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Fri, Jun 5 2:48am · Small intestine bacterial overgrowth in Digestive Health

I agree with LAteacher in most respects. I was referred to a brilliant GI consultant In Scotland and went through the breath test/ rolling antibiotic programme. The thing that eventually fixed it for me was the FODMAP diet. It looks pretty daunting to begin with but it’s worth making the effort to adhere to it strictly for at least a year. I will probably never be able to come off it completely and I still make mistakes but my health is generally more stable. I try to avoid antibiotics because they cause other problems. Some fruits and vegetables aren’t on the diet sheet so I avoid them – apples, peaches, nectarines are out, as are cauliflower and most brassicas and potatoes. I also avoid gluten and lactose. It looks hard but it works.

Mon, Jan 6 10:22am · Small Intestine Bacteria Overgrowth (SIBO) in Digestive Health

There seems to be so much confusion in this area. My consultant had done a lot of research – it’s her special field. She administered the breath test, then used four different antibiotics on a rolling programme over a period of four months – two weeks on two weeks off. They weren’t a diagnostic tool as far as I understand it. When they didn’t work she moved me onto the FODMAP diet. Apparently, according to the research statistics, a considerable proportion of SIBO sufferer will not benefit from antibiotics anyway. There is only one definitive test at the moment, it seems.

Mon, Jan 6 3:17am · Small Intestine Bacteria Overgrowth (SIBO) in Digestive Health

My consultant diagnosed SIBO by the hydrogen breath test. The protocol here is to try different antibiotics on a rolling basis. The final one is very expensive, but still provided by the NHS. They didn’t work so I was put onto the FODMAP diet. It’s not easy to follow but it began to work after about a month. I still adhere to it as much as possible and have only occasional flare-ups after about two and a half years. Hope this helps.

May 11, 2019 · Small Intestine Bacteria Overgrowth (SIBO) in Digestive Health

Yes, I like this scientific approach. The broad spectrum, long term, gold standard testing is important in coming to any generalised conclusion.

May 9, 2019 · Small Intestine Bacteria Overgrowth (SIBO) in Digestive Health

Are you a professional consultant or a food biologist? The research was done at Monash University in Australia.

May 8, 2019 · Small Intestine Bacteria Overgrowth (SIBO) in Digestive Health

It works very well if the diet is used rigorously. I went to a SIBO specialist dietician, referred my my consultant. She told me that most people who say it doesn’t work have found it too difficult to stick to it. I understand that, especially if the patient has a family to cook for, too. You have to be patient and determined not to stray. It takes about three months for real, long term results to appear. Sorry you didn’t have a good experience with it, but I would say find the right dietitian and really go for it.Don’t give up. That’s what the damn bacteria want you to do 😢 I know I’ll have to be on it for good – not ideal, but I feel much better.

May 6, 2019 · Small Intestine Bacteria Overgrowth (SIBO) in Digestive Health

That’s great. But the SIBO breath test is pretty accurate. I’m free of it so long as I keep the bacteria in order. It’s a bit like herding cats at times.

May 6, 2019 · Small Intestine Bacteria Overgrowth (SIBO) in Digestive Health

The FODMAP diet is required to control SIBO. Find a specialist dietician.