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Any idea what could be causing my intestinal issues?

Answered on February 19, 2015
Created November 17, 2012 at 7:25 PM

I've had acid reflux for 4+ years. It started after a course of antibiotics (doxycycline) for acne. I don't recall ever having a normal stool, yet lately I've ALWAYS been getting a rocky stool. I've had a rocky stool for quite a while. I've been taking some quality probiotics (420 billion a day), but have had little to no evident benefit.

About 3 months ago, my chiropractor discovered a yeast infection. I went off sugar for a month and the yeast overgrowth was practically gone. However, once I went off of apple cider vinegar and included SOME sugars into my diet, my yeast overgrowth came back.

He had me try to boost my stomach acid. Another month, no benefit after taking stomach acid supplements.

I suffer from: ???Acid Reflux/Heatburn ???Yeast overgrowth ???Rashes ???Itchy ear canals ???Constipation ???Stomach cramping ???Depression ???Anxiety ???Sleeplessness

What could be causing all of it, and how do I treat it?

Could I need to do a biofilm protocol? Might it be a parasite? Could I have low sphincter pressure?

PLEASE HELP!!!! Thank you!!!

(NOTE: I've been on the Paleo Diet for 3 months now. My acid reflux improved but did not go away. I've not been eating gluten.)

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at 09:53 PM

i would differently supplement your diet with some good vitamins to keep your overall health on top level. like mentioned something like collagen and joint complex could benefit you a lot.

Secondly i will probably use something such as Astaxanthin. I personally had a lot of great results taking that. After about 2 weeks i could feel the difference. you might want to give it a go

on final note i can say that i take a lot for the brain as well. I try to get much of the minerals and vitamins from food such as blueberries.

You can even get 10 dollars off by using an iherb coupon

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on November 19, 2012
at 10:20 PM

Probiotics seem to be helping!!! First normal stool in years today!!!!!!! @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ :)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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at 10:19 PM

My probiotics seem to be working!!! After about a few weeks, today I FINALLY got my FIRST NORMAL STOOL IN 4 YEARS!!! Mine were facotry-sealed and refrigerate after opening. No dietary changes or other lifestyle changes were made. HEARTBURN IS GONE TOO!! :DDDD !!!

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on November 18, 2012
at 11:22 AM

Probiotics are never fully active, it's true for any factory-sealed product. Most arrive at your doorstep dead. As for kefir, I'd suggest you be less skeptical about it, do your own research, but here's a link: http://www.squidoo.com/kefirgrains Additionally, probiotics are derived from US cow stomach isn't compatible with the human gut, which makes them TRANSIENT (same goes for yogurt). Kefir is derived from goat/sheep, and they COLONIZE our gut -- which is what we want here to see any real benefits. Again, do your own research, google all that.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on November 18, 2012
at 09:54 AM

The probiotics I take are active. When you said "5 trillion" did you mean "5 trillion CFU's"? Sources?

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on November 18, 2012
at 04:29 AM

This is not exactly correct. Most of the microbes in the capsule arrive dead from the factory. Also, kefir/yogurt/sauerkraut/kimchi bacteria DO survive the stomach, and in fact, the 43 different kefir bacteria/yeasts (when home-made, and from goat) is known to colonize the gut (while yogurt's don't, because they come from the cow stomach that is not compatible to human's). Not only that, but kefir has up to 5 trillion organisms per cup, yogurt up to 1 trillion. And they're all alive.

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on November 18, 2012
at 03:36 AM

in the spirit of full disclosure, be aware that iherb referral codes earn the user ongoing commission. it's a good scheme, just making people aware of the 'fine print', see faq for more info http://rewards.iherb.com/FAQ You can also use the generic code BUY123 to get $5 off your fist purchase http://www.iherb.com/Coupon

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on November 18, 2012
at 12:04 AM

That's an exceptionally long supplement list, and I don't think it's wise to take that many. However, if it works, then that's great! Having said that, I had no idea about PepzinGI. I just ordered some with my vitacost purchase. Thanks!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on November 17, 2012
at 11:25 PM

