Afraid I have Esophageal cancer

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acidman
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   Posted 5/12/2012 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been a sufferer for about 12=15 years, my first scop was in 99, second in 2004, showed HH and mild irritation, have been on prilosec or some form of Omeprazole for the whole time...I had a recurrence bad back in Dec 2007 for about a month, got it back under control, I think it happened again in 2009 or so and got better again..had a colonsocopy on 4/27/12 and since that day GERD has been unbearable....I feel the following.
 
1. Feel lump in throat
2. I can feel my food going down, it feels like its passing through a tube of gravel.
3. Hearburn no matter what I eat.
4. Feeling of stuff washing back up into my esoph.
5. lots of gas pressure.
 
I will admit two things I am doing that are not good. I have been switching PPI.s around for some time now, based on cost or if they seem to work, but I have been switching every 3-4 days, like desperation to fix this.
I do not feel and have not been really eating....I am almost afraid to eat.
 
As an example, I just went to take my morning med with water, and I can feel the water washing back up, and I want to burp bad.
 
anyway I saw the GI doc yesterday and they are going to scope me soon, and they gave me protonix.
 
I am honestly really really afraid they are going to find barrets or cancer in there, I guess I feel my symptoms are not normal, I have posted a few different posts here, for the moderators sorry for that, I am desperate for some reassurance or insight, and reading through others posts gets really confusing with everyone and thier natural methods (not bashing it I swear) and ingredients that I have never heard of.
 
 
THanks to all of you here, I am sorry for your suffering, I havent slept good in days and cannot eat, if anyone else goes through this i feel for you.
 
J
 
 
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stkitt
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   Posted 5/12/2012 9:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello acidman,
 
No need to be sorry as I can understand why you are worrying about cancer - you have had kidney cancer with surgical removal of a tumor and that had to be scary for you as for anyone who faces any type of cancers. 
 
I am glad to hear you are going to have the endoscopy but until then do take some big breaths and try to keep you mind focused on the present and don't wander into "What if?" thinking.  I know that is hard to do. 
 
I also understand the fear of cancer - my husband has had prostate cancer and my Father, all his siblings as well as one of my sisters died from cancer but I do not worry about it myself.  If someday I have to face it I will do so but for today what helps me best is to stay in the moment. 
 
One of the best remedies for anxiety is to talk about it.  Here is where good friends and family can come in.  I think of the old adage, " A problem shared is a problem halved".  Keep on talking with us here in the forum and know that you are going to be OK.
 
Kindly,
Kitt
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acidman
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   Posted 5/12/2012 9:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Kit, Question, do my symptoms noted seem coomon among Gerd sufferers?

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DOGGBONES
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   Posted 5/12/2012 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Those are some common symptoms, your endo scope will tell a lot. I use ppis, carafate, h2 blockers, and natural methods. None of these have cured my gerd, however I have gotten reflief and healing over time.
 
Stay strong,
Doggbones

stkitt
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   Posted 5/12/2012 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
J,
 
You may want to read the following link from our resources:
 
 
This may help you !
 
 
~~Kitt~~
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ericapeace2000
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   Posted 5/12/2012 11:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Stay calm, reflux feeds on anxiety. You symptoms are GERD symptoms. Find a good GI doctor ( you may need to do a little research) and get on a low acid, low carb, low fat diet. Chewing gum non mint flavored helps me with the lump in throat and heartburn. Gaviscon (it's OTC) after meals may help with heartburn, the medication forms a barrier between you stomach and esophagus keeping avid down in the stomach. I had an endoscopy recently and I was scared too. Just hang in there and wait to see. You can look into some natural remedies or acupuncture. I'm working with a new GI doctor but if I don't get anywhere with him, that's where I am going next.

Jennuine
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   Posted 5/14/2012 12:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Being that I am a GERD sufferer myself but i am now having it controlled with a PPI, i also had that feeling of feeling food passing through my esopahgus. I wouldnt get too worried of having cancer just yet. Wait to see what the docs tell you. But from my own personal experience, i also felt my food moving down my esopahgus. I slowly went from solid foods to all liquids. Ultimitaely it seems to be an issue with esophageal motility as you are not supposed to feel any food boluses move through your esophagus. You may want to discuss this with your GI. Ive heard that consistant reflux can damage your vagus never which controls motility in the digestive tract from your esophagus to your stomach etc. You may have a damaged vagus nerve and its affecting the motility in your esophagus, hence why you feel your food moving down slowly in your food pipe. I had a test called an esophageal manometry done which tests the muscle contractions in your esopahgus as you are drinking water. I had abnormal swallows in my esophagus. Again, this is just my experience, so you will definitely need to speak to your doc, but this could be a possibility, which while its still a chronic problem, its not as severe as cancer. Just try to stay calm and follow thru with your doc. As i said, my esophagus motility has been greatly impaired and i can not swallow solid foods and im living on liquids. Maybe my vagus nerve was damaged. Who knows. I hope you get some answers.
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