Small intestine bacterial overgrowth

Posted by momochan @momochan, Apr 6, 2016

Hi, I have been suffering from small intestine bacterial overgrowth since last Jan. Have gone through a few courses of antibiotics, but whenever it finished, it came back and the stool got loose. I really am desperate, could anyone have suggestion? .

@vwerner

I have SIBO. But so far no antibiotics has help. What is out there? My foods & medicine have shown up on my up endoscopy & I can’t hardly eat even smoothie before I go to the bathroom

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Can you tell me how I know which brand(s) to purchase Allimed and Neem?

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@vwerner

I have SIBO. But so far no antibiotics has help. What is out there? My foods & medicine have shown up on my up endoscopy & I can’t hardly eat even smoothie before I go to the bathroom

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Welcome to Connect, @ctkoontz,

Could you share a bit more about yourself? We look forward to getting to know you.

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@vwerner

I have SIBO. But so far no antibiotics has help. What is out there? My foods & medicine have shown up on my up endoscopy & I can’t hardly eat even smoothie before I go to the bathroom

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For over two years I’ve been having digestive problems. I had a colonoscopy a few years ago. The dr said I probably have Irritable Bowl Syndrome and I have a hiatal hernia. Diarrhea comes and goes and have found it’s better if I stay away from Gluetin. have also been experiencing heart pain yet dr. said it wasn’t a heart attack – told me to see a heart specialist and have a stress test which will happen this Friday. Once this issue is taken care of I want to see the best Gastro dr. in my area. In researching digestive issues I learned L Glutemime helps the enzymes that help digest food. I started taking this a few weeks ago. However, I still have bloating, gas and disregard but not every day. I find I can eat something and I’m fine. Yet, a day or two later I eat the same food and I’m in the bathroom. I’m growing weary.

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@vwerner

I have SIBO. But so far no antibiotics has help. What is out there? My foods & medicine have shown up on my up endoscopy & I can’t hardly eat even smoothie before I go to the bathroom

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You describe many of my symptoms.
I have taken lots of carbs out of my diet.
Including lentils.
My bloating is less.
At night a little prune juce.
The heart. Yes another issue.
I have afib. And, fat foods will
Exacerbate this.
I do have a wonderful cardiologist.
She does feel most my issues are
The foods. Im eating more proteins
And fruits and veggies.
With an emphasis on a good carb.
I do feel bettter.
I wish you well. And your cardiologist
will give you a good clear outcome.
Success101

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@vwerner

I have SIBO. But so far no antibiotics has help. What is out there? My foods & medicine have shown up on my up endoscopy & I can’t hardly eat even smoothie before I go to the bathroom

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Welcome back, @success101. So good to hear from you again. 🙂

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@vwerner

I have SIBO. But so far no antibiotics has help. What is out there? My foods & medicine have shown up on my up endoscopy & I can’t hardly eat even smoothie before I go to the bathroom

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Obviously everyone is different, and I’m not a doctor, but you sound like my daughter two years ago. She was diagnosed with IBS but, aside from some meds to help with cramping (dicyclomine), the thing that gave her true symptom relief was following a FODMAP diet. According to her GI doctor the thing that is being published and discussed by GI doctors lately is that a low FODMAP diet is really helping people with IBS (that is irritable not inflammatory) and is also giving some relief to those with Chrons and Inflammatory Bowel.

There is a fair bit on the internet about a low FODMAP diet but none of it helped a lot until we started following the advice of Patsy Catsos who wrote a book (IBS Free at Last that you have to order at Barnes & Noble). She has a website,www.ibsfree.net, but you really need the book to do the elimination phase properly and know how to start adding new foods back in. My daughter got relief quite quickly with the elimination diet and we got that information from the GI doctor (which is very strict and hard to follow) but she was not successful adding new foods until we learned from Patsy Catsos (she is a dietician) about how to add new foods in (which order etc.) The other key we learned was not to add new foods too quickly. If a food bothered her (apples and pears sent her to the bathroom immediately) we had to wait at least a week for her stomach to settle before we tested a new food. If we started testing another food too soon we would think it bothered her when really her stomach was still distressed from the apples and pears.

The low FODMAP diet is all based on science but you will be surprised with what healthy foods might be causing your issues. I encourage you to check out her website and invest in the book (under $20 I think). It changed my daughter’s life. It will take a long time to do the elimination phase (she suggests 2 weeks but we did it longer because my daughter’s stomach was so messed up) and at least a year to properly test foods so you can learn what you can eat. It is painstaking but worth it. Now the main thing that brings back symptoms for my daughter is if she has too many “treats” (foods she should eat in moderation or not at all) or stress.

Best of luck!

Lynn

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@vwerner

I have SIBO. But so far no antibiotics has help. What is out there? My foods & medicine have shown up on my up endoscopy & I can’t hardly eat even smoothie before I go to the bathroom

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Thankyou, i will study the
Website on FODMAP.
Sounds like a good invedtment.
Success101

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@vwerner

I have SIBO. But so far no antibiotics has help. What is out there? My foods & medicine have shown up on my up endoscopy & I can’t hardly eat even smoothie before I go to the bathroom

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I am a scleroderma patient and gastro physician just put me on cipro for sibo. He said it will come back from my disease so I was looking for a natural solution as this may be ongoing.

