Small Intestine Bacteria Overgrowth (SIBO)

Posted by jacque6977 @jacque6977, Feb 22, 2017

My wife, after years of suffering from debilitating nausea and fatigue, has finally been diagnosed with SIBO as confirmed by a hydrogen breath test. It is estimated the bacteria has had at least two years to grow and may be well established. She has started on Xifaxan, at $35 per pill, but it is estimated that elimination of the SIBO may take up to six months. Her day now starts with her waking up with nausea and when she has a cup of tea and toast in the morning she gets sick within fifteen minutes thereafter. Her sickness is accompanied by violent belching, and at times she regurgitates liquid vile. The only drug she has for nausea is Zofran which does nothing for her. Are there any other SIBO sufferers that are experiencing the same symptoms, and what are you taking to reduce the nausea?

@kanaazpereira

Hello @lizbee78,

Welcome to Connect, and thank you for joining this conversation with such great information.
Although diagnosed with different conditions, @ptfitzy, @michellecrcrn, @tessie, @decosmo, @windwalker, @jillnc, @irene5, @mcpucho, @doron, have all discussed the many benefits of probiotics as well.

@lizbee78, did you have any questions about EPI?

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So true. I was sick for years until I learned that gluten was my enemy. My
throat and lungs would fill with mucous and I would cough for hours after eating
anything gluten. I kind of knew that instinctively because as a child; I would
not eat my birthday cake, ever. nor cookies, pie, etc.
 

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@jacque6977

Xifaxan must have worked because a positive SIBO diagnosis upon retesting showed a negative SIBO diagnosis.

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Took xifaxan 2 months ago for breath test confirmed sibo. It has returned… not sure about diet requirements or if probiotics help or hurt… am losing weight again and getting depressed… what is the best diet?

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@jacque6977

Xifaxan must have worked because a positive SIBO diagnosis upon retesting showed a negative SIBO diagnosis.

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Paleo!

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I started with Paleo Autoimmune Protocol and started slowly adding foods back in to see what affected me. Some folks do the FODMAP diet. I also take supplements as recommended by Dr. Kris Kresser

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@kanaazpereira

Hello @lizbee78,

Welcome to Connect, and thank you for joining this conversation with such great information.
Although diagnosed with different conditions, @ptfitzy, @michellecrcrn, @tessie, @decosmo, @windwalker, @jillnc, @irene5, @mcpucho, @doron, have all discussed the many benefits of probiotics as well.

@lizbee78, did you have any questions about EPI?

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I had breath test too with negative results. They did find an ulcer but I don’t think that’s my only problem. What did you do to get relief? Thankyou

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Have you tried Phenergan?

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@ginpene05

Have you tried Phenergan?

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No what is Phenergan for? Thanks for replying

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@ginpene05

Have you tried Phenergan?

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Phenegran, or Promethazine, is used for nausea. It’s the best option in my opinion, the only one that worked for me.

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Thanks so much for your reply. Have you heard of Iberogast? It’s a natural treatment for SIBO?

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@nanny23

Thanks so much for your reply. Have you heard of Iberogast? It’s a natural treatment for SIBO?

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No, I have not heard of Iberogast. I favor natural treatments whenever possible. I would’ve explored my options if my life hadn’t been at risk. I’m going to check it out for future reference though.

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@nanny23

Thanks so much for your reply. Have you heard of Iberogast? It’s a natural treatment for SIBO?

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I’d love to hear about any non surgical treatment for SIBO. I’ve been hospitalized for it 4 times this year already. I hope to try a PT approach at a clinic called Clear Passage this summer. Thanks. Ginny

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@nanny23

Thanks so much for your reply. Have you heard of Iberogast? It’s a natural treatment for SIBO?

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When I was first diagnosed and very very ill, I got a lot of advice from the carbohydrate specific diet. See if they will allow the link:
http://scdlifestyle.com/about-the-scd-diet/

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Thankyou so much. A great link will definitely try

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Interesting, but I found fruit to be the culprit for me !!

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@nanny23

Thanks so much for your reply. Have you heard of Iberogast? It’s a natural treatment for SIBO?

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Have not heard of Iberogast, but I saw adds for it on line. I am on a low residue diet because of the constant obstructions. Surgeons here won’t operate unless the obstruction is complete, because they say that the surgery causes more adhesions. They also say that there is no medical data supporting the effect of fiber on obstructions, but it makes sense to me. Also the GI doc, NP and Dietians all say I need to avoid almost all fiber. Of course the last time I ended up in hospital I had been on less than 8gm. of fiber a day for 6 weeks, so….. Who knows? The physical therapy I plan to have is done in a clinic called Clear Passage. Other than sitting here waiting to start the awful pain and vomiting again, this is really my only option. If it helps I’ll post. Good luck to everyone.

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