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Re: more stomach problems + cancer fears
« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2014, 01:32:10 PM »
I doubt it's food sensitivities because I am mostly a vegan and avoid gluten (thought I had a sensitivity to gluten a while ago and found I normally feel better without it). I now eat a little fish and yogurt but otherwise mostly vegan. I am getting worried again because it's getting worse, I am having a sort of burning pain in my stomach area while I am eating. I have heard this is a symptom of stomach cancer and now I am getting very nervous
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Re: more stomach problems + cancer fears
« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2014, 01:44:59 PM »
Ok now I really am freaking out-- I googled my symptoms today-- burning and tightness in stomach area and everything says stomach cancer. I can't believe my mind is going down this road having just been to the doctor yesterday but it is...
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Re: more stomach problems + cancer fears
« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2014, 01:49:44 PM »
I def have stomach cancer then too! you are describing me exactly! I promise you dont google because I got all the same things. I had a stomach xray and ct scan that came back clear. If I had stomach cancer I'm sure it would show up there. So you are good. Prilosec is over the counter. Id get some and try it for those 2 weeks. If no better than go back to the doctor. I'm promising you are fine. We are in this together!
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Re: more stomach problems + cancer fears
« Reply #13 on: June 26, 2014, 06:42:22 AM »
You don't have stomach cancer, cause I have these same issues too. I've had them now, on and off, for 5 months. Going to start Prilosec again soon, unfortunately.

If you're having reflux and acid problems, definitely avoid caffeine and alcohol. Try eating yogurt, probiotics can help manage acid levels.
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Re: more stomach problems + cancer fears
« Reply #14 on: June 26, 2014, 09:40:33 AM »
thanks, I hope so!  I had a terrible night last night, was tossing and turning, had worked myself up into a certainty I have stomach cancer.  It just feels so tight, I can hardly eat anything at all before feeling like my stomach is going to explode.  I've never had this before, and it's been going on for over two weeks now, which is scaring the hell out of me.  Actually the last two days were significantly worse.    It feels so much like there's something IN THERE, like a tumor...it's hard for me to grasp it could just be acid or irritation of the lining or whatever.    I hope you're right though.  I'm avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and the acidy foods my doctor told me to avoid.
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Re: more stomach problems + cancer fears
« Reply #15 on: July 06, 2014, 11:11:18 AM »
How have you been feeling now?
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Re: more stomach problems + cancer fears
« Reply #16 on: July 06, 2014, 12:06:09 PM »
Ok now I really am freaking out-- I googled my symptoms today-- burning and tightness in stomach area and everything says stomach cancer. I can't believe my mind is going down this road having just been to the doctor yesterday but it is...

Those might be a symptom of stomach cancer.
BUT, they are the same symptoms of GERD, peptic ulcers, h pylori, etc., all of which aren't life threatening AND much much much more likely.

Keep in mind......MILLIONS of peopled have GERD.  MILLIONS of people get peptic ulcers and h py,or I overgrowth.

Its believed h, pylori overgrowth us the ultimate cause of SC.  Yet.......80% of people have h. Pylori, and of those, only a small percentage get overgrowth, and of those, an small amount develop peptic ulcers, and f those, an even smaller amount develop SC.

I had the same problems.  After a week of prilosec I'm doing better.

Also, stress and anxiety can cause all of your symptoms.  It happened to me too.
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Re: more stomach problems + cancer fears
« Reply #17 on: July 07, 2014, 12:26:44 PM »
Michael L...thanks for the thoughts. 
Mairi, I have been doing a bit better, mentally at least.  I went to a GI specialist last week and he prescribed a stronger antacid since I wasn't seeing a change with the low-acid diet + Prilosec.  I think it's called dexilant or something.  I feel back to normal with that, but I didn't take it yesterday just to see if there was any actual improvement and I had all the symptoms again.

I have an endoscopy scheduled for the 16th.  I'm nervous about it and hope it'll give me some answers (that are treatable and not too scary!)
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Re: more stomach problems + cancer fears
« Reply #18 on: July 07, 2014, 03:47:10 PM »
Michael L...thanks for the thoughts. 
Mairi, I have been doing a bit better, mentally at least.  I went to a GI specialist last week and he prescribed a stronger antacid since I wasn't seeing a change with the low-acid diet + Prilosec.  I think it's called dexilant or something.  I feel back to normal with that, but I didn't take it yesterday just to see if there was any actual improvement and I had all the symptoms again.

I have an endoscopy scheduled for the 16th.  I'm nervous about it and hope it'll give me some answers (that are treatable and not too scary!)

Even if you're feeling better, you should continue to take it regularly. PPI's aren't like regular antacids where you can take it and then not take it. They have to be taken consistently, preferably at the same time everyday. Believe me, I hate these drugs, but I've been taking Prilosec for a week now and am feeling better. Glad you're getting an endoscope done.  :yes:
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Re: more stomach problems + cancer fears
« Reply #19 on: July 07, 2014, 03:50:49 PM »
descent--thanks so much for the tips.  I should probably not play around with this stuff, you're right.  glad to hear you're feeling better yourself!
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