I take D3 regularly since there isn't much sun here. What I understand is that probiotics outside of capsule form can't survive the stomach and end up dying upon entry. Additionally, a trivial amount of probiotics will have trivial benefit, considering that we are supposed to have trillions of bacteria in our intestines, how is say a few million or even a few billion going to ever amount to that? Which is why I take 420 billion a day. Although, this is not a long term solution for me as the body needs to be able to produce its own beneficial gut flora.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on November 17, 2012
at 11:12 PM

No one should ever have to take that many supplements

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on November 17, 2012
at 11:12 PM

Considered it, might do it

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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I only take Ibuprofen whenever I get a headache, which is only once in a rare while now. I've taken it instead of Tylenol since I've found it to be more effective. I take vitamin 1000mg of Vitamin C daily. Since taking it, I've see enormous improvements in heartburn, to the point where I don't experience the "burning sensation" yet still experience all of my other symptoms. My anxiety is out of control to the point where even my anti-anxiety meds are no longer effective.

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74786bbe8254844304a33943290c4d6d

on November 17, 2012
at 08:03 PM

Chris Kresser has an entire series on acid reflux/heartburn here:

http://chriskresser.com/heartburn

Ah, yeast overgrowth. Since I too have been dealing with this for quite some time, I feel like I'm a bit of an expert, as irritating and life draining as this experience has been.

Find yourself some A.D.P. from Biotics Research. It's a slow-release form of oil of oregano. I take it 3x a day with meals, sometimes after. Rotate probiotics, or try fermented foods like sauerkraut.

There's so much you can do for candida, but the big thing that is overlooked is why you have it in the first place. Yes, antibiotics certainly play a part...

BUT...

...your adrenal glands are probably SHOT, also explaining sleeplessness and digestion problems. Your adrenals regulate your immune system, your fight/flight response as well as your rest/digest response (aka sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems); they are responsible for managing your thyroid, as well as balancing hormones; adrenals help with energy levels, and libido. Adrenals kind of fracking rule the roost!

I would have a look at Dr. James Wilson's website and do his rather lengthy questionnaire: http://www.adrenalfatigue.org

I wonder if your stomach problems are a sign of gastritis...have you used a lot of ibuprofen during your lifetime? I did, and gastritis feels like constant heartburn/bloating/belching/burning post meals, no matter what I eat. Taking liquorice root powder before meals has helped a lot. I'll probably never use Advil again for pain. I now take Kaprex.

Liquorice root powder also supports adrenals, as does vitamin C. Your adrenals need more vitamin C than any other part of your body. Find a good source. A good multi B vitamin is also very important: Thorne Research has a multi B#6 that I've been taking for months, and I definitely feel it when I run out and don't buy it right away.

Your other symptoms sound like food intolerances. I found a good naturopathic doctor and paid nearly $500 to test me for about 200 foods. Many of the 'healthy' paleo things I was eating (eggs, kale, turmeric, just to name a few) were actually moderate to severe intolerances for me. I'd go ahead and get said test done. You never know what you may be ingesting that's causing all these problems.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on November 17, 2012
at 11:09 PM

I only take Ibuprofen whenever I get a headache, which is only once in a rare while now. I've taken it instead of Tylenol since I've found it to be more effective. I take vitamin 1000mg of Vitamin C daily. Since taking it, I've see enormous improvements in heartburn, to the point where I don't experience the "burning sensation" yet still experience all of my other symptoms. My anxiety is out of control to the point where even my anti-anxiety meds are no longer effective.

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on November 17, 2012
at 10:25 PM

H. pylori infection? It is worth getting tested for this.

_Lazza

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on November 17, 2012
at 11:12 PM

Considered it, might do it

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on November 17, 2012
at 07:44 PM

Personally, I'd go for more fermented foods (not probiotic pills), offal, DAILY bone broth, and more shellfish. I know that dairy exaggerates acne, but I'd do an exception for home-made goat kefir (fermented for 24 hours, to get rid of lactose -- it must be home-made since commercial ones don't include all microbes, and it must be from goat or sheep that feature a different casein). For me, it has being a huge help. Also, check your D3 levels.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on November 17, 2012
at 11:25 PM

I take D3 regularly since there isn't much sun here. What I understand is that probiotics outside of capsule form can't survive the stomach and end up dying upon entry. Additionally, a trivial amount of probiotics will have trivial benefit, considering that we are supposed to have trillions of bacteria in our intestines, how is say a few million or even a few billion going to ever amount to that? Which is why I take 420 billion a day. Although, this is not a long term solution for me as the body needs to be able to produce its own beneficial gut flora.

