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Date Joined Aug 2013
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   Posted 6/10/2014 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello to all,

Unfortunately I'm back with issues. I am having throat pain and problems swallowing again. I have been taking 60mg of Dexilant twice a day and it's better, but still concerns me greatly. I had an endoscopy last August and it found nothing but GERD. My doc dilated one spot, but assured me that I didn't have cancer or Barrett's. I also did a videoesophageogram(sp) with a speech pathologist and it showed nothing as well. My doc even gave me pics of my esophagus from the endoscopy and I can't see anything. I am worried that something could have developed over the last few months. Every time I have these swallowing problems my concern level really rises. I also feel like it has to with me teaching school and getting really stressed during the school year, then I get it under control over the summer, only for it to return by the time school is ending. My doc also told me loosing weight would really help me so I have fully committed to changing my lifestyle and eating habits. I have never smoked or drank alcohol, but have had my fair share of fast food. I'm just tired of being afraid to eat anything during these times and thinking I have cancer. So sorry to ramble. Do any of you deal with these swallowing issues? What are the chances that my GERD/LPR has developed into cancer in just a few months? Is this a normal cycle for GERD? I've had it for about 4/5 years. Blessings to all here!!

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 6/10/2014 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi bluesax7,

I've been a member of this forum for over five years, and over that time I've learned a lot about GERD and esophageal issues. I've followed the stories of countless people as they stop by to discuss issues and ask for support and information. I've read about their conversations with their GI doctors, and their results of their testing. During that time, I've learned one thing for sure. GI doctors consistently try to reassure their patients that they don't need to worry about getting esophageal cancer.

Here's a link to a webpage that discusses cancer risk. As you will see, GERD is mentioned as a risk factor, but you will note that it makes it clear that this is not a major risk factor, and that there are others that are much more likely to lead to esophageal cancer.
It says:
GERD is very common, and the vast majority of people who have it do not go on to develop esophageal cancer.

Anxiety can also create swallowing issues, and stress and increase reflux. As a retired teacher, I understand the stress you're under. Thankfully you'll have some time this summer to give your body time to refresh and rest, so you're ready to start the new year!

You are under the care of a doctor. You're treating your GERD/LPR. Because of that, you are reducing your risk even further. If you were ignoring your problems, you could certainly be setting yourself up for problems, but you're not! You are doing everything right. If your doctor thought that you were at risk for developing cancer, he/she would be on it.

Try to relax!
Hang in there,

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