Worried about esophageal cancer. Help!

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Hi all,

30 y/o male, currently experiencing discomfort while swallowing including pain between the shoulder blades when eating. I don't know if it's food getting stuck or what, but if I don't chew food to liquid I can feel it moving though my esophagus, and feel slight pain about upper 3rd of chest.

My question is: I had a CT scan of the thorax performed 10/19 for a follow up to lung nodules. Good thing is they have been stable for 3 years, but my question is how likely is EC to show up on a CT scan? I know they perform CTs for staging and follow up, but I'm worrying myself crazy because PPIs don't seem to be helping, but thought I'd ask here. Looking for an appointment for endoscopy hopefully this week.

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    Ct scan has the abilty to help with detection of cancerous abnormalities from early development.

    Go and see yr doctor. Endoscopy is good to have done.

    Medication can take while to work.

    Have u altered yr lifestyle to try and help yrself?

    Dont smoke.

    How long have u had gastro issues?

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      Had issues on and off for about 2 months. Smoked for about 7 years but stopped a month ago in favor of vaping. I've only been using PPIs correctly for about a month. Still struggling with not eating late at night, did well for about a month and moved back to not eating well.

      Hoping its more to.do with diet. Also been testing myself by intentionally eating without chewing well to see effects. Probably not helping...maybe that could be the answer to some of the problems. Could not chewing well cause irritation?

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    It's sounds like your esophagus is inflamed I get a lot of feeling my food go down  Too have you tried Gaviscon Advanced after meals 

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      Hi yes I've been scooped before twice try the Gaviscon it will line your thrust and esophagus and sit on top of your stomach and stop acid coming up and burning you I use this along with PPI meds 

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