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Terrible pain from gurd, acid reflux, gas bloating had baretts esophagus, later she was retested came back negative, has tried all prescribtion meds no help at all, anything she eats causes pain?
Of the esophagus due to acid reflux damage. The esophagus has different lining than the stomach. When it is exposed to too much acid, it changes to a lining that likes acid better i.e. Barrett's esophagus. It looks different from the regular esophagus on biopsy but can only be proven with a biopsy. A premalignant condition but chance of changing over to ...Read more
Surgery not needed: In every one , if can be treated successfully with medical treatment , it is a premalignant condition , need close follow up is needed with frequent biopsies. . If you are unhappy with your doctor's decision take a second opinion to keep your mind at ease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Smoking, being overweight and a variety of other things (stress, some drugs, anxiety, acidic foods) may cause reflux which contributes to barrett's esophagus. The less you smoke, the less likely there is going to be more acid, but cessation is best. You don"t have to go cold turkey to quit - there are many techniques (acupuncture, hypnosis) and medications (nicotine patches, Chantix etc)&support. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do U have Achalasia: Achalasia is defined by absent peristalsis in the esophagus & incomplete relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter (les). It may be a "primary" esophageal motility disorder, or "secondary" to cancers invading the les (pseudoachalasia), chagas disease from reduviid bug bites, amyloidosis, sarcoidosis, eosinophilic infiltration. Similar motor abnormalities can be seen with diabetes & ciip. ...Read more
Tube: The esophagus is the muscular tube that connects the back of the throat to the stomach. The esophagus pushes food along similar to a snake swallowing a golf ball. There are two sphincters in the esophagus, one separating the esophagus from the back of the throat, and a lower sphincter separating the esophagus from the stomach. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Be sure of diagnosis: Difficulty swallowing ("dysphagia") can be distinguished as a "transfer" problem (difficulty moving food from mouth to top of esophagus), "transit" problem (difficulty moving food down the esophagus), "spasm", gerd (due to sphincter problems), or obstructive (webs, rings, strictures, ulcer, tumor). Best to see a gastroenterologist (gi doctor) for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more