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H Pylori Symptoms in the Upper Digestive System and Chest Area

In my experience, folk tend to get confused when told by doctors that common digestive symptoms are “normal”. It’s not normal to experience symptoms such as chronic heartburn, bloating, pain and gas. H pylori can cause all these symptoms, and if you are experiencing them in any way, and for any length of time, I highly recommend you get seek an H pylori test as soon as possible.

H pylori infection is characterized in many cases by symptoms occurring in the digestive system. Typically, symptoms in the upper digestive system are what tend to alert people to the fact that they may have picked-up an infection.

Whilst digestive symptoms are by no means the only manifestations of infection, because H pylori causes inflammation in the stomach and small intestine, the symptoms tend to be felt more in the upper part of the digestive tract.

H Pylori symptoms in the digestive system include:

  • Heartburn (or acid reflux-type symptoms)
  • Belching and burping
  • Bloating
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Nausea and dizziness associated with the gut
  • Stomach pain and burning
  • Chest pain (in fact, some people have reported they feel like they are having a heart attack when they first acquire H pylori)

Unfortunately, all too often these symptoms are ignored or passed off as being “normal”. So many people experience heartburn and bloating, for example, that society perceives it to be “okay” and “no problem” to have these symptoms.

But what if these common symptoms are actually the result of H pylori, an infection that is not only associated with cancer and heart disease, but may also cause stomach and duodenal ulcers, both of which can bleed and become very dangerous?

I feel we must take the common H pylori symptoms more seriously and acknowledge that a simple, annoying symptom today could actually end up leading to very serious problems later.

Other Causes of H Pylori-like Symptoms

Having worked with H pylori-positive clients for more than a half decade, I have come to realize that H pylori symptoms can be caused by other factors.

Common foods that irritate the stomach or upper small intestine include:

  • Gluten
  • Cow’s milk
  • Soy
  • Spicy foods
  • Alcohol

This realization led me to write my first book, The H Pylori Diet.  In the book, I teach people how to avoid these common foods and how to replace them with less damaging alternatives. Most of the time, readers reports significant improvements to their digestive function before they even attempt to treat H pylori.

I highly recommend you read this book, which you can grab here: (paperback) (e-book)

Intestinal parasites and fungal overgrowth, the most common organism being Candida albicans can also mimic the common H pylori symptoms.

Some of the common parasites include Blastocystis hominis, Giardia lamblia, Cryptosporidium parvum, hookworm, whipworm and pinworm. 

On hundreds of occasions I’ve worked with clients who thought they had all the common H pylori symptoms, only to find they actually had a parasite or fungal overgrowth upon running a comprehensive, home-based stool test.

Thus, when folk have a situation in which their upper digestive symptoms – heartburn, acid reflux, stomach pain, bloating, etc. – don’t go away after H pylori treatment, I always make sure recommend a stool test for them.

My holistic approach to dealing with H pylori symptoms leads to complete healing of the digestive system, rather than simply the removal of one type of bad bacterium.

Thus, if you are experiencing upper digestive symptoms, whether you have been diagnosed with H pylori or not, I recommend you consider your treatment options carefully.

If you have already had medical treatment for your H pylori symptoms, yet those symptoms remain, check out my book, here.

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Love and light.

Dave Hompes.

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