I am a 28 year old male. I am overweight, but I don't smoke and only drink occasionally. My diet isn't great, and I have been a regular tea and coffee drinker for years, but have recently cut it down significantly. In August 2009 I got myself into a panic health-wise and was told I had health anxiety and saw a counsellor for a couple of months. My anxiety improved, but the original reason I went to the doctors in August never seemed to disappear. The problem is as follows:
I have a constant feeling that something is wrong with my esophagus. Since August 2009 (that's over a year now) I've been feeling that food is moving slowly through the esophagus and that it gets to a point near the xiphoid area and hurts. It feels like that area is burnt. I do have acid reflux and have been put on Omeprazole daily. I tried a few months of Gaviscon too, but it didn't help. When I stop the Omeprazole for a couple of days, the reflux starts up again. Now, however, even though I'm taking Omeprazole, I am getting the stabbing pains in the xiphoid area (right in the middle, where the crease between chest and stomach is) and food very often hurts on its way down. Also, after say a pint of water, my throat feels very cold and when I burp, the water is coming back up into my mouth. A while after eating/drinking, I get a glugging type noise coming from my stomach/esophagus and up into my throat - it sounds like a tap dripping. Eventually it stops, but I'm always left with a fullness feeling in my chest/stomach. I also get really harsh jolts in my stomach - as though its rumbling but just one big pop, like a burp but in my stomach.
Obviously, I'm scared silly. I really think that there's some kind of blockage. I'm booked in for an endoscopy (gastroscopy) for November 1st, but that seems so far away. Please could someone help me? I'm obviously thinking esophageal cancer - very worried.