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I've had acid reflux for at least the last couple of months and went to the doctor first about six weeks ago because of the awful burning feeling in my throat and mouth, and the dreadful taste/smell that went with it. I honestly felt I would be breathing fire before long. I also have a huge stomach after eating, and most of the time now (I am of slim build), and have bowel movements that are not normal for me, ie they are more often and very soft/loose (not diarrhoea), though the colour is about the same I think. I don't have any stomach pain at all. The doctor put me on Omeprazole, Domperidone and Gaviscon for suspected gastritis and said I needed an endoscopy at my age (I am 59/f). It is booked for two weeks from now, but I am too scared to go for it and will probably cancel. I am in Asia and went to see one last week to "help put my mind at rest". It put the fear of god into me instead, they don't even use sedatives, just a lidocaine spray and the endoscope looks like a garden hose! Anyway, after two weeks on the meds I was practically living on the toilet and so stopped taking them. I think the Domperidone is responsible. Now I am just taking Gaviscon after meals and am not too bad so far with reflux, but I feel terrible all the time and the burning in my mouth is still there, though probably not as severe as before. The doctor told me at the appointment to eat regular meals and drink plenty of milk. I have been looking up gastritis and it seems to me the probable cause is h.pylori? Why must they do an endoscopy? Can't they just treat me for h.pylori and see if things improve? The doctor said he doesn't suspect an ulcer as I have no pain, so what is he doing it for - is there a risk of cancer for example? Now I don't know what to do. I am too scared to go for the endoscopy and too scared not to do anything. What could the problem be??
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