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Tourmantiger
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   Posted 7/15/2010 12:35 PM (GMT -6)   
HI All,

I need some advise, let me give you a quick back story, I had an endoscopy in May 2009, they found inflamation but no Barretts and the consultant suggested i did not need to take the PPI's anymore as I was only 33

since then my reflux has been up and down, I have been on a couple more PPI's nexium etc and none of them agree with me, after about six weeks even on low dose my stomach is a mess and my reflux much worse

since January of this year I have not taken anything for my reflux, I have gotten into good shape and lost a couple of stone in weight through exercise and better diet, I still get reflux some times bad some times ok, I never ever get heartburn and never have

I am really worried about the future and what to do, I am totally scared about having cancer or Barretts, and I dont know what to do, I know I am not doing much about my reflux at the minute and feel like its a ticking time bomb,

could I have developed Barretts or cancer since my scan last year, I am scared to go back to the consultant in case they find something really bad

my wifes great aunt has just been diagnosed with Cancer of the espohagus, she is an elderly lady but has had reflux for years and just ignored it and now she is in a very bad place, I dont want to end up there but I am really really scared about going back to the Doctors

please can anybody help me try and make sense of what to do, I am just getting in a mess worrying about what might be

couchtater
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   Posted 7/15/2010 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I know you have received a wake-up call with your great aunt's diagnosis. You're very worried about your health now.
It's wise to keep a check on your GERD, though. Don't ignore a problem and hope that it goes away. That's like ignoring the 800 lb gorilla in the room. It's there no matter how much you ignore it. You have to deal with it. So face your fears. Let me ask you a question...

Do you want to be like your aunt and ignore it, or deal with it and prevent it?

Sorry, just a little bit of tough love. (((hugs)))

Joy

Tourmantiger
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   Posted 7/15/2010 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks for this Joy, how often should I be getting checked, they did take biospies last year and found no barretts, should i be going back now and demanding a further endoscopy, how quickly can this develop from Gerd to barretts to cancer

Moo'sMum
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   Posted 7/15/2010 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi and welcome. I have done the drug thing and the natural thing for my GERD and currently am having a lot of success with the natural thing. I drink a glass of water with two capfuls of apple cider vinegar in it with each meal and I take sliperly elm tablets with pysillium husk fibre tablets before each meal. I also drink 20ml of aloe vera juice before each meal. I have also found cutting down my carbohydrates and meat consumption has helped too. We are not supposed to eat the amounts of meat we now do. Eating small meals more often also makes a difference to me. Also eating mango's, pineapple and papaya in the morning for breakfast does amazing things for my tummy makes it feel very soothed. The other thing I've tried is taking digestive enzymes with each meal. There are lots of articles that suggest we produce less enzymes as we age. My theory is that these natural things don't harm if you don't need them so might as well try them and see what happens.

couchtater
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   Posted 7/15/2010 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Since you have been iffy with your meds, I'd go and get another check up soon- just to be safe.

I wish you luck.

Joy

Alcie
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   Posted 7/16/2010 6:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Since your reflux is only intermittent it sounds like you may have specific food triggers.

Try keeping a food log - write down everything you eat or drink - for at least a month. Note the time you eat anything and the time you have a reflux reaction. Reactions usually happen within a half hour to two hours.

Many people have food sensitivities/allergies/intolerances. They can trigger responses from different systems: stomach refluxing, esophagus spasms, heart rate, migraines.
Alcie
 
 


joe1619
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   Posted 7/19/2010 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   
be strict with your diet and do not eat late. take the ppis if they help. not sure what age has to do with anything. if you have reflux you have reflux. for me my condition has got real bad because of bad(do nothing) docs. if you think you need another scope get one. then go from there. the longer gerd goes untreated the higher the likelihood of poor outcomes
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