Scared about possibility of esophageal cancer.

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   Posted 5/10/2014 11:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, let's start with the facts. I'm overweight, I have acid reflux. I've smoked for two years, no more than seven cigarettes a day and have been doing well to quit. I was diagnosed with acid reflux about 3 years ago, I was prescribed omeprazole and took it for a few months, but it didn't work. So, I was prescribed 40 mg of Nexium a day, I've been taking that for a year or so and it has done well. Of course I had good days and bad days. But all of a sudden, three days ago I began feeling this bump in my throat when I swallow, it doesn't make it difficult to swallow I can just feel a bump moving. The pressure goes away a bit when I burp, but it is still there. The back of my neck, shoulders and ears hurt off and on. My stomach is constantly upset and makes noises. At times I feel like I can hear acid sizzling in my throat. I cough every once in a while, a few times a day usually. Today though, it brought up a white ball of mucus. I have an odd metallic taste in my mouth off and on, but I also do have a tooth that needs a filling. I cannot see anything in the back of my throat, but I still feel it. I can actually swallow the bump or swelled part in my throat and then feel pain in my throat until it moves back into place. My glands hurt off and on, as does my right side near my ribs. I went to my doctor, I saw the PA and he did very little tests. He listened to my lungs, he looked at my throat and in my ears. He said that I have strep, but he didn't do a swab test and I don't see most of these symptoms listed for strep. I haven't had an endoscopy as of yet, but I am planning on making an appointment for one ASAP. But, I'm just so scared that I've got esophageal cancer. I'm only 31 and I'm not ready to die yet.

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Date Joined Jan 2014
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   Posted 5/12/2014 3:02 AM (GMT -6)   
JoLo, of course you need endoscopy first of all.
The things that you describe look like LPR - excessive mucous (that lump in the throat) tryes to protect your throat and lungs from the damage of refluxate that you inhale.
PPIs suppress acid, but there is also enzymes and bile in reflux and they go on to damage your body.
The majority of GERD-sufferers have symptoms you describe.
|It is normal to be afraid of cancer... i think we are all the same in this feeling as far as GERD persists. But fear doesn't help to heal.

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Date Joined May 2014
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   Posted 5/18/2014 9:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm in the same boat, I have that lump feeling in my throat and my stomach feels like a balloon has been blown up inside of me. I feel the inflammation going all the way down my esophagus and also the mucous clogging it up. I can't figure out why this is happening after 8 years on Nexium and an extra dose has not helped for very long. Feels like I'm choking a lot of the time, and I to am afraid I have esophageal cancer, I'm due for a scope and I can't wait for that so at least I'll know what's going on. I'm 55 years old so my fear is a lot more then it would be if I were younger person.

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 5/18/2014 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I have Acid reflux too. I am experiencing that lump sensation in my throat. Also a irritating throat too.. Along with pain and burning that it does to my upper stomach. I have the cough and constant clearing of my throat. I had a endoscopy 41/2 years ago and all WAS FINE. But very scared this time. I don't smoke or drink at all.. I know exactly how u feel

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Date Joined May 2014
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   Posted 5/19/2014 4:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Jolo, all these sound like GERD related symptoms. I have had them along with constant throat clearing, voice changes like hoarse voice. Thought it was allergies and the MD looked down my nose with a small scope and said all the tissue around my vocal chords was swollen from gastric reflux! I didn't know all these things were related until I had a second EGD. jojokdz, my first showed redness in my esophagus, this one shows Barretts esophagus which I guess can cause me to get cancer so now I have to have an EGD every year. I am 54. Have an EGD and go from there. Also be careful about what you eat and drink so as not to make the GERD act up. I am going to a surgeon in 2 days to discuss a Nissen fundoplication. My GI thinks I am a good candidate for one. Anything to stop this burning in my chest.
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