I had an h pylori breath test done a few years ago and it came back negative.
A few things I have learned since then about h pylori:
- h pylori is the leading, if not primary, cause of most ulcers (other than NSAID induced ulcers).
- h pylori has vague symptoms, many do not know that they have it
- h pylori, if one is currently infected, can be detected using the urea breath test alone, the antibody test is really only useful if you need to know if you were infected previously with it. The breath test is simple and painless. You breathe into a tube/vial and wait for the results.
- h pylori can be spread by food handlers who do not wash their hands or work with gloves on. It is more common in developing countries. Not a big problem here and in the U.S. (from what I have read only, I could be wrong).
- h pylori is treated by taking several rounds of powerful antibiotics and a PPI to allow the stomach to heal itself
PPIs are very effective in individuals with GERD. My mother had great success with her trial run and doesn't need to take it every day (just when it bothers her). Actually, as a result, I am strongly considering asking the doctor to put me on a PPI trial to see if it reduces my current symptoms that seem to be silent reflux.
I know PPIs have side effects but not when taken for a short period. Perhaps a trial is best for you? See how you fair on them and go from there???
You may want to do the h pylori test JUST to scratch it off the list, like I did awhile back. It allowed me to move on to the next bullet on the list.
Hope my reply helped a little
Originally Posted by HateGERD
My dr wants to test me for h pylori (blood test).
I'm nervous about doing this. If the test is positive, then I'm sure she'll push to treat, and I'm not sure I want to do that. For one thing, it sounds like many people are infected without it causing a problem, so that makes me wonder that even though I have symptoms (GERD) it doesn't mean that they're caused by the h pylori infection. Also, many people either fail treatment or have lasting ill effects from the treatment or are simply no better. Also, the treatment involves going on a PPI, something I've been doing everything to avoid.