For all you suffers of debilitating digestive problems, I hope this blog helps. It is a deeper perspective, but one worth absorbing if you are looking at long term wellbeing.
My experience with the belly bug, Helicobacter Pylori.
The short version of this experience is, I became unwell in 2010 and I was diagnosed with H.Pylori and was told I needed to eradicate this potentially cancer causing bacteria. I became extremely anxious and tried everything under the sun to get better, which didn’t happen. I finally relied solely on my own self healing abilities and began to trust in wherever my spiritual journey was taking me. In trusting, I was rewarded with inner peace – I want that for everyone.
Now fast forward to now (2017). I have been unwell for 6 months. After lots of tests and specialist’s appointments, my wonderfully dedicated doctor is still scratching his head as to why. I was tested for H.Pylori again. The test was positive, I sensed it would be, but unlike my 2010 experience I remain calm.
When I am calm and my main focus is inner peace, it is a win-win situation. Because when I am calm I have a much better chance to heal (physically). I also make better choices when I am calm, but the big winner is, my foundation of inner peace. The outside will always change, it will fail and slowly deteriorate, and sometimes there is a need to accept that, but inner peace is a constant.
This is what I have learnt from this experience and also from the last 6 years. (Click the links for more insights. I have also included my 50 tools for Emotional Wellbeing).
– Anxiety and stress will adversely affect your choices and actions and your healing abilities. Developing a peaceful and mindful lifestyle is true long-term healing.
– The main cause of debilitating digestive problems may not be the well researched and ‘eradicate at all costs’ belly bug, H.Pylori. (Poor diet, allergies, stress and low stomach acid, to name just a few, need to be looked at in the healing process).
– Doctors do not know enough about the relationship and interaction of stomach bacteria. There are even theories and some evidencethat H.Pylori may have a beneficial relationship with allergies and asthma.
– Testing for H.Pylori is never 100%, the only real test is your symptoms and your body awareness, it is extremely important to trust in that inner awareness.
– Medical practitioners need to be very cautious before they prescribe extremely powerful drugs to kill H.Pylori.
I am not a doctor or a health expert. I am just a normal guy that became unwell, got diagnosed with Helicobacter Pylori and tried to eradicate it with two lots of triple therapy, only to end up with positive tests, further health issues and severe anxiety that left me wondering and confused about all the advice I had been given.
The good news is, I suffered, and the suffering forced me to change.
Here is a little of my past and present story.
In 2010, after feeling unwell for months and a lot of tests and with no real answers, I was eventually diagnosed with Helicobacter Pylori. I was prescribed the usual therapy, called triple therapy (two antibiotics and a proton pump inhibitor) to kill the bug. The drugs did not work and I was prescribed another lot of triple therapy.
After a few days my symptoms became severe (burning belly, headache, reflux, low energy and acute anxiety). I ended up in hospital where they told me I had dangerously low sodium. I wont go into too much detail with what happened next, but I went on a two year rollercoaster ride of more tests, severe symptoms, an endoscope operation, more doctors, more medication and very expensive herbs, a naturopath, masseurs, acupuncturists, a functional practitioner, and extreme anxiety was my constant companion.
Silently in the background of this dilemma, I was beginning to delve more into spirituality (not religion, sadly somewhere in human evolution, religion and spirituality became synonymous). I had read ‘The Power of Now’ by Eckhart Tolle a few years before and his words resonated with me.
I was suffering deeply and I knew I needed to try something different. I stopped all the drugs and appointments and began to meditate and trust in my own self-healing. As soon as I made that decision, I began to feel better and my anxiety lessened dramatically.
Sufferinghas a way of guiding us to a better way of life, if we are prepared to listen to our soul, our inner being.
I also exercised more often and changed my diet and the severe symptoms began to lessen as well. I felt that I still had the bug (and still do now), but I also gained the belief that our health is not so much about trying to fix one part of us that has gone out of balance, but more about creating an holistic approach and the ability to be more present, together with the life changing development of an unshakable foundation of inner peace, a peace that is ever lasting.
There will always be something that will cause ill health – there are bugs everywhere and our bodies need to be in good overall shape to deal with them. Our bodies will eventually fail, later in life, but inner peace is endless.
What healed me?
I healed because I gained the ability, through meditation and intent focus on my spiritual journey (my inner awareness and consciousness), to trust in finding all the answers to my problems from within (the doctors can only do so much). Of course, I used all the wonderful services that were, and still are, available. I also fine tuned my already healthy lifestyle.
As for my present situation. I am still unsure why I am unwell. I am not concerned about the positive H.Pylori positive test. My feeling is that this belly bacteria is only harmful if you have an unhealthy lifestyle.
I am amazed at how my symptoms come and go so quickly at times. Is it a mental, or emotional or physical cause, or maybe all three? I will write another blog to let you know the answer.
To be continued…
Any stressful situation gives us the opportunity to be present and to end our suffering, whether that be physical, physiological or emotional.
Stephen is an author and founder of 'Love Meditation', and is passionate about teaching meditation and mindfulness and all the wonderful benefits that follow. He promotes through all media, including television, radio, editorials and magazine articles and through public speaking. His books “50 Steps to Freedom, a Personal Journey from Depression to Freedom” and "Self Love", and soon to be released, "The Reluctant Messenger", are a must for those with a strong desire to follow their heart.