I was diagnosed with H. pylori and would like to ask if an additional breath test would be advised to confirm it before I start taking drugs (since some sources say serology alone is not reliable enough).
Profile: Irregularly and infrequently (6-8 months between incidents) recurring mild, easy to ignore and confusable with hunger, dyspepsia in the upper part of the stomach. Started ~6 years ago; last time was about 4 months ago. Seems to be correlated with stress level, but hard to establish a causal relationship with such a low frequency. An incident usually lasts for 0.5-2 days. No belching or reflux symptoms. Originally I'm from a country with H. pylori prevalence of 60-75% (varies by source), and had never been taking antibiotics nor NSAIDs (nor almost any other drug). No history of peptic disease in family. Male, 39 years old, vegetarian (last 5 years), BMI 21.3.
Tests: Blood test showed IgG>8.0 units/ml (the reference range was given as "<0.9 negative, 0.9-1.1 undecided, >1.1 positive"). Endoscopy found two white-colored ulcerous defects on the duodenal bulb (0.5-0.6 cm on it's rear side, and a fibrin-covered one of 0.4 cm on the front side). No biopsy during the endoscopy was made. Also, the endoscopist wrote "reflux-esophagitis?" after observing isolated white-coloured inflammations <0.2cm in the lower third of esophagus. The same blood test showed some other values outside their normal ranges: direct bilirubin 5.7 micromole/litre (range: 0-5.5 micromole/litre), alkaline phosphatase 100 units/mole (25-90 units/mole), hematocrit 50.9% (30.5-50.5%).
I wonder if I need a breath test to double check for H. pylori or this evidence is enough to start treatment?
By the way, I'm interested also if you find the prescribed drugs and the regime reasonable in my case:
from Day 1:
Pantoprazole: two times per day for 14 days, then once per day for another 14 days // 30 min before meal
Clarithromycin: 2 times/day with a 12-hour interval, for 10 days
Amoxicilin: 2 times/day, for 10 days
Saccharomyces Boulardii: 2 times/day, for 10 days // after meal
from Day 12:
Bismuth Subcitrate: 2 times/day 20 min, for 14 days // before meal
Ursodeoxycholic Acid: once in the evening, for 20 days
4 weeks after treatment:
Thank you in advance!