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Acid reflux has been present for about 8 monthhs now, during the first few months I had no idea what it was, I just knew I was feeling different but could not understand what it was.
My symptoms are the following, sometimes I feel like there's an empty coldness from my upper abdomen all the way to the throat. There is a nasty taste at the back of my mouth and usually have bad breath! Despite washing my teeth twice a day. I burp but not that much I guess.
Anyway I went to the pharmacist and was given 20mg Maalox Reflusson, which kind of work after 4 days. The discomfort return a few days after. I then switched to Nexium 20mg and this was working quiet well!
Two weeks ago I got acid reflux again (after a weekend of consuming alcohol, smoking and eating fried food = had no idea that these were a trigger) and I got panicked. I got panicked because I couldn't understand why this acidity kept coming back so I googled what might be the cause and all results were linked to stomache cancer.
I am 22 year old, I don't drink coffee, don't consume much carbonated drinks, ( maybe 2 pints a week max), and I'm a social smoker (i.e I smoke a packet of cigarette every 2 weeks). However I do eat a lot of fast food/fried.
I went to the doctor once I learnt that this can be cancer and well he gave me a referral ticket to a Gastroenterologist. Being very afraid I asked him if what I read is true. He assured me that I am too young for this. At first I felt very reassured but I can't get this though out of my head.
Since then I've been very unhappy, I keep crying everyday (just the though of it destorys me). I cannot concentrate and it's really afffecting my performance at University.
Doctor prescribed me Esomeprazole 40mg, but they don't seem to be working. I stopped smoking, avoiding fried food, trying not to eat 3 hours before bed but the acidity is still there. I am now blaming the stress that I am experiencing. Not sure.
Can anyone share their experieince with me, and tell me if I should be concerned?
P.s I'm very sorry for the long post! But wanted to include all relevant details.
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