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H/Pylori. What really works.

The various unpleasant manifestations of Helicobacter can be described here. Remember however that the great majority of persons with Hp have no symptoms that they are aware of and consider themselves normal.

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H/Pylori. What really works.

Post by Bernie » Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:36 pm

Self medicating? Sticking your head in the sand while dealing with the daily world and life in general?
Yup. That’s me...
But.
The moment of realisation has come, time to face the gravity of the situation. I’m an otherwise intelligent enough person, capable of independent thought, so, time to arm myself with as much information, from as many creditable and verifiable sources as possible and pay a visit to the GP. Very possibly a specialist or 2. Make this thing official and start my journey to recovery and eradication.
I hope my experience can be of help to anyone in a similar situation to myself looking for help and answers. Maybe even answers to unknown questions.

A bit of background about myself,

Through no fault but my own, I am possibly in more of a worse case scenario (time to act before its ‘worst case’) due to my procrastination and foolish, ignorant ways. I have had the condition for approximately 15 years, self medicating with a necessarily increasing frequency and then with necessarily more potent medications that only seem to increase the severity of the condition. Not good. The Tums seemed to be ok but once they disappeared from the shelves and I changed to Rennies things started to deteriorate and then when only Quickeze was available to me, things started to deteriorate much further. After getting through 10-15 of these a day a colleague told me about Nexium. I started taking ‘1 a day’ Nexium most days (reflux returning on cue if I missed a day) approximately 3 months ago and that seemed to be the tipping point where the wheels really started to come off. A recent holiday to China had me feeling cold/flu and unwell but the doctor told me it was only a mild Viral infection and sleep would cure it. 4 weeks later, and another trip to the doctors with the same diagnosis, the condition has deteriorated exponentially and is at a point where my body feels drained of energy, my digestive system feels constantly un easy, (even giving me a taste of acute gastroenteritis last week. Not a fan.) my conscience is filled with an increasing sense of dread and anxiety and even a bit of faintness a few days ago which was the alarm bell that started my wake up call. Some symptoms have intensified to the point where just a tiny portion of a ‘triggering’ food source will cause, constant burping, sometimes uncontrollable belching and acid reflux so severe as to cause excruciating pain and vomiting. Usually bile. Nice.
Safe to say I ALWAYS have a tablet of some kind close at hand or I n my pocket.

If not acted upon immediately, i’m not realistically optimistic about the quality of my future to be honest. I am in my mid 30’s, of below average physical condition (slightly high BMI but good blood pressure, blood sugar and resting heart rate etc etc) due to previous, untreated sports injuries limiting joint stability and range of motion, (no excuse I know) a largely poor diet (until last week which is helping) and the daily toll of feeling mentally exhausted after working 14 hour days in a high stress / high risk / high pressure work place.

So.
I have set myself a goal of curing this and returning to a fitness level that would allow me to take a sking trip in 12 months. Seems like as good as any of an incentive as any :)
I have just begun my R&R and am about to book a visit today, or asap, to the G.P, discus all the finer details of my individual circumstances and get the ball rolling. I am hoping to get conclusive testing done by specialists where required which, here’s hoping, will allow me to more accurately tailor my treatment plan as to avoid as much unnecessary and/or incorrect medications as possible, use as little antibiotics as possible and reduce the severity of the side affects as much as possible. Unfortunately, intuition tells me I won’t be advised to try a 100% Natural Therapy first up but let’s see.

I hope that sharing my findings, treatments and lessons learned helps others in similar situations make decisions for themselves, unearths positive steps for my specific case to add to the knowledge pool and generally help raise awareness for the condition and the various (not just endorsed) treatment options available.

Will post updates as they happen.

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Re: H/Pylori. What really works.

Post by Helico_expert » Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:50 am

Hi,

Just want to let you know that in your other post, you mentioned that you are blood test positive and Breath and Stool test negative.

It is common to have the blood stay positive for months or years. it is not the right test to check if your treatment work. If breath and stool test cannot convince you that you are free of H. pylori, then the only other way is to do an endoscopy examination, get some biopsies for histology testing. The histology will tell you if you are recovering or still being infected.

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Re: H/Pylori. What really works.

Post by ihatehelico » Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:00 am

Helico_expert wrote:
Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:50 am
Hi,

Just want to let you know that in your other post, you mentioned that you are blood test positive and Breath and Stool test negative.

It is common to have the blood stay positive for months or years. it is not the right test to check if your treatment work. If breath and stool test cannot convince you that you are free of H. pylori, then the only other way is to do an endoscopy examination, get some biopsies for histology testing. The histology will tell you if you are recovering or still being infected.
I was under the impression the breath test was the most reliable test.

Are there cases of H. pylori being found in biopsies from people who tested negative via a UBT/stool test? I mean people who have been off PPIs/antiobiotics etc for the correct amount of time.

Thanks

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Re: H/Pylori. What really works.

Post by Helico_expert » Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:25 pm

There is no test that is 100% accurate. Breath test can fail if your stomach acid is not acidic enough. Histology is screened by professionals. Although it is less likely for a professional to make a mistake, it is inevitable that human does make mistake.

In summary, every tests are accurate under certain circumstances. Nevertheless, if you get a border line result, it is good to have more than one test to confirm.

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