I'm a 34yo Male who's slightly overweight but otherise been normally active and healthy my whole life. I don't have diabetes or any other diagnosed conditions. After a nasty virus hit our house, a couple weeks later I have had symptoms now similar to yours for about
4 weeks. I still haven't been diagnosed for anything, including H.pylori. I will reply with my Endoscopy and Sonogram test result which is scheduled for the 12th, problem is I'm reading that many times they don't find anything and folks still have the symptoms.
The good news, after about
4 weeks though, I'm starting to feel a little better (maybe feel 90% normal 50+% of the day, sometimes more). Some of the things I've tried below have helped. Unfortunately there are quite a few things it could be so, my approach was to cut back to the least common denominator of foods for the suspected things and use whatever I could find edu/gov research and scientific studies on to supplement my diet without aggravating anything else.
1st thing I did was cut out any non-essential foods (sweets,chocolates, any kinds of flavored drinks, etc). I tried a very bland diet of soups, bread, rice, etc a 'flu-type' approach but that didn't fix the problem. During that time I read up on:
Mastic Gum (Search for 'In Vitro' and later for 'In Vivo' to find out some of the studies) ;
In summary, it's an old, natural, Mediterranean remedy for stomach problems. In studies, it seems to make a huge difference in fighting H.Pylori-- in test tubes (in vitro) but I wasn't able to find any research proving it worked in humans (in vivo).
I thought I'd try it anyway since I was pretty desperate to get started on something! Unfortunately, it's not something I've seen at the grocery store or pharmacy, and I'm not one to order supplements on the INTERNET. I searched a bit and I found a local place that sold Mastic Gum. (They sell it at a chain called 'VitamineShoppe' and I've also seen it now at WholeFoods Market if you have any of those nearby). A months supply was about $12-18ish.
I started on it, 2 pills in the am before eating, and it actually helped with settling my stomach but didn't fix me. For me it seems to cause some very mild burping but I actually feel better when I burp so it was very nice. Has a strange aroma to it, but not bad. Sorry for TMI.
After I saw the doctor again, who didn't think I had H.Pylori (suspected viral induced gastro paresis) I started on my antacid = "Protonix" and between that, my reduced diet, and the Mastic Gum I was mostly feeling better for some parts of the day.
I didn't believe the doc 100% since they didn't test yet for H.Pylori at all. I read also that broccoli sprouts (specifically the component Sulforaphane) can be very effective at fighting H.Pylori. (However, this link refutes that: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=16082421) Unfortunately, 'sprouts' are also controversial in that if they are not cleaned well they can carry other nasty things. I had a hard time finding them at the grocery store but I bought some pre-washed regular-ol Broccoli (comes in a bag) and have been nuking it for 2mins in the microwave (a little water in a bowl, cover, cook) and eating a small bowl full at lunch or dinner each day. I eat it plain, it's not the greatest taste but I'm willing to eat some things that don't taste great to make me feel better.
The other thing that helped me a lot was not sitting around and being upright and active doing 'something'. If I sat my stomach made me nervous or my nerves made my stomach upset (I think the former, but docs usually suggest the latter). So, I found that just walking around the block for 15-20mins helped.
My point of this post is that while you wait on the docs (who aren't in any hurry it seems) there are some inexpensive things you can research and try and see if they help. I'm not a doctor, or a salesman, just someone who's also going through this craziness. I wish you the best of luck on your quest!
Oh, a few other things I've been doing since then is drink lots of water, eat smaller portions (which was easy since I felt full most of the time anyway) and chew well--more than normal... make food like 'baby food' before swallowing.
12/5/07 Edit (added a few links above):
Forgot to mention, I did try (2x) some DGL Licorice suppliment (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/patient-licorice.html).
It also has been tested to help control (but not eliminate H.Pylori). Supposedly it coast the stomach and helps digestion. The DGL process supposedly removes the 'negative' components (that are bad for some people). I got sugar free ones and I must say the taste was pretty nasty (it's not a pill, you have to chew 'em...), but, again, all in the name of health. Both days when I had the Licorrice I was still having some of my heart-rate / dizziness / anxiety symptoms. I haven't tried it again,but, I don't think it was the cause... just haven't gotten around to trying that one again. I only added it to this post because again, it's easy enough to find locally and may help someone with stomach probs.
Sorry for the rambling and hope this gives you (or others) some positive direction.
Post Edited (eihcet) : 12/5/2007 9:54:41 AM (GMT-7)