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H. Pylori
« on: February 21, 2014, 11:44:30 AM »
My doctor ordered a test for H. pylori due to the reflux and indigestion I've been dealing with, but I kind of doubt that's what is going on. Of course I can't be sure.

Has anyone had this? If so what symptoms? If the test is negative she wants me to go to a GI. Very tired of this.

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Re: H. Pylori
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2014, 01:17:50 PM »
I had it...there are symptoms always...I had gastroduodenitis because of it, heartburn mostly.
If you have it you should taje antibiotics, that's pretty much it.
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Re: H. Pylori
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2014, 01:10:24 AM »
Hypo84 is incorrect on this point. Most people with H. pylori have no symptoms at all. Roughly half the world's population is infected, and the vast majority are symptomless. It can cause gastritis and other symptoms of the GI tract, but that is not typical.

As Hypo84 notes, you can take a course of antibiotics to get rid of it. Some people tolerate the drug regimen very well. For others it's tough going. The drugs basically wipe out the entire biome in your GI tract -- good bacteria as well as bad. So there should be a very good reason for taking the drugs.

You should ask your doctor why he thinks the H. pylori might be causing the acid reflux. A GI specialist I saw not long ago noted that H. pylori actually eats acid. So some people who eliminate H. pylori later develop GERD or similar problems because the H. pylori are no longer there to do their job.
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Re: H. Pylori
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2014, 09:46:43 AM »
there are symptoms always

It lacks NOT in between. I typed from a cell so mistyped it most likely. Many people don't have symptoms with H.pylori. I did because I got gastroduodenitis from it, but a lot of people have it without knowing.

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Re: H. Pylori
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2014, 03:30:10 PM »
Okay, so the H. Pylori test came back inconclusive. Not sure what that means, but my doctor said there's no way to tell if I have it unless I go through having an endoscopy.

I've been on nexium, and I haven't had any heartburn, reflux, abdominal pain in a week. The only thing still going on is some nausea and frequent burping.

My doctor suggested I take the antibiotics just in case I have H. Pylori. even though she isn't sure. The problem I have is that antibiotics always mess me up very badly. I usually throw up, get diarrhea, get urinary tract infections and feel terrible for weeks.

I don't know if I should do the treatment (which may or may not even help in the first place) or maybe just try to wean myself off of nexium and focus harder on diet and possibly natural supplements.

Any advice?
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Re: H. Pylori
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2014, 04:16:52 PM »
My advice would be to either do upped endoscopy and see if you have H.P. if you don't want to take antibiotics immediately, or just take antibiotics without endoscopy.

I think it would be very wrong to take only nexium because it can't eliminate H.P. if you have it and you don't want to have it for a long time because it can cause ulcers and it also raises chance for stomach cancer. So, since it's relatively easily removed you should do it in my opinion.
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