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.
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