I've been following this forum for quite some time and finally decided to post as I have been overwhelmed with fear. I'm a 41 year old male 1/2 day smoker, non drinker with a previous history of health anxiety approx. 13 years ago and was in remission until this past October 2014.
I've had GERD pretty much since my early 20's but never thought much of it. I would take a zantac and move on. This year in October for the first time in many many years I decided to visit Dr. Google after waking with a weird pain in my shoulder and back. At the time I was convinced it was lung cancer. So I googled more & more & more. All of the sudden I started to get heartburn every night with pain radiating to my mid back, but not an aching pain it was more of a burning pain, with a lot of burping which felt like I had something stuck under my left shoulder blade. I went to the Dr. we did a chest x-ray, blood work, urine sample, abdominal ultrasound, and ultrasound of my thyroid. All tests came back normal. I then continued to google and boom I up came Oesophageal Cancer and Stomach Cancer a perfect match to my symptoms. Since reading these articles in the last 5 months I've lost between 8-10 lbs. I'm not eating as much my symptoms are still there almost daily, however if I'm busy and preoccupied I don't really notice them until I sit down to relax and eat. Then the back burning starts, the heartburn starts, the mind starts racing my stomach feels bloated and gassy and now I have a knot in my sternum from constantly checking and prodding looking for lumps, and when I burp I feel a weird knot in my shoulder.
So my Dr. has diagnosed me with GERD, Costochondritis from constant chest tension, and now GAD. He prescribed me with dexilant 60mg PPI once a day for the GERD but I stopped taking it as it made me feel worse (heartburn was relieved but caused other symptoms), and has now ordered an gastroscopy to put my mind at ease as he believes that my health anxiety is causing the symptoms to appear worse than they are.
Has any else experience any of these type of weird symptoms with their health anxiety? The doctor doesn't seem too concerned about cancer of the oesophagus or stomach, should I be worried? I'm too afraid to go see the Gastro Dr. for the endoscope.
Thanks in advance for any advice.