GERD to Cancer, is it that simple?

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Hi, I’m a 36 year old white male, and average build at 6’5’, 215 lbs. I was diagnosed with GERD about 1 month ago after my ENT Doc put a tube camera down my nose, but I now realize GERD is a condition I’ve had since my early 20’s. In October of 2018, I had my right lower wisdom tooth and back molar removed, and that caused major complications with my health, leading me to hospital for sickness 12/18/18 and 12/26/18, X-ray, thoracic CT scan performed as doctors thought I may have had some type of lung cancer. Fast forward to today, I’m still “feeling off”, have developed anxiety (which I’ve never known) and am convinced that my current symptoms (daily pain in my throat/chest/esophagus/trachea, hoarse voice at social events, daily GERD, and feeling “off”) can be nothing but “esophageal cancer”... and I’m totally freaking myself out... I have an endoscopy with GI Doc scheduled for 5/9/19. (I also have a tumor (lipoma), diagnosed 2/18/19, being removed next week. And I’m scheduled for dental implants to replace the tooth in May as well, after endoscopy)(My career is hi stress/pressure too, as I’m sure all people are)..... Any insight here is appreciated. Thanks!

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    I think a lot of us suffer the same symptoms and I did worry about cancer but with so many of us I believe it is just Gerd. My GP who is ENT specialist said it can cause many different symptoms from ear down to midriff. Hope you get good news from endoscopy

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      Thank for the positive message, and I'm hopeful, and I do think I'm likely fine, but... just on my 4th or 5th month of symptoms and sickness, and nothing works for treatment. I keep thinking I'll wake up and feel better the next day, but unfortunately it just doesn't happen.

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      Are you taking a PPI, if so you need to take it regularly for it to work. Also take ranitidine which dries up the acid. PPI stops acid production which causes Gerd so are different drugs that work well together. I also drink kefir which can be brought in UK supermarkets. It is one of those things that never really goes but with the right medication and diet can be managed very easily. I eat anything I want and don't worry about taking the medication. I have been on PPI for 15 years and have had no side effects, a lot of people on here panic about their long term and become anxious which in itself causes more problems but as my GP said it is better to take a pill daily that helps protect against cancer than come off it. Take care

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    My endoscopy was moved up to today, and it went well. Aside from signs of GERD, all else looked good. They did take some samples for biopsies, but I'm hopeful as the doc said there was nothing but normal as far as what was visible!

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