I have bad gastritis (self diagnosed) and I have had the poo test twice (both negative).
Someone at work told me that the poo test is not 100% accurate and the only way to be certain is via a sample taken during a scope procedure.
Now this guy likes to joke a lot and goads me that I am getting the scope next time I go to see the doctor. This guy has had the scope before so knows what he is talking about, but he does joke about my condition a lot, mainly due to being scared as hell about having the scope procedure.
I can keep my symptoms under control most times but recently I have been having a few flare ups and I am getting paranoid about my stomach.
If the poo test is 100% certain then I don't see any point of going through that awful procedure. All I will find out is what I already know.
Hi, I don't know how accurate the poo test is for H. Pylori, but it will only show if you have H. Pylori, it will not show whether or not you do have gastritis. You can have gastritis and not have H.Pylori, so that would be the point of the scope, which will take a biopsy and test for H.pylori, but will also be able to see the lining of your stomach and will tell you if you have any inflammation.
Yes. I really need to get it done to put my mind at rest. Whether I will or not is another matter.
I had a flare up two weeks ago and its getting better now and last year it was fine for a long period. I think I'm getting on top of it now, knowing my trigger foods and what to eat and when helps a lot.
If I have another flare up I will book a scope.
How are you doing at the moment? Did the scope come back all clear?