Diagnosed with h.pylori and feel like a walking contagion!
I've had IBS, and as it turns out, have had h.pylori symptoms since I was a teenager, but it wasn't until I went to the doctor because I was having severe stomach pains that I was finally properly diagnosed. Now I'm scheduled to see my gastroenterologist for an upper endoscopy, and am left with only google for the next two weeks to learn about this bacteria. All I'm reading is giving me no hope at all!!!!! What's the point? I've probably passed this bacteria to my preschooler and my husband who in turn have probably passed it on to our nieces and nephews, who's mother also happens to be afraid of germs!
It's all I can think about now. That no one is going to want to be around me for fear of contamination, and that I myself am going to be constantly worried about everything I touch. And treatment, what's the point. My whole family is going to have to be tested to see if the have it, and then we're all going to have to undergo a very aggressive course of antibiotics which, may not even kill the bacteria, otherwise we'll just keep spreading it amongst ourselves. My in-laws are going to love that!!!!!!! Not to mention the amount of money it's going to cost for all of us to have upper endoscopy's before we even start treatment, because that is now the standard. I don't want to put my child through all of this!!! I'm devastated, and feel utterly hopeless.
Is there anyone who can offer me some shred of consolation in all of this?