Overcoming H Pylori - A story
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Simon

Kirkland, WA

#1 Oct 21, 2011
I don't normally post to forums, but having recently gone through H. Pylori myself, I wanted to contribute back with my own experience in case it helps others.

For me, it all started about three months ago. I was out one afternoon walking the dog and was suddenly hit by a wave of nausea like I've never felt. At the time, I simply passed it off as "something that I'd eaten" and a few days later had forgotten about it. That is until the other symptoms started. For me it included a gnawing pain in my upper abdomen, continued nausea especially on an empty stomach, fatigue, temperature regulation (almost flu like, yet I was always 98.6f) and anxiety. Out of all the symptoms, the anxiety was the worse. I'm not normally an anxious person, but for some reason my mind was racing away on all kinds of paranoid predictions. Looking back knowing about H Pylori, it now makes sense, but at the time it was very disturbing and very off-character.

A few more weeks went by and it was clear that the symptoms weren't going away, so I went to my doctor. After explaining all of the symptoms in detail, we ran a screen of blood tests, and about a week later the H Pylori test came back as positive. The blood test isn't a 100% guarantee, but given the positive result and sheer desperation, I started a course of antibiotics.

I was put on the triple therapy (Amoxicillin, Clarithromycin, and Omeparzole) for 14 days. The first few days were good, and symptoms slowly started getting better. One mistake I did make was on day five where thinking that I was all over this, ate some particular spicy Indian chicken dish that did not sit well with me for the next few days. I'll spare you the details, but if I were to have one recommendation, it would be to take it easy on the food even if you are feeling better.

The second week on triple therapy was definitely worse than the first, I believe in part due to the side effects of the antibiotics. Everything I read about Clarithromycin seems to indicate that it's nothing more than poison, and I'm sure that in 50 years we'll look back on it in the same way that we look back at electric shock therapy now - it works, but it's not elegant. The side effects for me included incredible insomnia for the second week, a particularly sensitive sense of smell, lack of appetite, weight loss, and more anxiety (although much milder than the original).

One thing that did seem to help was taking Manuka honey. If you've been searching for H Pylori you'll have found many sites offer natural alternatives using various teas, gums, honey, and yoghurt. While I was very skeptical, I did venture out to try Manuka honey and found it to be very effective in calming the stomach. At $30 -$40 it will be the most expensive honey you'll likely buy (even the cashier commented that it must be good!), but for me it was worth it's weight in gold. I also tried eating a lot more yoghurt than I normally do (close to none)- this seemed to help in the first week.

It's been a couple of weeks since stopping the antibiotics, and I finally feel that I'm returning to normal. No more nausea, no more gnawing pain in the stomach, and thankfully no more anxiety. I'm scheduling my follow up test to make sure I'm finally rid of this thing, but feel 100% better than I did a few months ago.

Looking back, if you are going through any of this, my recommendations would be as follows:

1. Stick with the triple therapy. 104 pills over 14 days seems like it will never end, especially if you feel worse - but for me it was worth it.
2. Don't overdo food. Even if you are feeling better, I'd recommend taking it easy on the spicy dishes
3. Manuka Honey. It's expensive, but had a positive impact for me, combined with the antibiotics.
4. B12. I also took B12 to help restore energy levels (it's known that H Pylori can block the absorption of B12) which seemed to help.
5. Follow up test. Don't forget this, and good luck with everything!
GMN

Jersey City, NJ

#2 Oct 23, 2011
Thanks for sharing your experience.I took Prevpac therapy back in Late April early May of this year.It was the worst experience ever.It took several months before I regained appetite fully.After this ordeal,I've changed my diet.I am Hpylori free.
Lee

Canada

#3 Nov 4, 2011
Simon-thanks for your comments. I seem to have finally kicked the bug after fighting with it for over a year. Last test came back negative. Thank god. But you made a comment that really stuck out. The anxiety. I truly thought I wss going crazy. Racing thoughts, heart palapatations. The works. To make matters worse, I had hot flashes (good ole menopause) that were killers. All of that along with the usual h pylori symptoms. NOT a happy camper. I took my second round of drugs (2 weeks worth) back in July and I am finally feeling better but I had to start taking an antidepressant to deal with the anxiety. I was thinking that the anxiety was because of the hot flashes and menopause but if it had that much of an impact on h pylori then maybe I wont have to stay on this stuff for long. Im not as anxious now (can finally drive again) but this stuff is making me fat! LOL Thats creating another issue! What a can of worms! Anyway-thanks because that gives me a bit of hope thinking that one day I can ditch the antidepressant drug as well.
Cheers!
deedee

