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Old 11-21-2007, 07:26 PM   #1
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Barrett's Esophagus

Hi, I am new here. I have a question for my husband. He suffers from Barrett's Esophagus, and has been to many specialists and had all the tests. His esophagus is so red and inflamed that he can only eat very soft food or liquids. He pretty much lives on protein shakes, puddings, mashed potatoes, things like that.

He takes Nexium daily and another pill to help him with his digestion, but if he eats the wrong thing, he has pain and he throws up. I hate to see him like this. There seems to be nothing that will help. If anyone has any suggestions or experience with this, I would appreciate a reply. Thanks.

 
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Re: Barrett's Esophagus

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Hi, I am new here. I have a question for my husband. He suffers from Barrett's Esophagus, and has been to many specialists and had all the tests. His esophagus is so red and inflamed that he can only eat very soft food or liquids. He pretty much lives on protein shakes, puddings, mashed potatoes, things like that.

He takes Nexium daily and another pill to help him with his digestion, but if he eats the wrong thing, he has pain and he throws up. I hate to see him like this. There seems to be nothing that will help. If anyone has any suggestions or experience with this, I would appreciate a reply. Thanks.
Hi, I was reading your post, I'm no Dr but has he ever had his pancreas looked at? Pancreatis causes nausea & vomiting, swollen tender abdomen, inability to digest food-weightloss and more. My dad had eosophagus cancer and his stomach area was always bad, he was a great believer in baking soda and water, don't know if that was too good for him. My entire family has been tested and we all have Barrets eosophagus and GERD and need to remain on Pantoloc for life, it is inherited I guess?

 
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Old 01-30-2008, 08:36 PM   #3
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Re: Barrett's Esophagus

I was diagnosed with Barrett's Esophagus about 3 years ago. It's a scary diagnosis, but, from what I have read, most people with Barrett's do not get cancer. I read online that aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen may significantly lower the risk of esophageal cancer for those with Barrett's (type "Aspirin Barrett's Esophagus" in your search engine on the internet to read more about this). Cdurg, I hope your husband is sleeping with the head of his bed elevated or on a special pillow that elevates his upper torso. It is so important not to lie down for at least 3 hours (preferably 4 hours) after eating. You may want to do some research online about Mastic Gum. It could help his stomach heal, which hopefully would slow down the reflux into his irritated esophagus. He may want to try drinking aloe vera juice 2 or 3 times a day, maybe 2 or 3 ounces or so. If he can't handle it straight he could mix a little lemon juice and possibly a little honey with it. Honey is healing also. You may want to check into Probiotics, digestive enzymes and acidophilus. I believe digestive enzymes are very important. Vitamins E & C are antioxidants and important for all of us. If overweight (which I am), he needs to lose weight. It's important to eat smaller meals.
Cdurg, I hope you read this and reply. How old is your husband and how long has he had Barrett's? Best Wishes, Sapphire12112

 
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