I am 26 years old, three years ago I suffered of acid reflux, now an upper endoscopy showed that I have hiatal hernia and a irregular ascending 5mm Z line. The biopsy showed only inflamation without metaplasia. Im young and Im very scared about the possible situation of developing a malignant condition early. Im in treatment with esomeprazole and dont have symptons. Please I need some advice with people with this condition, I need to stop to think what i have every minute.
Hi if left untreated is where u have a problem...and since u r getting treatment u should be able to manage this.
Along with the meds u do need to modify ur diet and lifestyle...please see the Health Pages here on MedHelp for a list of tips and safe foods.
If u dwell on this every minute u will stress out and stress is a factor u do not want to add as it can make u worse.Yes, u do need to be aware of diet and make so lifestyle changes like elevating the head of ur bed, possibly losing weight....but overall do not dwell on it.
I can relate to your fears: I am 34 and discovered that I have Barret's and I don't have Hiatus Hernia, but my LES (tummy valve?) is not working. I am also freeked out that I can possibly get cancer, but I have decided that instead of being freeked out and thinking about it all the time, I am going to go for regular Gastroscopies, because that is the ony way for the GI-docs to know what is REALLY going on.
I have symptoms of a chronic burning throat, hoarseness and coughing. I am suppose to take Altosec 2x times a day but I keep on forgetting to take the meds!
I only discovered it about 2 months ago. At the time of the diagnoses I had no idea what Barrets was - the photos just looked horrific and I was told that I should come back for follow-up Gastroscopy in 3 months time and one day have to fix the tummy valve.
I don't think about it every day. I just avoid the "triggers" and don't eat big meals at don't eat late at night and drink my meds (although I have to admit that I am not very good in remembering to take them).
I'll think about it again when I go for my Gastroscopy: date 19 Feb. I won't let this get to me. Life is to short.
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