Wausau, WI

#4 Nov 5, 2011
has anyone on here ever gained weight from h-pylori? and if they did how long did it take to start loosing, I have tried loosing and its not comming off
Desperate4answer s

United States

#5 Nov 11, 2011
Just want you guys to know that I have h pylori as well. The insomnia and anxiety is definately speaking to me because i am experiencing it too. I read that the uproar the h pylori causes for your stomach with all the acid, ulcers, and everything also prevents your body from producing serotonin, which is a chemical that we need in our body to keep from being depressed and anxious. The antidepressants are probably a good idea for a while. I really wish doctors would tell us these things. They hate us to mention that we have done research on the internet, but yet they won't tell patients everything they need to know...
Liz

Oxnard, CA

#6 Mar 5, 2012
Desperate4answers wrote:
Just want you guys to know that I have h pylori as well. The insomnia and anxiety is definately speaking to me because i am experiencing it too. I read that the uproar the h pylori causes for your stomach with all the acid, ulcers, and everything also prevents your body from producing serotonin, which is a chemical that we need in our body to keep from being depressed and anxious. The antidepressants are probably a good idea for a while. I really wish doctors would tell us these things. They hate us to mention that we have done research on the internet, but yet they won't tell patients everything they need to know...
I have been fighting anxiety for 6 months still have it are you feeling any better?
Liz

Oxnard, CA

#7 Mar 5, 2012
I was diagnosed with h pylori after having terrible gas anxiety and nausea. That was 6 months ago still feeling anxiety all the time is anyone else still feeling anxious?

Since: Mar 12

Altadena, CA

#8 Mar 25, 2012
deedee,

I have gained weight, it started with the side effects of Flagyl,an antibiotic, i had to eat carbohydrates to get rid of the metallic taste, no other food would get rid of that metallic taste except carbohydrates.

I am constantly hungry even if i just finished a meal. I was reading http://www.afibbers.org/conference/session65....

and if you go to the symptoms, there is continuous eating/hunger. I have not lost the weight. Now that i know the reason behind gaining the weight, i want to lose it by cutting down on my food intake and exercising.
bella

UK

#9 Mar 25, 2012
Im suprised no one has heard of pine nut oil.
Shahid

Solihull, UK

#10 Apr 1, 2012
Hi, I have had this September last year. Initially my doctor told me that I was suffering from anxiety, I then had ct scan, blood tests and urine, several time and everything was clear. After a lot of pressure on my doctor, she referred me to a physician, who did ultrasounds, blood tests and urine samples, all clear. He then suggested I have camera down my throat. He found in this test that I had this bug. I was put on one weeks course of antibiotics. I was abroad when I completed this course. After a couple of weeks I had a blood test and was told it was still positive, told to take 3 weeks course of antibiotics, completed the course felt a lot better but now back in england, things creeping back. I have a lot tension in my head. Initially a loss about two stones and suffered from anxiety, constipation, nausea, funny fellings through the body and a lot of pins and needle. I have a test soon to see if positive. What can I do to beat this bug
Liz

White Water, CA

#11 Apr 3, 2012
Shahid wrote:
Hi, I have had this September last year. Initially my doctor told me that I was suffering from anxiety, I then had ct scan, blood tests and urine, several time and everything was clear. After a lot of pressure on my doctor, she referred me to a physician, who did ultrasounds, blood tests and urine samples, all clear. He then suggested I have camera down my throat. He found in this test that I had this bug. I was put on one weeks course of antibiotics. I was abroad when I completed this course. After a couple of weeks I had a blood test and was told it was still positive, told to take 3 weeks course of antibiotics, completed the course felt a lot better but now back in england, things creeping back. I have a lot tension in my head. Initially a loss about two stones and suffered from anxiety, constipation, nausea, funny fellings through the body and a lot of pins and needle. I have a test soon to see if positive. What can I do to beat this bug
You may have already gotten rid of the bug but you still may have symptoms for a while. Just take your daily vitamins and stay positive.
Sore and sick

Yamanashi, Japan

#12 Apr 7, 2012
I've recently had an issue with a small penis. I believe it is due to H pylori. Could anyon please help?

