It’s important to insist on a blood test if you have never been treated for H. pylori before, or an H. Pylori Stool Antigen (HPSA) test if you have already been treated.
1. Heartburn or Acid Reflux (GERD)
Whether these symptoms occur on a regular, or even infrequent basis, you may well be infected with H. pylori.
2. Diarrhea, Constipation, Flatulence, Bloating
Because H. pylori interferes with acid in your stomach, you can’t digest food properly.
3. Fatigue and Low Energy Levels.
H pylori creates a non-stop stress on your body, making you feel tired. Added to the possibility that you are not digesting your food properly, your body is not getting the correct nourishment to maintain it’s proper energy levels.
4. Nausea & Vomiting
Many people feel nauseous when with H. pylori infections. Sometimes this can mistaken for pregnancy morning sickness. In some cases, vomiting does occur.
5. Unplanned Weight and Muscle Loss.
Because H pylori affects acid levels – which affects the digestive process of fats and proteins especially – you may notice that you are losing weight. The problem is that this weight loss is due to muscle loss, which is a dangerous way to lose weight.
6. Difficulty Losing Weight
This is a surprising symptom opposite to the above. The reason for this is that a hormone called cortisol is produced when your body is stressed. Cortisol is known to cause either weight loss or weight gain, depending on the person. Cortisol can promote weight gain around the stomach area, and at the same time can also cause muscle loss.
7. Hormonal Symptoms including Mood Swings & PMS
These are usually caused by an over production of Cortisol caused by the stresses of the body trying to deal with infections.
8. Depression and Anxiety
A very important mood chemical (called serotonin) is largely made in a healthy digestive system. Any damage to your stomach by an H. pylori infection will lead to a shortage of this important chemical.
9. Gum Disease, Bad Breath and other Oral infections
Although the H pylori bacteria lives mostly in the stomach and small intestines, it has also been found in the mouth, and even in dental cavities.
10. Blocked nose, painful sinuses, colds and infections
Most people are unaware that the sinuses are joined to the digestive system, and that any irritation to the digestive system can cause sinus problems.
Less common symptoms
These may include tension headaches, clouded thinking, yeast infections, body chills, cramping, joint pain, painful lymph nodes and general body aches.
H. Pylori symptoms such as those mentioned above may seem quite broad and confusing, and some people can be completely overwhelmed by the number of symptoms that they are experiencing all at the same time.
Hopefully, this list of symptoms has helped you work out if you could be infected with H. pylori. If you are still not quite certain, then please make sure by visiting a health professional.
It is important to insist on a blood test if you have never been treated for H. pylori before, or an H. Pylori Stool Antigen (HPSA) test if you have already been treated.