The Power of the Gut – H. Pylori Causing Fatigue, Anemia, and Irregular Periods

Today I spoke with Lizette. She was suffering with fatigue, skin breakouts, irregular periods, and feeling cold. She also had chronic iron anemia. We found an H. pylori bacterial infection in the stomach, which appeared to be the root cause of her problems. Treating this led to an improvement in all of her symptoms. This was a great example of how important one’s gut health is.

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The Power of the Gut – H. Pylori Causing Fatigue, Anemia, and Irregular Periods

Dr. Michael Ruscio: This is Dr. Ruscio. I’m here with Lizette, who has had an interesting couple of things that we’ve uncovered. When she first came in, fatigue was an issue, skin clarity, irregular periods, and feeling of cold, oftentimes in the hands. And also, well, the skin we talked about not being great.

So one of the things that she had reported was this chronic anemia that just kept coming back and coming back and coming back. And her Kaiser doctors would put her on some iron for a little while. Things would get regular. And then, a little while later, a few months later, everything would come back.

Lizette: Yes, for many years ago, since 2004.

Dr. Ruscio: Yeah, so this repeat anemia that wouldn’t go away.

Lizette: Yes.

Dr. Ruscio: So we found the anemia. We’ve been treating the anemia. But the other thing that we found along with this that I think explains where the anemia comes from is a H. pylori infection in the stomach. And we’ve been treating the H. pylori along with the anemia. And it’s like everything came together for you.

Lizette: Yes.

Dr. Ruscio: And I think pretty much all of your symptoms are gone at this point.

Lizette: Yes, feeling great.

Dr. Ruscio: And one of the dots I wanted to connect was because H. pylori can shut down acid production in the stomach, and acid is needed to absorb iron. The reason why there was this inability to absorb iron chronically was likely because of the H. pylori bacteria damaging the stomach’s ability to secrete acid, and therefore absorb the iron. So what I’m anticipating we’ll see is you won’t notice that in a year from now when we repeat some of the blood work, the anemia comes right back.

But how about things that you’ve noticed? You’ve noticed a number of things over the last 30 days. Do you want to share any insights with things that you’ve noticed in your own body? And how you felt?

Lizette: Yeah. So at the beginning, I felt a little worse because it was part of cleaning everything out. And I just feel great now. I’m feeling really, really good. I just wake up in the morning and can do my things. Can go with my life. And just not feeling tired. So it’s amazing.

Dr. Ruscio: And your nose was feeling really cold, you were saying, right?

Lizette: Yes, it was my nose, it was my feet, and my hands extremely cold, even summertime. And I was always wondering, “What is wrong?”

Dr. Ruscio: Sure.

Lizette: And they will, and Kaiser, they will give me always the wrong things. They never treat me for what I really have.

Dr. Ruscio: Sure. And your energy is better.

Lizette: Mmmhmm. Yes, a lot better. And also, my skin is. It’s amazing. I’ve been dealing with acne, with melasma, with a lot of stuff for the last two years.

Dr. Ruscio: And it got a little worse the first week like you were saying, right? Your skin also got worse.

Lizette: Yes, yes, it got worse. And–

Dr. Ruscio: Which you see sometimes when things die in the gut. And they come out.

Lizette: I guess it’s good to know that it gets worse, it’s a sign that it’s going to—

Dr. Ruscio: It’s a sign you’re cleaning some stuff out.

Lizette: Yes.

Dr. Ruscio: Yeah, yeah.

Lizette: So just feel great now.

Dr. Ruscio: Good, good.

Lizette: Yes.

Dr. Ruscio: So we’re going to continue to monitor her. If we see any other interesting stuff, we’ll keep everyone posted. But this is an interesting case. It shows you how some simple detective work back to the gut can figure out why. For example, in this case, it was a chronic anemia that never really responded. So, Lizette, thank you for talking with us.

Lizette: Thank you.

Dr. Ruscio: All right, cool.

Lizette: Thank you so much.

Dr. Ruscio: Thank you.

What do you think? I would like to hear your thoughts or experience with this.

