Gasoline taste?

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Gasoline taste?

by Intheswamp on Tue Mar 10, 2009 12:00 AM

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First thing is I really respect all of you who post here, from reading through the messages I'm really humbled.  Please pardon my question here as I'm sure it's just paranoia on my part as I haven't been diagnosed with anything and I'm probably just wasting bandwidth.

A year or so ago I had something going on with my gastro system that resulted in burps that tasted very much similar to gasoline.  After a week or so of the gasoline burps they went away.  Now, just a week ago I had a single burp that again tasted like gasoline.  This hasn't happened again.

Out of curiousity I did a google search for the string "burp taste gasoline".  At the top of the list was a Wikki answer that presented the question..."Why would it taste like gasoline when you burp?"  The answer was..."That is a symptom of early-stage esophageal cancer. I suggest you go see a doctor immediately."

I'm probably being a bit foolish even worrying about this "hit", but it got me to studying up on EC symptoms.  Again, I'm probably just scaring myself here, but...

1.  I smoked for over 30 years, heavily towards the end...both my wife and I quit 2 1/2 years ago.

2. Since quitting smoking my throat gets sore and my voice hoarse...hoarse to the point of losing my voice at times.

3. I have a long (decades) running history of bad heartburn/indigestion.

Those are really the only symptoms I would say that I have, and again, I'm probably just scaring myself and need to take a walk and get off of the internet. 

I'm certainly not looking for a diagnosis here, but...is anyone aware of an EC patient having these "gasoline burps" or is the Wikki answer just a fluke post that shouldn't even be there?

I was at the doctors office the other day with a different ailment (weird pain in the side) and I shared with him my experience with the burps. He had never heard of the gasoline burps.  After all of this, and my history of indigestion/heartburn my MD is scheduling me for an EGD so I'll know if anything is going on or not.  But, in the meantime, I'm curious about the "gasoline burps".  Anybody heard of it?

Thanks,

James

 

 

RE: Gasoline taste?

by Irishbear on Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:00 AM

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Dear James,

There's nothing paranoid about listening to your body. If you have the slightest suspicion about your state of health, get it checked out immediately by a specialist. 

 J 

 

RE: Gasoline taste?

by Intheswamp on Thu Mar 12, 2009 12:00 AM

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On 3/11/2009 Irishbear wrote:

Dear James,

There's nothing paranoid about listening to your body. If you have the slightest suspicion about your state of health, get it checked out immediately by a specialist. 

 J 

Thanks for the encouragement, J. 

I'm beginning to get a little unsettled with my MD (longtime, small town MD).  I called his office yesterday to see if they had me an appointment to have the EGD and was told they had been "real busy" and hadn't gotten around to it (this was the MD's wife that called and you're really rating if she calls...yeah, right).  She said they would have to call in the morning (this morning) and get me an appointment and they would let me know.  I never heard from them.<sigh>  Unfortunately his office is closed on Fridays. :(  He's the one that decided the pain in my side was a rib....I knew it wasn't, but he did the x-rays anyhow...most of the deep pain has left me but my skin is actually sore to the touch in that area...kinda like an old, deep sunburn.  Who knows???  As time goes by I lose a little more faith in doctors.<sigh>

Have a great weekend, hopefully we'll get some rain here in south Alabama.   James


 

RE: Gasoline taste?

by simboy98 on Fri Oct 11, 2019 06:24 PM

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I am just seeing this post in 2019 - I hope all went well once you got the tests.

I am mainly commenting because my husband had the burps, heartburn, pain in his back, was very overweight and had a family history of esophagus cancer. 

He developed a cough but was told by several doctors it was the flu and just to suck it up and it would go away. Wrong.

In the end, he got very bad off and ended up going to a lung specialist, because of the cough after 4 months of feeling lousy. Then he got a CT Scan and it was already very advanced Stage 4 EC. Way too late to do anything about it.

So, not to scare anyone, but I have observed for myself why it's a bad idea to ignore a persistent pain or body irregularity. Just face the fact that something isn't right, usual methods aren't fixing it quickly, and get checked out.

Finding out at the last minute that you've got a big problem, whatever it is, is not a good thing. Just nip it in the bud and that's your best chance of getting ahead of any issue.

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