Over the past two months I have been having severe gerd, I have a hiatus hernia so just put it down to that. I am now having trouble swallowing my food, I can swallow it, but it gets stuck and I keep coughing. I wake up in the morning coughing. My rheumatologist (I have P.A) has said I need an endoscopy. I told my doctor I wasnt keen, as I have had one years ago it was horrid. Anyway, last week, my food has come back into my mouth, and swallowing is hard, it feels like a lump in my throat. My GP has referred me for an endoscopy now, and told me not to worry too much, but like everyone, I have googled all sorts of things, and I am beginning to worry that I have oesphagul cancer. I lost my mum to bowel cancer a year ago. I am frightened. What symptoms did you experience before you were diagnosed with oesoph cancer? I will get the endocopy within the next 3 weeks. Feel so sad today. I have a lot of ailments and dread getting anymore.