Patient Comments: Helicobacter Pylori - Diagnosis

How was the diagnosis of your helicobacter pylori established?

Comment from: sbernardo, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 22

I went through several weeks of horrible, deep chest pains and not being able to keep any food down. I did several blood tests, and upper GI (gastro-intestinal) x-ray scan, and an ultrasound. I tested positive for Helicobacter pylori. I am now on treatment. I have Prilosec, 2000mg daily of amoxcillin, and 500mg daily of clarithromycin. I am having awful side effects from the clarithromycin ranging from severe headaches, to nightmares, to diarrhea. I hope against hope that this will all be worth it and that the bacteria will be gone when I test for it after my treatment is over. This is very hard to live with on a day to day basis and has been affecting my daily life greatly.

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Comment from: luciano, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 26

I was at the doctors to today to get results of a biopsy. Well, I have Helicobacter pylori. I was misdiagnosed for almost 5 years now. I am wondering if anyone was told to stay away from anything containing gluten. My doctor says I should stay away from all gluten, fast food, and restaurants. I have never eaten gluten free though it is better for you. Most days I get about 3 hours sleep and can barely get up because of the burning and pain. Doctor gave me pain medicines but I hate taking them because of side effects. I hope we all get better soon.

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Comment from: bdgiroir, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 16

My mom has been suffering for months. She was burping a lot, having burning in lower chest so much she felt like her body was on fire. We took her to the hospital twice, second time she was admitted. While in the hospital she was found with slug and stones in her gall bladder. The day before surgery she was told she also had helicobacter pylori. After being released from the hospital she was given 3 antibiotics and Protonix for 10 days. After a month later she still has the same symptoms and was given the breath test. She still has the bacteria and will start on 2 more antibiotics and Protonix for 14 days. This has been the worst 5 month of our lives. I hope this second round clears this bacteria up and all who are battling this will also be healed. I had this, my husband had this and I'm going to be retested to make sure it's not back.

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Comment from: 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 03

My blood test indicated borderline anemia. My doctor ordered an upper gastrointestinal scan and helicobacter pylori was detected.

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Comment from: sick_graduate, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

My way of finding out I had H. Pylori is kind of strange. First of all, my boyfriend had stomach problems while we were in college, and I took him to the ER twice, but no tests were ever done on him. He just dealt with the excessive bloating and discomfort. About a year later, I had feelings of discomfort in my stomachs that were unusual, but I too ignored them. Then, I started having really bad back problems, which I have been fighting for a few years; I was going from doctor to doctor to fix my back. I decided to go to a new chiropractor this summer, and while he was popping my back, he noticed a tight spot on the middle left side of my back. He said something was going on with my digestive system, so he gave me a stool test to check for all kinds of parasites. Well, my test came back positive for H. Pylori (it's abundant too, so I have it really bad). I start the treatment in 2 days; if eradicating this infection gets rid of my stomach and back problems I will be the most excited person in the world. My boyfriend gets tested this weekend, and I'm pretty sure he has it too, so hopefully we will both be cured soon. Here's some advice though for any college student: beware of moldy kegs and tainted water (this is for the city of Macomb, Il where they had boil orders every week (not even exaggerating).

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Comment from: hus, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 17

The first time I had a severe stomach pain was three years ago on holidays. It started with uncomfortable stomach, gradually increasing overnight to squeezing, gnawing and unbearable pain in the stomach as if I had solid rocks in there. It followed with severe and frequent vomiting. I was unable to take any thing as it would come out. I could not sleep the whole night and the next day a local doctor gave me some pain killers which relieved me at that time. Then there was a quiet period of little over a year when this whole situation repeated itself in the same fashion when we were away on holidays again. Third time it came back within six months and as usual lasted only for one night. Then it came back one night, six months ago, with more severity and pain. Had to go to emergency, but no one would know what was it. I was prescribed for gastroscopy which came out with positive results of Helicobacter Pylori. Eradication therapy started and the result was still positive. Given another eradication treatment and had my urea breath test. In the meantime that dreadful pain came back again not with that severity, but it is quite evident, H. Pylori is still there. Do not know as I failed eradication treatment twice, what will be my fate?

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