Permanent SIBO due to removal of ileocecal valve
Is there anyone who has no cure options for SIBO due to the removal of the ileocecal valve? If so, how do you minimize possible long term damage to your intestinal tract? Do you find that digestive enzymes, L-Glutamine, Enteragam or any natural supplements aid in a healthier immune system? if so,
please pass along your best advice. Thanks.
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I am new to this group. Back in Oct. 2015, I had an emergency surgery due to a volvulus, which resulted in the removal of the ileocecal valve, appendix, small amount of small intestine removed and 2 ft. of the large intestine. I have been on a healing journey with many ups and downs. It is good to know that I am not alone. I have tried elimination diets, but have found that most food affects me the same . I take dicyclomine liquid 3 times a day, with some relief. I realize SIBO is an issue for us, however, I was diagnosed as having borderline SIBO 2 yrs. ago. I was wondering if you had any suggestions for using a different medicine that could help with the cramping and pain. I wish you well, and if you have any good advise , I would welcome it. Thank you! Beth
Hi @bethy1962 and welcome to Connect. That must be so frustrating to continue having cramping and pain after your surgeries and that most food affects you negatively.
I wanted to introduce you to @tiss @rachelb and @thull as they may have some suggestions for you and may be able to offer you support as you move forward.
Back to you @bethy1962 you mentioned that most food affects you the same way, are their any foods that you are able to eat that doesn't cause any side effects?
I had a subtotal colectomy for slow motility of the large intestine in 1994. The took all of the large intestine except a stump which enabled the anastomosis of the small intestine to the large intestine. I have been experiencing severe bloating and gas for the last several months which led me to trying digestive enzymes that a friend is selling. This led me to the discovery of SIBO which I was never aware of. I now have at least 2 loose stools every day, and as mentioned, lots of horrific gas. I've been modifying my diet to see what I need to eliminate (no pun intended). One thing that increases my symptoms is ice cream 😭. I try to self-treat as much as I can, but I realize that finding a good GI Dr is something I need to do now. Long story, but this is my history. Here it is 25 years after my surgery and now I am having these problems. SO glad I stumbled across this group, I'll be staying tuned!!
@bethy1962 oh, I feel your pain! If you read up through the posts, you can read my story after my right hemicolectomy. I have chronic SIBO and take Xifaxan very day, which has been a God send. Seeing a registered dietician was a huge help also. Food is a challenge even after 2 1/2 years. Best of luck. You aren't alone!
@bethy1962 I totally feel for you! I'm glad you joined the forum – the people here have been super helpful to me (I had the same surgery as you when I was 24). Re: elimination diets – have you done them under the guidance of a registered GI dietitian? I'm just wondering, because I tried them for a long time too without success, but when I tried the low FODMAP diet again recently with a super knowledgeable dietitian, there was a ton of stuff I realized I was doing wrong. Once I started doing it the right way, I found that it did help (it's not perfect, but symptoms are still better for me than when I'm not following it). The multitude of resources online can be really confusing, contradictory and sometimes wrong – so I'd definitely recommend trying diet manipulation under the guidance of a good dietitian if you haven't already. I learned so much from mine! Best of luck 🙂
Thank you for your kind response. The ironic part of this journey is that I am a Registered Dietitian. I have tried the low fodmap
Elimination with a coach. I also eat pretty clean.
It helped somewhat, but still have the afterlunch cramping. I am willing to revisit the diet with a GI dietitian. I just despise the thought of restricting at this stage in my life. I guess I am searching for a magic pill that can ease my anxiety, stress and pain with food. I have gained some weight, I exercise, and feel good up until 2pm. (After lunch I experience the cramping).
I also experiment with CBD and Medical Marijuana. Has helped somewhat, but can “feel a little spacey at times. I appreciate all of your feedback, thank you.
Oh wow, you are an RD! Sorry to hear that the low FODMAP diet didn't help – it's only helped me somewhat – it's definitely not perfect. Have you tried herbal antimicrobials at all for SIBO (like berberine)? I haven't yet, but I have heard they can be good – even as good as an antibiotic. I've tried CBD as well, but I didn't notice any difference unfortunately. If only someone would come up with a way to replace the ileocecal valve 🙁 !
@rachel_b , are you feeling better? Are you on the Xifaxan every day now?
Hey @tiss – thanks for asking! 🙂 Yeah, I am on the Xifaxan twice a day, but I'm not sure how much it's helping? At first I thought it was, but I still have really bad flare-ups pretty often, which is kinda the same as what was happening before (I'd randomly have some good days, but then back to bad again out of nowhere without changing my diet at all). I was thinking of asking my doc at my next appointment if I can bump up to 3 a day like you, and maybe add a probiotic as well. I'm still following the FODMAP elimination diet consistently.
I had the same surgery they took out ileocecal valve appendix gallblatter as well as piece of small and large intestine. Please let me know if you find out any fix. Thanks. Steve