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Hashimotos connection to Barrett's...

Posted by @phoggie, Aug 30, 2016

I have Hashimoto’s Disease…and Barrett’s Esophagus. I have an idea the two are related some how. Does anyone have these? I am considering the Nissen Fundaplicfation, but would like to try something else first. I also have a tumor on my thyroid and waiting to see the results of my sonogram. It has been suggested I try a Gluten-free diet, but have not started that yet.
I am new here and appreciate you thoughts.

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Welcome to the site.
When in doubt search on the conditions you are looking for and add ‘pubmed’ at the end of your search.
I don’t see any links between the 2 but anything is possible.
Gluten sensitivity is an unproven illness/condition. Celiac disease can be tested for and if you have it, avoid gluten. There are web sites that will try to convince you that all ailments are due to this or that, gluten being one of them, but they are almost always selling something directly or indirectly.
The antibodies usually found in association with Hashimoto’s, TPO antibodies, are sometimes found in other conditions but where or not they are a cause is unclear.

Hope this helps.

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Hello,
Welcome, I am new to this board too and I hope I am replying correctly. I too have Hashimoto’s and Barrett’s Esophagus. I have opted not to have the surgery unless the Barrett’s progresses. I also have Gerd and a Hiatal Hernia.
In my experience a gluten free diet has been helpful. I think it depends on the individual. I also have in the past had SIBO, ulcers, and still have small diverticula. I would love to hear some feedback on this issue. It seems like every time I go to the Dr. I end up with another diagnosis that is said to be caused by the thyroid. I hope we get some conversation going. Nice meeting you.

@johnwburns

Welcome to the site.
When in doubt search on the conditions you are looking for and add ‘pubmed’ at the end of your search.
I don’t see any links between the 2 but anything is possible.
Gluten sensitivity is an unproven illness/condition. Celiac disease can be tested for and if you have it, avoid gluten. There are web sites that will try to convince you that all ailments are due to this or that, gluten being one of them, but they are almost always selling something directly or indirectly.
The antibodies usually found in association with Hashimoto’s, TPO antibodies, are sometimes found in other conditions but where or not they are a cause is unclear.

Hope this helps.

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Thanks John,

You are a wealth of information and I forgot to mention in my post to phoggie that I tested positive for Celiac Disease. To add to the Barrett’s post I was told most common in people with Gerd and I was prescribed a daily dose of 80 and then lowered to 40 mg of protonix, a PPI to lessen the severity and protect the esophagus. I never had H Pylori in biopsy but ulcer and SIBO. I recently read up on this medication and discontinued against my Dr. advice. I had been on the medication for three years and feel so much better without it. I am not advocating that people stop their medications but in my case I believe the risks out way the benefit until more research substantiates long term use of PPI’s. I value your thoughts on this. Thanks again for sharing your knowledge. I find this board a great place with great people!

@johnwburns

Welcome to the site.
When in doubt search on the conditions you are looking for and add ‘pubmed’ at the end of your search.
I don’t see any links between the 2 but anything is possible.
Gluten sensitivity is an unproven illness/condition. Celiac disease can be tested for and if you have it, avoid gluten. There are web sites that will try to convince you that all ailments are due to this or that, gluten being one of them, but they are almost always selling something directly or indirectly.
The antibodies usually found in association with Hashimoto’s, TPO antibodies, are sometimes found in other conditions but where or not they are a cause is unclear.

Hope this helps.

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Glad you found it helpful.
Testing positive for Celiacs makes going gluten free kind of urgent. I’m surprised that you were not provided with advice about this. If you don’t address the Celiac you’re pouring water into a leaky bucket.
So you were on the PPI for 3 years, feel great, and stopped it? Or, you feel great now having stopped it? Sometimes ‘feeling great’ transiently is exactly that since you assumed some control over your situation. However, unilaterally discontinuing a prescription for a potentially serious condition isn’t a good idea. PPIs are not innocuous but I think that compensating steps can be taken to mitigate their potentially damaging effects, like more calcium, magnesium, iron and watch your b12. Try to get on the lowest effective dose or ask the doctor about whether an alternative like an H2 blocker might help. No drug is without consequences, but no disease is either. PPI’s are looking like they have more and more long term effects so you need an expert opinion on this and not self-medicate.
Hope this helps

I am a new member and was just diagnosed with Barrett’s. Working on trying to find a diet I can live with that includes coffee. Any suggestions?

@johnwburns

Welcome to the site.
When in doubt search on the conditions you are looking for and add ‘pubmed’ at the end of your search.
I don’t see any links between the 2 but anything is possible.
Gluten sensitivity is an unproven illness/condition. Celiac disease can be tested for and if you have it, avoid gluten. There are web sites that will try to convince you that all ailments are due to this or that, gluten being one of them, but they are almost always selling something directly or indirectly.
The antibodies usually found in association with Hashimoto’s, TPO antibodies, are sometimes found in other conditions but where or not they are a cause is unclear.

Hope this helps.

