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Went for an endoscopy today, 6th endoscopy (gastroscopy) in order to check my esophagus-stomach-duodenum. I’m 25 now, diagnosed with Barrett’s esophagus at 19, other than that perfectly healthy and doing sports like crazy. (check out my profile if you are interested in my whole condition)
I had erosions on my stomach and duodenum due to excessive acid production.
For the first time in my life I’ve been on Pantoprazole (Controloc brand) 20mg daily for 1 year (the lowest possible dose) and I still cannot believe that the drug healed my chr. erosive gastritis (no H.pylori), esophagitis and erosive bulbitis. It’s like a miracle to be honest.
I must say that I wasn’t on a diet, I was smoking time to time was even drinking alcohol, every 2-3 weekends 0.5 liter of wine, eating fatty foods etc., going McDonalds 2x a week in average... and still, the diagnosis is perfect like nothing ever happened to my stomach ever.
What I’m trying say here is that obviously food didn’t matter (at least in my situation). Like Barretts (respected user on this forum said). Stomach acid is the most powerful substance in your stomach and there is no food which beats it, in terms of corrosiveness. Which means that if you have too much stomach acid, there is no diet which will help you, other than drugs. H2 blockers did not work for me but PPIs are magic drugs, it’s like I got cured from cancer (I don't like taking them). No side effects till this day, just positive things (outstanding healing) and eating what you want (although that is not good). I do watch my diet time to time but I really like to eat and fill my stomach so that I can’t breathe. For example, I ate like 15 cookies 1litre of milk and a lot of ice cream sometimes in the morning (which is extremely bad) and still was hungry.
There is one thing on the endoscopy which appeared and wasn’t there previously, and that is the Schatzki ring or Schatzki–Gary ring which is basically an obstruction inside your esophagus (I’m lucky because mine is extremely small and doesn’t cause any problems). Why do you develop this? Doctors are still not sure but it seems that long-term heartburn might cause it (of course genetics also plays a role like in everything).
4 Biopsies were taken from the Z-line to check the Barrett’s. I’ll report that if there will be anything significant.
One important thing that my gastro told me, and she is one of the best rated gastro-specialist in my country (Croatia).
I have a hiatal hernia which is like 4 cm big. She said that I can do any exercise I want. Doesn’t matter the intensity AS LONG AS I DO NOT EAT 2 HOURS BEFORE EXERCISING. I was surprised because you can only find negative stories on the Internet about a hiatal hernia and vigorous exercise. So, I’m back on my 50-100 pull ups daily regime and not scared anymore of it.
Please comment and express your opinions on PPIs, their side effects, healing process, hiatal hernia and exercise, Schatzki ring etc.
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