Helicobacter pylori: The Beginning to My Five Year Struggle
My pain is/was mainly in my stomach. For a while I excused the pain each day, —I do not eat well, I am stressing too much, I am exaggerating my pain, my body aches and overall fatigue have nothing to do with my stomach. When I could not take the pain anymore, I went to the doctor. I told him that I was gaining weight too, around two to four ounces a week. This is when it all started. I was told I needed to lose weight. My only and main problem was that I am overweight. If I lost weight, I would not have a problem. I told him that I have not been overweight as a child, a teenager or as a young adult. How was it that I was just gaining weight now? It was his opinion that I was facing middle age and weight gain was simply part of the process. This is a common explanation given to women who complain about pain, especially if that pain is not located in their reproductive system. To his credit, he did consider my consistent burning pain a little bit. Therefore, he recommended that, I make sure I chew my food properly, swallow properly, and avoid fatty and spicy foods, and pepper, coffee, chocolate, tomato sauce, oranges, grapefruits, and similar foods. In addition, he gave me a prescription for Aciphex. Initially the Aciphex was a gift from Heaven. I began to sleep at night without waking up in pain, and I could eat (still not just anything) without suffering afterwards. I was so pleased I thought about my father and his brother. I wished they had Aciphex in their time. For the last ten or so years of my father’s life, he became very thin and frail because most everything disturbed his stomach. Finally, a doctor gave him a prescription for Tagamet or maybe Zantac (this was before it could be bought over the counter). It helped some, but not completely. His brother, who lived much longer also suffered from the same ailment. Their older sister died of undiagnosed stomach cancer. She was found alone and dead lying on her sofa on her fiftieth birthday.