Just curious how many members here have, or have had in the past, a stricture of the esophegus. Also have some questions for anyone who's had it. I don't personally know anyone who has this, even though I know many people who have reflux. I'm curious to see how my own case compares to others...
- How long did you suffer from reflux before you were told you had a stricture?
- What medication(s) were you put on to help control the reflux?
- How severe is/was the stricture? Could you still eat solid foods? Problems swallowing liquid?
- If you had an endoscopy / dilation procedure, did you learn you also had barret's esophegus?
- Have you had multiple dilation procedures, or did one seem to take care of it?
- Have you experienced esophegeal spasms? If so, what did they feel like?
- Do you have a hiatal hernia with your reflux? If so, are there any strange symptoms or sensations associated with it?
Much of this is to satisfy my own curiosity, but a few questions are driven by more than curiosity. In particular, I'm wondering if strictures and barret's go hand-in-hand. My reflux went untreated for a few years while I was told I had asthma and given asthma medications. Then I began having problems swallowing. At first it was just large pills - like the Ny-quil liquicaps. Then it was any pills... certain types of meat... hot dogs... I was treated for Sinusitus and told it was excees drainage plugging up my throat. But that didn't work either. Finally I saw my PCP's nurse practitioner and she at last diagnosed me with reflux, referred me to a GI doctor, and put me on prevacid. The prevacid (30 mg/day in powder form since I can't swallow pills) neutralized all reflux symptoms pretty much immediately. Let me say that I took it for the first time, then ate pizza less than 30 minutes later. Normally I would have been up all night with heartburn but I didn't even bat an eye.
Still on prevacid. I had an unsuccessful dilation procedure 2 years ago. It was unsuccessful because I woke up halfway through and gagged. The probe tore the esophegus lining and I had to have chest x-rays to ensure the tear didn't go clear through. (Thank God it didn't.) I'm all set next month to have the dilation again and this time actually get a biopsy done, since they couldn't do it last time.
Now, my gastro doctor (who is outstanding) did not mention any concern about barret's or anything, and was more concerned for the stricture itself. But I've had some different things going on since the onset of costo and my anxiety, and of course it raises some concerns for me that the oddities are related to barret's. Even though I've been getting prevacid for the past few years, there have been gaps where I didn't take it for various reasons, and during those gaps the reflux persisted.
Okay, sorry for the long post. Just curious about some of this stuff, so any answers from fellow GERD sufferers would be appreciated. It can be an unpleasant condition. All four of my kids have it to some degree, no thanks to me. My 3 year old is on prilosec and zantac, one of my twins has a very mild case of reflux plus IBS, and his twin brother has a nasty case of reflux, and something termed "reflux induced bronchial spasms" which can prompt asthma-like symptoms. He's on a nebulizer for that but the steroids in his meds gave him an infection in his esophegus that made it hard for him to eat solid foods. That was dealt with now so he's doing better. It saddens me to see kids on all these meds but it's better than having them suffer with the symptoms.
Sorry for the rant there, it happens sometimes with me. Thanks in advance to anyone who answers!