Newly diagnosed with Barrett's

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I just found out I have Barrett's. I am 60.. I am a bit stressed. I also have ahiatal hernia. Some questions should I press my doctor for a hiatal hernia surgery? I have stopped eating 3 hours before I sleep but I can have a drink of herbal tea in those 3 hours? Also is it alright to have a decaf coffee in the morning? It is one my pleasures in the morning? Thanks you. I was happy to find this group

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    I think that you should talk to your doctor about the hernia repair. There is a good chance that the surgery would improve your reflux and comfort in the future. I also think the herbal tea at night and decaf coffee in the morning are fine, but you'll just have to try them and see what happens. If they cause your symptoms to get worse, then you may need to change things.

    Just remember to get your upper endoscopies done whenever you're supposed to. That's one thing that you don't ever want to neglect.

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    I know alot of Drs don't like to do surgery I am having to have the surgery because I dismissed and ignored symptoms for years My daughter is a MD / medical examiner She was really upset with me She and now I suggest having the hiatel hernia surgery It only gets worse over time I know i'm sounding doomy and gloomy I want you to enjoy your life and not end up like me the hernia has grown so big I look pregnant Good luck to you I may hae sounded a bit out of it Sorry have the flu 

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    I have Barrets and a hiatal hernia behind my breast bone. I'm 39 and have a lot of pains. They are checking me for an autoimmune disease as well. I also have an entire list of other things with my body. I love these groups because they give great advice and it's nice to know we aren't alone.

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      I agree When I get sad and frustrated with all the health drama I come here Not that it pleases me other people are suffering But it sure helps the heart to know we are not alone We each other You mentioned the Breastbone That;s where so much of my pain is It feels like anxiety and squeezing pain I am lucky my Psychiatrist gives me anxiety medication it helps a little Having a AutoImmune issue when you have Barretts is actually not uncommon I ended up with Psorisis They are not related But I've spoken to many people who have both I hope they find out what's going on Not knowing is the worst Take care

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      Hi Kim, I have Barretts  and (SS)...Sjogrens syndrome (autoimmune ) . I was diagnosed with the Barretts before I went to see a rheumatologist (swollen and painful joints) when I spoke to the gastroenterologist later  he said all my digestive tract problems  probably come from my SS ( I also have esophagitis and chronic gastritis )

      ​see a rheumatologist and get tested for autoimmune ..they can do a Total Pattern blood test which shows which antibodies are in your blood sample and so which of the autoimmune disease/s you have (or not) 

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      Your so welcome  Shaq is right Getting blood work for Autoimmune is a really good idea Take care and keep me updated 
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    I am 60 as well and was diagnosed with Barretts two years ago. I am on Pantoprazole 40mg a day. On my last  check I was informed that the Barratts had not got worse and the biopsies clear but I have now a hiatus hernia. My mother had this and it caused her a fair bit of discomfort over the years. I find as time has gone on, that any medioum sized meal causes me stomach pain and more embarrassingly Flatulence. I also get often trapped wind around my middle which is excruciating. The specialist I see on the NHS isn't interested when I see him so I am paying to see a consultant privately to ask if there is anything that can be done. I would seriously consider surgery if it would help. Although I expect I would have to have it done privately and would be expensive. 

    ?I would have thought that you would have been ok with Decaf Coffee and herbal tea. I get no discomfort from herbal teas apart from mint tea but do find them a bit boring at times. I usually stick to decaf tea, I don't like coffee. Like you I don't eat three hours before going to bed and I do find that I don't get pains when I wake up which I do if I eat later. I avoid all citrus fruit, chocolate and fried food (such as fish and chips) as these play me up if I have them. 

     

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