I'm new to the forum... my husband has suffered from chronic heartburn for several years and recently tested positive for H. Pylori. The doctor put him on a course of antibiotics to kill the H. Pylori, and we were quite familiar with the antibiotics because several members of his family have suffered from ulcers and were put on similar regimes, after which their ulcers disappeared. He is from a country with very high rates of h. Pylori infection.
I am curious about the connection between h. pylori and GERD, and found the link below through this forum.
Could there be a pharmaceutical industry conspiracy to suppress studies showing a link between GERD and h. Pylori? After all, if there is no real cure for GERD you have to be on medicine for life, making you a lifetime customer for medicines that manage your conditions without ever really resolving them. That's kind of depressing, and reminds me of the old treatment for ulcers (avoid spicy, acidic, or fatty foods) before they discovered h. Pylori in the 1980s.
Anyone else out there been tested for h. Pylori and found antibiotic therapy (lansoprazole, amoxicillin, clarithromycin) to be effective in relieving GERD?
See the study below...
There are several reasons for eradicating Helicobacter pylori in patients with chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Perhaps the most compelling is the evidence that chronic acid suppression therapy can lead to the development of atrophic gastritis, a premalignant condition, in patients with H pylori infection. Epidemiological data that suggest that H pylori is less prevalent in GERD patients than in control subjects may be susceptible to publication bias, and confounding social and environmental factors may also be involved. Although it has been thought that eradication of the organism might lead to increased esophageal acid exposure, this has not been demonstrated in practice. Studies that appeared to show that GERD could be provoked by antimicrobial therapy of duodenal ulcers also have methodological weaknesses. Underlying GERD symptoms might be unmasked after withdrawal of acid-suppression therapy, for reasons that are unrelated to H pylori. In fact, eradication of the organism has been shown to decrease heartburn in patients with peptic ulcer disease. When H pylori is successfully eradicated in patients with GERD, relapse rates are not increased, and the disease-free interval seems to be prolonged. Eradication of the organism is a wise policy in patients who face long term acid-suppression therapy for GERD.