More on my battle to eradicate helicobacter pylori

Last year I posted my story about my fight to eliminate helicobacter pylori. As it turned out that was not the end of my battles.

In December 2017 after I obtained the results of the h. pylori antigen stool test that indicated that h. pylori was eliminated from my gut I developed terrible pain in a tooth. That turned out to be a tooth abscess and by Christmas time 2017 I had the tooth extracted. All was well after that and I felt quite good except for some lingering pain, due to healing of my jaw.

I had very little gastritis (pain due to inflammation or irritation of the stomach). I was not too worried when I did, because I knew it would take time for my stomach to heal. I largely stuck to my special low inflammatory diet. Except I started to drink black tea again, which did not seem to cause any trouble, like reflux, for all of January anyway. But that turned out to be a mistake. Caffeine relaxes the LES valve at the top of the stomach and can lead to reflux.

My gastritis was caused by h. pylori bacteria. This was determined by endoscopy and biopsy. The bugs caused several stomach erosions — damage to the stomach wall. For that reason I cannot supplement my diet with Betaine (hydrochloric acid) to boost my stomach acid and prevent reflux that way. High stomach acid is a trigger for the LES to close tight and prevent reflux.

I need to stay on a low acid diet until my stomach heals. It will take some time. I am going the natural route, and it may take longer. The doctors want you to take an antacid (a PPI – proton pump inhibitor) and reduce your stomach acid to relieve discomfort. But that is just treating the symptoms not the cause.

Gastric reflux or heartburn can be due to reduced stomach acid, which comes with increased age, but h. pylori can cause it also. Reflux can also be caused by other bacteria in your stomach, which ferment starches causing gas and that gas pushes open the LES valve allowing some acid to escape the wrong way, hence causing burning reflux.

Early in February 2018 I developed terrible gastritis and reflux again. This made me immediately think that the horrible bugs were back. So I got myself tested with the h. pylori breath test and the result was positive. In fact this time the number the doctor gave me was 1400 as compared to my worst test before of only 900. So they were back worse than ever.

I immediately went for another round of antibiotics and an antacid. This time it was stronger antibiotics (Flagyl (metronidazole) and Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium)). But after 10 days on them, besides the antibiotics making me feel even sicker, I knew they had failed again and I was not free of the horrible bugs. My symptoms had not changed.

While I was taking the course of antibiotics I ordered Matula Tea again from South Africa. The tea is expensive but I knew it worked last time, so I gladly took it again. By the second week of taking the tea my symptoms, particularly gastritis and reflux were greatly reduced.

The tea also promotes the healing of the stomach lining and can relieve GERD and reflux symptoms.

After 30 days after finishing the 30 day course of Matula Tea I retested with the h. pylori antigen stool test and it came back negative. The h. pylori were eradicated again. Thank the Lord! Continue reading