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Esophageal cancer or GERD

Nov 19, 2014

Hello Dr, shortly after my hiv diagnosis I have experienced strange health issues, although all quite mild but concerning. It started with a pain as as swallowed food/water, the pain was located inbetween my chest. I told my Dr but he dismissed it. The pain cleared for a week and a couple of days, without treatment. After 5 days of taking tribuss I experienced pain just under right ribcage near to my breast (im male). It pained there as food/liquid passes down into stomach. I went to the doc a day after it started he gave me Adco-rozal and its been 5days since, i take 1pill a day and the pain is still there? But it isn't excruciating and I do manage to eat/drink water although I feel it every time I swallow. No pain when i breath deeply, no coughs, hoarse voice, and sometimes when i lay on my right side I feel it but it passes quickly? I am a non-smoker, non-drinker and only 23. Im scared it could be Esophageal cancer/GERD. My liver tests Alt= H 59 <50 Ast= 35<38 I am concerned now, i also eat high fat foods but have been healthy before hiv diagnosis. My dr seems to think I am paranoid due to my hiv. Please advice, could my symptoms indicate acute esophageal/GERD cancer? My next Dr appointment is 22 November.

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for posting.

First, I'd doubt that you have esophageal cancer. Second, your symptoms could be a variety of things- ranging from reflux (GERD) or esophagitis (there are multiple caues of this). The list of possibilities depends on how low your CD4 count is.

I'd suggest having a thoughtful conversation with your doctor about your symptoms and concerns.

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