Hi .. update after my latest procedure; oesoph stretch. Your comments/advice much appreciated. Many thanks. Gary.
Diagnosed hiatus hernia HH about 10yrs ago but not treated as not causing probs. Put on signif weight 4/5 years ago and reflux started; did nothing about it (idiot) .. swallowing difficulties worse over time. Went nhs aug16. Had 2 endoscs .. ct scan + barium meal. Found oesoph stricture; oesoph narrowed to 8mm. Oesoph had become funnel shaped: dilated at top (food backup), narrow at bottom. HH causes a virtual right angled bend in my oesoph: so food lodges and may ferment. No signs of C so far but further checks reqd on composition of stricture. Put on 20mm omeprazole/day. Intentional 4 stone weight loss in 2 yrs (diet/fitness); weight loss has caused hospital some concern.
Aged 59. Keep fit and try to eat well. Feel good. Zest for life. Dont get abnormally tired - can do tough 1hr military style gym session (3x/wk) followed by 8-10hrs as london black cab driver. Recently 3 of my kids at home had flu like symptons and i managed to come thru flu-less; hopefully indicates immune system ok. Weight stable around 13.5 stone.
LATEST PROCEDURE: OESOPH STRETCH
Narrowing means further intra oesoph checks a problem as difficult to get camera down. On 27oct had stretch and further biopsies. Stretch successful from 8mm to 20mm but doctor says wouldnt want to stretch further in case of split. No visible signs of C. I feel fine after stretch and swallowing, not perfect, but improved.
Hospital have just rung. Ive got 3 issues going on a. possibility of C in stricture .. b. suspected alchalasia (functional oesoph problem making it difficult for food to travel from oesoph into stomach) .. c. HH. Central London hospital .. i yhink cancer unit ... will contact me to arrange an endoscopy with ultrasound. This will provide further info on the C situation and poss more info re any alchalasia. No plans to address HH yet as treatment dependent on test results.
So fingers xd and onwards and upwards. I read most posts and find them very informative. Wishing you all every success with your treatments. Thks for taking time to read my post. Cheers. G