I had H- pylori for 9 months. I had my gallbladde removed in Oct 08 and the horrible GI symptoms started to present themselves just weeks after. I finally got diagnosed with H- pylori in July 09 and immediately was put on prev-pac for 14 days. This was a terrible treatment with terrible side effects but I found that eating probiotic yogurt after taking the antibiotics did wonders! I still had the symptoms of h-pylori for about two months afterwards but tests showed the bacteria was completely eradicated. Its crazy how the bacteria imbeds itself in your stomach lining and causes such devestation. As of right now there are still times when I feel nauseous and my GI tract has never been the same, but I am not experiencing the severe every day nausea, headaches, burning abdominal pain, dizziness, and weight loss. Also, did any of you ever have chronic hiccuping with your H-pylori? I did, and I thought it was so weird. I learned in my microbiology class that I had to take for nursing that the bacteria produces CO2 which is why there is excessive burping and hiccuping, interesting huh? Also, every day I drink a probiotic yogurt smoothie and the milk I drink has acidophilus in it, I have found that is helping with my random GI symptoms I still have. For the most part, I am 100% better, although I still have some symptoms that come and go, I feel very blessed to be back to my old self again! To those of you out there still suffering: it will get better, it takes time for your stomach to get back to what it was, don't give up and don't push antibiotics! While antibiotics are great in certain circumstances, in others they can be more harmful than beneficial!
There are some natural homeopathic things you can take that people have reported that erradicated the H pylori from their stomach. Do a search for Mastic Gum. You may have to take this for 30 - 60 days, but reports have been good that I have read on it. You can purchase this usually from a good vitamin supplement store. Some people take 1000mg of it on an empty stomach with a glass of water and wait about 30 minutes to an hour before eating and then again about 12 hours later. Usually I have seen people say that after a few weeks of this they see improvements. And some people have reported that they get checked for the H pylori again and it is gone. I hope this helps. God Bless !!!!!!!
Urghhhhh, I can totally empathize with you. I was diagnosed the first of this month with H-pylori after a upper ensdoscopy biopsy. I was having a lot of sharp upper abdominal pain (right under my sternum) that radiated to my back too and constant nausea...almost unbearable! My dr also put me on the Pylera pack....I just finished it a couple days ago, thank God!! It made my stomach feel worse than I felt before, just glad to be done with it!
My dr told me that the blood can test postive for months after treatment, so I am going in for a 'H-pylori breath test' in 2 weeks to see if it's gone. It's supposed to be a really easy test that is more accurate after treatment.
I would ask for the stool or breath test before you pay for more antibiotics....goodness knows those are expensive. Good luck, I hope you get to feeling better soon.
Blood tests for H Pylori will be positive in blood for a long time after treatment, but the stool test for H Pylori should be negative after adequate treatment.
Enoch Choi, MD
I think your symptoms are not just because of H Pylori.. What other investigations have been done in your case? Ultrasound or CT abdomen / Serum gastrin level/ serum amylase level in blood done? If yes then can be provide me the result of the investigations
DR Tewari (India)
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So i've had stomach pain the last few weeks and I went to the doctor and they told me I got the h pylori bacteria in me. I'm in school nd I drink nd smoke a lot. Before this I was havin anxiety for about 2 months but then it went away nd my stomach started bothering me which guessing is the h pylori bacteria. They gave me three different medications and I'm not gonna drink while on these for ten days and I'm limiting my smoking. How long after the medications can I start being myself again??
I was diagnosed with H-pylori about 10 years ago. It took some time for me to begin feeling better. I wanted to be tested a second time to make sure the H-pylori was gone, but the doctor told me that I would always test positive for it. Maybe you have other issues going on.