This brings me to why I am telling you about my issues. I recently had an Endoscopy done. It was meant to be a routine check up as well as to look at my vocal cords since my voice has been hoarse since this past December. The last one of these I had done was when I was officially diagnosed, so 16 years ago. I have had Upper GI's done that always came back saying that I could never go off my medication. I never thought that perhaps I needed the occasional scope to look for continuing damage. Well that is basically what they discovered. Tomorrow I will find out the extent of the damage, but the information that I received was just that. More damage has been done. As it turns out, I probably have Barrett's Esophagus. Honestly, when I look at the picture on the page I just linked to, I would say that I definitely have it. I have a picture from my scope that is WAY worse than that one. On my image, there was something that looked like a lesion. They took a biopsy of the lesion to test to see if I actually have Esophageal Cancer. The results I get tomorrow will tell me if I have cancer basically.
Pretty scary huh?
Well my husband and I have decided that no matter what the result is, I obviously am at a high risk of getting cancer. The only way to prevent it from getting worse is for me to get my acid reflux under control. Yesterday I took some huge steps in that direction. Here are the things that I have to do in order to help get it under control:
- give up alcohol,
- give up smoking,
- give up caffeine,
- give up carbonated beverages,
- give up chocolate,
- stop eating any foods that give me trouble (peppers, lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, movie popcorn, etc.)
- avoid fatty foods,
- lose weight, and
- get 8 hours of sleep at night.
Yup...That's my life now. We started Weight Watchers yesterday to help with the weight, but if you have ever done any diet plan, they all emphasize using things like red and green peppers as fillers. I can't do that. I will have to be super duper picky about the meals I cook. This leads me to the newest segment of my blog. I am going to post the Weight Watchers recipes I make with a short review of how badly they affected my acid reflux. If you have acid reflux, you know that it can take 24 hours before you know how much a meal will hurt you. I am going to give each meal 24 hours at least before posting it and rank them on a five point scale as to how badly they hurt me. Coming from someone with such an advanced case of acid reflux, I am hoping that maybe I can help prevent someone else from getting to the same point that I am at. I am calling my new section GERD-Friendly WW Recipes. I will even tell you the PointsPlus values for your planning as well. I hope that maybe someone will find this useful.