.  I'm supposed to go back to him in a month, from here, if I haven't shown improvement, he is going to refer me to a gastroenterologist.  If I really have Barrett's, how long would that take to develope?  Anyone else have possible bile reflux?...Taken Ursodiol?
If you have any thoughts on what I should be doing to help my symptoms or any advice, please share.  Thanks!

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   Posted 5/6/2010 6:38 AM (GMT -6)   
If you're not sure that your doctor said "Barretts", call and double check. If that was said, I doubt it would have been followed by a "not to worry" comment. He may have said that if the reflux continues, it could result in Barretts, which sounds more likely. Double check.

A trip to the GI doc sounds like a good idea.
Try not to worry. Just take it step by step (it sounds like you are) until you get to an answer.
Take care and best wishes!

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   Posted 5/6/2010 7:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Denise. He did say the word Barrett's when describing my esophagus. He showed me pictures of a patch of my esophagus that looked red. He took biopsies of it but didn't seem concerned. I probably should call them. I honestly to a lousy job of absorbing info when I'm there. I swear I need to take someone with me because I get so nervous. It's been 9 months I've been dealing with these issues now. Please hope that the Ursodiol helps if it is bile reflux. I'm getting so tired of dealing with this.

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   Posted 5/6/2010 8:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning,

I would strongly suggest you follow up with a GI physician to get a second opinion as you do not seem real secure with the surgeon's dx. You may also ask for a copy of the tests that were done as at the bottom there is always a summary of the findings of the tests.

Take care,


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   Posted 5/8/2010 12:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Good afternoon! Hope your new meds are working for you! Did you ever call the doc and find out for sure if it was barretts or if he was just making a referance to it?
Hope you're feeling better! =)

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   Posted 5/8/2010 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey! No, I never called. I was afraid of sounding like an idiot, I hate making phone calls. When I was at the hospital, after the endoscopy, I also heard the nurse say Barrett's so I'm pretty sure I do have it. I'm still so confused but I guess I'll just keep my questions for when I see him again in June. The last couple days haven't been too bad actually. Maybe, just maybe, this will help. My doctor didn't seem optimistic about it working but said we would give it a try. Hope you are feeling better as well! Take care!

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   Posted 5/12/2010 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there, I just wanted to say how much I relate to you, and your feelings when dealing with doctors. I get very very nervous when seeing the doc, and never say what i wanted to. People suggested writing it all down but even when I do, I look at it when I am in there and think it all sounds stupid or melodramatic and don't say it. I also let them tell me how I feel instead me telling them. I am the same as you with phones too, I can't stand ringing people or answering the telephone.

I had a terrible weekend just last weekend and my husband phoned the ENT, and they got me in for an emergency appointment, and man was I nervous this morning! I felt guilty for being there, like I was wasting everyone's time! My own worst enemy. It's good to know someone else understand this :)

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   Posted 5/12/2010 10:54 PM (GMT -6)   
zeldagoblin - That is exactly how I feel! I totally let the doctor tell me the symptoms I'm having even if it's not accurate. I always write down my symptoms and questions beforehand but am too nervous and embarassed to get them out. Afterwards I'm always so disgusted with myself. How is a doctor ever going to be able to treat me if I'm not totally honest about what's going on. I do a poor job of describing what I'm going through. Also, this sounds crazy but I'm also afraid that I may overexaggerate my symptoms, unintentionally, making them think there is something seriously wrong with me and admitting me to the hospital. How ridiculous is that? It's like I want them to figure out what's going on but I want it to be something simple and easily fixable so I try to make it that way. I'm sure that doesn't make any sense at all. I've put off going to the doctor for over a month now about my ears aching and my throat being irritated. One side feels swollen when I swallow. Two weeks ago I was having random bouts of ear pain and my eye aching while chewing food. Still I didn't go to the doctor until the other day when, by that point, I couldn't even open my jaw up all the way. He said I have a ton of fluid and inflammation in my ears and he thinks it's being caused by a sinus infection. I let it that bad because I'm afraid of going to the doctor. How ridiculous! Hope you are feeling better now!
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