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Health Issues and Setbacks

Monday, September 18, 2017

Hey everyone. This has been a really crappy year for me. In January I started to experience abdominal pain. I knew it just wasn't right but I figured I'd wait a bit and see how I feel. Time went by and I wasn't getting any better so I went to see my doctor at the beginning of March (a snow storm cancelled an earlier appointment). The vampires took 5 tubes of blood and I had an abdominal scan. The scan found nothing, but my blood tested positive for H-Pylori. I never heard of H-Pylori but apparently it is a very common bacterial infection of the stomach and intestines. My pain was so intense I felt like someone had hit me in my ribs with a baseball bat. My doctors scheduled me for another ultrasound, a CT scan, a colonoscopy, an MRI and an endoscopy to try to figure out where the pain was coming from. I was flipping out! My mother died of pancreatic cancer so that was all I could think about. I was sure I was dying! I was terrified. I was tired all the time, but anxiety prevented me from getting a good night sleep. None of the tests disclosed anything that would explain the pain I was experiencing. I started doing my own research and I've since discovered that H-Pylori effects everyone differently, but it reeks havoc on the digestive system causing abdominal pain, chest pain, back pain, constipation, diarrhea, weight loss, weight gain, insomnia, heartburn, bloating, ulcers and stomach cancer! I found support groups on Facebook for those suffering from H-Pylori and I've discovered that many people have had similar experiences to mine. This of course is a relief, but I'm not out of the woods yet.

I was treated with antibiotics and tested negative for H-Pylori in May, however, I'm still experiencing pain under my left ribs, back and sometimes under my right ribs as well. The infection left me with gastritis and inflammation of the stomach. My doctor put me on proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to help me heal and while they did relieve some of the pain they've caused me to gain about 15 lbs. I'm slowing weaning myself off the PPIs as well as researching different diets for intestinal disorders. It seems like I can't eat anything and its very frustrating. I've started back to the gym and it feels good to exercise again. I've also begun acupuncture treatment and hope to have good results although I know it doesn't work for everyone. A special diet like the Specific Carbohydrate Diet ("SCD") may be necessary for me, but it's so limiting that I find it difficult to follow.

Anyhow, I just wanted to give you guys an update on where I've been and what I've been up to. I've been pretty depressed and just want to feel like my old self again, but healing from H-Pylori can take 2 years!! Ugh! I hope you are all feeling well and achieving your goals. I think about you all and hope you are doing well.


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  • _JODI404
    Hi Libbie!

    So good to hear an update from you. I'm sorry though to hear of your health struggles!! You've been through so much!

    I'm really glad you have found support groups and are starting to feel better. I hope the gym and acupuncture will help a lot!

    Thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers for continued healing and health!!

    1226 days ago
    I'm so sorry that you have had such a very challenging health year. It is so frustrating when the doctors struggle to get an accurate diagnosis. It sounds like you have been very proactive to get a grip on your own health. I'm wishing you continued recovery and better health. I hope that beginning to workout helps lift your spirits. It can be very depressing to have chronic illnesses.

    It has not been my best health year either, so I completely understand. I was diagnosed last fall with a severe case of ulcerative colitis after a colonoscopy. It has been a long and slow path to remission (it's autoimmune). It triggered my chronic kidney stones to flair which puzzled my urologists for a while. I also had shoulder surgery for a rotator cuff tear that I did when I caught myself while jogging on my treadmill in 2016. My recovery from the surgery is going really well, and my other issues are beginning to improve. But.........I really, really understand your angst and frustration with your health.

    Be good to yourself and stay strong!!

    1227 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/18/2017 6:12:23 PM
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