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? .

@kanaazpereira

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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Diagnosed 2016, but had problems for 10 years. Symptoms are diarreha, constipation, bloated abdominals., weird taste in mouth, head aches,gas, twitch in right side, cramping.

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@hiho

What are the symptoms of this condition?

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Do the symptoms include u digested food in the bowel and distention?

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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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Look at my reply about the FODMAP diet (Australian). Smoothies definitely out! You have to follow it carefully under the supervision of a specialist dietitian and it’s not easy for everyone. You need to give it at least 4 months. Treatment is free in Britain but I don’t know about the US.

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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 just beginning FODMAP today. I have a great dietician who has given me a personalized diet to follow. It is a bit difficult in the vegetable category bc we are pescovegetarians. That has always made travel difficult, but we manage in kitchen flats.
In Canada we have a new herbal product called IBGuard. It helps with the trapped gas that inhibits proper digestion of food. But it is pricey. E

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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 get used to the vegetables you can eat. I miss onions, garlic, mushrooms and that kind of thing. Gluten free bread is readlly available, as is lactose free milk. Fermented cheeses are fine in moderation. You really have to boost your protein intake without using pulses. Difficult for vegetarians. Good luck with it. It really works for me.

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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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By the way, FODMAP says you shouldn’t take any of the kind of medication or supplements you mention whilst on the diet.

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@burpburpburp

I have continued burping, except when sleeping. I have had an endoscopy, colonoscopy, ultrasound, MRI on my Liver, hydrogen breath test & blood test. (I have just ask for a stool sample test today.) My diagnosis was SIBO (with a borderline hydrogen breath test results). My only symptom is continued burping, and some fatigue. No pain, diarrhea, weight loss, etc.as I read most others with SIBO experience. I have taken 2 antibiotics, Cipro & Xifaxen. Taken 2 different probiotics, and digestive enzymes. Eliminated sugars, alcohol and dairy foods. NOTHING has helped. I’m waiting to see my doctor. Can you suggest any other possible causes. Gradual burping symptoms started while traveling in Europe this summer. They were gradual at first, but by February 1st, I was plagued with burping most all the time.

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Hi there
Is he an MD? Can he order tests or prescribe out of state?

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@fritz65

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

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I'm looking for help for this, too. It's very depressing to say the least as I've had it for years. Keeping my social life to a bear minimum which is pretty sad. I just signed up here (Aug 12, 2018) so am desperate for help. Wishing you luck with your pain and symptoms, too.

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@dc2525

I'm looking for help for this, too. It's very depressing to say the least as I've had it for years. Keeping my social life to a bear minimum which is pretty sad. I just signed up here (Aug 12, 2018) so am desperate for help. Wishing you luck with your pain and symptoms, too.

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Hi @dc2525,

I was wondering how you were feeling; would you be able to share a few more details about how you are managing? I can imagine it must be stressful to go out and socialize; I look forward to hearing from you.

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Does anyone have any suggestions for a simply plan to follow on fox map diets. I suffer from chronic IBS / constipation & diaherra. Also lactose intolerant and need to stay away from sugar.

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Hello @dchimenti,

You may notice that I moved your message to this discussion. I thought it would be beneficial for you to be introduced to members in this conversation as many have shared their insights regarding FODMAP diet as well as IBS (even though the title of this discussion is SIBO or "Small intestine bacterial overgrowth").
If you click on VIEW & REPLY in your email notification, you will see the whole discussion and can join in, meet, and participate with other members talking about their or their loved ones' experiences.

@dchimenti, how are you coping at present? Could you share a few more details?

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