Abdominal pain and fear.

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Hello. I am a 20 year old male. about 2 weeks ago i began having intermittent upper abdominal pain. A sort of gnawing pain. once in a while i would experience heartburn as well. I went to see a doc and had both a blood and breath test done both of which came back normal. no h pylori. however the symptoms remained and became more frequent. I went back and was given protonix or protoprezole which has helped in reducing the pain and i have asked to be referred to a specialist a couple of days ago but, as with any public healthcare system, its going to take a while before i even know if im getting an appointment. I reallh want to have an endoscopy done because im terrified that i might have something serious like stomach cancer. Anyone have any advice on how to stay calm or maybe how to quickly get an endoscope done in Canada?

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    It sounds like maybe you have gastritis which is inflammation in your stomach, particularly if the PPI is helping. Try a low acid diet while you are waiting for the endoscopy, avoid fatty foods, sugar, alcohol, caffeine, citrus fruits or fruit juices and carbonated drinks, see if this helps. If you do this and take your PPI every day, the chance of you having inflammation by the time the endoscopy happens are low. Do you smoke?

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    It could be acid reflux, gastritis or ulcers since PPIs help. Relaxation therapy, distraction techniques and staying away from googling your symptoms can help with anxiety. However, there is no point in worrying about things that haven't happened or may never happen. Try to avoid eating anything rich, greasy or spicy. Stick to bland foods. I don't know anything about healthcare in Canada, but if you live there, you are likely to know more than me how the system works. Try asking for your appointment to be put forward; you may be able to get a cancellation appointment.

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