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Weight gain/loss, Lethargy, Hunger, Anemia

Post by Lgkanary@gmail.com » Fri May 30, 2014 12:51 pm

GertieBird | 12 min ago
Hi,
I'm new to the forum. Third day of quadruple therapy and doing good so far.

I've noticed several conflicting things about h pylori...
- low iron is associated with h pylori, which should lead to low metabolism which leads to lethargy, which leads to unexplained weight gain and the inability to lose that gained weight,
- ulcers lead people to have constant hunger, which encourages extra eating to satisfy or relieve feelings of hunger, which trains your body after awhile to eat when hunger strikes, although it probably isn't real hunger just disturbances from the ulcer, which should lead to weight gain.

There is one post to which no one replies about weight gain but 100's of weight loss posts. It seems contradictory to me.

I have low iron, gained 30-40 lbs, really tried 4 healthy diets (yeast free, exercise with 1300 calorie diet, paleo, 4 hour body) and iron supplements but nothing worked.

I am hoping the therapy works and that I get my iron back up, weight back down and energy back.

Any advice or thoughts? I could use the encouragement :)

Cheers!
GB
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Re: Weight gain/loss, Lethargy, Hunger, Anemia

Post by Helico_expert » Fri May 30, 2014 1:21 pm

You are right about H. pylori associated with iron deficiency. H. pylori absorbs iron like a sponge. However, what regulates human absorbing iron is still unknown. Similar to calcium, it's not like drinking milk everyday and you'll not get osteoporosis. It's how much calcium you absorbed that count.

Some people regain their iron level after eradicating H. pylori. But many doesnt. I think the truth is, it is a very complex problem. Some scientists believe that H. pylori produces toxin or signals that may affect the microflora in the intestine and leads to the effect weight gain or loss. But the mechanism is still unknown.

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Re: Weight gain/loss, Lethargy, Hunger, Anemia

Post by Lgkanary@gmail.com » Fri May 30, 2014 2:09 pm

It does seem to be the absorption; however, the only time I was able to make gains before realizing I had h pylori was when I was on a yeast free diet and taking a liquid iron supplement. My iron levels, which should be 34-40, went from 13 to 21; however, my levels plateaued. My mother had h pylori and low iron as well. She never had iron problems after h pylori eradication. I'm hoping the same holds true forms as well.

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Re: Weight gain/loss, Lethargy, Hunger, Anemia

Post by momof3 » Sun Jul 20, 2014 12:00 pm

Hi,
I just discovered this forum. I just finished 2 weeks of medication. My iron levels were very low. I was just wondering if your iron levels went up? Are you feeling better? Have things improved for you?

=)

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Re: Weight gain/loss, Lethargy, Hunger, Anemia

Post by Lgkanary@gmail.com » Sun Jul 20, 2014 12:10 pm

momof3 wrote:Hi,
I just discovered this forum. I just finished 2 weeks of medication. My iron levels were very low. I was just wondering if your iron levels went up? Are you feeling better? Have things improved for you?

=)
Hi momof3!
I have not yet had my iron levels checked, its still too early. I will get them checked at the end of August. I am feeling SO MUCH BETTER!!!!! I am continuing to take probiotics, iron, multivitamin, vitamin C and D, tumeric, and garlic. I am finally starting to see that my clothes are getting looser, I can smell again, I am not tired and craving food 24/7, my personality is back again - no more anxiety and depression.

I hope you are feeling better. I think you have to take care of yourself after the treatment because it can be really hard on your system. Good luck and let me know if you notice any improvements!

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Re: Weight gain/loss, Lethargy, Hunger, Anemia

Post by Deela » Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:07 pm

Hi GertieBird,
Hope you’re all well. I hope you’re still on this forum to help shed some light....unlike most ppl, i am going through the symptoms you mentioned (weight gain, iron deficiency) from Hp. I just finished my antibiotics tretment about two weeks ago and will be re-tested in another week. I’ve had three iron infusions so far and another one scheduled for next week. I was at a healthy weight before all this mess started...i gained 10 pounds in a month or so, went through severe constipation which still continues, my last blodd test showed anemia even after 2 rounds if infusion (but the blood test was taken prior to hp diagnosis) sonim hoping its since been eradicated. I do t have ulcer (knock on wood) or nausea but i have bloating, its borderline crippling! I am right now controlling my weight through vigorous exercise and creating calorie deficit daily! Ordinary, my body would respond positively to this kind if strict regiment but no i can even lose half a pound! Im frustrated! Cant get any sensible explanation from my dr...i feel like i’ve become my own Doctor through all the research and reading i’m doing, especially with all the medical studies available. Did you start losing weight? When? Did you have to tske any medication after ho eradication to kickstart your weightloss? Any advice would be appreciated!

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