• 1 month ago

    Barretts Esophagus

    I was just diagnosed with Barretts Esophagus, and would like to hear from patients who have it, and how they treat it. Also, how long have they had it.

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  • 1 month ago

    RE: Barretts Esophagus

    My father had it for about 30 years and lived to be 88. I've read it can turn into cancer but that is a rare risk. It never got much worse and he had his checked yearly. Good luck.
  • 26 days ago

    RE: Barretts Esophagus

    I too was diagnosed with this 4 years ago, and last year was told that a biopsy shows some cells turning indefinite for dysplasia, which is a stage 0 for Cancer. Now doctors are doing regular endoscopies and recommending a laproscopic Nissen Fundoplication surgery to correct GERD. I am thinking pros and cons of it.
  • 26 days ago

    RE: Barretts Esophagus

    I was diagnosed with Barrett's about 5 years ago. I was told to have a UGI every year since it is a precancerous condition. After 2 or 3 years, I had to go to an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor to check my throat and vocal chords, and he talked me into drastically changing my eating habbits to keep the acid reflux down.
    I could not eat tomatoes or anything cooked with tomatoes or tomato sauce, or catsup, no citrus--juice or citrus fruit, no milk or dark chocolate (because of the caffeine), no hot or spicy foods (which is hard since I live in New Mexico), no tea or coffee containing caffeine (although I seem to tolerate decaf coffee). This past year I had my usual UGI and the doctor told me there was no sign of the Barrett's! He said "whatever you are doing, keep it up!" And, I don't have to have another UGI for three years!