Thanks for the reply.
I do remember being discharged from the ER where I was first seen three years ago with some sort of antibiotic (along with Protonix), but I can't seem to remember what kind it was. I do know that they never tested for H Pylori though, they just went on the symptoms I was having (severe pain and nausea were the main ones).
I read a lot about H. Pylori back in February, when my stomach troubles started again, and I really had to wonder if that might be the cause. It sounds likely considering how common it is. Again, thanks to all the great advice on this board, I went out and bought myself some Mastic Gum (this was before I had even tried the Prilosec). I took it faithfully for about a week and a half, and noticed some improvement, but could tell the problem was still there.. still had some nausea off and on, as well as major stomach bloating, and mild discomfort. So, that was when I tried the Prilosec, and had great success.
So, as of tonight, I decided my game plan will be to start on what I have left of the Mastic Gum, since I remember reading in an article that it is effective in killing of H Pylori. Also, thanks to your info., I decided Prilosec seems like a good bet again as far as needing a PPI, so I am planning to go buy some tomorrow.
Do you know if the Mastic Gum is okay to take w/ the Prilosec? Maybe I should stop it until I am done with that? I am wondering if maybe I will need more of the Mastic to get rid of the H Pylori?
Sorry for all the questions! Thanks again for your help.. whatever info.you have..