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I have had symptoms of acid reflux or gastritis over the last 8 months and wondering if I should have an endoscopy? My symptoms were kicked off by drinking "coffee" made from ramon seeds. I am sensitive to coffee in general. The symptoms have waxed and waned over the 8 months - eliminating tea and chocolate has helped. My symptoms would improve, then I would re-introduce green tea back into my diet and symptoms got a bit worse so would remove. The last 2 months, I have had symptoms on and off without drinking tea so tried a 2 week trial of Pepsid which has helped and symptoms are now very minimal if not non-existent.
I have doctor's appointment tomorrow and colonoscopy scheduled in 2 weeks. I am planning to discuss with my gi doctor about whether to do an endoscopy at the same time as the colonoscopy. I am planning to have the colonoscopy done without sedative, did last one that way, and also the endoscopy without sedative, only one I had done was under sedation. I had an endoscopy done 5 years ago, after year of acid reflux symptoms kicked off by taking potassium pills, that showed mild gastritis. Those symptoms eventually faded on their own and symptom free for 3-4 years until 8 months ago.
I haven't tried prilosec yet which my gi doctor recommended to do a 14 day trial of to see if it resolved the symptoms. I got worried after reading about the possible side effects of prilosec. One option would be to just wait and see if the symptoms stay low and another would be to try a round of prilosec first before having an endoscopy. I am a very risk averse person so trying to weigh the risks of endoscopy vs prilosec vs doing nothing and potientially having symptoms continue - barrett's esophagus, etc. Any advice or thoughts will be greatly appreciated!
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