Can H Pylori lead to IBS

I think I'm suffering with IBS however I had H Pylori in 2011 or 2012. I was treated for it and retested months after treatment however it was negative for H Pylori.

My digestive system has never been with same. I've suffered with acid reflux. I've had an endoscopy which revealed nothing however I have only managed to control it via medication, drinking bottled water with a PH and diet.

I'm now suffering bloated stomach, stomach pains, flatulence issues and acid reflux. I don't think it's a coincidence this has been happening since I had H Pylori.

Can you confirm if it's possible these IBS symptoms could be related to me previously having H Pylori?


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Antibiotics and Not H Pylori
by: Kerri Knox, The Immune Queen

Hi Kirsty,

While I suppose that H pylori might lead to IBS due to a lot of different factors, I would suspect that it was the antibiotics given to you that might have led to IBS.

One of the causes of IBS is hypothesized to be due to small bowel bacterial overgrowth, and this can be caused by antibiotic use. In fact, one study links Childhood Antibiotics and IBS.

As well, another study entitled A review of the role of the gut microflora in irritable bowel syndrome and
the effects of probiotics
states, "They found a greater incidence of
IBS-type symptoms following antibiotic prophylaxis than those receiving the placebo and postulated that a form of IBS exists which follows antibiotic administration".

So, you are almost certainly correct that they are connected, except that it's not connected to the H pylori, but the antibiotics you took to eliminate the H pylori. Unfortunately, doctors are not likely to inform you of the risk of a lifetime of chronic illness from the antibiotics they give you.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
Immune System

PS: Don't forget that I wrote the book on H pylori. Get The H Pylori Solution today and end your struggle with this infection.

Antibiotics causing pain
by: Lily

After taking any strong antibiotics, you should take probiotics. The amount of antibiotics that we take with H Pylori definitely calls for probiotics. I am on my second week of antibiotics for H Pylori and I am taking probiotics along with them at my doctor's advice.

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