Patient Comments: Barrett's Esophagus - Symptoms and Signs

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Comment from: KWPR, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 08

I find it ironic that they put a rotating advertisement right next to the dizziness topic. I had to cover it with my hand in order to finish the article as it caused me dizziness.

Comment from: angelaking86, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

I"m 27 and I"ve had heartburn off and on for the last 8 years (when I started having children). Each time I had my children the heartburn would disappear. I had my youngest daughter 3 years ago and had the worst heartburn while pregnant with her, the doctor was upping my medicines every couple of weeks. The heartburn never went away after she was born, instead it just became worse. Last year in 2013 I had to go to the emergency room (ER) with what I thought could have been a heart attack. My chest and shoulders hurt, my arms and fingers were numb and tingling. Turns out it was a just a bad case of heartburn. Earlier this year (2014) after my youngest daughter turned 3 I finally had good insurance (since I now work at the hospital) and went to see my primary care physician (PCP) about my heartburn issues. She got me in to see the gastroenterologist right away and after having an upper endoscopy done I was told I have Barrett's esophagus. I speak to a surgeon next week to set up a surgery date!

Comment from: patient, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 04

I have been suffering from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) constipation dominant for the last seven years. Three years back, I underwent colonoscopy and EGD. The doctor noted hiatal hernia and erosive esophagitis but missed biopsies. My colon was clear. I had GERD symptoms and again underwent endoscopy last year. It was again hiatal hernia with reflux esophagitis. Biopsies confirmed the findings of Barrett's syndrome with basal cell hyperplasia but no dysplasia. Since then I am taking PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) and H2 (histamine 2) receptors but symptoms are not subsiding.

Comment from: Waterlilly, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 16

About 2 months ago, I was experiencing excruciating pain under my sternum, the pain was so severe that I could not even stand up during pain episodes. I also had a great deal of nausea and vomiting several times a day for 10 days straight, before I saw my primary care physician. My doctor prescribed Nexium and Protonix, but it only helped slightly, so she referred me to a gastroenterologist, so I could get an endoscopy. I had my endoscopy 3 weeks ago, but just found out today that I have Barrett's. He has me on Dexilant and wants me to continue taking it and call him in the next 3 to 4 weeks to see how the medicine is working. My symptoms are better as far as the intensity of the pain, but the extreme nausea has not abated. My doctor made it sound like this is not a big deal, but some of the posts here are worrisome!

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 28

I am a 50 year old female. In 2011, I was rushed to the emergency room for severe stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea. I never before had any pain in my stomach until this one day. The emergency room doctor sent me to my primary doctor, he sent me to the gastroenterologist and I had an endoscopy done and the results surprised all of us; starting with 6 deep ulcers in my stomach, acid reflux, and then diagnosed with Barrett's esophagus. The doctor told me since I was not treated for the acid reflux with medication, the acid went up to my esophagus and did some damage. I told the doctor, how could I be treated for acid reflux when I never in my life felt pain in my stomach. The doctors are very surprised I never felt pain with what they found in my stomach. Now I take omeprazole 40 mg twice a day. It helps with this sick feeling I get after eating. I do have to watch what I eat on a daily basis. Now I have had yearly checkups and the ulcers are gone and I'm doing well. I do now have low grade dysplasia, the doctor now wants to do surgery to prevent cancer. I am reading up on surgery, the risks.

Comment from: john, (Caregiver) Published: February 04

I had banding done 5 months ago for 3 internal piles, it was not a problem. A week ago I got a savage external hemorrhoid and had to get up for 2 nights with the pain. I tried Rectinol and also made a batch of witch hazel, aloe vera and tea tree oil which I soaked in a cotton ball and left you know where. I slept last night. It has gone down and nowhere as sore. I also took a couple of naproxen, hope this helps someone.

Comment from: cowboy, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 23

I have had irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) for about 9 years. I went to a gastroenterologist a few times, they just pushed on my stomach and said I have IBS. I finally got insurance and they did an endoscopy and colonoscopy. Colon was all clear, but I had Barrett's esophagus. They took several biopsies, and tested them multiple times. First doctor quit so I went to a second doctor and his opinion was the same. Now I am on pantoprazole. I never had symptoms of heart burn until about a month before the endoscopy was even scheduled. Now I have it daily.

Comment from: Carmel, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 31

Before Barrett's was diagnosed the main symptom was excessive belching (could go on for hours especially in the night) with nausea, this went on for at least two years before any tests were done by my gastroenterologist. I also suffer with Celiac disease therefore my symptoms were blamed on that. Now I have severe GERD. Heartburn, sore throat, pain in my chest, belching though not as bad as before. Generally a very sensitive digestive system.

Comment from: gettin older, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 06

I had almost no indigestion with my Barrett's esophagus. And if I did it was mild and happened very rarely. No stomach burning either. The problem I had on a rare occasion was that my food didn't seem to want to go into my stomach. It would stop right before it got there. I never threw up, but it felt like it on several occasions. The doctor did not mention a hiatal hernia, so I don't think I have one. But he said my Barrett's was brought on by my taking NSAIDs for so long. Can't take them anymore.

Comment from: connie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 21

My Barett's esophagus started when I was sometimes unable to swallow. Then, about 6 months later, nausea and vomiting. I had a scope done and that is when I was diagnosed with Barett's esophagus.

Comment from: me, 55-64 Male Published: March 08

I had excessive belching that caused me to go to the Doctor. After having an upper GI - I was diagnosed with Barrett's Esophagus.

Comment from: TonkaChance, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 05

My husband had hard time swallowing lettuce, meat. Had endoscopy and found tumor, stage 4 cancer spread to lymph nodes from neck to abdomen. Had back pain for approximately 9 months prior. Still has back and side pain and has pain pump implanted to help. 15 months of chemo therapy and is in remission. Thanks for the miracle!

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