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Trouble swallowing.
An_201499 posted:
I'm 44, male. Never smoked. Very rarely drink (< 6 beers in the last decade) I've had reflux off and on for about eight years. Seven years ago, I lost about 70 pounds and the symptoms went away. Over the last 2-3 years, old habits crept back and the weight came back on. I've had occasional heartburn over the last few years, but within the last month, it got worse. A few months ago, I elevated the head of the bed. Two weeks ago I started taking Prilosec OTC. The heartburn got better, but a week ago I started having a little trouble swallowing and food coming back up on me (into my throat, not vomiting). I stopped drinking diet soda shortly after this and saw my primary care guy on Thursday. He prescribed omeprazole 20 mg, ordered a chest x-ray and ekg, which were both normal. He referred me to a gastroenterologist, whom I'll see on Jan. 25. It's the same doctor I saw in 2003. He did an endoscopy then and found nothing precancerous. Because of the trouble swallowing, I'm kind of concerned I might not be so lucky this time.
Obviously, I need to change things, lose weight, etc., but at this point how possible is it that it could be too little, too late?
alvarado10 responded:
It could be that your esocophus (not spelled right) is tighting up. Try eating smaller more fequent meals.
CalGal37 responded:
If the esophagus is irritated to any degree it could cause problems, but for the most part it can take a very long time to go from something like esophagitis to 'too little, too late.' Get back on track again with weight and meds, and be sure to change your diet to a GERD-friendly one. Check a representative example of food to try or avoid at and click the diet section.
ZachHutton replied to CalGal37's response:
By "very long time" do you mean longer than a decade or so?
CalGal37 replied to ZachHutton's response:
Zach, reports vary. But it's suggested it can take a number of years (perhaps 10?) to get close to being at the stage where someone has to face cancer.

Barrett's (a precancerous state) can and does show up earlier, and it's a warning that should be taken seriously, especially if the signs and symptoms of gastritis and/or esophagitis haven't been taken seriously enough up to that point.

There are people that have a faster progression, but most of the literature still suggests it can/will take time before the word cancer crops up. There are a number of good websites that discuss the subject. You might want to take a look at:
ZachHutton replied to CalGal37's response:
My biggest problem now seems to be a lump in my throat that's really uncomfortable and won't go away. Is there anything I can do to relieve it?
I'm not seeing the gastroenterologist for another 12 days.
Should I go to an emergency room?

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