I am a 40 year old male and I recently found out that I have H Pylori, which was discovered through a blood test. I have suffered from acid reflux for at least the past 7 years. It seems though that my symptoms have become worse in the past year. My chief complaints are as follows: constant throat clearing especially in the morning, burping, dry cough, regurgitation, bitter taste in mouth, back pain especially between shoulder blades, excessive gas, and difficulty swallowing solids and liquids. When eating I feel like food is sticking in my throat, and I relieve it by drinking water. There are times when I can actually feel food moving slowly down my esophagus.
My question is can H Pylori cause acid reflux and all of the other symptoms I mentioned. I did meet with a GI specialist and he recommended taking antibiotics in order to eradicate the infection. He also wants to perform an endoscopy. My other question is what is the doctor looking for by performing this procedure?
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
You seem concerned by the symptoms from acid reflux viz. constant throat clearing, dry cough and water brash etc. You have also made a mention of H.pylori being detected on blood test.
It is possible that the symptom complex that you have mentioned might be due to acid reflux. H.pylori has been found to be responsible for Acid reflux. Your doctor has rightly suggested the antibiotic course for eradication of H.pylori which can help in relieving the symptoms. Endoscopy has been advised to look for the damage to esophagus from acid reflux i.e. ulcers etc. and to rule out any other serious causes of dysphagia(difficulty in swallowing).
Hope this helps. Take care.
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