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Quote RonMac Replybullet Topic: Stress?
    Posted: 28 May 2010 at 7:55am
I noticed a few messages indicating Stress as a part of Barretts.
 
Do, members think that stress influences Barretts symptoms?
 
Do we have stress before we are diagnosed?
 
Not the run of the mill, everyday  living stress...missing bus, losing remote control stuff, but real 24/7 events like Death, Divorce, losing job etc etc.
 
What do we think?
 
 
 
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Quote Gordon Replybullet Posted: 29 May 2010 at 6:53pm
Good Post RonMac.

You state, 24/7 events like Death, Divorce, losing job etc etc.

I think I may have had my fair share of those type of events.

I lost my mum to cancer in 1986, on the day that she died, my Nana, (who was my Mum,s mum),had a stroke then died 2 weeks later.
I divorced in 1996 then my Dad died when I was on holiday in Gran Canaria in 2000.
I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2000 and lost my job with the Civil Service in 2002.
I was diagnosed with Barrett's in 2007 but think I may have had it for a lot longer.
As you can see, pretty grim reading and I am only 48.

I am certain that stress was a big factor in me getting Gord and Barrett's.

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Quote BooBoo Replybullet Posted: 30 May 2010 at 9:53am

Acid reffux is definately worse when I am stressed.

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Quote chrisrob Replybullet Posted: 30 May 2010 at 11:23am
Stress was definitely either the cause or principal contributor to my condition.
I was a junior school deputy head teacher regularly working 100 hour weeks. (Forget the 9 to 3 and 40 weeks a year myths!) Breakfast, lunch and dinner (if I had those meals) consisted of sandwiches munched quickly between speaking in before school, lunch time and after school meetings.
OK I was doing far more than most but not enough for my bullying head who probably felt threatened by my background as an educational adviser. He put me on "professional support" (first step to dismissing an incompetent teacher) with no grounds nor evidence, then left for a new post and faxed the school before my hearing to say he dropped all charges!
I had to take early retirement due to stress - just after Maggie Thatcher had said teachers couldn't take early retirement on health grounds unless they could prove they would never be able to teach again! How can anyone do that? It just added extra stress.
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Quote jcombs99 Replybullet Posted: 30 May 2010 at 4:38pm
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    I agree I was working like 80 hours a week but got paid for 40 and they keep giveing me more things to do..Then one of my tenets didn't let her dog out for 3 months.. Then I was day tradeing $ 800k at a time . Then my master degreed (bozo) girl friend wanted me to help her buy a house .I make the same amount of money today that I did then. If it's STRESSFULL or gives you heartburn DON"T EAT OR DO IT BECAUSE IT MAY KILL DOWN THE ROAD

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Quote RonMac Replybullet Posted: 30 May 2010 at 5:59pm
Well! 
 
I did not expect true confessions!(lol)
 
Still, more than happy to read them.  I am a Psychology Hons graduate, and work in a counseling environment, so my question was a general one.
 
I two days ago had another Stent  fitted to the one I had fitted 3 years ago post heart attack.
 
It is generally accepted by Cardio and GI specialists that Barrett's, in my case, and Angina are near impossible to distinguish.  I look for secondary symptoms to indicate if it is Angina.
 
I have been under incredible work related stress over last few months, and Cardio Consultant stated clearly that stress brings on symptoms of Heart probs very easily.
 
Anyway, last week I had  a secondary symptom to pain in center of chest, and before I knew it I was in Ambulance and in hospital.  Not a heart attack, but Angina.  Definite heart attack on the way, now headed off with stent.
 
Cardio docs all said that most patients present , like me, with indigestion that is actually angina.   However, they cannot really pay attention as heart issues can and is deadly!
 
So angina pain fixed with stent, and now only feel the Barrett's discomfort.
 
Here is a new one for us all....while in Cardio ward they gave me PPI in soluble form strawberry flavoured!   First I have ever had that!
 
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Quote Moggs Replybullet Posted: 07 Jul 2010 at 3:09pm
Hi Ron Mac
 
I definately think stress makes the barretts symtoms worse.
 
After my diagnosis in 2000 I had another op elsewhere on my body and also was called for jury duty had a lot of changes at work. Guess what I effentually had a break down and the acid reflux was worse during all this so I was prescribed Diazpam as this prevents you producing to much adrenalin as adrenalin causes you to produce more acid in yr stomach! My consultant advised me to take them for ever - I was able to reduce to 1 or 2 a day that was untill I had another stressful time in April this year and have now had another breakdown luckly not quite as bad as the last ,as I knew what was happening and the reflux started up again, but I have been put on a higher does of diazapam for a while . I'm begining to feel a bit better at long last hope it keeps up. I've been off work 2 mths now.
 
The break down this time was caused by stress at work but the worst time was ehen NICE sent a letter via my doctor to say one of my capsules, which I had been told to keep on 1 a day  for depression was to be a tablet now. - Did it work - NO NO - it made me worse  seemed to go straight through me. During some of  this time we were away on holiday ruined it !!  On my return  My GP immediatley put me back on capsule form she said she'd had  quite a few patience with this problem when changed to tablet . She has now marked my file in bold to say must have capsules.
 
Things are improving, the last 2 days I've been felling a lot better hope it keeps on  - be positive IT WILL! 
 
So seems stress is s factor in worsoning of Barrett's syptoms.
 
I managed to go out on my own to town yesterday & have luch with 2 friends so that's a positive step!!
 
So if yr stressed and the acid refux worsens go to yr doc for help .
 
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Quote LazyLout Replybullet Posted: 07 Jul 2010 at 3:46pm
Hi Moggs,

Sorry to read about your recent breakdown.

I hope you continue to improve and make a full recovery, soon. Whenever possible repeat yesterday's activity. It can only help.

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Quote Suzy Replybullet Posted: 07 Jul 2010 at 9:11pm
Hi Moggs
 
Sorry  to hear you're going through a difficult patch.  You will know from your previous experience that you will get better, it may just take a little time.  As LL says go out with
"the girls" as often as possible!! 
 
Take care and let us know how you are getting on.
 
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Quote XTINA Replybullet Posted: 20 Jul 2010 at 10:19am
My husband passed away 4th July 2010 from cancer of the oesophagus. He went to his doctor three years before he died complaining of food sticking at the bottom of the oesophagus. Was told by the GP it is nothing to worry about it is just an air pocket!! The GP sent him for a barium meal and my husband was told that the result was fine but he was put on medication for acid reflux. As far back as 2004 he went to the local hospital complaining of pain all over his rib-cage. Was told he had inflammation of the rib cage.   I had a copy of the barium meal he had in 2006 and it said that there was a irregular section showing and if the problem continues he should be ref to a ENT specialist. Why ENT specialist I don't know. Six months before my husband died I went with him to the GP and I said he was in terrible pain, weight loss etc. and he needs a scan urgently. His GP would not refer him and when we came out of that consultation I banned my husband ever seeing this GP again. A few days later we saw a different GP and my husband had an endoscopoy a few days later and a MRI scan. A tumor was found at the bottom of his oesophagus and he had Barrett's disease. I felt I was fighting the system we were even turned down by the District Nurse to have nursing care for him at home.
He passed away at Ty Olwen Hospice (he was only there 5 days) and they were so kind to us all. He should have gone sooner We are devastated!! We miss him so much.

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