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Good morning,
Nice to hear back from you. I feel better without PPI and Dr said H 2 blockers would not adequately do the same job. I also have osteoporosis and get yearly Reclast infusions. Thyroid meds and PPI both effect bone density I was told. I can’t believe I go to a University Hospital and no one treats the whole person. I keep going from specialist to specialist with new diagnosis and am prescribed medications that contraindicate each other and I am the one pointing this out to them. I am sorry if I sound flustered but I am. It would be great to sit down with one Dr and go over all issues and maybe feel better again. I am still trying but with so many different diagnosis I believe something is being missed.
Thank you again

@blueeyes @phoggie and @patreats5674 You may also be interested in connecting with other members talking about Barrett’s esophagus in the Digestive Health group https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/digestive-gastrointestinal-problems/

For example, these discussions:
– Intestional metaplasia and Barrett esophagus http://mayocl.in/2bVTPwm
– Barrett’s esophagus, gastroesophageal reflux disease and acute gastritis http://mayocl.in/2aSjxzJ
– Achalasia of esophagus with reflux http://mayocl.in/2cfhyny

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@johnwburns

Welcome to the site.
When in doubt search on the conditions you are looking for and add ‘pubmed’ at the end of your search.
I don’t see any links between the 2 but anything is possible.
Gluten sensitivity is an unproven illness/condition. Celiac disease can be tested for and if you have it, avoid gluten. There are web sites that will try to convince you that all ailments are due to this or that, gluten being one of them, but they are almost always selling something directly or indirectly.
The antibodies usually found in association with Hashimoto’s, TPO antibodies, are sometimes found in other conditions but where or not they are a cause is unclear.

Hope this helps.

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No, you need to be flustered at the state of medical treatment today! What you ask for (one Dr. who treats the whole person) IS NOT TOO MUCH TO ASK FOR! We must continue to speak to these needs and demand better (logical, sensible, etc) healthcare. How much does it cost for one person to see 20 Dr. over 5 years time – with each one requiring their own tests and yes, new prescriptions!! It is madness – and it must stop. The cost is dollars in one thing and astronomically out of control because of just what you mentioned. The cost to the individual searching for healing is deplorably intolerable. We are suffering because of this madness, and it’s unacceptable. There are Doctors who treat the whole person, and there will be more if we keep demanding them, by refusing to ride on this merry-go-round that doesn’t serve anyone (not insurance companies, not patients, not doctors, not hospitals) well. I have found a Doctor that practices Functional Medicine (treating my Hashimotos) and life is so much better. Keep speaking up. Keep searching those kind of Dr’s are out there. Keep educating yourself. Look into Leaky Gut Syndrome and Candida / Yeast infections. In the meantime, you must trust your instinct – THERE IS SOMETHING BEING MISSED. Routine tests do not reveal auto-immune disorders, and rushed Doctors do not take the time to listen. Don’t give up in your search for a Dr. who takes time to listen.

@johnwburns

Welcome to the site.
When in doubt search on the conditions you are looking for and add ‘pubmed’ at the end of your search.
I don’t see any links between the 2 but anything is possible.
Gluten sensitivity is an unproven illness/condition. Celiac disease can be tested for and if you have it, avoid gluten. There are web sites that will try to convince you that all ailments are due to this or that, gluten being one of them, but they are almost always selling something directly or indirectly.
The antibodies usually found in association with Hashimoto’s, TPO antibodies, are sometimes found in other conditions but where or not they are a cause is unclear.

Hope this helps.

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I can identify with your observations. One huge problem that lingers with medicine these days is that the doctors across clinics do not share a single database, and if they do have one, they don’t exploit its features. There is also software out there used by pharmacists that will inform them if there is a drug conflict and I think that the vast majority of doctors use it because the potential legal liability for prescribing drugs with known serious interactions is massive. In fairness to the doctors, the patient volumes in these mega-clinics is very high and I am sure that many patients do not accurately list what meds that they are on when they go from doctor to doctor. The knowledge base is far too broad for a single doctor to know and treat every condition. To expect a family doctor to be an expert in rheumatology for example is just not realistic. There is too much to know and the data is growing daily.
Anyway, a patient needs to do a lot of their own homework these days if we’re going to stay on top of things. Maybe things were better in the old days when we didn’t know so much. Sometimes I wonder.

@blueeyes

I am a new member and was just diagnosed with Barrett’s. Working on trying to find a diet I can live with that includes coffee. Any suggestions?

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I too have barretts, I am off of coffee for 7 months now and it was difficult? Yesterday I had a test done and was told to eat acidic food and drink coffee. Well let me tell you I had two cups, it was awful! I was jittery all night, the taste was awful. I am difinitely never going back, I drink chamomile, or ginger tea with probiotics. Believe me stay off the coffee!

@blueeyes

I am a new member and was just diagnosed with Barrett’s. Working on trying to find a diet I can live with that includes coffee. Any suggestions?

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Thank you for your reply. Are you following a strict diet?

@blueeyes

I am a new member and was just diagnosed with Barrett’s. Working on trying to find a diet I can live with that includes coffee. Any suggestions?

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I don’t know if u would call it strict,I quit coffee,soda,I drink ginger tea,water.no fat, nothing acidic,almond milk.which leaves a lot of other food.oh and no chocolate.i do eat sweets but in moderation.i eat yogurt ice cream

@blueeyes

I am a new member and was just diagnosed with Barrett’s. Working on trying to find a diet I can live with that includes coffee. Any suggestions?

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Do you still take meds, and if so, how long have you been taking them?

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