Patient Comments: Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth - Causes

Question:What was the cause of your intestinal bacterial overgrowth?

Comment from: nutrimiles, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 18

I was diagnosed with SIBO January of '08 and still have not found a solution. The antibiotics 1/2 round, then a full round, did not help. Since then, I have tried many natural remedies at home, and they just caused diarrhea. I do have some shelf-stable (very good quality) probiotics that helped when I was taking mega doses every day. For the last year I have been taking boat-loads of enzymes with meals. I'm lactose intolerant, but the last year I've had problems with gluten and fruit, and sugar too. When I take the right kind of enzyme, with the right kind of food, my symptoms are gone. I just worry sometimes that taking them in excess can cause damage. I know taking too many can cause constipation too. I have done allergy treatments (NAET--look it up--it's holistic) A month ago, and they seem to have worked, so I may no longer be lactose intolerant. I guess that's my only hope to ever beating this SIBO. I may try to go on a special diet, or restricted diet. I was recently told I have candidiasis by a holistic doctor that did NO test whatsoever. I don't believe that.

Comment from: jen, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 19

I have been constipated for most of my adult life. I am 37 years old. I was also taking a form of tetracycline for minor acne for the past few years. Then on top that I was taking an antacid for a few years. All of that seemed to create a nice environment for bacterial overgrowth.

Comment from: Karen, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 14

Sugar increases the growth of the already overabundant bacteria, so I stay away from all sweets and can't seem to eat anything too greasy or tough to digest. I can only eat turkey and chicken of meats. I can eat cheese. Some bread bothers me a lot and others not at all. I have been tested for celiac and do not have it. I cannot eat celery, broccoli or anything too difficult to digest. I have tried probiotics and strong antibiotics and they haven't helped much and I don't like to be on antibiotics a lot. I took the lactulose hydrogen breath test and definitely have overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestines.

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