Worried about esophageal cancer, please help

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acidman
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   Posted 1/8/2008 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
hello All,
 
I am 33 Years old male. I have had GERD since about 1999, I had a scope done then & another one in Sept. 2004. I have hiatial Hernia & irritation.
 
Does anyone have the sensation of food not going down easy, or getting stuck for a second or two, like a muscle spasm?? This happened to me a few times in the past few months (it has happened every now & then for years, because i eat like a pig sometimes, really fast ect...  but for some reason now i am noticing it more). Anyway I am worried I have Cancer...I am afraid to eat.....I have lost 20 Lbs in 3 weeks. Been to 2 doctors & My Psych, they didnt seem to be in any rush......
 
Please tell me someone else has felt this....now every time i eat its like i can feel the food going down, and it doesent feel like its going down easy. How common are strictures or espohageal spasms. Can my Hernia be causing this?? I also feel a lump in my throat just between my voice box & sternum.....
 
Please some one give me some advice....I am very scared & it is hurting my will to function in everyday life.. I googled it, wich i should not do....and I suffer from pretty bad depression & anxiety also.
 
So i guess my question is...with a scope done 3 years ago, hiatial hernia, and some intermittent swallowing difficulty...does this point to cancer skull ? or just more symptoms of my GERD?? confused
 
Also, can you get "episodes of GERD, where its worse than others??
 
I can feel a knot in my espohagus / throat as i get nervos writing this.
 
 
Thank you for your time.

Red1966
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   Posted 1/8/2008 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello acidman,

I get a feeling of a lump in my throat nearly all the time at this point I could not tell you why but i did have an endoscope done in October 2007 & had inlammation of the esophagus. I have an appointment with the ENT doc on the 28th of Jan cause my fear was something wrong with my throat due to smoking. I know I must have acid but to be honest i never taste it in the mouth so I am kinda at a loose end & I never really get heartburn maybe mine is silent reflux that done damage to my esophagus. The main reason I got checked was I have burning sensation at the top pf the back & feels like I have a sore throat most of the time, just lately I have had pain in the neck but dont know if that is anxiety & the lump in the throat am wondering if thats anxiety as well.

hope you get checked out again even if its to put your mind at rest.

All the best
Red

TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 1/8/2008 4:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello acidman. I am sorry you are so concerned.

My first piece of advice is to relax. Don't allow yourself to freak out about something that may not even be an issue.

The fact of the matter is yes, some episodes of GERD can be worse than others. In fact, you mentioned that sometimes you eat fast...that is a big NO NO right there. Slow down with your eating, take smaller bites, chew a lot, and eat smaller meals.

If your doctor isn't rushing, that is great news. It means that he obviously doesn't have the same fears as you.

You also mentioned anxiety. I also suffer with anxiety, and believe me, anxiety can do a lot to your mind when it comes to your health.

Go to your doctor, get the appropriate tests, and put your mind at ease. I don't know you, and I can't say for sure, but, I wouldn't go right to cancer.

Keep us posted on how you are doing.

Wishing you all the best hun!
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skooby
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   Posted 1/8/2008 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Acidman

You sound exactly like me. I was in your position September last year. I also suffer from extreme health anxiety . In 2003 i enter the world of stomach issues that would come and go. In May 2005 i lost my son in a traffic accident. In October of the same year I started having swallowing problems. I went to the doc and got prilosec and the problem went away. In Sept of 06 it started up again I was sure I was a goner. I was referred to a GI from my insurance who did the scope. I was so freaked out and told them when they wheeled me into the room what was the point i am a goner (info on background is that I was bulemic for 25 years). Well they found absolutely nothing wrong with me and whats funny is that after the scope all my symptoms went away. Well the symptoms have started up again and so again I am starting to worry. i am back on omezprazole (sp) which has helped some what. Go back to the doc and insist that they recheck you. Believe the peace of mind tha I got from the first was amazing.

It gave me freedom to start worrying about other health issues :-)


skooby
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   Posted 1/8/2008 9:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Forgot it was the new year I meant my issues started up again in Sept. 06

TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 1/9/2008 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   
It is definately important to get piece of mind by getting rechecked. And health anxiety is NOT something fun to deal with...speaking from experience.

Best wishes to you acidman!
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acidman
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   Posted 1/9/2008 6:52 PM (GMT -6)   

Thank you for your responses. has anyone ever had the sensation of the food getting stuck for a second when going down??

 


skooby
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   Posted 1/9/2008 7:15 PM (GMT -6)   

Yes

And I can tell you this that stressing and thinking about it makes it worse.


TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 1/9/2008 10:01 PM (GMT -6)   
acidman, I have often felt food getting stuck in my throat. Mainly when I notice it, it seems to be when I have taken too big of a bite, or maybe when I didn't chew good enough.

That is a common sensation for people with GERD. Just do your best to CHEW CHEW CHEW!

Wishing you the best!
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marthamae
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   Posted 1/12/2008 5:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I have had the problem of food getting stuck. Please see my post called "new here...rant/vent...etc". It's a long post...hope it's not too boring.

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   Posted 1/13/2008 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Martha...just wanted to let you know that your post was not boring. I love when people share their stories, as they often help others.

