Is this a stomach cancer symptom? Please help.

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Karl628
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   Posted 7/9/2014 3:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone,
 
I'm a 41 year old male. Smoker for 25 years. I've had upper stomach pain for about 2 and a half months. At the beginning there was also mild chest burn.  I had a blood test done to rule out h pylori. It came back negative. I've been on Pantoprazole for about 2 months now. When I tried to come off the medication about 2 weeks back, my pain came back. The doctor feels it is probably gastritis. I plan on asking for an upper endoscopy. Since I'm negative for h pylori, what else can be causing this. I don't drink alcohol. Any feedback would help. Thank you.

Alcie
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   Posted 7/9/2014 7:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum, Karl.

Sorry we can't diagnose, but we're not doctors, just patients. This is definitely a question for your doctor. He'll most likely look for everything when he does the endo. Smoking is the worst thing you can do for your stomach and bowels, not just the lungs, as far as I know.

I'm not surprised the pain came back after stopping the stomach med. That seems to be the usual thing. It can come back with a vengeance too. Gastritis is just an itis, or inflammation of the stomach. Doesn't tell you anything.

Pat Tall
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   Posted 7/9/2014 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Karl. Big welcome to our forum. Please keep in touch with your doctor and get tested to find out the problem. When you stop acid reducing medicine, the body starts sending out more acid (like trying to make up for lost time)--- this is called "rebound". Lots of info on the forum about it. Get your food intake under control-- cut out coffee, carbonated drinks, chocolate, tomatoes, pizza fried stuff , alcohol beer-- you know what you need to do. Stop eating about three hours before going to bed, try to sleep on left side with head of bed elevated to keep possible acid reflux down in the tum. It's not hard to do and so helpful to your body. Take care of you and let us all know how you are doing. Ok? PS-- work on the smokes.

Karl628
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   Posted 7/10/2014 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the responses everyone! I'm working on quitting the smoking.
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