H pylori and side pain

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Elle86
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   Posted 5/16/2014 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I just finished treatment for h pylori. It was two weeks on omeprazole, clarithromycin and Metronidazol for two weeks. The original pain I was having was heartburn, bloating and a pain on my side just under my rib cage. The antibiotics gave me diarrhea several times each day but I've been taking probiotics which I think have been helping.

I still have this pain on my right side and it is driving me crazy! It starts off just below my ribs but sometimes it travels to the top of my rib and towards my back. This is the same pain I had when I realized I was infected with h pylori. I have had ultrasounds which show my gallbladder is normal and I do not have a fever or nausea. I have a GI consultation appt in about two weeks but how do I cope with this pain? I saw a dr yesterday who said just put voltran cream on it, it's probably a muscle issue. I am taking 20 mg of omeprazole per day, so if it was an ulcer wouldn't that be helping it?

Andy1986
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   Posted 5/16/2014 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
It can take a long time to heal. Even though the h-pylori is probably gone, your stomach now has to repair. Even on omeprazole your stomach produces a lot of acid, the h-pylori will have weakened your stomachs defenses and now its sensitive, over time it should improve.

Its probably not an ulcer, but try taking some Tums when its bad to see if that helps.

Also what are you eating? I have frequent bouts of gastritis and there are so many foods that aggravate it the list is endless.
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Elle86
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   Posted 5/16/2014 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, including acidic ones but I've been cutting back on them. I drink coffee and eat chocolate. I can't seem to link it to just one type of food.

Andy1986
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   Posted 5/16/2014 11:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Well pretty much all of those are triggers!

I find raw veg particularly bad for my stomach, like cucumbers, even potato skins. Chocolate is a pretty bad one too.

I would stick to plain foods, mainly carbs with veg that is very well cooked and without skins. You should notice a difference within a few days, then once you're healed you can slowly reintroduce things.
GERD, Anxiety, Depression, Rolling Hiatus Hernia, Esophageal Hypersensitivity
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