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Suggest Treatment For Barrett S Esophagus

Hi, may I answer your health queries right now ? Please type your query here...i have barretts esophagus the stuck feeling i get only happens when eating healthy foods...i dont get any promblem eating a greasy fry up or chips? help please im taking omeprazole thankyou
Fri, 15 Jan 2021
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Hi,

This is a very funny and unusual problem, if I may say so! And I think the answer is not straightforward. First, Barrett's esophagus results from long term acid reflux. There are many factors causing acid reflux but the most important are faulty diet, stress and an organic lesion like hiatus hernia (which fortunately is not as common as the other two).

Second, what we eat depends on what we 'want to eat' and with what motive. Which means that we generally like to eat junk foods like fries and burgers because it makes us 'feel' good. Health(y) food sounds like a punishment most of the time, unless you are consciously seeking to lose weight, tone up and look good- for yourself and others. That, together with regular exercise, takes you to a point where you feel good about eating healthy and nutritious food, and actually begin to dislike junk food (except perhaps on cheat days!!),

Third, if you have underlying depression or simply a depressed/bad mood, then you feel like not only eating all the time but also eating junk foods which give you an instant high. So, you need to address this issue by seeking ways to handle/control/treat your mood disorder but I cannot discuss the details of this here.

Fourth, good posture and regular exercise (as per your body type, preference and capacity) is a crucial factor in not only maintaining overall health and immunity but also avoiding acid reflux. Especially avoid going to bed on a full stomach. And especially remember to drink plenty of water and avoid excesses of alcohol and caffeinated drinks. And of course, avoid smoking completely because it is notorious for causing reflux, especially if you smoke to 'control your stress'!

Fifth and last, if all the above fail, see an ENT or general physician or gastro-enterologist, to rule out an organic problem such as hiatus hernia or similar lesion.

Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Jayita Poduval, ENT Specialist
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Suggest Treatment For Barrett S Esophagus

Hi, This is a very funny and unusual problem, if I may say so! And I think the answer is not straightforward. First, Barrett s esophagus results from long term acid reflux. There are many factors causing acid reflux but the most important are faulty diet, stress and an organic lesion like hiatus hernia (which fortunately is not as common as the other two). Second, what we eat depends on what we want to eat and with what motive. Which means that we generally like to eat junk foods like fries and burgers because it makes us feel good. Health(y) food sounds like a punishment most of the time, unless you are consciously seeking to lose weight, tone up and look good- for yourself and others. That, together with regular exercise, takes you to a point where you feel good about eating healthy and nutritious food, and actually begin to dislike junk food (except perhaps on cheat days!!), Third, if you have underlying depression or simply a depressed/bad mood, then you feel like not only eating all the time but also eating junk foods which give you an instant high. So, you need to address this issue by seeking ways to handle/control/treat your mood disorder but I cannot discuss the details of this here. Fourth, good posture and regular exercise (as per your body type, preference and capacity) is a crucial factor in not only maintaining overall health and immunity but also avoiding acid reflux. Especially avoid going to bed on a full stomach. And especially remember to drink plenty of water and avoid excesses of alcohol and caffeinated drinks. And of course, avoid smoking completely because it is notorious for causing reflux, especially if you smoke to control your stress ! Fifth and last, if all the above fail, see an ENT or general physician or gastro-enterologist, to rule out an organic problem such as hiatus hernia or similar lesion. Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Jayita Poduval, ENT Specialist