Hello, dear readers! It’s been a few days since I have not posted anything. I got a little busy, and to admit, I have also been sick. I had a flu that kept returning, felt dizzy, had lung pains, lost my appetite, nausea, difficulty swallowing, and had abdominal pains.

At the beginning I thought that maybe I had the Covid19 Virus, and got scared. Feeling tired of taking so many over the counter medicines that did not actually work I thought that it’s time to visit a doctor and get tested.

So, on Friday, I took my courage and in the morning, went out to the clinic. Everything went well, no problems and by 4 PM I had the results. Turns out, it’s not the Virus that caused all my problems but a chronic gastritis with high reflux and Helicobacter Pylori.

Hence, today’s post is going to be, mostly about Helicobacter Pylori.

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What is Helicobacter?

Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a bacteria that causes infections in our stomach. These germs can enter our bodies and live in the digestive tract. After many years, these germs can cause sores called ulcers in the lining of our stomach or the upper part of our small intestine.

H. Pylori can also be found in stool, saliva, and plague on the teeth. H. Pylori can be transmitted from a person to another especially if people who are infected do not thoroughly wash their hands after a bowel movement. People may also spread the bacteria through kissing or other close contact.

The infection with this bacteria is very common and affects two-thirds of the world’s population.

What are the causes of Helicobacter pylori?

The causes of Helicobacter are multiple, the bacteria can be present in water, spicy foods, and can be caused by smoking habits but it can also be triggered by stress and a bad lifestyle.

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Symptoms

In cases of an ulcer, we may feel a dull or burning pain in our belly. The pain will come and go, but we will feel it the most when the stomach is empty, between meals or in the middle of the night. The pain can last for a few minutes or even hours. Drinking milk, eating, and taking and anti-acid can help us calm the pain.

Other symptoms may include: bloating, burping, nausea, vomiting, weight loss for no reason. Also, in advanced cases we may experience trouble breathing, dizziness, pale skin color, heartburn, feeling very tired for no reason, severe, sharp pain in the stomach.

Testing

I preferred a blood test, as it was the fastest method, because I did not even know that I had Helicobacter, I only tested because my doctor advised me to do so. But your doctor may also recommend you: physical exams, endoscopy, biopsy or CT or an MRI.

Helicobacter Treatment

In severe cases of Helicobacter, a treatment is required to kill the germs, heal the stomach lining, and keep the sores from coming back.

The treatment consists of: 

  1. Antibiotics – to kill the bacteria in the body, as amoxicillin or metronidazole.
  2. Drugs that reduce the amount of acid in our stomach by blocking the tiny pumps that produce it. Examples: Esomeprazole, Omeprazole.
  3. Bismuth subsalicylate which may help to kill the H. Pylori bacteria along with antibiotics.
  4. Medicines that block the chemical histamine, which prompts our stomach to make more acid. Examples: Cimetidine, Ranitidine.

The treatment is prescribed by a doctor and the dozes and period are established by him/her only. Mine prescribed a treatment of two months, because I am in an advanced state.

Prevention

  1. Wash our hands after using the bathroom or after preparing or eating the food.
  2. Avoid foods or water that are not clean;
  3. Avoid caffeine (a challenge for me);
  4. Don’t eat anything that is not cooked thoroughly.

It’s important to avoid eating spicy foods, carbonated drinks, picked foods, smoking, or drinking alcohol. Also stress can be a huge triggering factor for this Bacteria, and we need to stay relaxed or at least try to.

The foods that are considered natural treatments for H. Pylori (not scientifically proven though) are the following: broccoli, matuka tea, manuka honey, coconut oil.

Conclusions

I don’t know what exactly caused me to have this bacteria in the first place. I do have a history of medical issues with gastritis since childhood, because I made poor choices in regards to the foods and ate fast food and unhealthy meals.

But I thought that it passed away and now I am healed. Turns out, it’s the other way around. I just hope that things will get better and that I will get healthy after following the treatment prescribed by the doctors.

(Image Source – Unsplash, Adam Nieścioruk)

34 Comments on “Is it Helicobacter?

  1. Caused me severe stomach problems. I still have to go for further tests to a certain it’s gone. Stress definitely a trigger

  2. ouch sorry to hear you are ill but super glad you got tested and it’s curable!

    I don’t need much encouragement to have milk and broccoli, they are in my daily diet 🙂

    Please take care and get well soon!

  3. Îmi pare rău de momentele neplăcute, dar mă bucur că nu a fost ceva mai rău..
    Numai Bine îți doresc și multă sănătate, Katy !

  4. Hello my sister in Christ Jesus Katherine! Well, I’m very happy to hear that you’re on the upswing now; that was one horrid flu virus you’ve been dealing with so of course you needed to do as the mariners would say, “batten down the hatches” and basically “ride out the storm!” I want to add that I know the stressful psychological impact had to wreak most of the havoc though because of the pandemic the concern and uncertainty of having such a bout of illness would freak most sane people into wondering if this was a stage of the Corona virus! For several weeks I had a slight cold but most impressive was a gripping stretching feeling in my chest with no cough or wheezing at all, so more like the linings or pleura were being attacked, even doing to me what I just said, causing me to wonder! But, I kept praying and saying I won’t even go near the hospital and I’ll just do my tea/homeopathic remedies getting plenty of sleep so I can fight off anything, even the Corona! What I’m saying is my confidence and determination actually came from my being fearless of whatever outcome is ahead as long as I’m trusting and entrusting my life to God!
    I love all of the vital information you provided here and it was very astute and proper of you to put something so valuable on the table, you’re being such an intelligent and kindly fine Lady, but mainly the fact is not so many people have done so in this totally unprecedented circumstance the world is in right now! Omeprazole is something I used sparingly or sporadically all depending on time of day or foods I eat but you’ve given me something to really reassess because I wasn’t giving enough thought to all of the factors of what is potentially causing my acid reflux! I love to eat whatever I feel like and thank God I can with exception of red hot chili peppers, but I know guys or ladies that are younger than me and they can’t eat half the things I can, so I’m blessed I know in that way, and I try to be thankful as well as responsible not abusing my body, tending to be moderate and sensible about what I eat and when. Your reflux and suffering led you to bring this subject forward and do so much good; like you have for me and I really appreciate that! Like I said I’m happy you’re on the upswing, and I just got back from a several miles hike with my dog through some beautiful terrain very early and being Sunday with so many people sleeping in, it was so serene and quiet I felt blessed beyond measure! I know you will feel all the same very soon; and the funny thing was you actually crossed my mind while hiking, I think because what you admitted here how you were so out of sorts you couldn’t write, but I didn’t have any clue why, so I tend to wonder about things like this and hope for the best; only it is a great relief for me to know what’s going on with people I like, and to hear that they are OK! You have put a cherry on my Sunday! I will actually make one for lunch today with the ice cream and fresh strawberries I bought the other day and I’ll thank you again when I enjoy it! God bless you and see you around! 🙏 😊 💐 ❤️
    Lorenzo
    Have some ice cream! 😉 👍 🙏 🙏

      • OMG, thank you again I just sent you a comment and then saw this here; this was so nice of you to say and send my way dear friend! Now I’m really going to love those blueberry pancakes way more having this so special connection and confirmation for me today, and I hope the same for you too Kate!
        You bet, and you take care fine Lady!
        I only said what I really was feeling in my heart too!

  5. You have beautifully described the little things about health in your blog post. The stomach, which is the largest component of the human body, if it goes bad, the whole digestive system goes bad. Taking care of your diet and washing your hands before/after the meal is a sign of good health.

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