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Discussion

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20 thoughts on “The Power of the Gut – H. Pylori Causing Fatigue, Anemia, and Irregular Periods

  1. Dear Dr.Ruscio,
    My health issues started with a stomach infection which caused persistent acid reflux issues cum nausea. Initially I was prescribed protium but it didnt help as such. My acid reflux issues lasted for more than two months and I regularly took an antacid/gaviscon syrup for it but it never gave me permanent relief. Along side this acid reflux issue I even experienced a weird kind of fatigue cum foggy head which caused a lot of anxiety. I was told to get my vitamin D checked which was very low at that time I.e. only 8.6 and I was also told to get my hpylori test done in which my IGg was positive but IgM was negative. My doctor insisted that I complete a ten days antibiotics course for it which I discredited after seeking alternative opinions. Following this, I did take three vials of indrop D and my vitamin D levels rose to 67..However since the past one year I have been suffering from excessive fatigue which is present usually in the morning and early evenings.. I have also had IBS issues throughout..this fatigue is what triggered an anxiety disorder since I just couldnt figure out what was happening with me.. At many instances I even panicked because I felt soo low and drained. Currently im half way through my ten days prescribed dose of antibiotics but im even more fatigued than before.. I feel extremely lethargic,low, tired and anxious. I dont know whether I should have taken these medicines or not.. however my IBS issues havent been there ever since I started the antibiotics which could mean that the infection was causing it.please advise. I shall be grateful.

  2. H pylori treatment did not eradicate my anemia. In fact, the scientific community is not convinced that H pylori is bad bacteria.

    1. H. Pylori can be both commensal and pathogenic. Exactly which depends on the levels in your body and your symptoms.

      Your anemia may be caused by something else or it may just take time to repair the gut and restore stomach acid levels post eradication.

  3. H pylori treatment did not eradicate my anemia. In fact, the scientific community is not convinced that H pylori is bad bacteria.

    1. H. Pylori can be both commensal and pathogenic. Exactly which depends on the levels in your body and your symptoms.

      Your anemia may be caused by something else or it may just take time to repair the gut and restore stomach acid levels post eradication.

  4. See if you have any dental issues like root canal, Amalgams or infected tooth. that may be one of the reason. H. pylori and other harmful bacteria can safely live and thrive in dental pockets also. They than continuously slips down through saliva or dental nerves towords stomach and other weaker organs of body. antibiotics will temperorily work here because it will not reach the dead tooth. Due to continuous supply of H. Pylori and other bacteria, your immune gets in compromised state and so you get gastritis, IBS, costocondritis, PCOS, arthiritis, Migraine, Brain fog, depression, low stomach acid, low / high cholesterol levels, heart problems, anemia, extreme fatigue, auto immune diseases, and the list goes on . You suddenly gets intolerant to Lastose, chocolates and other food grains. you even cannot digest multivitamin tablets. so you try to find solutions , like allopath, homeopath, Ayurved , naturopath etc… but nothing works permanantly.
    Just remember , our brain and our cells doesnt recognize foreign bodies in our body. They are not programmed for it. any dead organ in the body is also a foreign thing according to nature. if you will remove any internal organ of your body, or you put any foreign things in you body, you will definately pay for it. removing of tonsils, gall bladder, Uterus, root canal and its filings (since it is dead tooth), amalgams, knee/ hip replacements, incertion of rods nutbolts clamps clips etc during operations, pacemakers, stents etc.
    you will not die with these diseases, but will definately not live a fuller life.

  5. See if you have any dental issues like root canal, Amalgams or infected tooth. that may be one of the reason. H. pylori and other harmful bacteria can safely live and thrive in dental pockets also. They than continuously slips down through saliva or dental nerves towords stomach and other weaker organs of body. antibiotics will temperorily work here because it will not reach the dead tooth. Due to continuous supply of H. Pylori and other bacteria, your immune gets in compromised state and so you get gastritis, IBS, costocondritis, PCOS, arthiritis, Migraine, Brain fog, depression, low stomach acid, low / high cholesterol levels, heart problems, anemia, extreme fatigue, auto immune diseases, and the list goes on . You suddenly gets intolerant to Lastose, chocolates and other food grains. you even cannot digest multivitamin tablets. so you try to find solutions , like allopath, homeopath, Ayurved , naturopath etc… but nothing works permanantly.
    Just remember , our brain and our cells doesnt recognize foreign bodies in our body. They are not programmed for it. any dead organ in the body is also a foreign thing according to nature. if you will remove any internal organ of your body, or you put any foreign things in you body, you will definately pay for it. removing of tonsils, gall bladder, Uterus, root canal and its filings (since it is dead tooth), amalgams, knee/ hip replacements, incertion of rods nutbolts clamps clips etc during operations, pacemakers, stents etc.
    you will not die with these diseases, but will definately not live a fuller life.

