My story begins in the year 2012. In July of that year, I began to experience severe symptoms of gastroenteritis. My symptoms included severe dyspepsia or indigestion, weight loss, inappetance and nausea sometimes accompanied by vomiting. Up to this point in my life (age 57) I dont recall ever experiencing any chronic or acute gastrointestinal issues except for the very occasional stomach flu, no indigestion or other diet related gastrointestinal problems. The odd thing about my symptoms is that they became very cyclic. Symptoms would generally last about 24 hrs, subside and then reoccur approximately 6-10 days later. This lead me to believe that I might be experiencing symptoms of cyclic vomiting syndrome though my symptoms did not include abdominal pain. This cyclic illness went on for 8 years before mysteriously stopping.
In the 8 years of my affliction, i saw 3 different GI specialists and was tested for H.pyloris, had an upper GI radiographic study, endoscopy and a colonoscopy, with no definitive diagnosis.
I recently lost my pet Doberman of nine years to complications of a perforated gastoduodenal ulcer. Prior to his passing, a veterinary specialist determined him to have numerous gastric Heliobacter bacteria of an unknown genus. Apparently various types of Heliobacter are often carried by dogs and cats, and their significance in causing disease remains controversial. My doberman died in October 2020 and my chronic gastrointestinal symptoms ceased!
This apparent coincidence caused me to research the presence of Heliobacter in my dogs endoscopic biopsy and the potential for zoonotic or dog to human transmission.Though uncommon, there is evidence to support the zoonotic transmission of Heliobacter from dogs to humans. There is also documented evidence that Heliobacter variants other than H.pyloris, the causative agent of gastric ulcers in humans , can cause gastroenteritis and MALT lymphomas in humans.
Since my bizzare symptoms began 3 months after I acquired my Doberman and mysteriously ceased shortly after he died, I presume I had a zoonotic Heliobacer infection. Durring the coarse of my illness, I tried to alleviate my symptoms with every known prescription and holistic remedy protocols imaginable, without success. Apparently these type of zoonotic Heliobacter infections are extremely difficult to diagnose and identify. Conventional tests for the human variant do not cross over to diagnose the zoonotic variants. My self diagnosis cannot be confirmed, but antecdotedly seems highly plausible.