Nelson, I did get frightened reading about your personal experience with Helicobacter Pylori Infection. I never knew much about H. Pylori because I tested negative for it during 3 Upper GI Bleeds. The week before easter I was real ill with abdominal pain, diarrhea, and fatigue, I thought I was going to die. When I had enough energy I went shopping for L. Glutamine and Probiotics and some Beef Bones for bone broth. My diet completely changed, no sugar, gluten, breads, or tap water. I eat a lot of leafy green vegetables after a month or so the abdominal pain became bareable. My nephew tested pos for H. Pylori so I looked it up and was looking at my symptoms, I wanted a stool test my doctor ordered a blood test after I cancelled an ultrasound that would have been a waste of time. I tested positive for antibodies and my doctor told me that I've had it in the past but must have eradicated it while taking antibiotics for something else. I know a blood test can't diagnose eradication of H Pylori, besides that was enough for me to know I'm positive for H Pylori. My problem is my Kaiser will kick in on the first of July I want this treated now, it gets expensive, eating for two is what it feels like and I've been off my HIV meds since easter should I go to an emergency room or the fish store and get some fish mox they don't make fish Flagyl. I went to the ER waited 5 hours and left because I had to eat something.
The best two ways to get a more accurate diagnosis of H Pylori is with the use of the urea breath test and biopsies done in samples taken in a upper-GI endoscopy.
Do not worry about rushing for treatment since H Pylori is a bacterium that works very slowly in causing ulcers, bloating, GERD and stomach cancer. The treatment requires a combo on two antibiotics, omeprazole and Pepto Bismol twice per day for 14 days.
Retesting for H Pylori should be done after 4 weeks of finishing the cycle. Many of us have H Pylori that is resistant to several treatment protocols which may require (like in my case) treatment with two subsequent protocols.
H. Pylori and HIV: What Do I Need to Know?
Talk to your doctor about sending you to a GI specialist since you could be suffering from IBS-D.
IBS with Diarrhea
You may also want to discuss a digestive stool analysis test:
Sample report of Digestive Stool Analysis
And review the low FoodMap diet:
Low FoodMap Diet
Please let me know what you find out.