She had been vomiting everyday for 1 to 2 weeks every few months for 5 years with no other symptoms. Her medical doctor suggested it was due to stress and suggested a prescription for antidepressant medication. She decided to not take the drug.
When I saw her a few months later, she said she did not feel like she had been under stress nor did she report having been depressed.
When I first saw her I thought her symptoms seem to coincide with some type of a parasite life cycle. Although this was my original thought upon meeting with her, I knew I needed to run some tests to understand her condition more fully. So we ran some blood work, saliva, and stool tests.
Her Saliva testing indicated that she had low secretory IgA, which could indicate a parasitic infection of the gut.
Her CBC and chem screen values where all within normal limits. However, her white blood cell count was at the low end of the reference range. From a functional medicine standpoint, this could be indicative of a chronic infection somewhere in the body. As an infection is being fought for long periods of time, the bodies immune system has a more difficult time keeping up with it and the white blood cell count can fall. This is in contrast to an acute infection in which the white blood cell count could be elevated.
Her stool test was positive for H. pylori.
I then referred her to a medical doctor who prescribed her a regime of antibiotics and other medication to treat the H. pylori infection. Following her antibiotic therapy we retested her for H. pylori and found her to be negative for the organism.
She continued to be a regular chiropractic patient for over 10 years. She reported the vomiting never returned following her treatment for H. pylori.
When looking at what could happen if this infection had gone on untreated in this young woman, I think we should consider the following post, ‘Eradicating H. Pylori lowers Risks for Stomach Cancer’, from Roji Menon, MD. See her blog here: http://rojimenon.com/2014/05/28/eradicating-h-pylori-lowers-risk-for-stomach-cancer/
Eradicating Helicobacter pylori in asymptomatic, healthy adults reduces the incidence of subsequent gastric cancer.
Researchers identified six randomized, controlled trials that assessed the effect of eradication therapy on stomach cancer incidence 2 or more years later in adults who tested positive for H. pylori but had no symptoms and were healthy. A variety of eradication therapies were used. Control groups received placebo or no therapy.
The authors conclude: “It seems likely that the benefit of searching for and eradicating H. pylori in healthy asymptomatic individuals will outweigh any potential harms, especially in populations at high risk of gastric cancer. However, results from further trials in different populations are urgently needed.”
You can also consider my last post: Is this the cause of your ulcer?
As always, please contact your health care provider if you have any questions regarding your health.
Please continue to educate yourself on your health because your health affects everything you do and everyone you know.
Yours in Health,
Sean Ripp, D.C.