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Acid Reflux misdiagnosis

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 16, 2008
  • 01:12 AM


My mom was diagnosed and treated for Acid Reflux for several years. However, it was not acid reflux it was cancer. She was 49 years at her initial diagnosis. Her primary Care Physician changed prescriptions Prilosec, Nexium , Zantac and several others. He even increased the dosage. The initial prescriptions provided some relief. However, she could not miss one dosage without experiencing severe discomfort.

To summarize the details of this misdiagnosis I will state that several medical blunders occurred. Some include prescribing medication for years that should not have been prescribed for more than a few months without performing yearly endoscopes or a colonoscopy. Patients 50 and over should be referred for an endoscope and colonoscopy at least once per year. At one time he prescribed "ensure" to deal with her unexplained weight loss and loss of appetite. All the while seeing her in his office at least 3 times per year.

She was not tested for an H. Pylori Bacterial Infection until after she was diagnosed with cancer and prior to her oncology surgery to remove a part of her stomach. However by that time the cancer had spread to her liver and lymph nodes.

H. Pylori is a somewhat common gastric infection that is EASILY TREATED with antibiotics. It does not lead to cancer in every patient. However, in far too MANY cases untreated H. Pylori can lead to stomach cancer. My mother died 9 months after her diagnosis.

Misdiagnosis and medical malpractice is not uncommon. However, it is under reported. That is why we welcome you to share your story on our forum www.misdiagnosed.me. Our goal is NOT to demonize the medical industry or physicians. The purpose of our site is to create a place where victims and loved ones of misdiagnosis and medical malpractice can come together to discuss their experience and help one another through the hardship and difficulties of our experiences. Ultimately we hope that our stories and experiences will help to safe lives and improve the quality of care received by patients.

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  • Sorry for your loss. I have also been diagnosed with acid reflux and have been given OMEPRAZOLE. The VA says that's what causes my EE esophagitis episodes where I choke on food and or food gets lodged. I took ACCUTANE @80mg per day in active duty USMC at age 20. I am 38 now. I have suffered from bloated stomach to constipation and a colonoscopy at age 27. I have had 18 endoscopes all which came back negative for polyps or gurd. Recently I was told it is caused by stress. I am searching for answers. I'm way too young to be having to deal with such pain
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    • October 7, 2013
    • 07:13 AM
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  • holy ___!!! justice505, i too took ACCUTANE when i was soph in college, i stopped after only a year but soon after i wasnt myself

    before this i was at my physical peak in life, i remember even jokin about it. Then side effects started, i got sick every morning, throwing up. soon i was puking blood, went to doctor and they said i have acid reflux..

    well i feel so sick all the time now man, it sucks. i used to be so strong, now im weak to the core, to the bone.. my organs feel weak lol.
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