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Hey everyone, I've posted this on another forum, but I'd like to get as much help as I can. I'd just to like to know from this community's personal experiences whether or not my doctor is correct in the diagnosis of gastritis or If I sholud be concerned, because my anxiety won't let me believe I have anything other than stomach cancer. I've been suffering with gastritis/duodenitis type symptoms for a little over 3 months now. I'd say my lifestyle was high risk for gastritis - poor eating habits, frequent cigarette smoking, terrible anxiety and a cocaine habit that lasted around 6 months, though that's now behind me. The symptoms I've been experiencing seem terrible, but I've been to my family doctor probably 5 times throughout the three months, as well as once to the ER two nights ago.The physician said the same thing as my family doctor: there's no reason to think I have anything other than gastritis being made worse by my anxiety. I get, most often, nausea and burning from my stomach, sometimes down to my navel. The nausea can get really severe, when it flares up it comes and goes in intervals of about 30 seconds and then flaring down for 1-5 minutes. I have yet to vomit as a result of this. There is not much pain, just the burning and nausea. drinking water seems to help. These episodes seem to last 3-5 days followed by a period of feeling not as bad. These symptoms are combined with a ton of gas, and either constipation or very frequent bowel movements. Bowel movements tend to burn a lot, especially when my stomach is flaring up. I have a lot of trouble eating and the flare ups are usually associated with eating. I don't appear to be passing blood in any way, though it seems like the stool sometimes has a yellowy/green substance in it(possibly bile). My stomach appears to get much worse with my anxiety and things seem to triggering my anxiety incredibly easily, especially my symptoms. I have new anxiety medication(Ciprolex) which I am too afraid to start out of fear that it may upset my stomach. I am 18 years old for reference with no history of stomach cancer in the family. I've been taking tecta as well as 2 zantac a day but they only provide limited relief. I am absolutely mortified that I have stomach cancer and can't get the thought out of my head. Any input/advice/reassurance would be greatly appreciated as the symptoms are having a horrible effect on my mental health. Thanks for reading and hope to hear back from someone soon!
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