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@vwerner

I have SIBO. But so far no antibiotics has help. What is out there? My foods & medicine have shown up on my up endoscopy & I can’t hardly eat even smoothie before I go to the bathroom

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Thanks much for sharing your information, @ctkoontz.
Mayo Clinic advises that people consult with their current care provider before making any changes to their existing medication or treatment plan.

@jewill @lizbee78 @jenniferedodd @hopeful33250 @caress @lateacher, have discussed taking Cipro, and I hope they will join in here with their thoughts about side effects, and chances of recurrence.

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@vwerner

I have SIBO. But so far no antibiotics has help. What is out there? My foods & medicine have shown up on my up endoscopy & I can’t hardly eat even smoothie before I go to the bathroom

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Hello @ctkoontz As Kanaz mentioned I have taken Cipro over the years for recurrence of diverticulitis. I have found it to be a very effective med with little to no side-effects. It seems to work quite well for me. Have you had any adverse effects from Cipro?

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@vwerner

I have SIBO. But so far no antibiotics has help. What is out there? My foods & medicine have shown up on my up endoscopy & I can’t hardly eat even smoothie before I go to the bathroom

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Good to hear you are having success. I just started rx today.

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@vwerner

I have SIBO. But so far no antibiotics has help. What is out there? My foods & medicine have shown up on my up endoscopy & I can’t hardly eat even smoothie before I go to the bathroom

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Hi @lauralee,

I sincerely apologize for the tardy reply, but somehow this post slipped past me, and while replying to your question about scoliosis, I came upon your message in this group!

I’m tagging @ladysky @stephieisabella @dandl48 @doron @saucy @sibobegone @jlfisher56 @ptfitzy @contentandwell and Mentor @kdubois, as I’m sure they will return with some more insight for you.

@lauralee, did you meet with the heart specialist? How did the stress test go? We look forward to getting to know you.

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@vwerner

I have SIBO. But so far no antibiotics has help. What is out there? My foods & medicine have shown up on my up endoscopy & I can’t hardly eat even smoothie before I go to the bathroom

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@kanaazpereira @lauralee Sorry, but this is not an area I would have input in. The only problems I have there are due to medications so I am now on two imodium a day and that does help. Before taking that I had to severely limit fiber, fruits, raw vegetables, etc. I generally have a salad for lunch and some meat of fish with a salad for dinner so eliminating those was quite difficult and overall not the best of things. White bread? I hadn’t eaten that for years except for an occasional white roll when out to dinner. Potatoes? Another thing I eat very infrequently. The imodium allows me to eat these things again.
JK

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Looking for help on SIBO(Small Intestine Bacteria Overgrowth) diet, and overall healthcare. Medication, probiotics and food and lifestyle.

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Hello @fritz65 and @mdonaghy,

Welcome to Connect. You may notice that I moved your discussion and combined it with this existing discussion on SIBO. I did this asI thought it would be beneficial for you to be introduced to the many members who have discussed much of what you are experiencing.
If you are replying by email, I suggest clicking on VIEW & REPLY so that you can read through some of the earlier messages and meet some of our other members talking about their or their loved ones' experiences.

You might also wish to view this discussion on Connect:
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/small-intestine-bacteria-overgrowth/ where you will meet many members like @tzm1995 @saucy @doron @lighthouseceliac @jacque6977 @decosmo @lizbee78 @melaniewa @janovr @concernedmtnmom @haighsue @vwerner and others, who've share their struggles with SIBO.

@fritz65, since diet plays a significant role, I’d also encourage you to view this conversation, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/leaky-gut-constipation-and-gluten-free/ where I’m tagging @alina151 @jacquelinek1956 @clemlaa, who have shared their experiences as well, with SIBO.

Here's a clinical update by one of the Mayo Clinic gastroenterologists:
“Small intestine bacterial overgrowth is common in Crohn’s disease patients who have undergone ileocecal resection or have strictures, fistulas or reduced intestinal motility. Mayo Medical Laboratories recently developed an assay for bile acid in the feces. Until now, a diagnosis of bile acid diarrhea has been provisional and treatment has been empiric.” http://www.mayoclinic.org/medical-professionals/clinical-updates/digestive-diseases/management-of-refractory-ibd-starts-with-excluding-patients-who-dont-have-it

@mdonaghy, since you noted, "I think I have leaky gut," I thought I'd mention that the Gastroenterology & GI Surgery Page on Connect has some great videos about leaky gut, by Mayo Clinic experts: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/gastroenterology-and-gi-surgery/

@fritz65, when were you diagnosed with SIBO? What symptoms are you experiencing? @mdonaghy, I realize how discouraging this condition can be, but I'm so glad you reached out to the Connect community. May I ask how you are managing, at present?

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