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Offline Tweenie

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Re: H. Pylori and Stomach Cancer
« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2014, 01:44:08 PM »
Thank you, Annaki. I haven't had the scope done and I doubt that my doctor will recommend it. We'll see, I guess. What symptoms did you have that prompted you to be tested for HP?

I'm glad you did ok on the antibiotics. Are you feeling totally fine now?
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« Reply #11 on: January 17, 2014, 10:54:57 PM »
Hi Tweenie. Just to give you my experience with H Pylori.. I didn't have any symptoms at all. H Pylori test was just one of the list of tests to  done before getting lapband surgery which I was considering(for weight loss). When the test came back positive, I didn't think or worry too much since I wasn't sick from having "them" in my system. Took antibiotics to get rid of them but it did take 2 tries since the first failed to get rid of all. I do remember the antibiotics being horrible. Ended up with yeast infection to boot.

It's been about 4 years, and there maybe something to the actual beneficial aspect to H Pylori, as I have recently developed symptoms that are similar to GERD. Lots of noise in stomach, early satiety, bloating and a bit of acid reflux etc. I wonder if that's because I had taken antibiotics to get rid of the H pylori.  You have to wonder if H Pylori was SO BAD, why it's not recommended that everybody get tested, right? There is also risk of reinfection after initial treatment though I assume this is rare too. I wouldn't beat myself up for not treating it that 20 some years ago. I was 40 when I first found out I had H pylori and from what I've read the primary infection happens in childhood so who knows how long I had it.

I actually have endoscopy scheduled for next week so we shall see if I actually have H pylori back or if something else is going on.

Good luck to you and like others have said, maybe schedule an EGD to put your mind at ease.

** half of the world population has h pylori infection and only really discovered in 1982. this is still a very new bacteria that medical/research field do not know much about. ie., they don't even know exactly how they're transmitted from person to person. maybe more $ should be focused on studying how this bacterial works and lives in our body.
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Re: H. Pylori and Stomach Cancer
« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2014, 08:56:05 PM »
Thanks, Keywestmama. Thanks for sharing your experience. What kind of side effects did you have from the antibiotics? I'm dreading taking them. I feel a little nauseous now so I'm wondering if it will make it worse.

There is so much information on-line now, I get overwhelmed with it and don't know what to think. It's better to hear from people who have actually experienced it.
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Re: H. Pylori and Stomach Cancer
« Reply #13 on: January 19, 2014, 12:50:46 AM »
I'll echo what Key said: A HUGE percentage of the world's population has H. pylori; most people are infected in childhood or adolescence.

Ordinarily, health care providers will not test for H. pylori unless you're having symptoms. My husband was having GI symptoms several years ago. He tested positive for H. pylori and took the antibiotic treatment -- with no trouble at all, you should know. (He was eventually diagnosed with IBS, which has nothing to do with H. pylori; but they had to rule H. pylori out.) Because the spouses/partners of people with H. pylori are highly likely to be infected, I asked my primary care doc if I should be tested. He said no, not, unless you're having symptoms.

So Key is right: Having H. pylori is no reason to worry. It *very slightly* raises the risk of stomach cancer, but it's so slight that it takes an army of statisticians with supercomputers (I exaggerate, but only a little) to find the increased risk. And: Having it may protect you against acid reflux/GERD.

Nature works in fascinating ways: There are very few things that are all good or all bad. Most things carry both risks and benefits. Of course, those of with HA tend to focus only on the risks, even when they are very, very tiny!
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Re: H. Pylori and Stomach Cancer
« Reply #14 on: January 19, 2014, 10:30:52 AM »
Thanks, Bunsen. I think I'm actually making the symptoms worse now. I'm waking up with anxiety in the morning and feeling nauseous. As with every episode of HA, it's never out of my mind. Like your spouse, I also have IBS and have had it for years. My tummy was doing ok until I started taking the iron supplements and that seemed to set everything off for me. If I had known how harsh they were going to be for me, I would have never taken them.

I DO focus on the worst case scenario when I know the stats are low. Isn't that what we do with HA? Why are we wired this way? Ugh!!
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