Morbidity 101: Helicobacter Pylori Infection

Helicobacter pylori or H. pylori is a bacterial infection found in the stomach. The bacteria thrives in the sticky fluids lining the stomach and can cause ulcer or gastritis. It can recur anytime if one is discovered (via Endoscopy) to have gastritis. Aside from the more invasive CLO testing, one can be confirmed having H. pylori infection also through a positive “Urea Breath Test”.

Having been diagnosed with gastritis almost four years ago, I have had the H. pylori infection twice already and the third one very recently. First was discovered via Endoscopy which I already went through three times and the second was through a Urea Breath Test which I have had twice taken. Each time the result comes positive for H. pylori infection, I was and have been prescribed with strong antibiotics, as is related in the following Facebook Status Post I made. (Kindly click the highlighted date if you want to read the original post.)

September 7 at 11:33am

My gut is again infected with Helicobacter pylori or H. pylori as shown by the Clo test done as part of the Endoscopy I went through last July 30, 2017.

Shown is the result of the CLO test which presented a “positive” outcome. CLO testing is also called H. pylori testing.

The report was only seen by Dr. Hatem yesterday and he immediately prescribed antibiotics which I will have to take for 14 days. And there are two types and the strongest dosages ever!

Clo test is noted in the latest Endoscopy I went through as an “Intervention”.

First is the Amoxicillin 500 mgs at two capsules twice a day making it into two grams! Second is Clarithromycin 500 grams capsule twice a day making it into one gram! So in a day I will be taking three grams in all of the antibiotics!

The full Endoscopy report which I received on the day I went through the procedure. It took a while for it to be seen by my doctor, the reason why I have been prescribed with two strong types of antibiotics.

Can you imagine how the strong antibiotics I started taking yesterday are doing to my gut now? Already am suffering with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and regularly defecating up to five times a day and now these antibiotics? Hmmm. . .

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Freda Editha O. Contreras
Writing is a God-given talent which I try to utilize the good way. I used it as a means to earn a living, my very first job after graduating from college, when I got hired as an Information Writer by the Provincial Government of Antique through Governor Enrique A. Zaldivar in January 1982. By profession, I am a Registered Nurse, and was only able to practice it when I got recruited to work in a private hospital in Kuwait. This was in November 1987 and since then I have been living in Kuwait, now retired since June 2002. Because of my knack in writing I got hired in 1994 to write for Kuwait Times and later became an Editor of 'Pinoy News' a weekly supplement of KT. In March 1996 I published the very first independent Filipino newspaper in Kuwait and the Gulf bannered as Pinoy Expat News or PEN. The paper lasted for only 10 weekly issues. This was followed by another publication and came out first as an insert of an ad paper and later as a separate tabloid. I used then 'Pinoy News' as it was my idea the first time it was used for Kuwait Times. This again failed and produced only three weekly issues. I then turned to the Internet and in 1999 I got hired as a Contributing Editor of, a writers' portal on the web. The last of my articles was published December 31, 2002 but my topic 'Overseas Filipino Workers' was still visible until January 2006. All the 38 articles I wrote have been compiled into a book which I published in August 2007. I discovered blogging in 2006 but was not really serious about my writing. I wrote according to my whim. Having this blog under my own domain name is now a welcome development and I plan to concentrate again in writing. As is commonly said: "A writer will always be a writer."

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