Can I avoid PPIs?

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i was recently diagnosed with Barrett's and have been told I need to take PPIs indefinitely. I am not happy about this because my GI and stomach are already in dysbiota and is under investigation for other stuff so I don't want to mess with things even more, especially because I believe I may have a low stomach acid problem.

However, I'm have serious breathing trouble so i cant ignore it. Is there any way around this? I've already seen shifted my so there's nothing in there that are obvious reflux triggers. Does anyone have any suggestions or experience with this? I've been asked to take esomeprazole again.

Thanks everyone - I really appreciate it, 


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    Sorry, just to correct that typo (I don't seem to be able to edit the post) it was meant to to say 'I have already changed my diet so there's no obvious reflux triggers in there.

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    I don't konw what to say. But I'll say that this site needs improvement. Many of us have written dozens of times about Barrett's, Barrett's studies, PPIs studies and their "horrible side effects". I still don't know times to times why am I using You can't edit your post, you must write your post in MS word because of the non spelling feature on this site, it does't allow the poster to post url's... BLA BLA BLA.

    Sorry for that. I just had to let it go.

    Let's talk your case.

    You look young, you have Barrett's, despite the lenght of your segment I wouldn't be worried a bit because you are young and studies say that if you are below 50 chances are extremly extremly slim to progress to cancer. You look way way below 50. Nothing to worry about.

    Now, if you have ongoing symptoms daily, like daily heartburn or some chest pain because of the reflux then  of-course I would stick to the meds. Not because of Barrett's but because of quality of life. 

    You say that you have some bacteria imbalance in your guts. I think many people do but they do not go for investigating these things. You should however talk with your specialist but believe me I've talked with numerous ones and they will never give you a good answer, an answer you may follow. 

    Therefore, get your results, see your symptoms, weigh benefits vs risks and make a decision.

    I take my PPIs daily, am 25. I have some small Barrett's but I'm not taking my drugs because of it. I'm taking them because of my symptoms. Daily heartburn caused by a hiatal hernia. This drugs are the best thing that has ever happend to me and I tried everything else. 

    Do you mathematical research on Barrett's esophagus. Go to the new englan journal study from 2011 and you'll see that there is nothing to worry about. Sorry for the syntax mistakes, It's not my fault it's's fault.


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      Thanks a lot esic. That picture is quite deceptive, because it's quite old. I'm 32, but yeah I still sounds like nothing to worry about from what you say.

      I'm having a number of ongoing digestive troubles at the moment which I'm trying to resolve. They are testing me for possible parasites, overgrowth and stuff like that and put for on for a faecal transplant trial. I've had an h pylori infection in the past and I remember the PPIs made things worse. So you can see why I wouldn't want to use them again. Everything felt really heavy and I actually think it might have made the dysbiota worse.

      However, maybe I need to do research it some more. If you have any useful resources apart from the one you mentioned that would be top. smile

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