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Jackie9
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Quote Jackie9 Replybullet Calendar Event: On going chest pain
    Posted: 07†Jun†2020 at 9:39am
Hi
Iíve posted a couple of times when I have been concerned about my Barrettís. But I just wanted some advice and hopefully reassurance.
Iíve had Barrettís for just over 5years itís short segment at about 37:38 cm down in my Oesophagus. Iíve had 2 scopes the last one being 2 years ago. My biopsies have shown no changes which of course is always a relief. I take lansoprazole and occasionally ranitidine and gaviscon. BUT I have never felt that my reflux is under control and during the last 18months have been suffering with periods of chest pain under my sternum which often migrates to my right shoulder. Of course Iíve ensured that this is not related to my heart, lungs etc. All clear gp suggested weak chest wall muscles? Anyway Iíve always thought itís acid reflux. My question is if the acid is causing the pain then will it be making the Barrettís worse.?Has it now moved higher up in my oesophagus and waiting another 15 months for my surveillance scope is too long. Iím very worried as this pain is a constant reminder that Iím damaging my Oesophagus. Any thoughts?
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Quote Alan64 Replybullet Posted: 15†Sep†2020 at 4:41pm
Qiuck thought as i use to have similar pain for years and i have found as i have gotten my anxiety under control it has helped alot with these kind of simptoms
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Quote chrisrob Replybullet Posted: 16†Sep†2020 at 8:55am
Hi Jackie,

Apologies for delay in replying. This forum had been showing no new activity apart from receiving half a dozen new members a day that were obviously fake, requiring removal to prevent everything seizing up. We have been suggesting users switch to the Facebook group Barrett's Esophagus Awareness if they are able instead with 7000 members. www.facebook.com/groups/barrettsesophagusawareness

It will be unlikely your Barrett's will change and if you take PPI medication, any risk of progression is diminished. However, although medication is good for reducing acid, it doesn't stop reflux which has to be managed by lifestyle.

The oesophagus passes through the hiatus hole in the diaphragm against the Vagus nerve. Any spasms in the oesophagus from reflux may send a signal via the vagus nerve which may provide a false pain signal that appears to come from anywhere in the upper body - chest and shoulders are most common.
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