First, having had H pylori twice myself, and having worked with several thousand people who also had H pylori, there’s no doubt in my mind that H pylori symptoms can definitely come and go.
H pylori symptoms like heartburn, acid reflux, belching and bloating can fluctuate during the course of the day and also during the course of, say, a week or even a month.
There are several reasons why H pylori symptoms may come and go, that probably have almost nothing to do with H pylori itself. Let’s have a look at these in turn.
When I had H pylori, my symptoms were worse in the morning. This is not the same in everyone and I have worked with people whose symptoms seem to worsen at night.
It is important to understand that your body has a circadian rhythm that is in tune with the light and dark cycles of the planet.
Importantly, your hormone levels and immune function change during the day, and this can influence processes like digestion and inflammation.
Have you ever noticed how when you have a common cold or a sore throat, your symptoms seem to be worse when you wake in the morning and then again as evening progresses?
It’s your immune system’s daily rhythm that causes this. The immune system is more active at night, and it is your immune system that causes the symptoms you experience when you have a cold, flu or throat infection.
In the same way, your immune system can kick in at night when you have H pylori, making symptoms such as heartburn and acid reflux worse.
When asking the question do H pylori symptoms come and go it’s important to consider specifically whether your H pylori infection is causing ulcers.
As you know, H pylori can cause both stomach and duodenal ulcers. Ulcer symptoms can either improve or worsen when you eat depending on where they are located.
Stomach ulcer symptoms, which can be caused by H pylori of course, can feel worse after eating.
Duodenal ulcer symptoms, which can also result from H pylori infections, tend to improve with food but worsen several hours after eating.
These are only general guidelines and not everyone will respond to food in the same way.
But one thing is for sure: H pylori symptoms (when expressing as ulcers) can definitely come and go on a daily basis.
Just a note on ulcers: If you see blood or coffee like grains in your vomitus, or your stools are bloody or dark and tarry, it may be from a bleeding ulcer. See your doctor immediately.
Another variable that can affect H pylori symptoms is the specific food you are eating.
Some foods and drinks aggravate the stomach lining and may worsen your symptoms.
One reason I wrote my book, The H Pylori Diet, was to show that sometimes H pylori symptoms aren’t actually caused by H pylori and may be caused by these kinds of foods!
For sure, H pylori symptoms can come and go when you consume these items.
It is a well-known fact that stress can cause digestive symptoms similar to those caused by H pylori.
In fact, it was previously believed that ulcers were mainly caused by stress until, that is, H pylori infections were found to be a primary ulcer cause.
Stress causes blood and nutrients to be diverted away from the stomach and intestine into the lungs, nervous system and muscles – it is a redistribution of resources to help your body deal with whatever stress it is under.
Because of the changes in digestive function it triggers, I certainly believe stress can cause H pylori symptoms to come and go.
Indeed, studies done on patients with irritable bowel syndrome clearly show that emotional and social stress worsen their symptoms.
One more thing I have noticed in my clients is that in women, H pylori symptoms can vary at different times of the menstrual cycle.
There are distinct phases in the menstrual cycle that have very different patterns of hormone balance.
The first half of the cycle – days 1-14 or thereabouts – are dominated by oestrogens, whereas the second half – days 15-28 – should be ideally dominated by progesterone.
As with stress, these hormonal changes have been shown to strongly influence symptoms in patients with irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive symptoms.
I think the answer to this question is a resounding ‘yes’ and I also believe that food is the primary reason why H pylori symptoms come and go.
To help you negotiate these important issues, I wrote The H Pylori Diet book, which lays out the precise eating plan I use with all my clients.
It includes foods to avoid, foods to eat, menu plans and recipes, not to mention the specific herbal protocols that knock out H pylori.
For a small monthly investment, The H Pylori Home Recovery Plan goes a step further by delivering more detailed content in a specific sequence right to your computer or mobile device.
You also get weekly calls and access to me, as well as community support to make sure you heal your digestion and other areas of health you don’t feel happy with right now.
The whole idea is to stop your confusion and restore your vitality in the shortest possible time, whilst teaching you to maintain optimal vitality for the rest of your life.