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Gastritis - missed Zollinger-Ellison?

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  • Posted By: pattyo
  • April 15, 2008
  • 05:28 PM

A few years ago I had a gastroscopy and colonoscopy. The pathologist reported gastritis consistent with Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. The doctor (a GI surgeon) prescribed ranitidine, which did nothing. Two years later, I was having chest pain and sensation of something in my throat. I went to my GP, who prescribed Pariet. I have been taking it for three months (2 20 mg/day). Also, a few months ago I saw a Rheumatologist who said my blood results indicate Lupus, however, I do not have all the associated clinical diagnostic characteristics of Lupus. (Medical history: dysplastic nevi syndrome, had ovaries, tube, uterus removed because there were pre-malignant cells on biopsy of tubes.)

I told all three physicians that the pathology report said gastritis consistent with Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. None said anything about that, and it has not been followed up. I just started researching the syndrome on-line and I am very concerned that this Zollinger-Ellison possibility. I have been experiencing a distended abdomen and weight gain, which is unusual for me. I have been slim and stayed fit all my life. Sometimes I think because I appear healthy and younger than my age physicians don't take my health concerns seriously. I am 46, 5'8", a year ago I weighed between 130-135, now I weigh between 145-150. I would welcome any knowledgable advice and feedback.

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