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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Endoscopy

Thankfully, I never knew what happened. Good news--I do not have Barrett's Esophagus. Bad news--no one knows why food will not go down into stomach. And, knowing I was in hospital and stressed, daughter screamed at me over phone.

Then, I had another doctor's appointment right afterwards. Good news--I got paper to get handicapped tag. Bad news--he is upset I won't take medicine.

More later.

14 comments:

  1. The hospital had my sister eat some scrambled eggs that contained radiation, and took some pictures. EIGHT HOURS LATER, they still hadn't left her stomach. She has CREST (hard to diagnose) and her esophagus is brittle. Did you eat something like that? It is impossible to properly test using liquids or the tube down the throat trick.

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    1. Great! just great!

      lotta joy,
      Thanks for that information. One night I ate something that came up with reflux 10 hours later. Okay, this happens all the time. No, they did not have me eat anything at all. I just had the tube down the throat.

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  2. Both my husband and I have had the experience where you are eating ... and suddenly your throat closes around what ever it is that you are trying to swallow. It is painful but the only saving grace is that you can breathe just fine. I hope you are not experiencing this problem.

    You said that you will not take medication.I have taken meds for GERD for 15 or so years. Having my acid re-flux under control has changed my life for the better. I have recently changed medications because I had to give up my health insurance. So far, so good with the new meds! My mother died from stomach cancer and my Gastroenterologist is keeping a close eye on my problem.

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    1. I resist medication, but this I will take. I refused to take blood pressure medication from the ONE reading. So far, doctors and nurses have snorted when I relate the incident. Yes, I will take medication for this.

      I was so relieved that it was not so serious as I thought it might be.

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  3. Having acid reflux can cause other problems. My mom suffered with a bad gallbladder and vomiting for years and all that stomach acid ruined her teeth.

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    1. At least I will have the acid reflux under control. The vomiting that I have is from food that has never reached my stomach. I think.

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  4. I am glad it wasn't Barrett's esophagus. That's tough to treat and no picnic. I hope the cause of your dysphasia nonspecific turns out to be an easily resolvable issue which disappears by itself !

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    1. Surprisingly, many of my friends have Barrett's esophagus. No one is discussing the pain, neither I nor the doctor. But, I have an appointment next month with the gastroenterologist.

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  5. oh Linda - i am glad to hear that you don't have Barrett's. i'm also glad to hear that you will take the medication - i am not a big fan of popping pills for everything under the sun, but your acid reflux can, and should be controlled with medication. it will make your life much better. good luck and keep us informed!

    your friend,
    kymber

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  6. Hooray for the handicapped tag. That should help you save some pain and energy when you run errands.

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  7. Sue,
    I have had the temporary hang tag for two years. Now, I won't have to go to that trouble! It is good to help me with saving my back, knee, and energy.

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  8. I can't see why this is so hard to diagnose. Have they done a barium swallow?

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    1. Snowbrush,
      No, but I have an appointment in a few weeks. I will see what he suggests. The pharmacist today mention a bile dump that could cause the nausea and pain. This has been going on for 35 years and is getting progressively more painful and debilitation.

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