SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth)


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Comment from: Roby, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: April 21

In 2010 I had a strong gut infection from SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) with fever, diarrhea, chronic stomach pain, hemorrhoids, and lost weight. It lasted 2 weeks. Before that I never had any stomach issue at all but since then, it was like my delicate microbiome balance and equilibrium was gone forever. I started experiencing severe cystic acne, hair loss, fatigue, insomnia and of course so many digestive issues. I am now on an AIP (autoimmune protocol) diet which is strictly for inflamed gut and then I will start with natural herbs.

Comment from: Suzy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

My SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) came on suddenly when I ate a bad banana. I had frozen extra ripe bananas and then pureed them with frozen blueberries that disguised the taste of the bacteria laden banana. Within 4 hours I had terrible gas pains, bloating, and constipation. It took over a month to get rid of all the symptoms. I took Miralax which relieved the constipation somewhat. I quit eating any sugar, grains, or fruit. I was eating only eggs, nuts, and vegetables. I added garlic to the vegetables which helped to cut the gas build up. What finally rid me of all symptoms was taking a water enema and drinking peppermint tea with a teaspoon of coconut oil added to the tea.

Comment from: Happy day, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 08

Suddenly 9 months ago I unintentionally lost 25 lb. I saw 2 gastrointestinal doctors who did nothing for my symptoms. One told me to go home and manage. Furiously I began research about my symptoms and discovered I may have SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). My symptoms are excessive gas, bloating, weight loss, and itching. So I chose to follow the directions for SIBO. This is my plan: to treat leaky gut, take 2 digestive enzymes before meals, 1 probiotic daily, and gluten free foods. I had cooked leafy vegetables, recommended fruits, and only rice for a while (FODMAP diet).

Comment from: 1NotSoMeanieQueenie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 27

I found I not only had SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) but was also an uber stomach acid producer, after much testing at my gastroenterologist’s due to recent emergency stomach perforation surgery for ulcers. I had been miserable for a long time with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) on top of it all, so I am hoping that I can make some changes (at least ones I like that are doable that are dietary) that will calm things down for good!

Comment from: skat, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 12

I have suffered with SIBO for a very long time. I had the bloating, diarrhea, pain, weight loss and it even affected my ability to do every day functions. I was finally diagnosed with SIBO about 3 months ago. A wonderful Nurse Practitioner decided to try me on a drug called CARAFATE, it has worked for me where nothing else has. I can now eat a much wider variety of foods and have gained over 3 lbs in the past month or so. If you have this condition, I urge you to talk with your doctor about Carafate.

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

In college I took a lot of antibiotics for sinus infections which created an environment for SIBO. I had it for 10 years before being diagnosed. 1 round of antibiotics for SIBO and then Align everyday has me feeling great!

Comment from: mm1045, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

Kefir caused my SIBO. I started drinking kefir after hearing about all of the benefits of probiotics and that kefir was the best source since it has so many strains. Well, my life has not been the same since. I have NEVER had such digestive issues in my life before kefir. Now I am lactose intolerant and cannot eat certain veggies. I am dehydrated all the time from all the bathroom visits and I am malnourished and cannot gain weight. Worst decision I ever made.

Comment from: BuzzH, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

I have struggled with constipation for most of my adult life, but had finally found help from eating Activia yogurt. Since Activia helped, I added Align capsules to my regimen. 9 days after starting Align, I developed severe high blood pressure and very rapid pulse (130 bpm). I ended up in the hospital for cardiac tests (all negative) and was diagnosed with severe GERD. The acid reflux was awful, I could hardly eat and lost 15 pounds. I had to take 4 Prilosec a day just to survive. After negative ultrasound, CT scan and upper GI scope over the span of 4 months, my GI doctor did the test for SIBO and it was positive. I took Xifaxan for 2 weeks with great relief, and I continue to improve. However, I have tried eating Activia twice since then and quickly develop high BP and rapid pulse! I am convinced that Align caused my SIBO, and I tell everyone I know that Probiotics are not safe for everyone, and I those who tend toward constipation should not take Align.


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Comment from: suzeq, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 25

I don't know what caused my SIBO. I have an autoimmune deficiency: multiple sclerosis (neurological), and fibromyalgia. I've also suffered IBS for many years with all the symptoms that have kept me at home for years. In 2010, I was diagnosed with SIBO, gastritis, and told I do not have gastroparesis, but my digestion is very slow.

Comment from: Nancy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 14

Antibiotics over the course of one month created an environment for SIBO to flourish. First my stomach enlarged. My pyloric valve was very swollen. My abdomen was very bloated and air kept getting stuck. From April to September with no treatment, my intestines became fully involved with SIBO. It took two weeks with xifaxan and long-term probiotics to stop the symptoms. It took five months to get the swelling out of my intestines.

Comment from: ironryan77, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 05

I began developing SIBO issues 8 years ago. I avoid all sugars and most foods. The only foods I can tolerate are: tuna, salmon, tilapia, cod, extra lean beef, chicken, roasted almonds, butternut and acorn squash, green leafy vegetables, (e.g. kale, collard greens, etc.) and certain spices. Anything else causes either sleeping problems or IBS problems. And dicyclomine works a lot better than Xifaxan for me. But I want to reduce the amount of antibiotics.

Comment from: nutrimiles, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 18

I was diagnosed with SIBO January of '08 and still have not found a solution. The antibiotics 1/2 round, then a full round, did not help. Since then, I have tried many natural remedies at home, and they just caused diarrhea. I do have some shelf-stable (very good quality) probiotics that helped when I was taking mega doses every day. For the last year I have been taking boat-loads of enzymes with meals. I'm lactose intolerant, but the last year I've had problems with gluten and fruit, and sugar too. When I take the right kind of enzyme, with the right kind of food, my symptoms are gone. I just worry sometimes that taking them in excess can cause damage. I know taking too many can cause constipation too. I have done allergy treatments (NAET--look it up--it's holistic) A month ago, and they seem to have worked, so I may no longer be lactose intolerant. I guess that's my only hope to ever beating this SIBO. I may try to go on a special diet, or restricted diet. I was recently told I have candidiasis by a holistic doctor that did NO test whatsoever. I don't believe that.

Comment from: jen, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 19

I have been constipated for most of my adult life. I am 37 years old. I was also taking a form of tetracycline for minor acne for the past few years. Then on top that I was taking an antacid for a few years. All of that seemed to create a nice environment for bacterial overgrowth.

Comment from: Karen, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 14

Sugar increases the growth of the already overabundant bacteria, so I stay away from all sweets and can't seem to eat anything too greasy or tough to digest. I can only eat turkey and chicken of meats. I can eat cheese. Some bread bothers me a lot and others not at all. I have been tested for celiac and do not have it. I cannot eat celery, broccoli or anything too difficult to digest. I have tried probiotics and strong antibiotics and they haven't helped much and I don't like to be on antibiotics a lot. I took the lactulose hydrogen breath test and definitely have overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestines.


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