  6. Dear Dr. Ruscio

    I’m 26 years old and I had a lot of issues. I had 2 small bowel obstructions, with 5 hernias, an appendicitis’s, splenectomy, gallbladder removal. I have low iron definency anemia. And I also been treated for h pylori since November. Why is this all happening. I’m still in pain but my doctors say it’s from scar tissue and adhesions which can also make me in pain. I need help to what’s going on with me.

  7. Dear Dr. Ruscio

    I’m 26 years old and I had a lot of issues. I had 2 small bowel obstructions, with 5 hernias, an appendicitis’s, splenectomy, gallbladder removal. I have low iron definency anemia. And I also been treated for h pylori since November. Why is this all happening. I’m still in pain but my doctors say it’s from scar tissue and adhesions which can also make me in pain. I need help to what’s going on with me.

  8. Hi, I’m 46 yrs old and was diagnosed with h pylori 6 months ago. I done the triple antibiotic for 10 days and felt great for about a month. Then the gas and Chest pain started back up. I’m tired, bloated sometimes my stomach is literally on fire. I stopped the omeprazol cause it wasn’t helping at all. Please tell me what I can do to get this under control. I’m so tired of being sick.

    1. Hi Amy,

      I’m so sorry you’re not feeling well. I would definitely recommend picking up a copy of Dr Ruscio’s book “Healthy Gut, Healthy You”. In it he lays out a DIY protocol to overcome stubborn gut issues (including H. pylori) for good. You can find it here: https://www.drruscio.com/getgutbook

      Good luck!

  9. Dear Dr.Ruscio,
    My health issues started with a stomach infection which caused persistent acid reflux issues cum nausea. Initially I was prescribed protium but it didnt help as such. My acid reflux issues lasted for more than two months and I regularly took an antacid/gaviscon syrup for it but it never gave me permanent relief. Along side this acid reflux issue I even experienced a weird kind of fatigue cum foggy head which caused a lot of anxiety. I was told to get my vitamin D checked which was very low at that time I.e. only 8.6 and I was also told to get my hpylori test done in which my IGg was positive but IgM was negative. My doctor insisted that I complete a ten days antibiotics course for it which I discredited after seeking alternative opinions. Following this, I did take three vials of indrop D and my vitamin D levels rose to 67..However since the past one year I have been suffering from excessive fatigue which is present usually in the morning and early evenings.. I have also had IBS issues throughout..this fatigue is what triggered an anxiety disorder since I just couldnt figure out what was happening with me.. At many instances I even panicked because I felt soo low and drained. Currently im half way through my ten days prescribed dose of antibiotics but im even more fatigued than before.. I feel extremely lethargic,low, tired and anxious. I dont know whether I should have taken these medicines or not.. however my IBS issues havent been there ever since I started the antibiotics which could mean that the infection was causing it.please advise. I shall be grateful.

  10. Hi, I’m 46 yrs old and was diagnosed with h pylori 6 months ago. I done the triple antibiotic for 10 days and felt great for about a month. Then the gas and Chest pain started back up. I’m tired, bloated sometimes my stomach is literally on fire. I stopped the omeprazol cause it wasn’t helping at all. Please tell me what I can do to get this under control. I’m so tired of being sick.

    1. Hi Amy,

      I’m so sorry you’re not feeling well. I would definitely recommend picking up a copy of Dr Ruscio’s book “Healthy Gut, Healthy You”. In it he lays out a DIY protocol to overcome stubborn gut issues (including H. pylori) for good. You can find it here: https://www.drruscio.com/getgutbook

      Good luck!

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