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Offline bear60

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Endoscopy
« on: April 12, 2009, 04:14:11 PM »
Those of us of a certain age know all about a Colonoscopy and .......its companion: the Endoscopy.

So....Tomorrow I have my second Endoscopy. The first one showed I have pre-cancerous cells in my esophagus due to acid reflux...its called Barretts esophagus.  Now a couple of years later and hundreds of Nexium tablets later....we'll see how it looks.
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Endoscopy
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2009, 04:35:59 PM »
Bear,

Wishing you the best tomorrow, and here's hoping that you get some good results. I've only had 2 of these procedures done. The first one in July of 2003. That one discovered the esophageal thrush. The follow up , showed no problems.


Good luck tomorrow----Ray
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Re: Endoscopy
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2009, 10:50:05 PM »
Oh Joel, I'll be thinking about you tomorrow.  Please keep us updated on what happens.  :-* :-*
I've never killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices.-Clarence Darrow

Offline denb45

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Re: Endoscopy
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2009, 11:15:27 PM »
Man........I hope it turns out good, maybe the nexium helped, I can't take that, so, I'm on ratindine (zantc 150) but, I can only take it once a day  ??? and when it wears off, it's painful  :(
"it's so nice to be insane, cause no-one ask you to explain" Helen Reddy cc 1974

Offline Texan38

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Re: Endoscopy
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2009, 12:08:30 AM »
Joel,

You're in my thoughts. Hope everything turns out well.  :-*   :-*
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Offline AndyArrow

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Re: Endoscopy
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2009, 02:14:30 AM »
Joel,

I wanted to wish you good luck on your endoscopy and I hope the Nexium gave your esophagus a chance to stop it spreading. 

I'll be having an endoscopy (with a dilation) on Tuesday but this will be about number 30 so for me they are pretty routine.

Here's hoping you've got a great GI team & that you will only need routine checkups!

Hugs,
AA
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Offline bear60

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Re: Endoscopy
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2009, 02:04:31 PM »
The proceedure went well.  I woke up afterwards, farted,  and thought I had been asleep.  I didnt know where I was for a few seconds.  Interestingly, the doctors statement regarding the unusual patch of cells in my esophagus, indicated ( to me anyway) that taking the Nexuium has made an improvement in the condition of the lining of my esophagus.  The FIRST endoscopy (three years ago) showed a very bad area. I had never taken Nexium and had been in a lot of gastric distress: heart burn, gas, indigestion, you name it.  That has changed for the better.  And it seems hopeful that if I keep taking the Nexium I will be ok.
The biopsy results will be ready next week I hope.
« Last Edit: April 13, 2009, 02:13:02 PM by bear60 »
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Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Endoscopy
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2009, 02:17:17 PM »
Glad to hear that this went well, Joel.
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Re: Endoscopy
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2009, 08:40:34 PM »
Joel, I'm glad it went well, and am hoping for the best outcome from the biopsy.
I've never killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices.-Clarence Darrow

Offline denb45

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Re: Endoscopy
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2009, 08:43:12 PM »
I'm happy to hear it went well, you'll come outta this with flying colors Joel, I just know you will  ;D
I just found out that a very good friend of mine, has testicular Cancer, and he's not taking this news very well  :-[
"it's so nice to be insane, cause no-one ask you to explain" Helen Reddy cc 1974

Offline leatherman

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Re: Endoscopy
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2009, 09:56:03 PM »
The proceedure went well. 
WooHoo!  ;D
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Offline sharkdiver

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Re: Endoscopy
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2009, 01:36:52 AM »
 I"m glad it went well with no complications.

Offline rondrond

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Re: Endoscopy
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2009, 03:06:44 AM »
Glad to hear of your good report on your endoscopy.

Mine is 15 days away..and counting.

Just a fart? and a few seconds of disorientation?  That sounds encouraging.

Did you eat a small salad that day to keep up the beginning of your new diet, having started with the Fasting the day before?  ;D
"I may not be exactly where I want to be, but I sure as Hell am not where I was"
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Sept '09  6 blood clots in left arm
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Offline bear60

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Re: Endoscopy
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2009, 12:02:43 PM »
Ron...who said I was going on a diet?  After the proceedure, I was about to faint from hunger so Kurt and I walked a few blocks to a diner and I had a western omlette, toast , french fries and cole slaw.  lol
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Offline aztecan

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Re: Endoscopy
« Reply #14 on: April 14, 2009, 10:39:31 PM »
Hey Joel,

Sorry I've been out of pocket for a few days.

I am really happy the endoscopy went well. I envy you your omelet, etc.  ;)

HUGS,

Mark

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Offline AndyArrow

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Re: Endoscopy
« Reply #15 on: April 16, 2009, 04:09:21 AM »
Congrats on the good news from your EGD, Joel!

