However, I have one concern (not necessarily for me, just in general) that was raised on the HP/Gastritis Facebook group I frequent. A woman was diagnosed with HP, with gastritis symptoms for 14 months, had an endoscopy twice and was diagnosed only with HP. However she was hospitalized at one stage, and the doctors found a "shadow on her lung" which ended up being cancer. In her own words:
My question is. How thorough should we be with getting angles checked. Should we be getting chest X-rays too?Just wanting to alert but not frighten everyone but my Gastritis/h pylori has gone on to the nxt level - I have been diagnosed with stomach cancer - this is despite 2 endoscopies - the last in May this year which reported mild gastritis and h pylori as well as ct scans which have also missed it - all my symptoms for the last 14 months have been classic gastritis symptoms. The bottom line don't let doctors fob you off with things like gastritis/ h pylori is nothing - if you know something is wrong make sure they take you seriously or find another doctor.
I was admitted to hospital in the middle of triple therapy unable to eat or drink. Had had 14 months of gastritis symptoms. In hosp they found shadow on the lung - did needle biopsy and the result was malignancy from cells normally found in the gastrointestinal tract - no need to be a genius to know where they came from - so was diagnosed by respiratory consultant whilst the gastros refused to see me telling me to go back as an outpatient. Not sure what comes next as only found out last Wed - been referred urgently to gastro team.