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Why H pylori symptoms return after treatment

It’s actually quite common for H pylori symptoms return after a few weeks or months after treatment – I don’t want this to happen to you.

Maybe you didn’t feel better at all when you beat H pylori the first time round, or maybe you’re going through treatment now only to feel no better?

If you’re in one of these boats, this article and video on why H pylori symptoms return after treatment (or never go away in the first place) will help.

Watch the video first, then read the info below.

Why some people’s H pylori symptoms never go away in the first place

Doctors rightly treat H pylori when they find it.

But they generally don’t consider three important factors that can prevent symptoms from clearing.

First, consider this:

Just because H pylori has been cleared out of your stomach, it doesn’t mean your stomach is healthy all of a sudden.

Think about it, if you have an infected wound in your finger, sterilizing the wound doesn’t mean it heals overnight.

It’s still red, swollen and sore… and for a good few days or weeks afterwards.

Likewise, H pylori can leave behind a lot of collateral damage when it’s gone and it can take time for this damage to heal.

Alas, as you know, the medical system is only intent on giving you the antibiotics you need to kill H pylori.

Docs rarely offer any advice on what to do to accelerate digestive healing.

If they did, they’d suggest avoiding certain foods and using specific herbs and nutrients.

Second, consider this:

With humble honesty, I can tell you that even if you find H pylori in your stomach, it might not be the main reason you feel crap.

What do I mean?

Well, the main H pylori symptoms – heartburn, tummy pain, reflux, bloating, burping, nausea and so on – can all be caused by other things.

Like what?

Food sensitivities is a big one, and as you’ve probably already read, I’m a huge advocate of changing your diet before treating H pylori because avoiding key foods can make your symptoms go away, fast.

This is the main reason I wrote The H Pylori Diet and its accompanying cookbook.

Then, mull over this:

H pylori is one type of nasty bacterium, but there are others.

Fancy scientific names like Vibrio, Klebsiella, Salmonella, Campylobacter, E. coli and Yersinia can all overgrow, too, and cause similar symptoms.

A condition called small intestinal bacterial overgrowth is growing in notoriety for its ability to cause digestive symptoms and major problems elsewhere in the body (especially energy levels, mood, muscle/joint pain and allergies).

Then you have Candida albicans and other fungi, which often accompany H pylori.

And that’s not all because you can also host intestinal parasites like Giardia, Blastocystis hominis (which I had) and Cryptosporidium.

These other bugs are surprisingly common, but docs tend not to consider them.

So you can get rid of H pylori but if you have any of these other critters hanging around in the gut, your symptoms might not budge.

This is where a comprehensive home stool test comes in handy.

When I did my home tests, I first found H pylori.

I got rid of it and felt about 80% better, but I still had some loose, foul-smelling stools, gas and gurgles.

Once it had gone, I retested and found Blastocystis hominis and a mold called Aspergillus.

I zapped this little bandits and all the symptoms went away.

Third, what about this?

We like to blame other things for our symptoms:

“I’m too busy”, “It’s the H pylori”, “It’s the stress”…

I used to do it myself til I woke up.

Rarely do we look in the mirror and admit we’re usually the authors of our own misfortune.

Our stressful lifestyles, eating on the go and not valuing our health are all massive problems in society.

H pylori infections, parasites and so on, combined with our hectic lifestyles can shut down the immune system, impair digestion and leave us vulnerable to chronic infections.

If you have:

  • low stomach acid (common with H pylori)
  • poor pancreatic enzyme output (very common to see on stool tests)
  • low levels of your good bacteria
  • compromised immune function

…your symptoms may never go away no matter how many meds you take to kill H pylori.

Again, it’s highly advisable to alter your diet, consider your lifestyle, and get a proper stool test to find out what other factors are making you feel sick.

Why H pylori symptoms sometimes worsen after treatment

Unfortunately, sometimes the antibiotics prescribed for H pylori can actually cause a worsening of symptoms.

First, it’s well known that they can cause mild, moderate or truly nasty side effects.

Second, they may trigger Candida overgrowth (a few studies actually show this).

Third, research indicates that antibiotics can increase your susceptibility to other bacterial problems including SIBO and Clostridium difficile.

Why H pylori symptoms return

Of course, not everyone experiences the issues I’m discussing here.

Some people take antibiotics and feel amazing.

BUT, some people then find their symptoms creeping back.


Well, it’s pretty much the same reason as above…

… they haven’t changed their diet

… their lifestyle leaves a bit (or a lot) to be desired)

… they have other bad bugs in their gut

… they’re not digesting food properly

But these aren’t the only reasons why H pylori symptoms return.

Another important reason is that you can get H pylori twice, three times or as many times as you want, really.

Reinfection is more common than people think.

Kissing, sexual contact and maybe even sharing eating and drinking utensils can cause H pylori transmission.

As I’ve discussed in my books and elsewhere on this site, I’ve worked with tons of families / households in which more than one member had H pylori (and other bugs).

If you’re going to make an effort to eradicate H pylori, it’s well worth making sure your family members aren’t infected.

Remember that they can be infected even if they don’t have symptoms!

Summary: why H pylori symptoms return

H pylori symptoms return (or never go away) because of:

  • Collateral damage caused by H pylori and other things
  • Ongoing food sensitivities
  • Eating and lifestyle habits
  • Other bad bugs like Candida, SIBO and intestinal parasites
  • Low stomach acid and other digestive problems
  • Reinfection from family members or sexual partners

If you feel like you’re on a merry-go-round with your symptoms, we can help.

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If you’d prefer to tag on a home stool test so we can see what’s going on in your gut, you can learn more here.

Whatever you do, don’t let your symptoms control you.

Take action and gain control of them.

You’ll feel healthier, fitter and happier in no time.



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