I recieved some GREAT news after mine.  My esophagus has almost completely healed so within little over a year I went from having weekly dilations to hopefully never having one again!!!  So thats one problem solved ... now I have to have Gastric Emptying test where you eat radiated food and the monitor how long it takes to leave the stomach.  Anyone  ever have this done before?  Mine is schedule for Thursday, 23 April.

Sorry for the mini-hijack.   Great news, Joel! 

Ron, I wish you lots of luck!

Dennis, I'm very sorry to hear about your friend.

Hugs,

AA
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Offline bear60

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Re: Endoscopy
« Reply #16 on: April 21, 2009, 04:47:41 PM »
I got the biopsy results from the tissue samples and they confirmed what I had thought.  I have maintained status quo from 3 years ago. "No change" is what she said. 
Boy oh boy, I want to go back for another.  That anesthesia was really wonderful.  I was high for a whole 24 hours.
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Offline denb45

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Re: Endoscopy
« Reply #17 on: April 21, 2009, 05:17:47 PM »
Congrats on the good news from your EGD, Joel!

I recieved some GREAT news after mine.  My esophagus has almost completely healed so within little over a year I went from having weekly dilations to hopefully never having one again!!!  So thats one problem solved ... now I have to have Gastric Emptying test where you eat radiated food and the monitor how long it takes to leave the stomach.  Anyone  ever have this done before?  Mine is schedule for Thursday, 23 April.

Sorry for the mini-hijack.   Great news, Joel! 

Ron, I wish you lots of luck!

Dennis, I'm very sorry to hear about your friend.
Hugs,

AA

yeah, he's not dealing with this very well, but, I still talk to him about it, and try to help comfort him somewhat  ???
"it's so nice to be insane, cause no-one ask you to explain" Helen Reddy cc 1974

Offline denb45

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Re: Endoscopy
« Reply #18 on: April 21, 2009, 05:20:10 PM »
I got the biopsy results from the tissue samples and they confirmed what I had thought.  I have maintained status quo from 3 years ago. "No change" is what she said. 
Boy oh boy, I want to go back for another.  That anesthesia was really wonderful.  I was high for a whole 24 hours.

That Great news Joel, I'm happy to hear that  ;D YES, they do have GOOD DRUGS  :P
"it's so nice to be insane, cause no-one ask you to explain" Helen Reddy cc 1974

Offline BT65

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Re: Endoscopy
« Reply #19 on: April 22, 2009, 06:22:31 AM »
Good deal, Joel.  Yeah, I wish I could have anesthesia every day.  It would sure make the days more pleasant, wouldn't it. :)   Anyway, I'm glad everything's everything.

Congrats to you also, Andy.
I've never killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices.-Clarence Darrow

Offline rondrond

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Re: Endoscopy
« Reply #20 on: April 24, 2009, 10:59:40 AM »
Joel,

I'm glad everything came out ok.
That western omelette still sounds good.  :P


"I may not be exactly where I want to be, but I sure as Hell am not where I was"
Wynnona Judd

Diagnosed/HIV
1993
AZT
Norvir
1994-2001
Crixivan/Epivir/Zerit
No Meds for 7 Years

04jul07/DVT-right leg/Bi Lateral PE's     
16oct08/DVT-left leg
Sept '09  6 blood clots in left arm
Coumadin 5mgs
                                     
Atenolol/50mg/2x
Hydrochlorth 25mg/1x
Gemfibrozil/300mgs/2X
Symbicort
Proventil Inhaler
Potassium
Rhinocort


*APR 08~Viramune/Truvada
March08  CD4 330 23% VL 452.000 
*Jan09 Med change~Epzicom/Viramune

Aug09   CD4 523 23%  VL<48
Diagnosed: COPD
Dec 2013: CD4 645 45% VL 49
Med Change: Viramune/Epivir/Ziagen/Isentress

Offline AndyArrow

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Re: Endoscopy
« Reply #21 on: April 24, 2009, 06:00:23 PM »
Good deal, Joel.  Yeah, I wish I could have anesthesia every day.  It would sure make the days more pleasant, wouldn't it. :)   Anyway, I'm glad everything's everything.

Congrats to you also, Andy.

Oh the joys of sedation!!!!

Thanks BT,  The gastric emptying test was long & boring.  You are not allowed to eat or drink 4hrs before the test so I took my pills at before 5am since the test was at 9am.  I had to eat some egg beaters that have barium in them along with 2 pieces of toast and some water that was laced too.  Not the best breakfast I've ever had but better than drinking that stuff straight down.  They took scans of my stomach right after I ate, then one hour later and then another hour after that.  At this time only 20% of the food should still be in your stomach.  I had just over 50% so I had to stay another 2hrs for them to take more pictures.  They also took some blood.  I have no idea what this all means ... but I'll be sure to annoy you all with the results.
It is not the arrival that matters.  It is the journey along the way. -- Michel Montaigne

 


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