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Son had upper GI and dr said he had barrets esophogus but biopsy was negative. He has gerd, takes nexium (esomeprazole). Why discrepancy? F/u needed future?

Son had upper GI and dr said he had barrets esophogus   but biopsy was negative. He has gerd, takes nexium (esomeprazole).  Why discrepancy?  F/u needed future?

Can follow: Barrett's isn't always distinguishable from erosions from stomach acid or non-barrett gastric metaplasia. Definitions of barrett's vary from country to country. Or the biopsy forceps may miss and take a piece of normal mucosa. Ask whether junior needs to be 'scoped again. ...Read more

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Gerd (Definition)

It is normal to have some gastroesophageal reflux (ger). It becomes a disease( gerd) when it causes organ damage (imflammation of the esophagus, or barrett's esophagus), it has a significant negative impact on your life, or requires dependence ...Read more


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I have been taking Nexium (esomeprazole) for GERD and it isn't working anymore is there something that would work better?

I have been taking Nexium (esomeprazole) for GERD and it isn't working anymore is there something that would work better?

More on GERD: Healthtap is full of answers regarding GERD's causes, variations, and approaches for prevention. Please type "GERD" in the search box, and I think you'll find all the responses you could want! However, be sure of your diagnosis--there are a number of conditions that don't involve acid reflux but mimick GERD, and therefore don't respond to acid blockers. ...Read more

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What is the difference between NERD & GERD? If my endoscopy shows normal but I have dysphagia corrected by Nexium (esomeprazole), (esomeprazole) is this NERD?.. Only Nexium (esomeprazole) works.

What is the difference between NERD & GERD?  If my endoscopy shows normal but I have dysphagia corrected by Nexium (esomeprazole), (esomeprazole) is this NERD?.. Only Nexium (esomeprazole) works.

NERD: ... Is an endoscopic term meaning that no erosions were seen in the esophagus by endoscopy . It does not mean that you do not have gastroesophageal reflux disease. If Nexium (esomeprazole) helps, I would continue that medicine, as recommended by your gastroenterologist. You should also continue antireflux measures, in addition. Good luck. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with GERD 3 yrs ago, was placed on Nexium (esomeprazole) but currently am not able to afford it. Nothi g i've tried works. I have severe nausea! help?

I was diagnosed with GERD 3 yrs ago, was placed on Nexium (esomeprazole) but currently am not able to afford it. Nothi g i've tried works. I have severe nausea! help?

Try baking soda : This is an inexpensive remedy to neutralize acid. Also, avoid foods an drinks that make it worse, and avoid eating too close to bedtime. If i persists, an you can't afford lifelong medication, consider a stretta procedure or even a nissen fundoplication (surgery). These cost more up front, but less in the long run. ...Read more

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I taking Zantac which is better Nexium (esomeprazole) or Prilosec ? Which one works faster I suspect GERD bec mucus keeping I feel burn .i want to switch to 24 hour

I taking Zantac which is better Nexium (esomeprazole) or Prilosec ? Which one works faster I suspect GERD bec mucus keeping I feel burn .i want to switch to 24 hour

All are good: for some people one is better that other. Zantac work differently than Prilosec and nexium (esomeprazole). Please try and see which one works better for you and you should see your physician for proper diagnosis and to exclude any other problem ...Read more

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I want to take Nexium (esomeprazole) for GERD but I am afraid of the long term side effects. Should i risk it?

I want to take Nexium (esomeprazole) for GERD but I am afraid of the long term side effects. Should i risk it?

Yes: Even with all the recent concerns raised about medications like nexium, (esomeprazole) they remain among the safest medications available today. Consult with your doctor, as usually treatment with this type of medication does not need to be "forever." intermittent use for six weeks at a time may be sufficient. ...Read more

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How effective are the surgeries to treat gerd? Would I have to still take my Nexium (esomeprazole) afterward?

Effective and Maybe: Fundoplication and vagotomy are effective at cutting down on reflux and excess acit. However, medications like Nexium (esomeprazole) have supplanted at least some of the need for it. If you keep on the nexium, (esomeprazole) you may not need it. Talk to your physician about the issue. You may still need to take the Nexium (esomeprazole) even if you have surgery. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with GERD and I was Nexium (esomeprazole) and it helped. I stopped taking Nexium (esomeprazole) and problems came back. How do I fix it permanently?

I was diagnosed with GERD and I was Nexium (esomeprazole) and it helped. I stopped taking Nexium (esomeprazole) and problems came back. How do I fix it permanently?

Calm the volcano: Time for change: *stop smoking. *avoid triggers: caffeine, chocolate [sorry!], alcohol, citrus, sour/acid foods, fatty/spicy foods, carbonated drinks, garlic, spearmint. *eat small meals. Sit down and eat slowly. *reduce stress. *after you eat, wait 2-3 hours before laying down. Get checked for h. Pylori germs, which can kick up the acid in your stomach. ...Read more

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