Posted 28 July 2009 - 05:10 AM
Posted 28 July 2009 - 06:16 AM
Here is a link from our medical tests page which may be informative:
Esophageal Dilation Esophageal dilatation is the technique used to stretch or open the blocked portion of the esophagus. Jackson Gastroenterology
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Posted 28 July 2009 - 08:59 AM
If you do have it you are seeing a lot more support groups setting up on this disease. There are also more books on it and recipes. Some of the bread that is gluten free tastes like tree bark so if you have it you're going to want to get the recipes that people use who say they can't tell the difference between that bread and regular bread.
I wish you good luck and I'm sure it will all go fine. Please let us know what you find out. You sure see a lot of sclero sufferers who also have celiac disease, which makes sense being it's another autoimmune disease.
Posted 28 July 2009 - 11:20 AM
I had my esophagus stretched and it did help. My husband had the biopsy done for celiac. Neither of us had a problem. Good luck to you.
Posted 28 July 2009 - 11:55 AM
I just had the same procedure done at the beginning of the month. The whole thing took about 30 minutes. They stretched my esophagus and I have not noticed any help from it. My throat was a little sore the day after, but no major problems to report.
I think the worst part of it was not being able to eat or drink until after it was done - and of course it was scheduled for late in the afternoon!
Posted 28 July 2009 - 12:34 PM
I had my esophagus stretched 3 times. The first two were during an EGD and the third was during a Nissen fundoplication. I didn't find the stretching helped with the esophageal spasm. It took the fundoplication, which pretty much eliminated the GERD, to do that.
I didn't have any negative experiences any of the times and quite enjoyed my naps!
Best of luck,
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Posted 28 July 2009 - 12:42 PM