I am a 37 yr old black male and I have been having strange discomfort in the left side of my stomach for about a couple of months. I went to the emergency room and the doctor there diagnosed me with acid reflux but I am very concerned because I have taken the medicine prescribed and the condition hasn't gotten any better. along with these symptoms, I have had night sweats, chest pains, and insomnia. I have a drinking problem as well so I am really concerned about myself. Can anyone tell me if there are any other alternatives besides gastric cancer. one other thing, my blood work came back with high protein levels. negative for HIV,Hep C, ect.
Well, without a clinical evaluation it would be difficult to determine the cause of your symptoms. I see no reason to be worried about gastric cancer. Possibilities that may need to be considered include gastritis, GERD/ ulcers, respiratory/ cardiovascular issues, chest wall inflammation etc. The high serum protein levels may also need further evaluation. It would be best to have this evaluated by a primary care physician initially and depending on the cause diagnosed/ suspected, it can be managed accordingly o specialist care may be sought
Hope this helps.
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