7 months ago I was having really bad chest pains, I thought I had a heart condition. After going to SEVERAL doctors (each thought I had inflammation of the chest wall)I finally found one to give me an Echo. Everything came back fine, I was diagnosed with GERD. He put me on Aciphex and within a week I was feeling soooo much better. Once I finished my prescript
ion I was back to "normal" so I did not refill it.
about a month ago I started feeling twinges of pain in my chest, nothing bad but I felt it and ignored it. Two weeks ago I was having burning in my stomach, and that night had two glasses of wine, and a glass of champagne. I woke up at 3:00am in a cold sweat with terrible burning in my stomach and very bad chest pains. My stomach got "upset" two hrs later, and I went back to bed.
I started back on Aciphex right away. The problem is I am still having chest pains (though not terrible) and every now and then burning in my belly. The chest pains of course are worse when I lay down at night, and I find it harder to swallow.....also I have lost my appetite and have noticed some bloating. I am going to see a GI in two weeks and they will probably give me an endo (which I am scared of because I do not want to be put under).
Here are my questions and why I am soooo scared. I am 32, eat well (though I do indulge in wine, which could be why I am here along with my yrs of using advil) and am thin and in very good shape. Could I have Esophegeul cancer? I am SO scared I have it because I have the symptoms! I cant get it out of my mind.
Also, how long does it take for meds to work? I thought last time I took Aciphex it kicked in quickly.
Thanks for your feedback and for sharing your stories too.