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SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth)

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Comment from: hayley3, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

I have constipation more than diarrhea and I was diagnosed with SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) via an endoscopy. It bothers me that all the literature states it's only diarrhea when it is clearly not. I had an abdominal cholecystectomy and an abdominal hysterectomy and that is when my more severe issues began, after the hysterectomy. When I was on rifaximin, I could eat anything I wanted. I wish testing for vitamin/mineral deficiencies was a standard practice with a SIBO diagnosis. I know I am deficient because I never feel really well.

Comment from: Mike, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 06

I've tested positive for SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) using the hydrogen breath test 4 times over the last 6 years. I have been doing the regimen of antibiotics the first week of every month for years. I seem not to be able to get rid of this stuff. I watch my diet, drink nothing but water. All this seemed to take place after I had hernia surgery in my abdomen area. I can't seem to beat this stuff.

Comment from: xavefk, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 16

It was rough for few months. I am not sure if SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) caused small bowel obstruction or bowel obstruction caused the SIBO. I took antibiotics for 14 days and it helped but not completely. I reduced sugar intake and the only vegetable I eat is spinach. I take Activia twice a day, lacto-free. It seemed to regulate bowel movement. It is a constant struggle just got to watch what foods make things worse and eliminate those foods.

Comment from: Mc, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

About 2 years ago, I developed symptoms of fullness. If I ate a half of sandwich, I felt like I had eaten a ten course meal. I was not bloated. I had several gastrointestinal (GI) tests which were all normal. Symptoms improved and would come and go; very mild. Starting seven months ago the symptoms returned, I had severe fullness, nausea, weight gain despite decreased food intake, feeling completely full one minute and then very hungry the next. Several more GI tests that showed no cause for my symptoms. Finally Hydrogen breath test showed small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). I will be put on antibiotics and hopefully they will help this very frustrating disease.

Comment from: dawne, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 20

After having uncontrollable diarrhea for 3 weeks and taking the steroid Entocort nothing was stopping the diarrhea. The gastroenterologist did a breath test and found the small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). I was then given Cipro for 10 days. Even after the first day the diarrhea had gotten more solid and I can now eat normal food except for salad. I no longer have diarrhea, pain, gas, or weight loss. I am feeling so much better and am a happier person knowing what was wrong and being able to correct it.

Comment from: Debsready, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

I recently this year have had the small intestinal bacterial overgrowth problem. My problem is due to the CREST syndrome I have, mainly scleroderma that has affected my gastrointestinal tract. I have all the issues that go along with SBO. None of my doctors are very helpful with my problem. I have been reading that most patients get a prescription from their doctor for xifaxan, or the generic form. The only thing I get is samples from my doctor and I"ve had to purchase the medicines online to help me get by. I"m wondering if anyone else has this problem. Also the SIBO seems to be occurring every 2 to 3 weeks. I have not read anywhere that a patient is on antibiotic all the time.

Comment from: hayley3, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

My small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) ballooned out of control after a hysterectomy but I feel that it originated from losing my appendix when they did gallbladder surgery.

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