Esophageal and stomach polyps
Posted 14 April 2011 - 11:56 AM
Posted 14 April 2011 - 01:03 PM
I couldn't find anything in our medical pages about esophageal/stomach polyps and a general google of the information on the web tended towards the opinion that they are a) fairly rare and b) usually benign. I'll keep my fingers crossed that this holds true for you.
Here are links to dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) and esophageal spasm information. Many people find tipping their head in a certain direction (for me it is forward) when swallowing helps the dysphagia. Strangely enough, the same head tilt will often help when I have an esophageal spasm. Drinking some quite warm water sometimes helps me too.
Will you let us know what you hear in your follow-up appointment?
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Posted 14 April 2011 - 01:32 PM
I'm very sorry to hear that you've been having problems with polyps in your stomach and oesophagus.
I've included a link to GAVE (Watermelon Stomach.) I haven't experienced this myself, but I hope that your polyps turn out to be benign and that you won't get any more problems with them.
Do let us know how you get on with your appointment with your GI doctor.
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Posted 14 April 2011 - 04:00 PM
Posted 15 April 2011 - 05:29 AM
I had my first esophageal endoscopy 3 years ago, at age 48, they found 2 polyps in my stomach, esophageal erosions and an irregular Z line, which they biopsied also, thankfully all these came out benign. (I don't have GAVE though) My GI scheduled me for a colonoscopy, because he said that when there are polyps in the stomach, there will be some in the colon too, and sure enough, he found more, also benign, but I have to have upper endo and colonoscopies every 3 years now for rechecks, so I'm due again very soon.
I still have esophageal spasms and trouble swallowing, so I'm not sure that there is a cause-and-effect relationship between these and polyps or that the finding is just coincidental. Like Jeannie, tipping my head forward and drinking warm drinks do help with swallowing for me.
Hang in there, hope your GI doctor can offer you some relief soon,
Posted 15 April 2011 - 11:16 AM