I know as much as any non-doctor/nurse/health professional could possibly know as I battled GERD for quite a long time.
There is a risk of cancer in the esophagus if GERD is left untreated for a long time. The cancer is almost always preceded by a condition called "Barrett's Esophagus", which was what you doctor was talking about
when he said he found no cell transformations. I think you're probably okay. The risk of developing cancer at this point is minimal.
GERD and anxiety disorders do have some kind of relationship, though. I'll give you a personal anectote:
I had GERD pretty badly for at least four years. For three of those years I was either on Nexium or Prevacid. They helped, I guess, but I still had plenty of GERD problems; if I did not eat exactly the right way and at exactly the right time, I was burping fire, having horrible tastes in my mouth, regurgitating...you name it. Again, this is WITH taking the Prevacid/Nexium. Skipping ahead, I was at one point diagnosed with panic disorder and prescribed Klonopin.
For several weeks I was afraid to take the Klonopin as I'm one of these people who absolutely hate taking pills. During this period of denial I had, at one point, decided that Prevacid must be causing my panic attacks (why would I think that? beats me). So, naturally, I quit taking it. The GERD got worse. I expected a "correction" period and tried not to think about
it. And since my panic disorder was so bad in those days I was eating very little to begin with.
Anyway, I finally mustered up the courage to take the Klonopin. Instantly (and I mean by the next day) I was feeling better in almost every respect. My GERD disappeared. I felt calmer. Well, after about
a week or so the GERD made a resurgence. I simply went back on the Prevacid and it stopped that problem. It had never worked before...it seems I needed both drugs to straighten GERD out.
Long story short:
GERD can definitely be aggravated by anxiety, so anti-anxiety meds can help out. Well, at least they did for me. And don't worry about
getting cancer. That's your anxiety talking, too. The risk is infinitesimal since you are proactively treating GERD. If you really want to be sure about
it, go back for another scope as soon as your insurance will allow and have them look again. It's very unlikely to show anything.
Eat a GERD-friendly diet and find a way (through drugs or whatever) to decrease your anxiety level. What was this sedative that they tried to give you?
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