It all started with a nasty bout of food poisoning in Egypt.
I lay awake in my hotel room feeling as though my throat was on fire. Heartburn and reflux symptoms made me feel like I was going to die – a not too unfamiliar feeling to many H pylori suffers.
I spent the night vomiting and the following week on the toilet with diarrhoea. All this was accompanied by nausea and extreme weakness.
But two weeks later – despite returning home – I was still suffering with a combination of anxiety, lethargy, fatigue and a curious white coating on my tongue.
In fact, it took well over a month before I actually felt like myself again, but I was still ‘not great’. I felt tired all the time. I was far from a picture of health.
But all that changed in 2007.
And it all started with a simple stool test. It was analysed for bacteria, parasites and fungal overgrowth. Lo and behold, my test result came back positive for H pylori (and some other nasty bacteria).
Once I knew what was wrong with me, I went on a mission to do everything I could to put it right. And the rest, as they say, is history.
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