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stkitt
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   Posted 8/11/2008 10:58 PM (GMT -6)   
There was a question back a few days ago so I thought I would post this simple explanation for any newbies or  just FYI.
Helicobacter pylori is a stomach infection, which causes ulcers. It's treated with antibiotics. The primary symptom is intense burning pain in the stomach (left side, upper abdomen or lower ribs.) The pain often becomes worse after eating acidic foods, and better after eating bread or taking antacids.

There are tests to find out if you have it, including a simple blood test.

However, (here's the tricky part) many people have H Pylori and perfectly healthy stomachs, so even if you have it, it may not be the cause of your pain!

Any further questions?
 
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   Posted 8/12/2008 6:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Yep :) If one has H.Pylori, can a PPI reduce the symptoms? Early this year, I accidently forgot to take my Prilosec for a week. I had the most intense abdominal pain, sort of a sharp throb. I was extremely nauseas too. I brought this up to my GI but he didn't seemed too concerned because once I started back on the Prilosec, the pain subsided. So now I'm wondering if I can have H.Pylori or gastritis.
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stkitt
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   Posted 8/12/2008 1:40 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Red

To the best of my knowledge yes, PPIs can reduce the sx of H-Pylori.
To date, the most effective therapy for H. pylori are the three-drug regimens and four-drug regimens--specifically those regimens that contain a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) plus two antibiotics--since cure rates are typically higher with these therapies. Reference: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Helicobacter pylori infections. Graham DY, Factors influencing the eradication of Helicobacter pylori with triple therapy. Gastroenterology.

Take care turn

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