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Old 08-04-2008, 08:35 PM   #1
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Does anyone have Barrett's and colon cancer?

For the past 2 years, I have had stomach problems that began as a nuisance and have turned into a major pain in butt... or stomach. It began merely as belching a lot, which turned into diarrhea and belching all day, which eventually turned into burping all day, chronic, daily diarrhea (sometimes upwards of 15 times a day, bloody stool, severe abdominal cramping, frequent severe headaches, joint numbness, nausea, and sometimes vomiting. Well, after 2 years of putting it off, I finally decided to figure out what the hell was wrong with me. Long story short, I was diagnosed with Stage 1 colon cancer and as my doc said, "a particularly nasty case of Barrett's Esophagus." I had over 30 polyps, 2 very large malignant ones. I also have several polyps in my small intestine, duodenum, and stomach. I am only 29 years old. I was sent from a GI doc, to the University of Iowa. The University docs sent me to Mayo. I've had tons of blood work done, CT scans, abdominal ultrasounds, colonoscopies, upper endoscopies, capsules endoscopies, breath tests, EKGs, rads, etc. The docs at the University suspect that I also had a bacterial infection in the small intestine that was causing all of my stomach discomfort, but tests came back negative. Then they said maybe I have IBS. Sweet! The folks at Mayo felt like that my biggest concern would be having a total colectomy first, with hopes that some of my symptoms would dissipate following the surgery. My surgery is scheduled for a month from now.

My question is this... does anyone have colon cancer along with Barrett's. If so, are your symptoms similar to mine? I'm hoping that all of my symptoms are coming from only these 2 things, and not a third. I'm so tired of feeling sick, and I'd just love to hear that someone has had this problem and ended up feeling better. Thanks for reading.

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Old 08-04-2008, 08:48 PM   #2
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Re: Does anyone have Barrett's and colon cancer?

One more thing that I forgot to mention. I've also gained about 40 pounds in this time period. My doctors don't seem to think it's related, but it's incredibly bothersome to me, nonetheless.

Old 08-05-2008, 03:56 PM   #3
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Re: Does anyone have Barrett's and colon cancer?

Betty, I have Barretts but not colon cancer. I've had over 20 polyps in the past 3 years. I get checked often for both. I also have IBS. Your weight gain can be due to the bloating of IBS or from the PPI's (nexium etc.) My Barretts is a small segment but still needs to be looked after. The Mayo Clinic is one of the best places to go to. They have specialists that can ablate or burn off the Barretts for good. There is also a Barretts message board and those people are exceptional. Good luck to you, Linda

Old 08-11-2008, 07:42 PM   #4
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Re: Does anyone have Barrett's and colon cancer?

Thank you, Linda. Mayo is an amazing place, and I trust that they will do the right thing for me. They haven't really talked to me too much about the Barrett's since they were mostly concerned with the colon masses. I wasn't aware that that was something they could burn off for me.... something to talk about at my next appointment! Thank you!

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