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D to the B
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   Posted 6/24/2007 1:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I ended up once again in the ER 2day for bad stomach pains...

They ended up taking blood work and found out I was tested positive for H. Pylori.

He said the odds of me having a ulcer or gastric cancer is almost microscopic, but tomorrow when I go for my endoscopy..I should know.

Hopefully It goes good, trying to not let it stress me because it makes matters worse...


Dave

elcamino
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   Posted 6/25/2007 5:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dave,
 
If you only had the bloodwork for h. pylori, that doesn't mean you have an h. pylori infection.  All it means is that you've had the h. pylori infection in the past (bloodwork shows positive for a very long time even after infection has been resolved).  The only way to accurately measure an active h. pylori infection is to have a urea breath test, a stool test, or a biopsy taken from an upper endoscopy.  I guess since you're getting the endoscopy, your doctor will take some biopsies.  From what I've read h. pylori re-infection is not that common.  I've had it before, and I'm currently waiting on biopsies to come back to see if I've been re-infected because I do have erosive gastritis (that causes ulcers).
 
Elcamino
Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan


D to the B
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   Posted 6/25/2007 10:25 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks for applying back,

I'm extremely healthy with a small case of gastrisis and that's it, still waiting on the biospy of the H plyori.

the endoscopy was not too bad.

friendlygal
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   Posted 6/26/2007 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   

I've had a breath test for bacterial overgrowth, but not for h. pylori.  I heard the blood test that some PCPs do for h. pylori is not extensive enough... Is this true?

My endoscopy came out normal.  Is the endoscopy enough of a measure??


elcamino
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   Posted 6/27/2007 5:40 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi friendlygal,

Yes, the endoscopy is the gold standard for testing for h. pylori.  The urea breath test is a good noninvasive measure, but since you've had the endoscopy (provided you had biopsies tested for h. pylori) and it was normal, you can feel pretty confident that you don't have h. pylori. 

You are correct--the blood test is not informative on current h. pylori infection.

 

El


Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan


friendlygal
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   Posted 6/27/2007 9:10 AM (GMT -6)   
elcamino, how do you know so much about this?  are you in the medical field?  or is it just from being a patient?

elcamino
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   Posted 6/27/2007 1:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had h. pylori before, and I'm currently being tested for it again.  I'm not in the medical field, but I'm a research psychologist and fairly adept at ciphering out credible sources from the wealth of information we have available on the internet.
Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan


friendlygal
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   Posted 6/27/2007 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   

Cool, elcamino.  I admire your confidence...

I am also getting my info from the internet. 

I feel that I am putting forth ALL the work and research and that my doctors are not pulling their weight!

Luckily, I was just given a lead to a doctor in my area whom people go to when their doctors have not gotten a clear diagnosis and when nothing is working.  He is known as a master at diagnosing illnesses...  And, if he can't help me, at least he'll put in a ton of research to help me! And, he also has seen enough of frustrated patients to really understand how fed up we are with doctors!! 

I have no idea WHAT in the world is going on with me!!  I was told I have "vigorous reflux," yet my esophagus looks normal.  I burp CONSTANTLY, not during times of anxiety at all (so that has to be taken out as a possibility).  I am FORCED to burp.  My throat is almost always swollen...I thought maybe I've had h.pylori undiagnosed, but sounds like that would have shown up in the endoscopy!

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