Barrett's esophagus

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stressedteacher
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   Posted 2/17/2013 5:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had acid reflux and in Feb. 2012 I was diagnosed with Barrett's. The doctor said there were no cancerous cells and she would test me again Feb. 2013. Does anyone know if this causes pain in the throat and neck? I have been on Dexilant but sometimes I switch back to 2 Nexiums per day instead of the Dexilant. None of these ppis help me 100 percent and fir about 2 months now I have throat pain and neck and sometimes head pain. I go this Tuesday to get scoped again. I produce a lot of spit and have terrible phlegm each morning but that may be due to allergies to. I am worried about the symptoms changing and I hurt somewhere in the abdomen daily. Can someone tell me if you experience any of this. Thanks.

stressedteacher
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   Posted 2/17/2013 5:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I forgot to say that I have been on ppi,s for about 17 years now and I am a 57 year old woman.

dencha
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   Posted 2/17/2013 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi stressedteacher,
Welcome to Healing Well! I'm a non-stressed retired teacher, but I certainly understand your choice of usernames! The symptoms you're describing are typical reflux symptoms, so they don't related to Barrett's in any specific way. I'm sure your GI doc will have a lot more info when you're scoped on Tuesday.

It sounds like your PPIs aren't doing the whole job. Like you, I had breakthrough reflux even on top dose PPIs. I ended up getting a Nissen fundoplication surgery in February 2009, and have had great results. My main symptom was atypical--lung issues. I have asthma that was made uncontrollable by my reflux, even while I was on 40mg Protonix before breakfast and 40mg before dinner. On top of that I was on 300mg Ranitidine at bedtime. Still didn't work.

I know what you mean about not being able to draw a line between reflux and allergy symptoms. They definitely overlap, and even ENTs find it challenging, unless the reflux is extremely severe.

Good luck with your endoscopy on Tuesday! Let us know how it goes.
Glad you've joined us!
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   Posted 2/18/2013 7:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I also am a teacher & turning 57 this week. Burning in my throat, allergy symptoms, coughing, nausea, chest & abdomen pain were all related to my GERD. I've been on 60 mg of dexilant (before breakfast & dinner) plus 300 mg of ranitidine twice daily (lunch & bedtime) & still had breakthrough pain, etc. having the nissen done in 2 weeks & am actually looking forward to it.

stressedteacher
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   Posted 2/18/2013 8:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your help

Do you guys ever experience sharp pains in the throat and neck and they shoot into your head? I have been experiencing that to. I never had a pet unti July 2011. We rescued a little 2 year old shih-tzu from bad owners. I used to be on allergy shots for a little allergy to mold dust and pe dander. My new allergy doctor took me off the shots about 3 years ago. But since I have had my dog( even) though I have always had sinus,allergies and some asthma, I do believe I am worse because since I got my dog, I have so much phlegm in my throat during the night and early morning that it chokes me until I cough it up. I even coughed up blood with the phlegm on Friday. That kind of scared me. Sometimes I have what feels like an attack in different arts if my abdomen. Especially between the breast bone. I sometimes get scared I am having a heart attack. With meds my cholesterol and blood pressure is good though. Does anyone out there use any home remedies or herbal supplements that help you. Also I am planning on getting retested with the allergy doctor. I think I may be having a lot of issues with pet dander. Well any suggestions will be appreciated.

dencha
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   Posted 2/18/2013 8:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi stressedteacher,

As I read your post, the first thing I thought of was that you ought to go back to your allergist and see what's happening. You can have allergies and GERD, as you know, and the two together can make things very difficult. On top of your dog, schools seem to be great incubators of allergens, and certainly stress producers that can exacerbate GERD symptoms.

Glad you've joined the form! Let us know what you find out.
Good luck!
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
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