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A 21-year-old male asked:

Have had burping/reflux excessively for several months, nexium (esomeprazole) reduced acid, not burping. burning stomach pain between meals, negative h pylori, 22 year old male. terrified its stomach cancer?

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Boris Aronzon
Anesthesiology 25 years experience
Endoscopy: Did you have endoscopy, without egd it is impossible to determine the cause of your problem. See gastroenterologist.
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Burning and burping: Sounds like the Nexium (esomeprazole) decreased your acid production but didn't fix the cause of your pain.It could be that your stomach has become raw(gastritis) or u may have a hiatal hernia. Stomach symptoms can be aggravated by stress.Stomach ca causes pain , bleeding, weight loss, and is most often found in older males.Check with your doc, you don't need to suffer like you are now.
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Unlikely cancer: Your symptoms sound like gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd), or heartburn. If Nexium (esomeprazole) works partially, you may try increasing the dose (doubling), and changing your diet a bit, to reduce spicy foods that cause acid conditions, such as alcohol, tomato products, caffeine, chocolate. Avoid eating 3 hours before bedtime. If the symptoms still persist, see a gastroenterologist.
Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 37 years experience
Doubt cancer: First to allay your fears it would be exceedingly rare for you to have gastric cancer at your age. In any event if these symptoms persist would see your doctor about having an upper endoscopy. Ultrasound to rule out gallbladder problems could be a follow up study if that is negative.

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