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H. pylori, a true stomach “bug”: Who should doctors test and treat?
- By Wynne Armand, MD, Contributor
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I’ve been suffering for 1 year now my doctor said I had twisted stomach so I went had operation and still the same and when I ask my doctor we’re is imagining of my stomach twisted he avoided question let’s me believe I never had a twisted stomach I’ve allways came back positive for hpylori and I’ve just tested positive again I need help my life is ruined thay put me true test but wont listen to me
How is H.Pylori infection treated naturally?
Thank you for the wonderful article. Was very informative…
I recently experienced burning sensation in my stomach and some acid reflux and was diagnosed with h pylori . The doctor diagnosed this through a nasal endoscopy. No ulcers were found. The doctor then suggested me to take an h pylori kit for a week. However when I discussed this with a family doctor back home, he suggested that as my motions were regular and as I had no vomiting sensations and no other major difficulties there was no need to take the h pylori kit. I have very mild burning sensations that come occasionally during the day which increases when I take cola, or lots of tea. I also have slight acid reflux in the night..Should I take the hpylori kit in your opinion
If your physician thinks that your symptoms might be related to an active H. pylori infection, it makes sense to treat it.
Many physicians recommend treatment of an active H. pylori infection even if there are no associated symptoms, though there is no clear consensus on this.
This is big issue, 50% population of the world have it, and some people like me develop numerous symptoms. WHO classified this bacteria as one of the resistant bacteria in the world. My doctor keep give me 6 rounds of antibiotics ( 2 weeks for 1 rounds) 3 month of treatment with clarithromycin , ppi, pepto bismol, but the blood test result keep telling it positive. And my doctor won’t the change the treatment. So i use mastic gum now, but no new research about mastic gum killing H plori, the latest research on internet is 1998. I hope a lot of scientist can do more research on this.
Because this H Plori has taken my daily life. Before i found this bacteria in my body, all the doctor just give me ppi, pepto bismol, antidepressan, telling me not so stress, it’s just in my mind bla..bla…bla… Nothing is work. it’s been 5 years. Now i found glittering of hope maybe if eradicated this H plori my stomach problem will be gone.
Thank you for sharing your story. Perhaps you could discuss with your doctor having one of the other tests to diagnose H. pylori, if available to you (stool antigen test, urea breath test) since the antibody blood test can sometimes stay high/abnormal even after the bacteria is cleared. You would need to stop the PPI for 2 weeks prior to these other tests. It also may be of value to you to have an endoscopy with biopsy and culture to determine which antibiotics the bacteria is sensitive and resistant to, which would help guide your treatment.
Best wishes to you.
Too many doctors are pushing the awful antibiotics without ever considering natural alternatives (big surprise!). I recommend Siberian Pine Nut Oil to all people who have been told that H. Pylori is the reason for their ulcer and who were urged to take poisonous antibiotics to combat it. I knew I was NEVER going to take the antibiotics, despite emergency surgery for a perforated duodenal ulcer I didn’t know I had, especially after reading what people endure taking them. The antibiotics may not even work the first time, and it’s not even clear if H. Pylori is the sole cause of the ulcer (as most people have H. Pylori and don’t have ulcers). So I looked for a natural alternative and found this oil. I took the oral test for H. Pylori within a couple of months of taking the oil (I make my own capsules with it and take 4 three times a day on an empty stomach), and the breath test was negative. Now, after about six months taking it, I had an endoscopy and a biopsy specifically for H. Pylori, which definitively showed that I was NEGATIVE for it. My doctor was amazed. Reading all the reviews of people who have various gastric issues helped by this oil just convinces me all the more that it’s doing great things even if I’m not symptomatic for all the other complaints people describe. So I would say to anyone reading this, please try this oil before you consider going the Big Pharma route, which is never a good idea, in my opinion.
If you have mysterious symptoms that lead you know where, get tested for Celiac disease and HP at the same time.
Don’t take antacids or depression pills unless you get tested for both CD and HP and other autoimmune diseases first.
Many mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety can be caused by autoimmune diseases such as CD. But they almost never test for it, unless you pressure the docs. I want to see this changed, CD is a terrible disease and the HP compounds the pain. To say HP is not an issue, please tell me, why are so many folks taking antacids? If we cured HP in each person, big pharm would loose a lot of millions, maybe billions of dollars. It is never about health and wellness it is all about that good old bottom dollar.
I am troubled that the link between HP and CD was not even mentioned in this article.
Doctors just tell you you have IBS and that’s it.And you just keep on suffering.
If you took medicine for H Pylori and your fine can you still get cancer.
Studies show that successfully treating H. pylori infection does reduce the risk of gastric cancer.
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