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Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease

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#1 Big GIrl

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 04:31 PM

I would like to know if anyone has been diagnosed with this GERD disease, yet has had a normal result when having a Upper Endoscopy done. I just recently had one and the doctor said he did not find anything significant (that is what he told my husband after the procedure, while I was still not quite awake). Nevertheless, the results I got from his office a couple days later read: Normal Exam with a Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease diagnosis. It is kind of confusing to me.

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 06:47 PM

Hello Big Girl~
I had an endoscopy recently and the dr said it was normal however the paperwork stated that I had mild Gastro Esophageal Reflux. The dr said that I could have a more invasive procedure in the throat to get a more specific diagnosis, but said that it was so painful that it would not be worth it. I was advised to continue with the acid reflux meds that I currently take.

So you are not alone on this one.


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Posted 13 July 2007 - 09:14 PM

Hi Big Girl,

I had my endoscopy done last month. When they had finished they told me it was normal and I got pictures too which showed no inflammation. Even my general practitioner told me it was normal.

But when I saw my rheumatologist a few weeks later he told me I had Chronic Gastritis, but this had only shown up on the biopsies they had taken while doing the scope.

So perhaps your exam was normal like mine but your biopses showed inflammation in the cells.......that was how they explained it to me.

all the best,

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Posted 14 July 2007 - 01:00 AM

Hi Big Girl,
All of my endoscopies showed something so I can't help you there. But what I can advise is to take your reflux meds! If you don't take them you can make it much worse over time. Did your dr do a biopsy?

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Posted 14 July 2007 - 02:46 AM

I think when the doctor told your husband it was normal it probably is that meaning no ulcers, Baretts etc., but that doesn't mean you dont have GERD. I have that plus with hiatial hernia. I dont have the Barrett's no longer. But yes keep taking you meds for the reflux. Sam

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Posted 14 July 2007 - 09:06 AM

Hi Big Girl,
My endoscopy exams have all been normal as well - no tumors, ulcers or damage to the esophagus. I also have a hiatal hernia and GERD. Because I religiously take my heartburn medication, I've been able to control the reflux so no acid damage to the esophagus.

We have a page on Esophageal Reflux Disease if you'd like to learn more. I agree with Lisa that it's important to take your reflex medication so you can help prevent abnormal endoscopies in the future.

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Posted 14 July 2007 - 10:31 AM

I also have a hiatal hernia (known in the UK as hiatus hernia) and besides that my endoscopy was 'normal' though I have a diagnosis of GERD. I take 20mg omeprazole daily in the morning. My general practitioner tried me on a second dose in the evening but it didn't make a difference, so we stopped. I have more relieve from sleeping on a wedge pillow and watching that I don't eat anything too close to bedtime. I have also found it useful to use antacid tablets throughout the day when I get that weird taste in the back of my throat.
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