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For a brief background, 32 year old male, I've been a GERD sufferer for some time now, not sure how long but diagnosed via endoscopy 11/2017. Initial endoscopy for difficulty and mild pain while swallowing. Felt better and went off my PPI, but in 11/2018 symptoms came back (painful, difficult swallowing). Had a barium swallow done 01/2019 which showed obvious reflux and delayed/abnormal movement when supine. Again like an idiot went off PPI.
Fast forward to today, for the past at least 8 or so months I have pain whenever I swallow anything, even saliva at times. I've been on pantoprazole for the last ~2 weeks, but the pain and difficulty I feel when I swallow is driving me nuts, often times feeling like food is stuck in my mid-chest, some regurgitation etc. Pain also lingers after I've eaten for sometimes seemingly hours.
I've asked for another endoscopy but my Gastro is skeptical, even telling me that she doesn't think it would be helpful, but the severe symptoms have me worried sick. Could some combination of stress, poor diet, and not being on a PPI cause these symptoms for such long periods of time? Could 2 years from an EGD and one from a barium swallow be time for something more serious to develop, or are these really esophagitis symptoms? Worried sick about cancer (naturally health anxious as well...).
Any advice is appreciated. Thank you!
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