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Mon, Feb 17 9:37am · Barrett’s esophagus in Digestive Health

I read everything about Barrett’s as I had it for ten years before it went to low dysplasia in June 2016 and then after another six months February 2017 to high dysplasia. Then an EMR shoed a cancer cell in June 2017. Since then I have had five or six ablations and at my last appt in August of 2019 it showed no more Barrett’s. That was wonderful news but I know it can come back. My question if for anyone out there that had had this history of Barrett’s to see what their experience is. Because I do not have symptoms of GERD, I forget to be cautious and take the Prononix pill of 40 gram each day. I have never been a pill taker snd always felt that if you could not see a result from taking medicine, it is best to not do it. But I feel very guilty and don’t want the Barrett’s to come back , but also tend not to take pills when I cannot see the outcome as helping. I am due to go back for an endoscopy in August 2020 and am nervous of what they might find. I understand that there is silent Gerd do sm very confused. Should I be taking the PPI pills twice a day 80 mg when I Am not feeling any discomfort at this time. Of course, my diet had changed. I eat small meals more like grazing during the day instead of eating a whole sandwich. I do drink coffee 1-2 cups every morning and then switch to decaf tea which I brew. I have cut out spicy foods like Mexican snd Italian and just in general watch what I eat. My weakness is chocolate but I limit it to chocolate covered nuts to get my fix. Three or four each evening. I do not have the acid reflux diet cookbook which I have considered but just keeping it simple has worked for me now. I am debating to call and ask for an earlier appt to have some biopsies to see if my diet is working well. I am feeling quilty about not taking the Pills twice a day. Has anyone else on this had a similar concern as mine. If you cleared up the Barrett’s what had been your time frame for keeping it away? I appreciate this forum to discuss and make us all more aware. Linda

Jan 31, 2019 · Getting Off of Omeprazole in Digestive Health

What do you mean, you take 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in water. You put it on your bloody arms or you drink it?? Does that stop the bruising and bleeding?

Jan 30, 2019 · Getting Off of Omeprazole in Digestive Health

I have taken Omeprozole since 2008 for 8 years, only the 20mg once a day.because my engoscopy showed I had Barreitts Esophagus;. In 2016, it showed I had low dysplasia and the doctor put me on 40 mg a day. Then in Feb. 2017, my endoscopy showed I had high dysplasia, and I was put on 40mg twice a day, which I have taken until Sept. of this year. Now after four ablations, my BE has gone away as of Sept. and the Dr. said I could cut my dosage back to 40 mg once a day. I have never had serious heartburn or Gerd as others have described, and my thinking was that PPI was not not working well. But I tried to continue taking it as directed. – maybe missing a few times but not noticing any symptoms,. I remember noticing GERD when I had had an unusual big dinner – two or three courses with wine.- I would wake up after being a sleep and throw up. I would then take a zantac, get relief, go back to bed and a of course, I learned that I had to be careful about eating. I also leaned from my doctor at MDAnderson that I had a hiatel hernia that I had not beejn told before. by my other GI doctor.
But… the only adverse thing I can see that has resulted with my taking a PPI – (I take prontonix now) is I noticed that my skin became very thin and bruised looking and would even start bleeding without any reason that I could see. Now that I am back on one pill a day, that problem has cleared up and my arms look normal. Has anyone else taking Omeprozale or prontonix had this problem?

Jan 28, 2019 · Excessive Saliva for 2 yrs – Not from GERD – Help! in Digestive Health

I dont have that problem but I also was taking prontonix
40 mg twice a day. I found that the dose of medication made my skin on my arms very thin and it would start bleeding without my knowing why. When I was able to drop down to once a day, the problem stopped. I didn’t know what was causing until I came down to 40mg per day. Has anyone else had this problem with the medication?

Jan 21, 2019 · Barrett’s esophagus in Digestive Health

Thanks for your reply. After reading your comments, I am going to be more careful.about taking my 40 mg pill of daily. It is easy to forget if having no symptoms Now I do still notice hoarseness, and being somewhat relieved, I am beginning to occasionally eat a bit of chocolate, fried foods, and fresh oranges and orange juice and hope it is not hurting my esophageus.
I have wondered if it makes any difference what PPI you are taking, I never thought previcid worked well for me and I did stop taking omerprazole and went on pantoprazole

Jan 12, 2019 · Getting Off of Omeprazole in Digestive Health

I have been on PPIs for ten years and it worries me when I heard of the warnings. I had BE starting in 2008 and was told because of that, I must continue taking omeprazole ( I now take pantoprazole). I was increased from 20 mg daily to 40mg daily and then to twice a day until about three months ago. Now I am on 40 mg once a day, approved by my doctor. I cleared up the BE this year. However, I never did have much symptoms and now do not experience problems and wondered if I could go off them entirely. I watched and changed my diet and wonder if that is enough. However, I heard that there was such a thing as silent GERD so I am still a bit confused. I do forget sometimes now because I seem to e doing OK. I will be checked again in March Anybody have the same history?

Dec 31, 2018 · Barrett’s esophagus in Digestive Health

I changed from omeprazole after 10 years to Pantaprozole which is not nexium. I don’t know whether there is much difference. I like this smaller pill better. Any comments in which is prescribed most and why?

Jul 12, 2018 · Getting Off of Omeprazole in Digestive Health

I have never had a problem with the RFA ( ablations). I go home and rest and then by the next day I am fine. Perhaps my throat feels s little tight or different but there was no pain or real discomfort. I was quite concerned before I had them but I must say that it has not been something that hurts. I would say that it just feels tight and that goes away after a while. My voice seems a little hoarse however so that is one change I have noticed also my voice seems to be a bit raspy but I guess that is a small price to pay for trying to get rid of Barretts. .