Had an endoscopy done and soon after the exam, the Doctor told me he found some stomach erosion, easy to heal and prescribed Protonix 40 mg once a day for 120 days. Everything else looked normal. He even gave me a cartoon type drawing that had notes on it; normal ( esophagus ), erosion ( stomach ), normal ( small intestines ) .
Received a letter a month after the exam that stated that my endoscopy exam "was significant for Barrett's esophagus; a benign but precancerous condition. " The letter then went on to proclaim that everything else was normal in entirety.
He recommended 90 days of Protonix, then a repeat endoscopy exam in 6 to 12 months.
No mention of stomach erosion in the letter at all.
Called the Doctor's office and spoke to a nurse ( Doc unavailable ) to ask ( after reading up on BE ) if it was Non-Dyplasia or other ? She replied that it was Non-Dyplasia.
I asked her how much of my esophagus is affected, " Don't know. "
I asked her why the letter they sent did not mention the stomach erosion? She said she had no idea and that wasn't in the Doctor's notes.
I asked her if the Protonix would reverse the BE and she said "yes".
I asked when I should call to make an appointment for the follow-up exam, she said they would send a letter.
So....I am confused.
Why would the Doctor prescribe only "90 days" of a PPI ?
What happened to the "120 days" of Protonix for the stomach erosion ?
The letter is dated about
a week after the exam, why did I receive it almost a month later?
BE seems to be a serious diagnosis, I believe it would have been more appropriate for the Doctor to schedule an appointment to discuss the findings, instead of sending a letter.
I'm freaking out about
this, and am suspicious with how the Doctor is handling this situation. Anyone's input would be appreciated and has anyone else heard or experienced something similar ?
Post Edited (DaveJones) : 7/3/2014 1:00:02 PM (GMT-6)