I have had GERD with really awful reflux for several years. I will wake up with nausea and vomiting and coughing because the acid seems to go into my lungs. When I have an attack I get uncontrolable amounts of saliva just pouring out of my mouth.
about 4 years ago I had an endoscopy and colonoscopy and at that time the dr said he found "erosions" in my esophogus, but no polyps. I was given Nexium 2 X a day, and sent on my way. Since then there was no followup. The Nexium seemed to work fairly well for a while but in the last year or so the GERD has come back strong.
My question is : what exactly are erosions? Are they precursors to Barretts? or ulcers or what?
I had an endoscopy on friday and the dr. (a new one, not the one who didn't do any follow up) said there are erosions, he did a biopsy and put me on a different med.. unfortunately I can't remember the name, the prescription is at the pharmacy right now.. but I think it begins with A.
I've lost 3 pounds this week, and stopped a heavy coffee habit cold turkey.. Thank goodness for postum. I am determined to lose some weight and if I have to give up coffee so be it.
Thanks for your help I just found this site a few days ago.