I am 64 and male and have suffered for many years from acid reflux problems. I am taking 30mg lansaprazole daily and have done so for 2-3 years. I had a gastroscope exam in 2005 and then a month ago. All clear in 2005 and biopsies a month ago all O.K. But I have a colour photo of my latest diagnosis - Benetts Oesophagus. Told to return for a further 'scope in 12 months to check the cells have not 'changed'. I have read about this condition for which the prognosis seems to preclude any immediate worry. I was aked if I had any gallbladder problem and I said that it had never been mentioned to me. My hiatus hernia is very mild and should apparently not cause a significant problem.
However, my symptoms continue to worry me. After a meal of any size I feel bloated, have sore patches in different parts of my stomach - mainly highish on the right side. It also then feels tender around the position where I think my liver is. I feel bloated, and continue to burp a lot after food and drink. I have stopped my modest wine (20-25 units/week) and stopped eating fatty foods and milk products - all to no avail.
For years, I have needed Gaviscon before going to bed after a mid-evening meal, and have had periodic scary reflux incidents during the night. I weigh about 86 Kg and suffer from sleep apnoea.
I have been diagnosed with mild angina and take atenolol, eprosartan for blood pressure, and a statin at night, plus 75mg aspirin daily.
Occasionally, I have an short-term ache in the top of my buttocks, away from the spine, and sometimes also on the left side of my waist in the 'love-handle' position. I presume these are not connected, but I mention them just in case? Bowells are generally fine.
Despite having just been signed off for a year from the general consultant, I remain concerned that I continue to be unable to eat normally. Should I see a gastroenterologist or have some other tests?
Since you feel bloated after any meal, a gastric emptying scan may be needed.
For relief of symptoms you may consider taking prokinetics along with lansoprazole you are already on.
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