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Stockster
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   Posted 1/10/2013 7:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,

I'm having a emotionally down night tonight as the last few days I have been feeling less LPR issues, but my throat and esophagus are really feeling swollen.

The last time I was at the ENT they told me that the was a lot of swelling and mucus in my throat, but it wasn't that red from the acid.

I know that inflemation is not good when it is a long term thing. My concern is that there is something going on at the top of my esophagus. My mother's brother had esophagile cancer at 50, and I wonder if I'm next. My ph test results will be coming in next Wednesday but I can't stop thinking that things aren't right.

Anyway, just venting as I could use some words of advice.

Cheers

dencha
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   Posted 1/10/2013 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chris,
 
From what I've read and heard around these boards and on the internet, the risk of cancer from reflux is much less that you might think.  Even Barrett's esophagus rarely leads to cancer.  If you're not a heavy smoker or alcohol abuser, you don't need to worry.  It's not like you're ignoring your symptoms...you're proactively getting yourself checked and moving forward.
 
Don't spend a moment projecting fearful outcomes into your future.  Just enjoy this day and know that soon you'll have more answers.  You will cope with whatever happens when it happens, but there's no way to cope with something before it happens!  You're just making yourself miserable for no good reason!  Put that TM of yours to work, and stay in the NOW!  As you know, that's all there is! tongue
 
Hang in there...
Denise
 
 
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"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle

Post Edited (dencha) : 1/10/2013 7:57:00 PM (GMT-7)


drtinsac
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   Posted 1/10/2013 9:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Are you on an acid blocker now? I know some people quit them to take the 24 hour PH test, and doctors some times leave people hanging as to whether they should start them again. For me, they are a big help.

Stockster
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   Posted 1/10/2013 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Denise,

I gave myself a "TM out" and I feel better.

Since I've had cancer before (thyroid) I tend to get a little extra worried when things don't feel right. But you're right. Worry when it's time to worry.

Drtinsac, I am on the max dose nexium, and I had my ph test done while still on the pills. It'll be interesting to see what comes of it.

Anyway, thanks for the responses as it's good to hear some common sense and advise from those who know what I'm going through.

:)

stacey77
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   Posted 1/10/2013 11:55 PM (GMT -6)   
i started having less lpr symptons and swelling as well. My doc said my throat and layrnx were sensitized...and even the tiniest touch of food could cause pain, tingling, swelling...etc...i guess our bodies become so used to refluxing it sometimes refluxes nothing..(spasms) im on zoloft for 9 weeks..and apparently my doc has seen a lot of success with this. good luck:)

gigglesalc25
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   Posted 1/11/2013 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   
dencha said...
Hi Chris,
 
From what I've read and heard around these boards and on the internet, the risk of cancer from reflux is much less that you might think.  Even Barrett's esophagus rarely leads to cancer.  If you're not a heavy smoker or alcohol abuser, you don't need to worry.  It's not like you're ignoring your symptoms...you're proactively getting yourself checked and moving forward.
 
 
Dencha~ Do you feel those are same "odds" for LPR? Just curoius~ My mind is on overload~
 

gigglesalc25
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   Posted 1/11/2013 10:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I guess I should pay attention more as they were having lpr symptoms~ sorry....smh

dencha
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   Posted 1/11/2013 10:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi gigglesalc,
This is the thing...it's not like you're ignoring symptoms.  You've been seen by a specialist and are being treated.  If you were ignoring the symptoms, or "living with them", your risk would be higher.  Once treated with PPIs, irritation subsides.  Even though we may continue with some symptoms even with the acid reduced, the reflux can't do as much damage.
 
It's not worth worrying about.  Get your treatment, see your specialist, get their opinion, and go on with your life.  If you're uncomfortable, persevere and keep looking for answers until you get feeling better.  There are answers out there.
 
Hang in there,
Denise
GERD/Heartburn Moderator
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
Allergy/Asthma

"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle
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