I have been visiting this forum off and on for probably 3 years now, and occasionally ask a question...
I am in the fight against reflux like all of us, but I am a very odd case that the dr's just don't get.
Long story short, I have dysmotility due to long-term reflux but no esophageal damage. I am unable to take PPI's due to side-effects and am not a good surgery candidate due to the dysmotility as well as a lack of visible damage to the esophagus.
I continue to be terrified of Barrets and cancer, but my dr. told me something interested yesterday. He said that even if I am off PPI's and don't feel the rather constant on and off GERD symptoms (which have no relation to what I eat or anything...I live like a saint to try to stay healthy), that he doubts I will ever develop Barrets. He said that he usually finds Barrets during first-time endoscopies, and since I have had reflux for 3 years and don't have it he thinks I won't get it. After all, only 10% of severe GERD patients do...and my dr. said reflux isn't the only factor...it likely has a genetic factor as well as others which it looks like I don't have since I haven't developed it yet.
They were comforting ideas but I can't help but wonder how my dr. can be so confident. He said I should get an endoscopy every 10 years if I want to...that 3-5 years is unnecessary. And this is a GOOD dr., at a large medical facility in one of the best medical areas of the country. I trust him 100% and he has been excellent, but these comments seemed a bit difficult for me to accept at face value.
Has anyone else heard similar? I can't imagine having a life full of GERD and no Barrets or cancer...it seems to me like my esophagus would only be able to take so much...