I'm not sure I really did get Barrett's in just two years. When I asked my Dr. about the first endoscopy not showing anything, he said he could just be that the biopsies were taken in places where the Barrett's wasn't evident. But you're right...it is scary. I mentioned to a few people at work about it when I was diagnosed and found 3 others who had it, so I think it is much more common than I thought. Most people don't have endoscopies regularly, so who knows how many people actually have it? I haven't tried activa yogurt, but have tried everything else I can think of. I have colon inertia, diagnosed years ago, and I've had more tests even recently. The reflux problems are most likely brought on, or at least aggrevated by the constipation.
I've been on aciphex, nexium, previcid and now protonix. I can't believe they don't work. My husband suffered for years from GERD and now he takes one nexium a day, and sometimes not every day and he's fine. I've been taking 2 ppi's a day for 2 years, without much relief at all. In addition, I just had a bone density test and my bone density is terrible. My gastro dr. wants me to cut down on the ppi's, as they can lower bone density. Now I'm on an osteoperosis pill in addition to other meds. Two years ago I was on absolutely no meds at all, feeling great and no problems. The last 2 years have been a nightmare. I just turned 51, and am in good shape physically, very active, but I feel like I'm falling apart. I blame alot on menopause, because before any hot flashes, the only thing I had to deal with with the constipation, and like I said, that's been a lifelong condition. I just know this reflux stuff is getting old!!