Thank you for sharing!!
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bvioc
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   Posted 2/5/2008 12:40 AM (GMT -6)   
hey acidman. 
 
i am a nervous wreck just like you.  i'm a 37 year old male (i'm typing in the dark, so forgive the lack of capitalization!). 
 
the symptoms you are describing are pretty normal to those suffering from GERD.  i've had it for about 12-13 years now and it doesn't want to go away. 
 
the feeling of a lump in your throat can be a normal symptom.  some websites describe a "globus" feeling in the throat - like a lump.  like something caught that doesn't come up from coughing.  i've got that.  i've had multiple CT scans on my neck and all were negative.  i've been all over the net - i see this "globus" thing described sometimes, but it is often left out.  not sure why.
 
the food getting stuck is also very normal for those suffering with GERD.  happens all the time to me.  drives me nuts.  espohogeal stricture, or dysphagia, they call it.  when i'm eating and it happens, i just sit there wrapping my chest like i'm knocking on a door until the food finally goes down. 
 
i also have chest pain and lots of it.  started piling up ER visits like they were going out of style at about 25 years of age.  was also always rushing to doctor's offices in a frenzy thinking i was having a heart attack - i feel like i'm having one right now which is why i'm on the 'net now at 12 midnight and i have work early tomorrow!  just searching the net for anything new that may help me understand a pounding heart beat with this chest pain and pain in my left arm (the only reason i'm not at the ER now for the millionth time is i was just at the doctor, and we did an EKG and everything - for the millionth time - is OK).  i also get periods of time when i have palpitations.  my heart flutters like crazy.  doctors have told me this can happen from GERD as well.  i wore a holter monitor (everything fine), had stress tests (all fine), thalium stress tests (fine), chest x-rays, CT scans, sonograms on my heart, etc.  all fine.  i have pain in my back - between my shoulder blades, mainly.  also thought about esophogeal cancer, pancreatic cancer and/or liver cancer.  i've been through at least two CT scans on my upper abdominal area.  the reason i'm telling you this is i'm coming to understand and believe that all this pain, fear, and anxiety, and all those tests, ER visits and doctors office visits can be attributed to GERD.  it is crazy.
 
i take 40 mg nexium twice a day and it seems to help (when i remember to take it).  i also take pepcid AC as needed throughout the day and keep a bottle of mylanta at my bedside table.  usually go through a big bottle every one or two months.  stupidly, i do nothing with my diet.  i eat lousy (my fiance is trying to fix that to no avail).  i drink lots of beer and soda and coffee.  lay down on the sofa right after eating.  eat spicy stuff.  fatty stuff.  etc.  you can't fix stupid (maybe some day i'll learn), but at least you can realize that there are some things you can do to feel better (physically and emotionally) and for me, knowing there were people out there who are in the same boat - knowing i wasn't alone or simply crazy - was very comforting.  one thing i have done is raised the head of my bed (so that i'm sleeping on a low grade slant) - this way, the acid doesn't crawl back up your esophogus as it can when you are lying flat (or worse, with your head lower than your feet).  this has been pretty good for me.
 
be persistent in getting your doctors to run the tests necessary to rule out all the real bad stuff.  that's all i can tell you.  i think i've done that, but the peace of mind only lasts so long with me.  hopefully, it will last longer for you. 
 
take care.
 

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   Posted 2/11/2008 2:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi acidman
I believe that HH can cause that terrible feeling of food getting stuck. I forget what it's called, but it does have a fancy name. Have you had an ENG done? Have you seen a GI specialist? If not, DO SO! Make sure you chew your food as much as a cow does. I would see a specialist. I really don't think it would be cancer. I'm sure your anxiety is NOT helping. BUT, it could be just that. ANXIETY sucks. A HH can get fairly large. I would demand some basic testing be done. There is NO reason for you to have to feel this way! GOOD LUCK. Please keep us posted!
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   Posted 2/11/2008 11:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you bvioc for sharing your thoughts. Please do continue to post here, and get the infomation and support you may need.

And acidman, check in and let us know how you are doing!!!!!!!!
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   Posted 2/14/2008 12:47 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Acidman,

I am knew to this forum and hope I am not overstepping here.Try not to worry, I just had a gastroscopy done in November 2007. I always have feelings of things being stuck in my throat, and when I eat sometimes I actually choke on the food or when I take a drink after eating it feels like everything goes down in one big ball and it is really painful. Even things as small as pills feel like they get stuck in my throat. Taking pills with applesauce helps. You asked if it is possible to have a "spasm" in the throat and my answer is YES! When they did the scope that is exactly what the specialist said was going on. The upper flap (it's actually called a sphincter from what I was told) in the throat is tight and spasming and the lower flap is too loose and is letting all the acid back up. I know where your coming from with the anxiety and depression because I also suffer with it and it is easy to fear the worse, but try not to worry, there are a lot of people with the same symptoms who don't have cancer, so that's a positive thing. By the way are you on any medication? I am on Prevacid 30mg twice daily and it helps alot. I hope this reassures you a little bit.


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   Posted 2/14/2008 10:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey there greyhound girl, and welcome to healingwell. Have no worries about overstepping...we welcome everyones thoughts and stories!

It is great to have you here, and I do hope you stick with us. This is a great place for information and support!

Keep posting!
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