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Please Help...Advice needed

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 21, 2007
  • 00:00 PM

Hi All…

I am a 42 year old male with bad stomach problems for the last 10 years or so.


Pain near entrance of stomach
Bad Acid Reflux (must take nexium(or equivalent) daily to control it, god help me if I miss a day.
Bloating and fullness
Digestion problems constantly
Recently Bad chest pains

Over the years, I have had every test possible and 3 endoscopies and all test revealed nothing. All positive results!!! They never found the h-Pylori infection or any uclers.

Today my GP finally gave in and prescribed me a HPAC which I assume is the same as a Prevpac treatment for the h-pylori infection even if I tested negative as he feels I have all the symptoms and previous tests maybe have been falsified by my many years of taking such medication as Nexium.

I trust my GP, but feel reluctant in taking the treatment.

Have anyone ever tested negative and done the treatment anyway and it has helped them?

Thank-you for all responses…

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  • Hi - My son was found to have H. pylori at age 9 - stomach cancer runs in my family, and you cannot get stomach cancer without H. pylori. His symptoms were nausea, vomiting and weight loss. The endoscopy showed negative for H. pylori - HOWEVER, the blood test for it was positive. His pediatrician gave him the triple-therapy treatment (two antibiotics plus bismuth over several weeks), and he is retested every other year (at his gastroenterologist's suggestion) using a non-radioactive urea breath test. This is because H. pylori leaves a "footprint" in the blood as polio does, and he will always test positive with a regular blood test for the rest of his life... He was given Prevacid by an uneducated "allergist" - made him even more nauseated. Meds like Prevacid eliminate ALL acid, not just "excess" acid. You must have acid to digest your food!!! After much testing at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, my son was found to also have a lack of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter which regulates digestive enzymes. Maybe you could have your doctor order a test to check your acetylcholine levels - it is a simple blood test. The Mayo gastroenterologist recommended a drug called Mestinon, which is supposed to help, but its main side effect was nausea, which would NOT have worked with my son! So our gastro here suggested a digestive enzyme supplement, which seems to work great...he was also found to have a problem with gluten, and is on a gluten-free diet and takes probiotic for the health of his gut. When your digestive system is not working right, it is an AWFUL thing and affects everything else. If you're not getting the proper nutrients, it's a downward spiral. Good luck - you're one test away from finding your answer... Karen
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