Sorry to hear... yeah having Barrett's is not fun but your chances of it becoming Cancer are very small. It does increase your risk but not to the point that it should alarm you. Just watch what you eat and get your endoscopies done when you should and you should be fine. I've had Barrett's for so long now I can't remember when I didn't have it. It is much worse than just having GERD but it can be managed. Not trying to down play it... just trying to reassure you. I do okay as long as I don't miss a dose of my medication. Lot's of luck to you View Thread
I have Barrett's as well. I've had it for many years now. I am taking Omeprazole 40 mg 2 x a day and I'm okay for the most part as long as I don't miss a dose. It can be purchased over the counter but it can get costly taking that high a dose since over the counter it only goes to 20 mg I think. I would have my doctor petition the insurance company or ask your doctor if there is another medication that your insurance will cover and be just as effective. I had a great doctor for many years who even gave me samples free when I could not afford to buy my meds. I think I was just lucky there. but sometimes your doctor may give you more help than you thought... doesn't hurt to ask. Lot's of luck to you. I totally understand how it feels. GERD is bad enough... but once it's Barrett's it's harder to manage. At least I've found it to be.View Thread
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