Hey, it’s Dave here… with you again to discuss Helicobacter pylori symptoms.
This post is mega, mega important.
It’s so important that I actually want to jump out of the video screen below and have a discussion with you about H pylori symptoms!
When I’m speaking at seminars or in the media I tell everyone that Helicobacter pylori symptoms can be split into two categories:
This blog and video is concerned with the ones your doctor knows about.
As you might already know from other articles on the internet, common Helicobacter pylori symptoms include:
H pylori symptoms such as these result from your body trying to get rid of H pylori via the process of inflammation.
H pylori bacteria screw into your stomach lining (and intestinal lining in some cases).
Your body doesn’t like this, especially if it’s a nasty H pylori strain such as CagA or VacA.
It mounts an immune response creating stomach inflammation, which is characterised by red, raw, pus-filled tissue much like your finger when you trap it in the door when you get a splinter in your finger.
The red, raw, inflamed stomach tissue is gastritis, and it underpins all the symptoms you experience when you have H pylori.
This video explains it in a bit more detail, and beneath the video window we’ll discuss the really confusing and frustrating issue of why eradicating H pylori might NOT bring relief to these symptoms.
When I picked up H pylori for the first time in Egypt in 2004, I had really bad heartburn – it was like someone threw a flame thrower into my gut.
I had one agonizing night when I thought my chest was going to explode, then I was sick in the toilet.
Over the next few days I felt awful – I was dizzy, had heartburn and my appetite was low, and I developed loose stools and diarrhoea.
It took me about 3 weeks to fully recover and I ended up with ongoing symptoms until 2007.
The symptoms became really bad in 2007 when I had a lot of stress – nasty acid reflux and a burning chest, severe nausea in the morning, and some vomiting for no apparent reason.
All these symptoms disappeared when I ultimately found I had H pylori and got rid of it.
The reason it’s so confusing when you have H pylori symptoms is that H pylori might NOT be causing the symptoms at all!
We know for sure H pylori symptoms include heartburn, nausea, chest pain, and so on, but these and other symptoms can also be caused by other things.
In fact, it’s more common for foods, eating habits, alcohol and other simple lifestyle factors to cause the very H pylori symptoms you might be looking to avoid or solve.
Here are some simple things that I have seen cause the same symptoms as H pylori:
Believe it or not, it’s actually common for people to get rid of H pylori and feel only a little better, or even no better whatsoever!
It’s because Helicobacter pylori symptoms might not be H pylori symptoms at all; instead, they may be
The reason I wrote my first book was to help people change their diet and eating habits to reduce stomach and intestinal inflammation.
This often brings symptoms down before H pylori is even treated.
Then, if folk are having a really, really tough time getting rid of H pylori, OR if they’ve eradicated it and their symptoms are not going away, we help them run a stool test to check for parasites, Candida and other bacteria that could be causing problems.
You would not believe the number of different “bad bugs” we see on stool tests.
Going back to 2007, in addition to H pylori, I had Blastocystis hominis, a microscopic parasite that causes irritable bowels, fatigue and even arthritis.
I also had a mold overgrowth called Aspergillus, which can cause all manner of digestive symptoms, including pain, bloating and wind.
Getting rid of H pylori helped me beat my heartburn, nausea and vomiting, but symptoms in my lower digestive tract didn’t go away until I got rid of the parasite and mold.
In some people, I’ve seen ALL symptoms go away just by changing their diet. They feel perfectly ok even though H pylori is still there.
Others can change their diet, get rid of H pylori and still feel awful.
This is why it’s so important to put so-called Helicobacter pylori symptoms into context.
In a separate blog post and video, I’ve described a bunch of symptoms you might not think are related to your gut.
But low energy levels, mood changes, arthritic pains, headaches, poor sleep, skin conditions, bad hair and nail quality and many more can all result from having problems in your gut.
What’s more, the scientific literature shows beyond all doubt that Helicobacter pylori symptoms can extend way beyond your digestive system.
Again, though, it’s not just H pylori that causes these symptoms. Other bad bugs and some of the foods you’re eating can actually be the culprits.
If you already know you have H pylori and you feel pretty rough, I recommend you get it treated.
If antibiotics aren’t working for you, it’s ok to try a natural approach (I got rid of H pylori twice without any antibiotics and thousands of people following my advice have done the same).
If you’re interested in a natural program, start by reading my book, The H Pylori Diet. It has a money back guarantee, so give it a try.
To be honest, it gives you a lot of information about the ins and outs of nutrition, H pylori and digestive health anyway, so it’s definitely worth a read.
I think it’ll save you a lot of time.
If you’re really struggling with your symptoms and you’re not sure what to do, we offer a consulting service to help ease your confusion and frustration, and make some sense of why you might be having trouble. Click here for more details.
Finally, if you’ve really had enough of feeling sick and tired, get a stool test. These tests are FDA-approved and will help you uncover the root cause of your supposed Helicobacter pylori symptoms.
Perhaps you actually have a parasite or some fungal overgrowth that are causing your symptoms, or maybe you’re struggling to digest your food properly.
Whatever’s going on, we can help you get to the bottom of it (no pun intended).
OK, for now, that’s it from me!
Remember to check out my other videos on H pylori symptoms:
If you have a story to share about your H pylori symptoms, or any helpful info you can give that will assist others, let us know by leaving a comment below.
Until next time, stay well.