Zoltan Rona, MD
It sounds like you may have excess stomach acid, which causes heartburn, or even an ulcer, caused by the H. pylori bacteria. There’s a chance your symptoms could also be signs of angina, or heart disease. Both stomach ulcers and heart disease can cause chest pain, nausea, vomiting and shortness of breath. See your family doctor for a diagnosis before you start any treatment.
If your doctor has diagnosed stomach hyperacidity, he or she may prescribe dietary changes and antacid medications. Heartburn is made worse by cigarettes, caffeine products and, in some people, dairy products and grains.
Natural-health-care practitioners would recommend taking a chewable tablet called deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) root extract before meals. DGL protects the lining of the stomach and duodenum, or entryway to the small intestine, by spurring goblet cells to secrete more mucin. The amino acid L-glutamine, available as a supplement, helps offset and repair the damage caused by H. pylori bacteria and relieves ulcer symptoms. Check with your health-care provider for individual advice.
Dr. Zoltan Rona (@drzoltanrona) practises complementary medicine in Toronto, edits The Encyclopedia of Natural Healing and is the author of Rheumatoid Arthritis and the bestseller Return to the Joy of Health.