Getting an H Pylori Blood Test is one way to find out if you have an H pylori stomach infection, but there are problems with the test, and it's not the best way to find out for sure if you have the bacteria. As discussed on the H Pylori Bacteria page, H pylori, also called Helicobacter Pylori, is an opportunistic contagious bacteria that lives in the stomach and can lead to ulcers, stomach cancer, and a wide variety of problems that are usually NOT recognized as being Symptoms of H Pylori, but that can improve or resolve completely with effective H Pylori Eradication.
But the only way to know if you have an H pylori infection is to get Testing For H Pylori . There are 3 possible ways that you can accurately test for H pylori:
Since doctors are partial to doing blood testing when it is available, you are most likely to get an H pylori blood test if you go through your doctor. However, the H Pylori Blood Test does not test for the bacteria itself; it tests for the antibodies to H pylori.
And this is where the problem lies. Unfortunately, if you have EVER had an H pylori infection, you might still test positive for the antibodies in the blood, sometimes even for life. And even if you have been exposed to the H pylori bacteria and fought it off, without having ever been infected, you could still have low levels of the antibodies in your blood.
This means that it's common to get 'false positive' blood tests. In studies, the reported 'failure rate' of H Pylori Eradication is about 1/3 of all people who get treatment, however, it might just LOOK that way because doctors are using the H Pylori blood test to retest for the bacteria, and are getting false positive tests.
It's this Immune System that is interesting to you because the response that tries to fight off the H Pylori Bacteria is also responsible for the Symptoms of H Pylori that doctors will not relate to H Pylori Infection. Whenever you have an infection, an immune system response can make you feel tired, sluggish, depressed, have joint pain and many other 'vague' symptoms- just like when you have the flu, only less so when you have a chronic, low-grade infection like H pylori!
Yet doctors refuse to even consider the possibility of an H pylori infection could be contributing to the problems of those with chronic fatigue syndrome, Symptoms of Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis or any other chronic health problems- unless that person has digestive problems.
But H pylori infection can also occur with NO STOMACH PROBLEMS at all. In these cases, doctors would call it 'Asymptomatic' H Pylori infection- but if you have fatigue, joint pain, depression and even Vitamin B12 Deficiency or iron deficiency anemia. While you don't have the 'classic' symptoms- you STILL have symptoms. So how can your doctor call it asymptomatic?
You don't HAVE to get a blood test for H pylori, though, and an H Pylori Stool Test is painless, inexpensive and much more accurate. H Pylori bacteria produce a substance known as an 'antigen', and this antigen can be checked in the stool. What makes the stool test so accurate is that the antigen can ONLY be detected in the case of an active infection. So anyone who has ever had an infection, or who has just been exposed and fought off an infection will not test positive. So, the H Pylori stool test has almost no cases of 'false positives'.
The other advantage of a stool test is that:
Aside from being more accurate, here's a couple other reasons that you'd need to choose an H Pylori Stool Test over an H Pylori Blood Test:
Getting an H Pylori Blood Test is an inaccurate way to get testing for h pylori in most cases, but is ordered most often by doctors and gives lots of 'false positive' results. You deserve better than to test falsely positive and be put through a regimen of antibiotics that can have serious side effects. The H pylori stool test is the easiest and most accurate way to be tested. Keep reading for details on how to get an H Pylori Stool Test…
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