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Fri, Jul 17 4:30pm · Issues after H.pylori treatment in Digestive Health

Mary, I did not have your particular issue, but you can read about mine if you click on my link in the moderator's reply to you. I had taken at least 3 different antibiotics in rotation and it was not helping my IBS issues at all. I finally got an appointment with an excellent GI doctor's P.A. and long story short, she put me on 30 days of Xifaxan for small intestinal bacteria overgrowth, and that worked. I do follow a pretty strict diet. I think you need the best GI doctor you can find in your area. You are so young. You want to get this condition cleared up if at all possible. Amanda, the moderator, has given you some excellent links from the Mayo Clinic. I wish you the very best.

Fri, Jun 5 7:57pm · Small intestine bacterial overgrowth in Digestive Health

I am careful about what fruits and vegetables I eat, and I am fortunate because most agree with me and I eat them in moderation , but try to get some every day. I also take the probiotic Florastor. It's the one my GI physician's assistant suggested and it agrees with me. I take it twice a day. haighsue is right about the FODMAP diet. It takes some getting used to and it isn't easy, but it does make a huge difference. I, too, avoid antibiotics if at all possible. If I do have to go on one for a sinus infection or a UTI, then I take Prilosec every day until I finish the course of antibiotics.

Thu, Jun 4 1:48pm · Small intestine bacterial overgrowth in Digestive Health

I make sure I get 25-30 grams of fiber per day, and I drink a lot of water. I also put one capful of Miralax in my first cup of morning coffee. I also eat a lot of fruit and veges. Have you tried all of these things?

Thu, Jun 4 1:43pm · Small intestine bacterial overgrowth in Digestive Health

I suffered with SIBO for over a year. My first GI doc put me on several revolving antibiotics which did not work at all. I got fed up with him and that ineffective approach, and asked my GP to send me to another GI doc who had done my colonoscopy because I liked him and his GI group. When his office called me to make an appointment, I was told that I would have to wait for a month, but that I could see his physician's assistant right away. I took that appointment and the PA ordered a SIBO breath test right away. The results confirmed SIBO. She took me off of sugar, artificial sweeteners, all carbonated beverages (all soda and beer), no gum, no mints, etc. She put me on a Fodmap diet, and she told me to get plenty of fiber every day. She also ordered a month of Xifaxin. All of that was effective, & I recovered. I will tell you that SIBO often accompanies other GI issues. I take prescription Prilosec every other day and Dicyclomine 3 times a day as needed for small intestinal spasms, and Sucralfate 3 times a day as needed. Once you get rid of SIBO, your diet becomes the most important element in staying healthy. I am religious about my diet, making sure I get 25-30 grams of fiber a day, drink a lot of water, and I make sure I get as little sugar as humanly possible. Alcohol just complicates any GI issue, so I only have a glass of red wine on special occasions. I can stay on my diet because I NEVER want to be as sick as I was with SIBO. Hope this helps you a little.

Dec 20, 2016 · Small intestine bacterial overgrowth in Digestive Health

@azdrew,
I forgot last night to mention that my dr also has me on one daily capful of Miralax to make sure everything moves efficiently and regularly through my large intestine and colon; additionally, the dr also suggested that I take the probiotic Florastor twice a day, so I do that, too.

Dec 19, 2016 · Small intestine bacterial overgrowth in Digestive Health

This past summer I completed a 14 day course of the antibiotic Xifaxan, 550 mg, 3 times a day, and I have been well since with no recurring SIBO. I have also eliminated as much sugar as possible from my diet, as well as eliminating all artificial sweeteners, and all carbonated drinks, too, as my doctor directed. All of those things feed the bad bacteria. I also make sure I get a minimum of 23 grams of fiber a day, so my intestinal system keeps moving. I try to walk at least 5 days out of 7 because exercise helps, too. You mentioned eliminating bread, and I don’t eat much bread either, but it wasn’t something I deliberately eliminated. I do know it is very important to be as compliant as you can when it comes to your diet in order to keep the SIBO in check. Hope this helps.

Aug 6, 2016 · Small intestine bacterial overgrowth in Digestive Health

I just posted earlier today about my SIBO experience. Perhaps you will see that post, but I am currently on a 14 day course of Xifaxan, 550 mg, 3 times a day. This antibiotic specifically targets the small intestine, but as I said in my post, it is quite expensive. You’ll need to have good prescription drug insurance. Once the infection clears, then you and your doctor have to address the cause of the SIBO or it will probably return. It is a difficult, uncomfortable, and frustrating infection to deal with. I have also found that keeping as much sugar as possible out of my diet has helped tremendously. Bad gut bacteria just feeds off of sugar, so I avoid it, and that helps. I hope you get better.

Aug 6, 2016 · Small intestine bacterial overgrowth in Digestive Health

I had the SIBO breath test done in my GI doc’s office, and I, too, have a confirmed diagnosis for SIBO. I am currently taking a 14 day course of the antibiotic Xifaxan, 550 mg, 3 times a day (it is very expensive–no generic). It specifically targets the small intestine where SIBO lies. I sure hope it works as I have been dealing with SIBO since January. My first GI doc did not do the test. He simply diagnosed it empirically based on my GI history and symptoms, and put me on antibiotics (mainly Cipro) which I had to stay on until June because every time I finished a 10 day course, my symptoms returned. Finally, I got better in June and he decided to put me on broad spectrum antibiotics for 5 days, then 25 days off; repeat with 5 days of a different antibiotic, then 25 days off, then a 3rd antibiotic, repeat the cycle for at least a year. My general practitioner and I decided this was only treating the symptoms & keeping them at bay, not addressing the problem, and my GP was also concerned, as was I, about the chance of Cdiff from long term use of so many antibiotics, so he referred me to a gastroenterologist he recommended. This is where I had the breath test done and was prescribed the Xifaxan.