Help with Barrett's--medications

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   Posted 1/30/2013 9:10 AM (GMT -6)   
My husband has tried PPI's--they formed kidney stones. He then tried Zantac and it gives him muscle aches. What other options are there for him to try??

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   Posted 1/30/2013 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nancy,
Welcome to the Healing Well GERD forum!  The first answer that comes to mind after hearing that question is a Nissen fundoplication surgery. It's commonly done for people who have a problem like your husband's and who don't respond or can't take PPIs.  Here's a link with some information about GERD treatment options:
(Click on the PDF link for a "glossy" version, or scroll down the page.)
Of course, there are also some natural remedies many people here use.  I'm not sure how effective they are in protecting against Barretts, though. Glad you've joined the forum! Hopefully somebody will be by soon to offer more ideas and information
Best wishes!
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   Posted 1/31/2013 6:33 AM (GMT -6)   
In June 2011, I was told I had short segment barretts and my LES valve was wide open, now the barretts are gone and my LES valve is partially open. I do still struggle with reflux daily, some days more than others.
Try to eat a "clean" diet fish, turkey, chicken, lots of veggies, and stay away from all the junk foods. This will let your body try to start healing itself.
I was able to reverse my barretts over the course of about 10 months. Other than the diet changes, I felt manuka honey was the key to healing my barretts. I would drink a cup of hot water with a big tablespoon on manuka every morning and night. The price of manuka has gone up a lot in the last year but it's one thing I will never go without again.
I may not be able to cure the gerd, but I can heal the damage it does. Now it's just a game of cat and mouse with my own body.

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   Posted 1/31/2013 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Doggbones, haven't seen you are the forum latelty, good to see you are still around giving helpful advice.
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   Posted 1/31/2013 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I have Barrett's. I follow the Fast Tract diet, just occasionally take a TUMS. There is a thread here that gives more details.

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   Posted 1/31/2013 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Dogbones, do you notice any immediate effects with manuka honey? I pretty much used up a pot of it without noticing anything!

I've found milk thistle great though - stops the sensation of reflux for me.

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   Posted 1/31/2013 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
mmm, Nancy,

a few more recently reported anti-cancer benefits of milk thistle

Silibinin, Found in Milk Thistle, Protects Against UV-Induced Skin Cancer

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   Posted 2/1/2013 5:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Things have been about the same for me, I've just been trying to pretend I'm normal and ignore this's work for alittle while. ugh
Glad to see you are still fighting the good fight!
With the manuka I don't really notice much improvement with the gerd, other than soothing a sore throat. However (even though I wish it would), I don't expect the manuka to cure the gerd. Now having said that I continue to take it daily because I'm a firm believer it healed by barretts. I figure if I can't stop the gerd at least I can reverse the damage it does. I will never go without it, I believe in it's healing power that much. The higher the active+ the better it is.

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   Posted 2/1/2013 8:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I am doing the same, trying to live as normal as I can. I just started taking a Kale suppliment and it has helped me. You may want to look into it.
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