First off Im 31. Not a smoker or drink by any means. I have had heartburn problems for years now. Sometimes I would treat it with antacids and prilosec, sometimes I would just treat it with sleep as that usually seemd to make it go away. A few days ago I had a sharp pain in my chest that radiated to my right peck seemingly and it only occured when I swallowed a bit of food or drank really cold water. The best way I can describe it is it feels like there is a single spot in my esophogis that hurts when food or cold liquid passes over it. When I eat stuff like warm soup or soft foods I barely feel anything at all. The pain is not severe, just annoying. I went to the doctor the very next day. He looked me over, pressed on me, and sat and had a chat with me. He diagnosed me with esophogitis, doubled up my prilosec, gave me sucralfate to make slurries with, and told me to see him in a week and that if I hadn't improved he would scope me. He talked to me about
the need to get my diet changed (which oddly enough I had done on my own not but a week prior along with getting myself into the gym) and get the acid under control so that I wouldn't develop barrets esophagus. Then he mentioned the big C word and talked to me about
how barrets can put me at higher risk of Esophigeal Cancer, but promptly stressed that at my age it wasn't a worry. I have been taking the meds for a few days as well as eating only soft non fatty foods and drinking lots of water with only VERY little improvement. Then I read an article about
a 33 year old man who died of esophigeal cancer, and I became really really worried. I found out that the only way to diagnose barrets as well as esophogus cancer is with a scope, which my doc didn't perform on me. Is there a reason why he seems so confident that its not anything super serious? Should I be scared to death right now about
cancer? Finally, how long does it usually take esophogitus to heal?
Post Edited (Mister Gottfried) : 9/30/2012 5:02:28 AM (GMT-6)