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Wed, Feb 5 10:33am · Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) in Digestive Health

You may also like Florastor, another probiotic. I take it along Align daily

Wed, Feb 5 10:31am · Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) in Digestive Health

I used to take Zantac religiously before being diagnosed with SIBO. All these drugs are listed as contributing factors to SIBO because they suppress the acid necessary to get rid of bad bacteria in your gut and maintain the bacterial balance. I stopped the use of PPI’s ten years ago after reading about their side effects. I have not taken Zantac in four months and have not needed it since changes in diet (elimination of many carbs) have essentially eliminated my heartburn. When you stop taking a PPI, however, you are likely to experience horrible acid rebound that may last weeks. Not an easy thing to go through. I would consult with your doctor if you want to stop taking or reduce the number or doses of several of these acid suppressing drugs. It can be done but I would not do it all at once. Also it is not advisable to get off these medications if you have dysplasia, Barrett’s esophagus or other precancerous conditions. The short answer to your question is yes but best done under medical advice and supervision.

Tue, Feb 4 10:28am · Gastroparesis with severe symptoms! in Digestive Health

I believe gastroparesis refers to the intestines not functioning properly. We are not medical doctors and obviously nobody can diagnose symptoms over the internet but I unfortunately was wondering if perhaps the Keflex “messed up” the balance of your intestinal flora and you were left with diarrhea and colitis. That is essentially what happened to me after a round with Clindymycin, another antibiotic. I had diarrhea, gas and cramping for three months and lost twenty pounds. Other diagnoses that were thrown around for me were CDiff and microscopic colitis, but in the end my diagnosis was SIBO from the antibiotic use. In essence, the antibiotic causes a dysbiosis or imbalance of bacteria. I was put on other antibiotics to “kill” the bad bacteria and eventually had to go on a diet to keep from relapsing. What I ate during my acute diarrhea attacks were bananas, beef broth, scrambled eggs, etc. No toast, no milk products, no grains like rice and no apples or potatoes. No yogurt and very low sugar. I drank peppermint tea with a little grated ginger. For the weight loss, I drank elemental shakes you can purchase over the internet. They are called EleCare Jr. and come in powder form to to mix with water. They come in different flavors. Unfortunately, GI doctors know little about nutrition. I had to go to aa nutritionist to find out how to eat for my condition. Hope this information helps and you feel better soon. I know what it is like to be in your shoes and desperate for help. Keep us posted.

Mon, Feb 3 8:10pm · Xifaxan in Digestive Health

I took probiotics while on antibiotics. Prebiotics are a bit more controversial. I have read articles pro and con prebiotics and advising people to introduce them later in the healing process.

Mon, Feb 3 8:03pm · What happens after C.Difficile? in Digestive Health

Not sure what the autoimmune/antiinflamatory diet is but I am following a gluten free, lactose free, low fructose and low carb/ low grain diet and it has worked wonders for me. I also take supplements like omega 3, L glutamine, quercetin, vitamin A, Vitamin D and Zinc. The idea is not to stay on this diet forever but to very slowly introduce new foods into the diet. I am on a Low FODMAP diet with low carbs. I saw improvement in ten days.

Mon, Feb 3 8:01pm · C. difficile – Are your guts ever normal again? in Digestive Health

I call it the devil’s antibiotic. I never knew a week’s course of antibiotics could cause so much devastation for so long. It took me three months of diarrhea, losing 20 pounds, two other rounds with other antibiotics and finally following a strict diet to finally see some improvement.

Mon, Feb 3 8:01pm · C. difficile – Are your guts ever normal again? in Digestive Health

Could be all you mentioned but also what you ate day before. Helpful to keep food diary of trigger foods