Mar 16, 2011 - 4:07 am
I started having stomach pains and bloating after eating 2 years ago. I saw an gastroenterologist. An endoscopy was preformed 6 months ago and the diagnosis was an ulcer with H. pylori infection, but negative for malignancy. I was prescribed triple therapy of AB and H1 inhibitors. This seemed to make things better, but recently the pain has returned. The pain is very minor, more like discomfort than pain. My gastro recommended another endoscopy since my father had gastric cancer at 75 years old.
My question is how often should I get an endoscopy? Do I need to be worried about stomach cancer when a biopsy was performed 6 months ago? How can a person differentiate between an ulcer and stomach cancer with the symptoms so similar? Any help or advise would be appreciated.