help interpreting endoscopy result
Hi everyone, I'd like to see if anyone can interpret this finding. I had endoscopy last week. My symptoms are sour taste and reflux (with no heartburn), chills. Previous 24 hr PH study showed my sour taste symptoms were associated with "weakly acidic" reflux. My 24 hr PH and esophageal manometry were both "normal" in terms of how my test results related to normal healthy subjects.
On to my endo. After I woke up, the dr. said he saw no signs of gastritis, and found a small (1 cm) hiatal hernia. He also found some evidence of acid reflux in the esophageal junction.
The results of the stomach tissue biopsy however, showed "chronic gastritis".
What I am confused about is what this means, given that the dr. didn't see any gastritis with the endoscope.
Not knowing much about stomachs, I think I would interpret it as though my stomach is currently in good shape (or I would have stomach pain and endoscopic evidence of gastritis, neither of which I have) but that in the sublayers of stomach tissue show that there has been stomach lining irritation in the past.
So can anyone shed some light on this result?
I haven't had much luck conversing with my doc about it, which is why I'm asking about it here. He told me I should try omeprazole 2x a day for 6-8 weeks so I am planning to stick with that and see how it goes. Thank you.