3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

(11697)

on November 18, 2012
at 04:29 AM

This is not exactly correct. Most of the microbes in the capsule arrive dead from the factory. Also, kefir/yogurt/sauerkraut/kimchi bacteria DO survive the stomach, and in fact, the 43 different kefir bacteria/yeasts (when home-made, and from goat) is known to colonize the gut (while yogurt's don't, because they come from the cow stomach that is not compatible to human's). Not only that, but kefir has up to 5 trillion organisms per cup, yogurt up to 1 trillion. And they're all alive.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on November 18, 2012
at 09:54 AM

The probiotics I take are active. When you said "5 trillion" did you mean "5 trillion CFU's"? Sources?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on November 19, 2012
at 10:19 PM

My probiotics seem to be working!!! After about a few weeks, today I FINALLY got my FIRST NORMAL STOOL IN 4 YEARS!!! Mine were facotry-sealed and refrigerate after opening. No dietary changes or other lifestyle changes were made. HEARTBURN IS GONE TOO!! :DDDD !!!

3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

(11697)

on November 18, 2012
at 11:22 AM

Probiotics are never fully active, it's true for any factory-sealed product. Most arrive at your doorstep dead. As for kefir, I'd suggest you be less skeptical about it, do your own research, but here's a link: http://www.squidoo.com/kefirgrains Additionally, probiotics are derived from US cow stomach isn't compatible with the human gut, which makes them TRANSIENT (same goes for yogurt). Kefir is derived from goat/sheep, and they COLONIZE our gut -- which is what we want here to see any real benefits. Again, do your own research, google all that.

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on February 19, 2015
at 06:26 PM

Like I mentioned in another post, there is a doctor named Jeff Mccombs who developed a protocol that actually CURES both forms of candida 100%, the fungus and the yeast. Just google the mccombs plan. It is CRAZY the level of mental clarity it frees up once you have done it. 

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on November 17, 2012
at 10:05 PM

you most likely have leaky gut and SIBO, triggered by the antibiotics, which now developed into multiple food sensitivities, possiby with auto-immune involvement.

which means: your best bet is to go on a ULTRA STRICT auto-immune paleo protcol (see "the paleo solution" by robb wolf) for at least a few months. even the tiniest cheat or mistake can rekindle the inflammation, and therefore the leaky gut for another few days or weeks. also, be 100% sure you don't take any supplements that contain anything that is not 100% AI compliant. even if one just has rice or corn as a filler, it could keep the process going. also, you must not take any pre-formed vitamin A (retinol) in any form. this is a direct stimulant for the auto-immune process in the gut (carotenoids are ok). also, any food sensitivity testing is useless a this point, as with a leaky and inflamed gut, you can basically get sensitive to anything at any time. the most dangerous (auto-immune inducing) foods are: all grains, all dairy, eggs and soy.

also, to support the healing process, i recommend to take a combination, or better, all of the following supplements, until you get better (the more of them you combine, the more powerful the stack gets, as you will see). i still take all of them daily, because they helped me tremendously to heal from a very similar problem, and still keep me completely stable and productive. btw, you can use coupon-code ZAM400 for 10$ off your first order):

probiotics:

http://www.iherb.com/Healthy-Origins-Probiotic-30-Billion-CFU-s-60-Vcaps/19518

http://www.iherb.com/Nature-s-Way-Primadophilus-Reuteri-Superior-Probiotic-90-Vcaps/4674

http://www.iherb.com/Source-Naturals-DuraFlora-120-Capsules/9239

http://www.iherb.com/Jarrow-Formulas-Saccharomyces-Boulardii-MOS-90-Veggie-Caps/372

digestive support/healing:

http://www.iherb.com/Doctor-s-Best-PepZinGl-Zinc-L-Carnosine-Complex-120-Veggie-Caps/2467

