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Old 01-26-2012, 04:34 PM   #1
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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?

 
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Old 01-26-2012, 05:55 PM   #2
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Re: Diagnosed with h.pylori and feel like a walking contagion!

Don't stress. H. Pylori is not like the flu, it's much harder to spread, and it may be that you are the ONLY person in the family who has it! To avoid spreading it, the key thing is, wash your hands really well after a bowel movement.

There's no reason for your entire family to have upper endoscopies, not unless they are having major stomach symptoms. Have them get the blood test, if it'll set your mind at ease.

 
Old 01-26-2012, 06:26 PM   #3
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Re: Diagnosed with h.pylori and feel like a walking contagion!

Thank you Jane. Almost everything I've been reading is that it is spread through saliva as well. Is that just speculation??

 
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Re: Diagnosed with h.pylori and feel like a walking contagion!

If it was easily spread through saliva, everyone on the planet would have it. Last I heard, NO ONE has proof of how it's spread, and the most credible theory is fecal-oral.

 
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Re: Diagnosed with h.pylori and feel like a walking contagion!

Thanks again Jane. The internet is a double edged blade. Unfortunately, my doctors office just laid this information on me and then referred me to my gastro who cant see me for two more weeks, so I'm left to sort through all the information and try to figure things out for myself. And to be perfectly honest, most of it has been pretty grim. I just needed a little comfort in all of this. I appreciate you taking your time to answer my post

 
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