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Hi from a newbie

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Printed Date: 22 Aug 2019 at 5:09am

Topic: Hi from a newbie
Posted By: Nikijt
Subject: Hi from a newbie
Date Posted: 07 Jan 2019 at 3:19pm
[IMG]smileys/smiley24.gif" align="middle" /> hi all 👋🏼
I was diagnosed on 4th jan.
the dr basically said it was confirmed Barretts and I was “on the brink” what that means I’ve no idea. I left with no support info eg diet info or anything ! Oh except for I have to have regular endos joy 😃😫
Didn’t tell me how often this would be and wouldn’t give me a copy of the biopsy report, said I had to apply in writing.
So what do I do now ! 🤷🏼‍♀️


Posted By: chrisrob
Date Posted: 08 Jan 2019 at 9:51am
Hi Niki and welcome to the forum.

You do need to know more. When you were told you had Barrett's, was it by your GP or clinic following up your scope?
Presumably the biopsies showed Barrett's but how large? Presumably no signs of dysplasia but what does "on the brink" mean?

Your GP should have been sent a copy of the endoscopy and histology reports. Perhaps you can ask him/her? Or, if it was your GP who passed on this information, perhaps you can phone the gastroenterology secretary to ask for them?

But as to support.
Firstly, Barrett's is a permanent addition of protective columnar cells to the lower oesophagus to protect against acid erosion. However, there is a very small risk it could mutate towards cancer which is why you need to be scoped every few years to check it's behaving itself and take your medication (I assume you're prescribed something like omeprazole or lansoprazole?) as it probably reduces the risk of progression. ( - See the evidence here. )

You may find - this story a different way of looking at it.

As to diet, although healthy food choices are of course preferable, as far as acid reflux is concerned, how we eat is more important than what we eat. Acidity is regulated in the stomach by acetylcholine, histamine and somatostatin and not affected by acidity or alkalinity of food. Reflux is a mechanical action permitted by a malfunctioning Lower Oesophageal Sphincter.
You only need to avoid foods if you find them a particular trigger for you (ie they cause you some symptoms other foods don't).

Read the - Food section of the free Down With Acid encyclopaedia .

To reduce reflux, follow the lifestyle modifications - described here .

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Posted By: Nikijt
Date Posted: 09 Jan 2019 at 10:16pm
Thank you so much for the info Chris I will have a look at those links 👍🏻
I got my results from the GP I haven’t heard anything from anyone else 🤷🏼‍♀️
Thanks again 😁


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