http://www.iherb.com/Country-Life-Gluten-Free-Iron-Tek-Glutamine-Powder-17-6-oz-500-g/1695

http://www.iherb.com/product-reviews/Jarrow-Formulas-N-A-G-750-Salt-Free-750-mg-120-Capsules/131/?p=1

http://www.iherb.com/Doctor-s-Best-Glucosamine-Chondroitin-MSM-240-Capsules/23

http://www.iherb.com/Jarrow-Formulas-Curcumin-95-500-mg-120-Capsules/13089

http://www.iherb.com/Now-Foods-Super-Enzymes-180-Capsules/857

anti-inflammatory/antioxiant/anti-aging:

http://www.iherb.com/Now-Foods-Neptune-Krill-Oil-500-mg-60-Softgels/14424

http://www.iherb.com/Doctor-s-Best-Best-Acetyl-L-Carnitine-HCl-588-mg-120-Capsules/7779

http://www.iherb.com/Jarrow-Formulas-R-Alpha-Lipoic-Acid-with-Biotin-60-Veggie-Caps/38441

http://www.iherb.com/Now-Foods-Gamma-E-Complex-Advanced-120-Softgels/299

http://www.iherb.com/Nutricology-Delta-Fraction-Tocotrienols-50-mg-75-Softgels/11172

http://www.iherb.com/ReserveAge-Organics-Resveratrol-Cellular-Age-Defying-Formula-250-mg-60-Veggie-Caps/16018

http://www.iherb.com/Healthy-Origins-Pycnogenol-100-mg-60-Veggie-Caps/4128

http://www.iherb.com/Paradise-Herbs-Organics-Turmeric-60-Veggie-Caps/4626

http://www.iherb.com/Paradise-Herbs-Yellow-Mountain-Green-Tea-120-Veggie-Caps/4733

http://www.iherb.com/Healthy-Origins-Astaxanthin-4-mg-150-Softgels/30648

http://www.iherb.com/Jarrow-Formulas-Q-absorb-Co-Q10-100-mg-120-Softgels/7884

http://www.iherb.com/Co-E1-The-Energizing-Co-Enzyme-Performance-10-mg-30-Lozenges/5456

http://www.iherb.com/Neocell-Super-Collagen-Type-1-3-7-oz-198-g/6074

http://www.iherb.com/Neocell-Collagen-Joint-Complex-Type-2-120-Capsules/8368

detox/anti-brainfog/glutathione boosters:

http://www.iherb.com/Jarrow-Formulas-N-A-C-Sustain-600-mg-100-Bilayer-Tablets/135

http://www.iherb.com/Healthy-Origins-Setria-L-Glutathione-Reduced-250-mg-60-Capsules/4132

http://www.iherb.com/Source-Naturals-Glutathione-Reduced-Sublingual-Complex-Orange-Flavored-50-mg-100-Tablets/1407

i hope this helps. the healing process can take anywhere from a few weeks, to 1-2 years, depending on how clan your diet is, how much damage already has been done, and many other factors like stress level, sleep quality, nutrient status (especially vitamin D), etc.

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on November 18, 2012
at 12:04 AM

That's an exceptionally long supplement list, and I don't think it's wise to take that many. However, if it works, then that's great! Having said that, I had no idea about PepzinGI. I just ordered some with my vitacost purchase. Thanks!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on November 17, 2012
at 11:12 PM

No one should ever have to take that many supplements

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on November 18, 2012
at 03:36 AM

in the spirit of full disclosure, be aware that iherb referral codes earn the user ongoing commission. it's a good scheme, just making people aware of the 'fine print', see faq for more info http://rewards.iherb.com/FAQ You can also use the generic code BUY123 to get $5 off your fist purchase http://www.iherb.com/Coupon

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on July 09, 2014
at 09:53 PM

i would differently supplement your diet with some good vitamins to keep your overall health on top level. like mentioned something like collagen and joint complex could benefit you a lot.

Secondly i will probably use something such as Astaxanthin. I personally had a lot of great results taking that. After about 2 weeks i could feel the difference. you might want to give it a go

on final note i can say that i take a lot for the brain as well. I try to get much of the minerals and vitamins from food such as blueberries.

You can even get 10 dollars off by using an iherb coupon

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