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Pain below sternum, constant tightness after upper endoscopy. Found gastric poly, hiatal hernia, removed. Recommendations?

I had an upper endoscopy just over a week ago. Having pain and discomfort just below my sternum, a constant tightness, and it is especially bad after eating and drinking. Have had endoscopy 3 prior times and never had these symptoms. Did find a gastric polyp this time and removed it, as well as hiatal hernia. Diagnosed with GERD and Barretts 5 years ago. Should I be overly concerned about these symptoms or do they usually go away?
Asked On : Thu, 17 Oct 2013
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Oct 2013
hello dear
thanks for your query at HCM
your diagnosed with gerd and barretts oesophagitis, the pain and tightness below sternum are due to above conditions.
chronic gerd will result in barretts .
these both can cause severe pain after meals.
you should be concerned with non progression of barretts because it has chances to grow in to cancer in future.
you should be on regular endoscopy and biopsy for ruling out progression of the disease.
take pantoprazole 20 mg twice daily half hour before meals this will decrease reflux and pain asscoiated with it.
hope this is helpful
regards
Answered: Thu, 17 Oct 2013
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