Patient Comments: Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth - Symptoms

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Comment from: Sick of being Sick!, 55-64 Female Published: August 17

For about 3 years off and on I have suffered with nausea and with upper stomach bloating. The first time I had the episode, it lasted for about 12 weeks; and I lost 12 pounds. Then I ended up in the hospital with pneumonia, and being on strong I.V. antibiotics for that apparently cleared up the symptoms for about 6 or 8 months. They symptoms returned, lasted a few weeks and eased. I went to an OB-GYN (no diagnosis), M.D. (thought it was gall-bladder issue but the surgeon ruled that out), and a gastro doctor to ruled out the possibility of an ulcer. After a third episode, the gastro doctor had a SIBO test done that came back positive. Took antibiotics and it went away for about 6 months and now it is back. I don't want to be on antibiotics regularly, so I am looking for diet help with this.

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Comment from: bhartman, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

I am a 38 year old female. I had a heart attack mild at 35 years old. I have been diagnosed with polycystic ovary disease. I had my Gallbladder out a couple of years ago. I was missed diagnosed with asthma for 15 years. Never really had it. I was then correctly diagnosed with GAD. (I do not think I really have it) I also have now been diagnosed with Diabetes. I can not loose weight no matter what I eat. I finally have been diagnosed with SIBO. I tested positive on a breath test and went to doctors for 10 years telling them I had stomach problems, basically they told me it was in my head and that I just ate bad. 11 years ago I was perfect body weight and totally felt good. I used to teach aerobics as well. I finally found a GI doctor in Austin, TX that knew what the heck he was doing, but now I am on my 4th round of Xifaximin and every time I am off, I still feel horrible. I know how people feel when they say they feel like they are dying. I just need some hope that I will not be living with this. There has to be a cure! If anyone knows of anything else, please post! I am going for another endo this week. Doctor wants to check for stomach cancer.

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Comment from: nana4two, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

I have been seeking help from physicians for over 15 years to help with all the symptoms that I have read about this disorder. I will be getting the breath test in the next two weeks. I am hoping that they can soon find out what is happening. I eat and within 20 minutes I am in the bathroom with extremely loose bowel movements, severe abdominal pain, and foul smelling bowel movements that are accompanied by a bright yellow liquid. I have Lupus and now have been told that it could be affecting the small intestine. I hope they soon figure this out because now I only eat one meal a day because I do not want to get sick while I am at work.

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Comment from: lala, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 24

I was ill for years with many of the same symptoms plus some. I was dizzy, had brain fog, was tired (all the time) had shortness of breath, rapid heart rate, nausea, warm feeling in stomach and chest etc. I went to doctor after doctor and had every test done you can think of until I was sent to a GI doc at the University. He did a few tests. One of them was the hydrogen breath test. I tested positive. I guess the numbers were very high. He believes I have had SIBO for years. I was put on strong antibiotics that did not help, so I was put on others that did not help either. Finally he put me on two antibiotics at the same time. That finally did something. I felt much better for a few months then started to get all the same symptoms again. Apparently I will have the SIBO forever. At least that is what I was told. I have found if I take probiotics and enzymes everyday I feel so much better. When I feel any nausea I take peppermint oil. I also started taking B12 because my B12 levels were low. All this has helped but I have yet to feel normal. I am hoping starting the low carb diet will do the trick.

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Comment from: brandy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 24

I have been feeling sick for the past three months, couldn't eat because everything I ate made me sick. I started losing weight and discovered I had lost twenty-one pounds over the three month period. My doctor kept giving me different prescriptions and none took care of the problem. I got diagnosed with diabetes and once again more meds in my system. Finally, I went to a gastrointestinal doctor and had to do the breath test with the bags. They phoned me today to tell me I have bacterial overgrowth (which I never heard of), now I hope this convinces people my symptoms were not imaginary. I start meds and hope it works. The weight loss was good for me but now I don't look so well.

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