Patient Comments: Helicobacter Pylori - Experience

What�s your biggest challenge with living with H. pylori infection?

Comment from: Melodie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 08

I have been living with H. pylori for 47 years. I can't take a lot of the drugs used to kill H. pylori. I live in pain every day, the doctors don't really seem to care if I can't take the drugs. My life has been going downhill as the years go by. I am in great fear of having cancer, I hope others find help and don't have to live as I do in pain.

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Comment from: Jayne, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 26

I had to get an ambulance in September 2015 with really bad abdominal pain. I was taken to the hospital and the paramedics put a needle in the back of my hand and gave me morphine. I was kept in the waiting room for about four hours and eventually a nurse came out and asked if the pain had gone. Because the pain had gone they sent me home with the needle still in the back of my hand and no tests had been done. I kept getting the severe abdominal pain that went down my left side so my general physician referred me for the camera to be done on the 21st June 2016. I went for the camera and they have found I have H. pylori. They did a biopsy and I have to go for the results on June 2nd. If they had done the tests in September instead of just sending me home this could have been detected sooner and treated.

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Comment from: Linda, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 19

I work in the health care system and have had to give up a lot of hours because of this horrible bacteria H. pylori. I have extreme pain around the clock and hasn't eased up, last night I felt as if my stomach was going to explode. I had muscle spasms and contractions, I could actually feel my stomach contracting with my hand, and loud gurgling sounds that I swear it scared the day lights out of me. Then I realized with horror that it was me. All I've done is lie in bed with a heating pad, no quality of life whatsoever. I have had crying spells, feeling depressed and angry. Finally I was diagnosed with H. pylori which I've never heard of. Tomorrow I start treatment, I will also be having an ultra sound on my stomach and liver plus an endoscopy. I want my life back again, this is not living.

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Comment from: farm girl, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

Five years ago I started having severe, cramping, upper abdominal pain after eating oregano. I love Greek salads and Italian red sauces so have eaten a ton of oregano over my life. The pain was so bad I had to cut my favorite herbs out of all my food. I turned to using lots of basil as a replacement. A few months later I started having the same severe crampy abdominal pain after eating basil. My pain starts about an hour after the meal and lasts a good 4 hours. I have to take to my bed and lie on my stomach to get any relief. I knew about H. pylori and asked my family physician to test. The blood test was positive and I took the antibiotics; ate oregano and basil in large quantities for 2 years. No problems! Then I started to get the crampy abdominal pains again after eating basil and oregano. We re-tested using the breath test; positive again, and another double whammy of antibiotics. I felt horrible while on the medicines, but after they were finished, I was symptom free for another 2 years. Now it is back! In July, my Greek salads with Basil started causing crampy abdominal pains. Last evening, I ate Italian red sauce with lots of oregano for dinner. I was awakened 4 hours later with severe crampy high abdominal pain; I could have cried. I had to lie on my tummy. It lasted for 3 hours! I have an appointment next week with my family physician. I dread going back on antibiotics! Licorice helps me when the sensitivity symptoms are just starting to return. It usually takes 6 to 8 weeks for the symptoms to go from the mild stage when licorice and green tea help to the 'I can't stand the pain' stage when nothing helps.

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Comment from: beanoe, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 01

I have been nauseated and vomiting for at least a year, with various other symptoms. The most aggravating is that my skin burns, especially when I eat sugar I also have stomach pain, back pain and lots of heart burn. I just got my diagnosis today and went to pharmacy to pick up prescriptions but they were not there. Anyway I had a colonoscopy and an endoscopy and diagnosed with H. pylori from biopsy. I had multiple blood work done over several months with all showing as clear; crazy. Hope the treatment works but I am especially curious if anyone has had the burning skin.

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