Barrett’s esophagus

Posted by jvanstratten @jvanstratten, Mar 22, 2018

Looking for info and help with Barret’s esophagus. I can’t figure out just how serious this is. I have read way too much online! I don’t really know how strict my diet really has to be. It is really stressful-. Does anyone here have it? And exactly how serious is it?

@eileenmaud I’m very sad with you about your husband. But I want to share my PPI experience with you in case you haven’t seen it in previous posts. I have been taking prevacid for over 20 years. My doc does my blood work every year and I have never had any of the deficiencies that you hear about. I feel very fortunate. I don’t have to take magnesium supplements or get B12 shots even after taking prevacid for 20 years. And before that I took tums all day for at least 10 years. I don’t take any particular vitamin supplement I take a Sam’s Club brand multi vitamin every day.

We’re all different. When I first started reading all of the negative reports about PPIs I was really alarmed. I asked my doc if there were any alternatives. There are not. I will be on prevacid forever because that’s what works for me.

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Thank you for all this info. It is my brother and he is doing great now. However, while reading your post it made me think of something. I take Dexilant use to take the purple pill for GERD they say it should only be used temporarily and now insurance won't pay for it to take daily. Have you ever been on either of these. Do you know if they are a PPI also? I am thinking maybe just switching to prevacid over the counter instead. Thoughts?

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Gosh this is the second person mentioning my husband passing-he did not pass. It was my brother that was diagnosed with Barretts a view years ago but he is doing fine. I need to look back at my post. Thanks for all the kinds words though.

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That was mean't for eileenmaud about her husband passing.

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@barb2025

Gosh this is the second person mentioning my husband passing-he did not pass. It was my brother that was diagnosed with Barretts a view years ago but he is doing fine. I need to look back at my post. Thanks for all the kinds words though.

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Great to hear about your brother doing fine.

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@barb2025

Thank you for all this info. It is my brother and he is doing great now. However, while reading your post it made me think of something. I take Dexilant use to take the purple pill for GERD they say it should only be used temporarily and now insurance won't pay for it to take daily. Have you ever been on either of these. Do you know if they are a PPI also? I am thinking maybe just switching to prevacid over the counter instead. Thoughts?

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I have been on Dexilant for over a year, and I have not had any problems. I have had one episode of heartburn but that was my fault by missing the pill. So that tells you how well it works. What is this PPI that you all are talking about? I haven't heard about it at all from any doctor and I have 8, its kind of strange that not one of them have said anything.

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PPI stands for Proton Pump Inhibitors medicines for GERD (Prilosec Prevacid Protonix Nexium Dexilant) they are all in the PPI category

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Mayo GI doctor put me on the generic… "Esomeprazole Magnesium" 20 mg..

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Thank you

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@barb2025

Thank you for all this info. It is my brother and he is doing great now. However, while reading your post it made me think of something. I take Dexilant use to take the purple pill for GERD they say it should only be used temporarily and now insurance won't pay for it to take daily. Have you ever been on either of these. Do you know if they are a PPI also? I am thinking maybe just switching to prevacid over the counter instead. Thoughts?

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@barb2025 I just googled dexilant and yes, it is a PPI. It is one that has special granules, some that do not release until later so a person who is having GERD has protection for a more extended amount of time.
JK

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My husband has had Barretts for 10 years and is now having difficulty swallowing- occasionally. He sees a new Gastro doc on 11/20 as our usual one just retired! HIs PC wanted him to have a ct scan first as she wants his pancreas checked. Are they connected? Thanks for the help.

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@jmb73

My husband has had Barretts for 10 years and is now having difficulty swallowing- occasionally. He sees a new Gastro doc on 11/20 as our usual one just retired! HIs PC wanted him to have a ct scan first as she wants his pancreas checked. Are they connected? Thanks for the help.

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Yes they are connected because the pancreas secrete digestive juices for the stomach.

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It also produces insulin to control blood sugar. Just curious, did your husband stick to a strict diet or was he lax with it?

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@riflemanz64

It also produces insulin to control blood sugar. Just curious, did your husband stick to a strict diet or was he lax with it?

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He has kept to the same diet all his life except now he eats half of what he used to eat. He has been losing weight. He has bouts of loose bowels but the old gastro doc said they were normal as he had his gallbladder removed 5 years ago. They are getting more frequent. He has type 2 diabetes and the VA doc changed his meds and now his sugar levels are high and his A1c is 8.9. We are waiting for the results of the ct scan and then he will call the VA to have his meds changed. He has a PC outside of the VA and she had wanted him on a med that the VA wouldn't approve. So the VA put him on a different one that doesn't work. He gets his drugs from the VA as he is a Vietnam vet and has agent orange.

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That's terrible that the VA won't pay for the drug. My sister is a RN at the VA hospital in Milwaukee Wi and she told me don't ever come here for care. I have a good insurance from my job so I don't use the VA. Serve your country and wreck your health and they won't give you the drug that was prescribed. Thank your husband for his service and I hope they figure out what drug he needs to improve his health. Take care.

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