I have a stomach infection and gastritis

By tabby9146 Latest Reply 2011-02-08 09:08:41 -0600
Started 2010-09-22 12:10:37 -0500

I am waiting on biopsy results, which they say could take 7-8 days. He doesn't think it will be serious results, and so I am reassured and remain positive that it will be alright. I do know that many experts believe that stomach infection, especially with the H. Pylori bacteria (that I tested positive for 4 years ago and supposedly got rid of) can turn into cancer. Some say that is the beginning of cancer, and others say not necessarily. The gastritis in inflammation of the stomach. I'd had acid reflux symptoms off and on for two years, or 2 1/2. I was stubborn, I took OTC things, they all worked and prevented it, but when I came off them, symptoms would return every so often and then got bad about a year ago. I would be in pain some nights pretty bad, in the stomach and would go straight through to my upper back and would last many hours, sometimes 6-7! I would lose a night's sleep each time it happened. This happened no matter what I ate, and I always made sure I ate early in the evening, and sat up for hours before bed. I think I would like to request an ultrasound, just to be sure there aren't also gall bladder problems but hoping my insurance will pay for that. I have a sometimes slightly uncomfortable feeling below the stomach, sort of on the right side, so I need to get that checked out, even though it is so infrequent and lasts only minutes. I don't want whatever it is, to get worse.

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tabby9146 2011-02-08 09:08:41 -0600 Report

H. Pylori can lead to stomach cancer. Not sure I ever posted that. I'm doing fine, and I took myself off Nexium. I had the procedure done in Sept, and took myself off of it after a few weeks. I had only two minor episodes of reflux after that and unless it comes back more often, I don't see taking Nexium which over time, who knows what that can do, I have heard it can cause osteoporosis in some women. I just take Xantac 150 on the rare occasions I have a little discomfort and it stops it from getting worse. But if I find, I need to start taking that more, I will go back to the doctor. The "only" way to tell if H. Pylori is "gone" is with a (yuck) stool test. one you've had it, your blood will always test positive for it. So I demanded the test and it was negative! I heard on The Doctors and on Dr. Oz, that this particular bacteria can become resistant to antibiotics, so I urge anyone who has this, if your doctor does not recommend a stool test, ask for one. If you've had the upper GI endoscopy and they don't say anything about a test, get one. You have to make sure it is gone. What is really scary, is just the other day, I heard on one of those shows, that it can keep coming back and apparently, they do not know 'how' it causes stomach cancer, but not everyone gets stomach cancer, I think that is probably not common with this from what all I have read but still, I worry about it.

mas14years 2010-09-24 09:23:28 -0500 Report

Just a few things that I have had done because your story sounds similar to me. I had my gallbladder out. The first two test they did had shown nothing was wrong. I insisted, the gave me a hidascan with cck and the doctor said he couldnt believe how bad it was. they took it our the next day. I was having the pain in my back in between the shoulder blades and stomach pain also.
As for the lower right side it could be many things. I used to think I was having appendicitis but it turned out I was developing cysts on my ovaries. The best thing I can tell you is to not wait, get it taken care of as soon as you can. I know what it is like to not be able to lay down and sit up in bed with pain and hot boiling acid coming up all of the time.
GOod luck to you and God Bless,

Guardianstone 2010-09-23 14:30:49 -0500 Report

Are you sure you're not my husband? Some of his stomach problems sound like yours.
Take time out to relax (I know, easy for you to say.) and take care of yourself. Stress can do nasty thing to you, including raising your sugar numbers.
Waiting for results can be a royal pain. Our prayers are with you.
Gods love
Guardian stone

tabby9146 2010-09-23 21:31:46 -0500 Report

thanks. I make sure I relax each day, and I don't really lead a stressful life anymore. My job is not too stressful, I work part-time instead of full time. The diabetes is under great control. My doctor said stress can aggravate acid reflux problems. I have not had any pain in weeks thank goodness. I'm still on Nexium and have been on that for a few months now. The last discomfort of any kind I had was about two weeks ago. So doing good. Thanks!

GabbyPA 2010-09-23 12:50:29 -0500 Report

I have not heard of H. Pylori bacteria. How does one get that?

tabby9146 2010-09-23 21:29:49 -0500 Report

Gabby I"ve read that you can get it from eating contaminated food and it is contagious, so you can get it from eating or drinking after someone. My son and I used to occasionally drink after each other, years ago, just a few times and he had it first, so I think I got it from him in that way. once we learned that, we stopped that and I tell my daughter never ever to do that. Apparently, from reading some sites here on the Net, about half of the population has it, and many don't know it. This bacteria can go away with antibiotics. I had taken those 4 yrs ago when I tested positive for it, before I had symptoms. It is possible that later on, it came back. Possibly, from eating something , I don't know. When I get my results, I am going to want to find out if indeed these problems were caused by H. Pylori. I know a blood test tells if a person is positive.

GabbyPA 2010-09-24 07:43:35 -0500 Report

Wow, I never knew. We share bottles here at the house with all of us. What are the symptoms of it?

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-09-23 08:07:14 -0500 Report

Hoping you hear good results from the biopsy and the Dr. can find out what is causing o much pain. Waiting on test results is so very stressful.

tabby9146 2010-09-23 21:35:14 -0500 Report

thank you. If the news is good, I am going to celebrate! I just don't want anything to happen you know, after the "D" diagnosis, it made me take care of myself and exercise, eat right, and it took me a long time to just deal with having diabetes. He thinks it will turn out okay so I am trying to think so too. My son had it , but for longer than me, he had '2' conditions as well, and his biopsy was fine. I still have OGBYN and dernatologist appts. I have pre-skin cancers again to be taken off but I"m not nervous about that. I've had them before and know what they look like. Haven't been to the OGBYN in years!! DOn't have any problem that I know of, but need that check up, and I plan on never ever going that long again. It will be every year like it used to be and I will stay on top of my health.

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