Gastric emptying study and endoscopy
Posted 01 May 2011 - 10:51 AM
Had a gastric emptying study Thursday and an endoscopy on Friday, have been experiencing pain and difficulty swallowing for some time hence the investigations, (very disappointed to have missed the Royal Wedding,grrrr) The upshot is the endoscopy shows I have an ulcerated stricture and Barrett's oesophagus, but will have to await the result of gastric emptying study and the biopsy results taken during the endoscopy. I'm to have a CT scan and further investigations and the consultant has said I will need surgery and is going to arrange for a UGI nursing specialist to contact me after the weekend. Well after a stressful week of worrying about the said procedures and having gotten them over and done with I am now away in Norfolk for a week's holiday, so will face whatever when I get back and for now enjoy enjoy the sunshine and the beautiful countryside.
Didn't know what a UGI nurse was so googled it, (bad idea!!!) I'm guessing the surgery will be a Nissen fundoplication, but will know more when I see the consultant again. I am hoping that I have been referred to the UGI nurse because of dietary needs before and after the operation and not because he suspects there might be something sinister lurking. I would be so grateful to hear from anyone who has experienced these sort of GI problems whether the further investigations and referral are all normal and part of the pre and post operation procedure, in particular being referred to the UGI nurse.
Many thanks in anticipation and hope you are all managing to enjoy the beautiful weather here in the UK at the moment.
Posted 01 May 2011 - 11:41 AM
Sorry to hear that you've got an ulcerated stricture, Barrett's Oesophagus and will have to have surgery.
I wasn't sure what a UGI nurse was either so I googled it as you did. I'm no doctor but it looks like you could be correct and the nurse would be able to advise you about your dietary needs. I've not suffered with GI problems (thankfully!) but I know quite a few of our other members have and have also had the Nisson Fundoplication operation and I'm sure they'll be able to advise and hopefully reassure you.
Enjoy your Norfolk break; we went there about this time last year and had a lovely holiday. I do hope you will as well and that the results of your biopsy and gastric emptying study are positive.
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Posted 01 May 2011 - 12:17 PM
So of course I had to google Upper Gastrointestinal Nurse Specialist as well, it's just one more person to provide specialist care for you, it doesn't necessarily mean you have cancer.
Try to enjoy your weekend and let us know when you get more results.
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Posted 01 May 2011 - 02:43 PM
When I had my Nissen done, I got both dietary counseling AND sheets and sheets of info about diet before and after.
I didn't really need the after stuff very long (lucky me), but unluckily, the before diet was 10 days long and fell over the time I was traveling and attending the wedding of a friend who is a master chef and catered his own 'do'. The food started Friday and ended with brunch Monday. I think he was trying to cook his way out of the wedding jitters! I am pretty sure all of us went home at least a stone heavier. He'd even done a special diet just for me, I lost no weight and had a hard time explaining to the surgeon why not.
Have a great holiday and don't worry, OK?
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