Stricture symptoms?

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GC1pink
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   Posted 12/30/2013 1:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
 
I keep getting a lot of pain at the Gastric Junction when swallowing food or liquid or when reflux occurs.
 
Can anyone advise me what the symptoms of a stricture are please?
 
Thank you.

TonyG
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   Posted 12/30/2013 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Before I had my stricture reduced, I always had food get stuck at the junction and would be in immense pain until it worked its way down. I had to take small bites and chew well in order for anything to pass. Usually that left me pretty sore after a meal when it did happen. Leading up to when I had the EGD to reduce the stricture it got really bad and I couldn't really eat without anything getting stuck. Now that I've had the Nissen procedure and the reflux is 100% gone, I don't have any problems with the stricture at all.

Be well!
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GC1pink
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   Posted 12/30/2013 3:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Tony,

Can I ask how they found the stricture? How big was it and how do they actually treat it?

So pleased that the Nissen has worked for you!
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   Posted 12/30/2013 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
GC,
 
Dilation can improve dysphagia caused by caustic strictures or post-surgical strictures.
  
Food obstructions caused by esophageal strictures represents  one of the most common endoscopic emergencies and can usually be treated with immediate gentle dilation.
 
Do talk with your Dr. about your concern.
 
Kindly,
Kitt 
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TonyG
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   Posted 12/30/2013 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I had been on PPI's for years and when I reported to my doctor about the pain and stuck feeling when I swallowed food, she immediately scheduled an esophagoscopy which is when they saw the stricture. Along with a biopsy, the GI doc dilated my esophagus to eliminate the stricture with a series of bougies that basically smash the stricture and stretch the esophagus back to it's normal size. I'm not sure of the size of the stricture itself, only that the GI doc said it was "significant". I had immediate positive results and it has not returned, thankfully.

It wouldn't be a bad idea to have your symptoms reported to your doctor. If you're having problems swallowing or feeling like food gets stuck, an esophagoscopy is the only way to diagnose and treat it.

Be well!
-TonyG-
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opnwhl4
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   Posted 12/31/2013 5:33 AM (GMT -6)   
GC-

I had several strictures during my battle with GERd and as Tony said they find them on an EGD or barium swallow and dilate them while doing an EGD. They can use a bougie or a balloon to open up the stricture.

Take care,
Bill
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GC1pink
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   Posted 12/31/2013 9:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you everyone for the replies. Could I ask Bill did you have a lot of pain at the Gastric Junction? And I seem to get continued abdominal pain throughout the day with this, does this sound like a stricture or just reflux? I am seeing a Gastro on the 8th so will ask him to do a gastroscopy then.

opnwhl4
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   Posted 12/31/2013 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I did before I had my surgery, well and during my recovery from surgery. That wasn't from the strictures though. The only thing that let me know the stricture was there was food getting stuck. That felt like it was in the middle of my chest.


Take care,
Bill
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