I've been having stomach and bowel problems for about 2 years now. Ever since I was diagnosed with clostridium difficile in 2011 I've had problems. I had my gall bladder removed that same week that I was hospitalized for the c. dif and have recently been treated for h. pylori infection in my stomach, which took several months to get rid of. My doctor wouldn't listen to me and told me I just had too much stomach acid and gave me some Omeprizole. I knew there was something else wrong with me but he wouldn't listen so I went to see a colleague of his who ordered an endoscopy which showed my stomach lining to be seriously inflamed and red. They took a biopsy of it and it ended up being h. pylori infection. H. pylori is a common bacteria found in the stomach's of more than half of the human population but few actually ever have it become a problem. Well, mine did. It became so over grown that I've had sharp pains in my stomach, random burning diarrhea, and pain after eating, excessive burping, and acidic gas. My primary doctor didn't put me on the right antibiotics the first time so my infection lasted for several months until he FINALLY got it right and put me on Flagyl and ugh, some other antibiotic, I can't remember the name of it. Also, Omeprizole and 4 chewable tablets of bi****h 4 times daily. After one month of taking THAT round of antibiotics, he tested my stool for the h. pylori, which came back negative. Well, all of the research I've done and several doctors I've spoken to, say that stool samples are not an accurate way to test for h. pylori. The two tests that should be performed are an endoscopy and a breath test. Now that my symptoms are back (and with a vengeance I might add) my doctor wants me to give a stool sample again. I told him I wanted an endoscopy but he isn't willing to order the test! I think I am just going to go back to his colleague who ordered the initial test for me several months ago. In fact, I think I will ask my insurance if I can just switch to her permanently, since she actually listens to me and seems like she actually knows what she's doing. Does anyone on here know anything about h. pylori infections and have some advice for me? I'm really sick and tired of being sick and tired!!!! I'm in a lot of pain, too, and the only relief I can get is if I go to an emergency room, which, obviously, I cannot do. My doctor seems to think that prescribing pain medication for my PAIN will result in an addiction to pain meds. Although he may be right about that, how are people who are in a lot of pain supposed to get any relief??? I hear a lot about how people who have chronic pain most of them can't get pain meds because they're "addicting" but if the person who has chronic pain that never goes away is going to need that pain medicine for the long term, why does it matter if they get addicted to it? People who take anti-depressants are addicted to their meds and have to be weened off of them so how is it any different?? I am tired of being in pain all the time and being told that I can't have any pain medicine because the doctors don't want me to become addicted. I have a permanent, debilitating spinal deformity that's a birth defect that will cause more and more pain as I get older and now I'm almost 40 and there's nothing the docs can do to help me. I had to practically BEG my doctor and go to SEVERAL Dr visits, one after another, and another, and another, every time telling him I was in pain and begging just for some TRAMADOL, which hardly does anything but is better than nothing. I just don't see what the big fat deal is.