Can You Still Have H Pylori if the Blood Test is Negative
I traveled to Uganda in October (2010) to adopt our two sons. I was there for one month. After returning, I started experiencing painful burning in my stomach with occasional nausea...especially at night. My oldest daughter (7) started having the same symptoms, as well as our neighbor (who is in close contact with our family). My other daughter complains of occasional burning, too.
I took our entire family to be tested for h. pylori. Our Ugandan boys both tested positive and are currently being treated with Flagyl and antibiotics (I need to read your book!). However, the rest of my family, as well as our neighbor, came back negative!
I'm convinced that it's not just a sudden onset of familial acid reflux. We all have the same symptoms that came on about the same time.
I am scheduled to go see a GI tomorrow, and he will schedule an endoscopy to take a biopsy of my stomach and see if he can see any h. pylori.
So I guess my question is...could I possibly have h. pylori that didn't show up in my blood test? I'm clueless as to what else it could be and why it didn't show up in the "Americans'" blood. Is their some other third-world bacteria that could be causing this? My poor daughter just vomited all over the place tonight from all the acid in her stomach. I'd really like to get to the bottom of this soon!
Thanks for all your help and advice,