In about 24 hours I'll be at the gastrologist's office. My symptoms have gotten better since I made the appointment, but I don't know if it's because I've controlled my diet or what.
I seem to be having symptoms of gastritis. I have a feeling of pressure or a lump behind the bottom of my breastbone that gets better and worse over the day, and it seems that certain foods make me feel nauseous after a few hours or the next day, with feelings of acid reflux when that happens. My appetite is okay now, but not perfect. I haven't lost weight, and I haven't felt any pain since I got sick.
I was reading about gastritis and unfortunately found that it can be caused by stomach cancer, but I'm so young that I feel my chances are minute. I also heard it's not very common in the US anymore. I'm not sure why I'm scared then -- maybe it's because my symptoms still aren't completely gone after over a month, and no matter how good I feel I still have this lump feeling behind my breastbone. I also accidentally came across stories of people discovering cancer incidentally with very few complaints, being healthy and everything.
I'm also scared of being put under general anesthesia for a possible endoscopy. I've never gone under general anesthesia before and I'm afraid of getting nightmares or panicking at the last moment.
Some last minute reassurance would be great. After I address all my medical issues, I'm not going to hesitate to find a counselor so that I can treat my anxieties. I think anxiety has affected my life much more than I want to admit.