Stomach Update #2

[You can read the other two posts about my infection here and here.]

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^That’s the amount of pills I took in 14 days. Way too much for my liking and especially for my body’s liking but the good news is that I’m done taking pills! At least for now.

I read that it takes a while to feel normal after taking so many antibiotics/medicines, especially the Prevpac. I stopped reading online forums about the after effects of the medicine I took because they were all horror stories. 

I’ve been off the Pravpac since Thursday and here are my after effects:

  • kidney pain
  • yeast infection
  • stomach pain
  • diarrhea

I’m just so happy to be done with the medicine!

What’s next?

On Thursday August 16th I go to my stomach doctor to have an endoscopy. She is going to sedate me, put a tube down my throat to look at my esophagus & stomach, and take a piece of my stomach out for a biopsy to see if the infection is gone.

She is also checking on any ulcers I have as well as anything that looks abnormal. My family doctor still wants her to check for Celiac disease, but my stomach doctor is more concerned that I have Crohn’s Disease or Colitis.

This is basically what the procedure looks like lolz…

I’m just ready to find out if the infection is gone. If it isn’t then I have to take stronger medicine. I really pray that I don’t have to because I don’t know if I’ll be able to function on stronger medicine, especially because I’ll be back in school.

Other notes: The nurse and the stomach doctor were both impressed that I finished all of my medicine. They said that most people quit because they can’t handle the side effects. I assured them that I wanted to quit so many times!

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So, that’s the update. In the meantime while I am recuperating from the medicine and getting ready for the endoscopy I’m just focusing on enjoying my summer and life in general 🙂

All smiles.

Bible verse of the day: “All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.” Psalm 119:160

Edited to add: If you want to talk to me about my experience with H. Pylori and the medicine I took, please feel free to email me at allie(at)southboundenterprises(dot)com. Thanks!

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27 comments

  1. It’s pretty amazing that your smiling so big despite all that you’ve been through and the craziness you have coming up between getting ready to go back to college and having that endoscopy. I hope you’re done with the medicine for good, at least the strong stuff, and the doctors find out what’s wrong with you so they can treat it (hopefully with less meds!)

  2. Whoa that’s a lot of pills! I’m so glad you’re done with the meds and I’m praying that everything is clear when they do the endoscopy so you don’t have to deal with more side effects of medications.

    Feel free to text me if you have any more q’s about the procedure! Hang in there–you’re almost to the end of it! 😀

  3. Hang in there girl. You were great with finishing the pills.. which is a lot more than most can say! You were strong enough to get through the side effects.. and now you just have to be patience and have faith! I won’t be in the states when you have the endoscopy – but you will be in my prayers and I look forward to seeing what they doc found when I get back from Aruba!

  4. You still look so great even with so much pain! I am still so sorry that anyone has to go through this, but you’re tough enough and with all of the prayers and people surrounding you, I know you’ll be great in the end!

  5. LOVE your positive attitutude! I had an endoscopy done last year and it was a piece of cake! Seriously, you sleep through the whole thing and don’t feel a thing. 🙂 So don’t worry about that procedure one little bit. It’s so easy, I promise!

  6. OMG it made me so sad to hear that the doc thinks it might be colitis! My cousin has it and it is so hard to see her suffer through it….praying that its not that for you! I love your amazing positive attitude though! You are so optimistic and such a light in the presence of dark times. Really inspiring Allie!

  7. Your smile is such a ray of light! I’d never know that you had been so sick or in so much pain..but I’m so sorry you’ve had to deal with that. That sounds dreadful. 😦 I hope it’s not a condition that you have to deal with in the long-term too. I’ll be thinking positive thoughts for you, Allie! Your fighting spirit is truly admirable!

  8. Allie you look so pretty! Your happiness for not having to deal with pills anymore is shining through 🙂 I hope you can figure out what it is and it’s nothing permenant!

  9. Glad to hear that your stomach is feeling better, Allie! It sounds like what you had to go through was terrible, but I’m glad that you are staying positive! 😀

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