Hi All; I'm new to this group, and have been reading your posts with interest. I've had GERD for over 20 years, and recently was diagnosed with Barrett's Esophagus. This is a concern for me since my mother died from Esophageal cancer, and her brother died from colon cancer.
SO....we are going down the path to Nissen Fundoplication (sp) surgery. I had a Bravo test last week, and a colonoscopy. New worry- my colon was 'full of' polyps...I guess that would be another forum...
Right now I'm still feeling the probe from the Bravo, which isn't horrible, but not great. I take protonix 40 mg 2x a day and 300 mg of Zantac at bedtime. I burp constantly, eat what I'm supposed to, and still have a lot of back and neck pain. Cardiac workup is good. I'm up for a manometry test next, I guess. How many of you with Barretts have had or considered surgery? I am not keen on it- who knows if it will really work?
I'm not afraid of dying- it's something we all go through, but I watched my mom die a pretty horrible death, and I would rather not go out that way.
Do you ever feel like you are just tired of people messing about with your insides? Especially since so much of this is a 'lets see if this works' disease. It's cloudy here in Arizona today, that must be why I'm gloomy.