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Balance
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Help me interpret my H Pylori blood test

Post by Balance » Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:29 pm

Hi everyone.

I'm new to the forum and still trying to learn more about this topic. I have always been a type A person who does everything quickly including eating and drinking. Since my wife and I recently had a couple kids, my eating has been incredibly fast and I think that has caused some of my digestive problems. I eat pretty clean, Paleo style diet with mostly fruit, vegetables and organic meats/fish. I don't smoke and I get plenty of exercise.

I have been diagnosed with IBS several years ago but learned to control it with stress management. My doctor never gave it much more thought given my medical history has always been really good. I finally was able to convince him to refer me to a GI specialist. He ordered an H Pylori blood test which I can't figure out how to interpret. My results were 0.77 and given no reference range. What does this mean? When I googled the standard reference range I saw that 0.75 and below was considered negative and 0.76-0.99 is equivocal. I would just like to know for sure whether I have or don't have H Pylori.

I also convinced my doc to do an endoscopy and colonoscopy (which he didn't think I needed immediately) for next month. I don't want to wait that long because of the anxiety waiting for the test.

Thanks in advance for any helpful advice.

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Re: Help me interpret my H Pylori blood test

Post by Helico_expert » Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:30 am

unfortunately each laboratory has their own standard for the range. You'll have to find out from the laboratory that your GI specialist used.

anyone above 50 needs at least one endoscopy and colonoscopy to make sure everything is normal. If you are not from high gastric cancer region, then I agree with your doctor that there is no urgency.

If you do have H. pylori, then you will need lots of patience. The treatment will take at least a week and you'll need a follow up a month later. Most people recover quickly. But for some unfortunate ones, they can take months or years to go back to 100%.

As a reminder, this forum is biased to the difficult cases. Usually people who recover quickly doesnt visit this website.

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Re: Help me interpret my H Pylori blood test

Post by Balance » Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:18 am

Thank you for the quick reply. I'm 40 and in good shape and eat well. I live in the US and don't remember ever using antibiotics at least for my adult life. I have just always had some trouble with indigestion and nausea. I will wait to hear back from my gastric doc regarding the test score.

Thanks for pointing out that most recovery cases don't continue to post. Having uncomfortable symptoms is something most people don't like to revisit when they are gone. In any event I will post again to give updates good or bad.

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Re: Help me interpret my H Pylori blood test

Post by Helico_expert » Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:02 am

US is consider a low prevalence country. Your blood test result may indicate that you either have H. pylori, or you had been expose to H. pylori before. I think it is worthwhile that you get a breath test done. Breath test can be done by any GP and can tell you if you are currently infected with H. pylori.

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