Sorry for the late reply. I don't get around here as much as I used to...
What can I say that hasn't already been said?
I am in the same boat. I was told that I probably had reflux in the past, but that my tests have shown that I do not have reflux now. If you did a PH test it shows acid only. If you do a PH impedance test it shows acidic, non-acidic and weakly acidic reflux. Difference being, if you are refluxing weakly acidic materials, your PH test would come back normal, only a PH impedence test would show it.
PH is the gold standard for these guys. I can reflux up to my brain on a Barium Swallow, but they don't care. That just shows one moment in time...and we ALL reflux. I forget how often each day, but its a lot. Believe it or not, reflux is NORMAL. :) That is good news. Of course, too much reflux is not...
Remember, there are people born with Barrett's. But still, if you were a betting person, I'd bet that odds are yours came from reflux, which sensitized your esophagus. Your reflux resolved, the Barrett's stayed, and symptoms stayed due to nerve hypersensitization. I'll check out your link (Haven't yet), and can share one I know of if you like...but it does happen. Nerves sensitize after being stimulated. Its well known...in many areas of the body, including the esophagus. So as unbelievable as it may be, don't discount what the doctor is telling you.
I myself can't believe the diagnosis given what I feel, but it is a valid, scientific medical diagnosis and I just have to trust the doctor on this one. I think you should too...until you get better evidence. Just remember...these doctors deal with this all the time, and in the case of my doctor, all day every day. So as much as I find it hard to believe his diagnosis, I'd be a 'mow-ran' as my wife says, to not trust it more than my own.
I've just heard of SSRI's to desensitize...and some other things are in the development pipeline but not available yet. If anything its solace that you may not have a reflux problem at this point in your life after all (lets hope so).
PS. I forgot to note, I freaked about
my demeester score once, but a Dr. at Mayo Clinic told me to take a chill pill because demeester scores aren't all that great. In my case I had one long reflux event in the morning, and that made my demeester sky high. But those happen occasionally in life, and for all he knew it was just one of those days for me. You can get the same score via different avenues...dying of minimal reflux throughout the day, or getting one long event that may be an abherration.
Also, in terms of cancer risk women with symptoms still have such a low risk its crazy. Its similar to that for breast cancer in men. I wish I was a woman in that respect, and also because I would be smarter than I am now (since we all know that women are smarter than us brutes :) ) As a white male I worry about
cancer risk a lot...
Post Edited (theacidrefluxman) : 9/2/2013 3:45:41 PM (GMT-6)