Results on Bravo, biopsy, etc... advice?

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GroverCat
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   Posted 10/15/2013 12:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,

So I got my results back:

1) biopsy shows mild esophagitis from acid reflux.
2) Bravo showed non-pathological levels of acid, but my symptoms in the diary corresponded with the acid reflux events recorded.
3) Manometry showed abnormal swallowing- low motility

The doctor said the esophagitis would be from acid reflux that they either did not catch in the Bravo test (false negative) or that I'm just very sensitive to what acid is there. He also said the esophagitis could have caused the abnormal swallows, and that I am scheduled to have a barium swallow in November to rule out anything else before moving forward with a surgery consultation.


Here's my lingering question for you guys:
I've been on PPis perpetually for more than a year, and Dexilant 60mg since June (which seems to work better than the others, but not perfectly). If I still have esophagitis nowin mid-October is it because the PPis just aren't working for me or is it because esophagitis takes months and months to heal? IE is the Dexilant actually controlling for acid (Bravo showed no crazy amounts of acid), and I just need another 6 months on it to heal the esophagitis or will I continue to suffer from the condition no matter how long I'm on PPis?

I don't know if that makes any sense.

Confused and confusing.

GC

Thoughts? Who's had esophagitis? How long did it take for healing?

GroverCat
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   Posted 10/15/2013 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   
And, I guess I should also say I'd been on low level omeprazole for 4 years on and off before this year, and until this year that had always done the trick.

opnwhl4
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   Posted 10/16/2013 12:47 AM (GMT -6)   
GC-

Esophagitis is kind of a generic term for swelling in the esophagus. Like tonsillitis.

It is very likely the esophagitis is also effecting how you swallow. the barium swallow will show more about how your swallowing is.

It does take a lot longer to repair damage to the esophagus than it takes to damage it. Don't give up hope if you really want the surgery. There are surgeons out there who can help you.

Take care,
Bill
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GroverCat
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   Posted 10/16/2013 10:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, Bill. It's a long, stressful process to find the right answers. I hope the next test(s) show improvement, but I'm not sure what else I can be doing in the meantime to resolve the esophagitis other than keep taking the same PPi I've been on for months and avoiding the obvious triggers. Maybe I should pick up meditation.


GC
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