Since: Mar 12

Altadena, CA

#13 Apr 7, 2012
@ Liz, I am currently being treated for h-pylori by Marcus Ettinger, I am very happy with the treatment. My symptoms are much better. I had taken 5 antibiotics courses and they did not work. I am also under the supervision of a Gastroenterelogist. Here is Marcus's information, he is in Orange, not far from you. I go to him from Pasadena, CA.

http://www.advancedhealing.com/

Since: Mar 12

Altadena, CA

#14 Apr 7, 2012
Liz wrote:
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You may have already gotten rid of the bug but you still may have symptoms for a while. Just take your daily vitamins and stay positive.
@ Liz, I am currently being treated for h-pylori by Marcus Ettinger, I am very happy with the treatment. My symptoms are much better. I had taken 5 antibiotics courses and they did not work. I am also under the supervision of a Gastroenterelogist. Here is Marcus's information, he is in Orange, not far from you. I go to him from Pasadena, CA.

http://www.advancedhealing.com/
3 days in

United States

#15 Sep 3, 2012
Sore and sick wrote:
I've recently had an issue with a small penis. I believe it is due to H pylori. Could anyon please help?
You'll need to go through the entire drug therapy first, then use the European lengthening cream for 6 months thereafter.
tony

Athens, Greece

#16 Nov 30, 2012
I ve been trough the H Pylori therapy and tested negative , but two months later still feeling symptoms . is this normal ?
Joseph

United States

#17 Nov 30, 2012
tony wrote:
I ve been trough the H Pylori therapy and tested negative , but two months later still feeling symptoms . is this normal ?
What are your Symptoms Tony, Same here two months later and still feel like S@%*. Headaches and sore as can be.
Tony

Athens, Greece

#18 Dec 1, 2012
Joseph wrote:
<quoted text> What are your Symptoms Tony, Same here two months later and still feel like S@%*. Headaches and sore as can be.

Dear Joseph , sometimes I feel normal and other times like S@%*. I'm not as bad as before the antibiotics but still having discomfort ... my symptoms include loose stools three to four times a day,stinging under the ribs (mostly upper and lower right), sour stomach and slight pain on the right of the lower back . these symptoms go on and off at random . I'm taking pantoprazole 40 mg once a day (so I may have some side effects).. this thing has been driving me crazy so I know what youre going through . I really hope you feel better soon .
Joseph

Evansville, IN

#19 Dec 1, 2012
Tony wrote:
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Dear Joseph , sometimes I feel normal and other times like S@%*. I'm not as bad as before the antibiotics but still having discomfort ... my symptoms include loose stools three to four times a day,stinging under the ribs (mostly upper and lower right), sour stomach and slight pain on the right of the lower back . these symptoms go on and off at random . I'm taking pantoprazole 40 mg once a day (so I may have some side effects).. this thing has been driving me crazy so I know what youre going through . I really hope you feel better soon .
Im right there with ya Tone. I have a white tounge and lower back pain as well. I get hives as well. My stomach makes loud noise and cause me headaches I think from the Anxiety of all this. I took a stool test Friday and am awaiting the results. I pray we all get over this hell man. Shoot me ya email and we can talk. I think were on the same level. I just want my life back. God Bless ya.
Tony

Athens, Greece

#20 Dec 2, 2012
Joseph wrote:
<quoted text> Im right there with ya Tone. I have a white tounge and lower back pain as well. I get hives as well. My stomach makes loud noise and cause me headaches I think from the Anxiety of all this. I took a stool test Friday and am awaiting the results. I pray we all get over this hell man. Shoot me ya email and we can talk. I think were on the same level. I just want my life back. God Bless ya.
Anxiety is a real issue when it comes to health , my symptoms are not gone but they are less severe as time goes by , keep that in mind ,so try to relax and be patient , it will help you with the stomach . As for the headaches , are you taking any medication ? that may be the culprit . My e-mail is " tonytrock@hotmail.com " Thanks for the feedback I really appreciate it ,and let me know about your test results . hang in there man, we will be back on track at no time ... peace

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