Correct diagnosis is the key to deciding on the correct treatment for your H. pylori infection. These are a number of methods of diagnosis, but some are completely inconclusive.
Exercise care, and insist on getting the right diagnosis - after all you are the one who has to pay for it!
Listed below are different methods your doctor may use to give you a diagnosis. You need to see a doctor for a diagnosis as soon as you start showing symptoms.
Once your doctor has diagnosed you properly – you can then decide which treatment will work best for your infection of H. pylori.
You could choose to stay with your doctor for drug therapy, or you could decide to go for a natural alternative, like Matula Tea, which is clinically proven to be highly effective in the treatment of H. pylori.
Don’t ever feel obligated to stick with your doctor for treatment as well, just because he has given you a diagnosis. And don’t ever be pushed into drug therapy or surgery if you feel it's not right for you. Take some time to check out other avenues first!
The sole purpose of any H. pylori test is to detect an infection or presence of H. pylori bacteria in your stomach and upper part of your small intestine (duodenum).
It is important to note that if you have never been treated for an H. pylori infection, then all the tests we discuss below can be relied upon for an accurate diagnosis of a current infection.
This is because it is virtually impossible to recover from an H. pylori infection without some form of treatment. So if any of these tests reveal a trace of H. pylori, then chances are that you are currently infected.
A blood test checks for the presence of H. pylori antibodies, not for the bacteria itself. The biggest disadvantage of this test is quite simply;
"Blood Tests cannot differentiate between a past infection and the current status of an H. pylori infection..."
Even after H. pylori bacteria have been treated, H. pylori antibodies may sometimes still be present in the blood for 12 - 18 months after a successful treatment. This means that you will test positive (for antibodies) when you are actually negative after receiving treatment. In view of this, Blood Testing is considered to be the most inconclusive test that can be used to determine if a treatment has been successful or not.
DO NOT USE an H. pylori Blood Test within 18 months of your last treatment! - This is because antibodies remain in the blood for between 12 to 18 months after the H.pylori bacterium has been successfully treated. In short this means that a Blood Test is only showing what your H. pylori status was - up to 18 months before the test.
ON THE POSITIVE SIDE - If you have NEVER been treated for H. pylori a Blood test CAN be useful! If you suspect you are infected with H. pylori, and if you have never been treated for H. pylori before, and you test positive with a Blood Test - then you are extremely likely to be infected with H. pylori. Obviously this means that you will need to start seeking effective treatment.
ALSO!! If you test negative with a blood test, you can rest assured that you are not infected with H. pylori.
A urea breath test checks to see if you have H. pylori bacteria in your stomach. It involves using a radioactive carbon atom to detect H. pylori bacteria. The breath test is not always available and the results are often inconsistent.
This a very expensive test, and our research has shown that this is not the best H. pylori test to go for. Breath testing has been proven to be inconsistent when run concurrently with an H. pylori Stool Antigen test on the same patient.
A small sample (biopsy) is taken from the lining of your stomach and small intestine during an endoscopy. Several different tests may be done on the biopsy sample.
Most of these test produce inconsistent results, and depend on the testing facility or laboratory used.
This has been proved when running these tests concurrently with a benchmark HPSA test on the same patient.
Also known as the HPSA test, this test provides the most conclusive evidence of the presence of H. pylori bacteria. The stool antigen test checks to see if substances that trigger the immune system to fight a H. pylori infection (H. pylori antigens) are present in your feces (stool).
Stool antigen testing may be done to help support a diagnosis of a current H. pylori infection or to determine whether treatment for a H. pylori infection has been successful.
We recommend this test after you have been treated - it produces a very accurate result of your H. pylori status.
The HPSA test is one of the two safest and most accurate H. pylori tests. Retesting for H. pylori should be done at least 4 weeks after treatment has been completed.
The Gastrointestinal Microbial Assay Plus (GI-MAP™) is an innovative clinical tool that measures gastrointestinal microbiota DNA from a single stool sample with state of the art, quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR or real-time PCR) technology.
Like the HpSA test, it is extremely accurate, and retesting should be done 3 - 4 weeks after treatment has been completed.
The time taken to get results varies from test to test as follows;
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I actually purchased the tea for my 31 year old daughter who was experiencing horrendous "stomach" pain and who, six weeks ago, tested at very high levels of H. pylori. She was tested a couple of days ago and tested negative for H. pylori. The doctor said that it was impossible to kill H. pylori with anything other than MEGA antibiotics but I begged her to try the Matula tea first because I am so opposed to the overuse of antibiotics. The doctor did not want to re-test because she did not believe that there would be any difference from just using the tea.*
When the tests came back negative the doctor said absolutely nothing - she did not ask what the tea was or where my daughter got it from, etc. I am horrified but not surprised that the medical people do not want to gather information and share it with their patients.*
If you have taken medications already and you have used the right tests, and you are still testing positive for H. pylori, then you may be thinking that you are stuck with a major problem.
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