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  • andy2009 has replied to a post on the message board

    Hi Phil, it seems the only times i have acid reflux is whe i eat n drink too much before i sleep. I have not tried anything. Just get out of bed and sleep sitting up on a chair for about an hour. That usually cures it. I am on 40 mg of prilosec a day. Recently i did an upper scope n doctor gave me carafate n metoclopramide but i dont think it is for the reflux. Andy

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      this could be a good explanation as i eat way too much. on another topic, i got my ct scan andit showed no evidence of cancer - that is what i most worried about.now i can take my time to figure put. what is causing the pressure around my stomach area.

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        it is my oncologist. i am scheduled for an endoscopy sometime soon. also it is not chest pain just aressure which makes it tough to figure out what it is

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          what are the symptoms that tells you aboutthe narrowing. i am 3 years padt surgery. reently feeling pressure against chest and doctor suggesting a dilation where the osophagus meets the stomach. i am just not sure this is the cause. would like to know what symptoms you observed. andy

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            you need to take an anti reflex medicine eg prilosec. my surgeotells me i have to take it for the rest of my life, 40 mg a day. gove yourself a few hours before laying. you are not gg to die from this, just need to manage it

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              i have been taking 2 - 20 mg prilosec each morning. is there any advantage to take one in the morning n ione in the evening? andy

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                this is for geneal information. i have an insurance policy that has a high ( 10,000 ) deductible. so essentially i am paying for most of my post EC treatment. recently i called around for a quote for a chest and a abdomen CT scan. 2 hospitals quoted $3,200. i told them i have no insurance, no special except a 10pct discount if paid within 30 days. i called an independant imaging company and got a $1,900 quote with a ...

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                  next week i will do a full CT scan of chest and abdomen so the oncologist n surgeon could have a look.

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                    think positive and have strength that yu will overcome this. best of luck, andy

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                      i am 3 years post surgery. by all counts i had a miraculous recovery and will say that i am 99 pct back to normal in all aspects ie eating, drinking, exercise, work etc. the only medication i am on is 2 prilosec daily. my last pet scan and endoscopy was in feb 2011. starting early this month, i get the feeling of my stomach ( where the new location is in the upper chest ) is being squash against my rib cage. init...

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                      About andy2009

                      Survivor
                      Esophageal Cancer

                      I was diagnosed with esophagus cancer at GE junction on Friday March 13,2009 - what a lucky day. It was T3N0M0. It was large at about 4 inches long and 1 inch wide. Had 5 1/2 weeks of daily radiation and 2 rounds of chemo consisting of Cisplatin and 5 FU. Did excellent during this process and experienced very little side effects including no hair lost. Tumor shrank by about 25% prior to operation. Had Ivor Lewis operation on 7/7/2009 at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle with a very capable surgeon - Dr Donald Low. Took out 1/2 stomach and 2/3 esophagus. The operation was 7 hours, stayed 2 hours in recovery, 1 night in ICU and 7 days in regular ward. No complications of any kind. Decided to go for post surgery chemo. Did 2 rounds out of intended 4 rounds and abandoned treatment as felt pressure in chest and did not know what caused it and had some side effects including hair lost! Feeling great and feeling normal and hope it stays that way. Stay strong and believe in a successful outcome and get back to a normal life style. All the best.

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