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oday had my second upper endoscopy in 10 months my first one was normal just some reflux but today im scared. The findings are as listed

LA grade a reflux esophagitis.rule out barretts esophagus.biopsied.

I have read about barretts but ive only had thia for a year? Has it been damaged so much.i tried talking to the nurses but she said its nothing, but i dont know.has anyone experienced this?

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    If the nurse says it's nothing, then its nothing. Healthcare professionals never lie, its more than their job is worth
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    Hello Kareen, the LA stands for Los Angeles and regards a grading system for diagnosis of these types of illnesses. They want to rule out if you have Barretts by way of the sample they took. Maybe they do this with a second endoscopy as a matter of course with sufferers whose reflux goes on for some time. Barretts will likely see your post. He, as you may know, is well experienced in this area. Try to breathe and relax for now, though I know you feel awful and afraid.
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      Hi thank you

      I saw an ENT about a month and a half ago, he checkee my throat and just said it is a little irrated/swollen but he said not to worry its not nothing like cancer but what he said was that it is impossible for reflux damage to cause cancer and he is a specialist in that, so i dont get why people say it can, but also how did my esophagus go from fine to not sure in a month?

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      Hi Kareen, the longer the trouble with these things, naturally the more the tissues have a bashing, and that's where increased chances of more trouble comes in. Same with lots of illnesses. What the ENT said is just the truth, but it doesn't mean everyone, even those with Barrett's, will have that happen. It's simply important that you with your illness are aware enough to always tell the professionals of any changes or new symptoms, rather than not be told of the cancer risk and ignore something you should've mentioned early. My sister's fairly young husband has checks now and then for Barrett's, but he's ok.

      Still I know fear is hard to chase away with words. But with or without Barrett's, we all have to put our focus on the now and every one and every thing that matters, because that's all there ever is, right now,and making it the best it can be - which might not be too good with our current pains and discomfort! But it's still precious. Hang in there.

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      I know. You're not wrong to worry about these issues like today's, but anxiety is a magnifier and multiplier. I've had enough of it for good reason last year alone, a monstrous fight-or-flight mechanism at full tilt for about a whole twelve months. Incredible and horrible. Yet you kind of develop through it, go beyond a limit you might never have imagined yourself capable of coping with, for deep down our instinctive selves can usually step up if the battle calls for it, and we bulldoze through what we cannot go around or retreat from. But we'd worry ourselves sick pondering it before it happens. I learned that also from nearly choking to death, and I mean right to the brink. But that's another story. Take care.
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      Yeah i hope soon i can find a cure, medication is not an option for me not matter how much they push it.
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      Aye. I have never been easy about meds, essentially because I've always been determined to find a logical answer to things.One example was with polyps in my nose which I had removed. Doctors tried to have me use anti-allergy sprays before the polyps were discovered, but I did my Sherlock Holmes on the matter and sorted the matter by removing all scented items from the house. Everything from air-fresheners, washing powders, deoderants and so on is scented and can wreak havoc on our sytems if we happen to be sensitive to them as I and many people are. Yet the doctors seem to miss it. No problem for years now with my nose.

      But it can take a long time to crack some nuts like these illnesses of ours, often a bit at a time, with me mainly through excluding the aggravating foods and keeping to my rules. But there are cases where the meds are really important, or important for a certain time, so it's all about individual cases, rather than everyone trying to do without the meds. I hope we all get to a better state, for it's so upsetting to see so many people suffering like this.

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      I see. Good, for it could have been very much worse for you doing without them at the moment! My sister had meds along with counselling for depression, while frankly my doc would have seen me with them only had I felt inclined, for her wise preference was for counselling before pills. Have you received or been offered any counselling? But feel free to private message or leave the matter alone if too personal.
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      Paul is right Karen, Anxiety is a magnifier and multiplier, 21/2 years ago I was complety healthy and strong. The Doc misdiagnosed a heart attack and sent me to the emergency room and I ended up with 4 medications even if I actually did not need them. Within the next 3-6 months they told me I had HBP, High Cholesterol, Neuropathy, Asthma, Chronic Sinus, Chronic Gastritis, IBS, Mild Reflux, COPD and Anxiety.  Sure, that last one came from all of this at once. At the end of those 6 months I was taking 9 medications and I never took one in my previous 52 years.  One by one I prove them wrong and now I only take medication for this (relux/gastritis) which is not helping and a small dose for anxiety which I'm only taking as prevention and because the Doc asked me to stay on it until this is all clear.  Guess what?  I was deployed to 3 wars and never in my life I had anxiety because of it.   When ever anxiety kicks in, just think about the beautiful life you had before this, think about your kids and when they play, think about how lucky you are to eat and to have a roof and say Adios to anxiety and fear. Do some deep breathing, read a book and listen to some nice music. No Salsa please or you will end up with rapid heart rate. jejejeje ;-)  Be good now and be real.
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      Thank you for your words smile

      Yes i am trying that method (minus the kids part) to see if that can calm me and it does help, and my health anxiety is calming down too. So hopefully all goes well.

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