Help with Streptococcus SIBO? (Brain Fog/Constipation/Acne/Lethargy/Photophobia etc.)

Commented on November 20, 2015
Created August 02, 2014 at 6:16 AM

Hi there,

I just wanted some advice from people on treating symptoms associated with an overgrowth of Streptococcus SIBO. I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease 18 months ago but despite following a strict paleo diet (so gluten/dairy/soy/grain/processed food/sugar free) and supplementing with probiotics, I was still getting symptoms of 1. Brain Fog - by far my biggest complaint. I only very rarely have days where I can think super clearly and feel really calm and energised. Most of the time I'm quite apathetic and "fogged up". 2. Constipation - I also feel completely disconnected from my appetite, so I can eat and eat all day but never feel full. Which isn't so good when you are completely constipated! 3. Dark circles under my eyes and acne - possibly linked to the constipation and brain fog. 4. Weak joints - especially in my hands and feet. 5. General lethargy - I pretty much spend all day, everyday lying in bed. I'm not depressed, I just feel so lazy and apathetic all the time. 6. Photophobia - I absolutely cannot stand the sunlight. I also have really red, bloodshot eyes. I then did a Bioscreen which showed that I had 10 times the normal amount of Streptococcus in my gut and negligible good bacteria. So, I started taking vitamins and minerals (eg. zinc, multi, vitamin c, iodine, HCL with pepsin, digestive enzymes, methyl guard plus, B vitamins, a glutamine drink etc.) I went on a short course of erythromycin about 6 months ago, and I felt good after but the feeling didn't last long. So now, I have just started using herbs to try and control my symptoms. I have started taking oil of oregano (5 drops, 3 times a day), golden seal (1 tablet, 3 times a day), a vitex pill, and enteric coated peppermint oil. After three days on this regime, my eyes feel and look less bloodshot and itchy, my under eye bags seem less pronounced and skin better. I also seem to be able to tolerate my food more. Because even though I follow a predominately SCD/GAPS style diet, I find that I'll just get bloated after everything. I guess I just really wish that my constipation and brain fog would clear up so I could go out and live my life instead of sitting at home all day. I'm only 19 years old so it feels like everything is just passing me by. I hope that these herbs do something but it's hard to tell because my symptoms don't "flair up" when something is/isn't working, they're just constantly there. Like I think I've had brain fog for the past 6 years. Any tips? Please help me. I'd be so appreciative.

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on February 10, 2015
at 07:43 AM

Hi, I have almost the exact same symptoms.


Do you guys have skype or something we can talk about this more?


on November 20, 2015
at 05:35 AM

This also described my brother and I exactly. I would also be interested in sharing any knowledge or ideas. Any interest in this?


on January 09, 2015
at 03:14 PM

 your symptoms describe me to a "T."  


I didn't really know what to do, so I just went and got a bunch of gut tests. Organix dysbiosis showed fungal and bacterial overgrowth and Metametrix stool test (the comprehensive one) showed cryptosporidium. I treated the crypto with nitazoxanide and the Bacterial overgrowth/fungal overgrowth with candibactin AR/BR. Then, 5 months later, I retested. I still felt tired and shitty. A chronic fatigue doctor tested for H Pylori and lo and behold I had it. I also still had major fungal overgrowth. 


I followed the SCDLifestyle (which follows a method developed by Dr. Kalish) and treated adrenals first with pregnenolone and DHEA (very small amounts of both), and then after 2 months of adrenal treatment, I began to to take herbs for the fungus (who knows if it was candida or what) and H Pylori. I feel a lot better, but I know that I still have SIBO because I have trouble with FODMAPS (fermentable oligo, di, mono and polysaccharrides, which are in really high concentrations in onions and garlic and usually cause bloating).

Word to the wise: DO NOT USE POTATO STARCH. I know that's all over the interwebz but it's a bad idea for ppl like you and me. your gut is screwy and that can screw it up more.  

It was huge for me to read on chriskresser that 85% of people with chronic fatigue/fibromyalgia (and I'm guessing brain fog) have SIBO.  You posted this a while ago, but hopefully it's not too late for you to get tested via BioHealth 401H, metametrix complete stool test, and doctor's data stool test parasitology x 3, and then finally organix dysbiosis.  You have to get all these tests done because unfortunately no one test is perfect. The metametrix and doctor's data tests never found my H Pylori, only the BioHealth stool antigen test did...


I didn't get this test because I ran out of money, but might I also suggest a SIBO Lactulose test? 

Good luck! I feel loads better, but it's a long road. 



on August 02, 2014
at 12:50 PM

You seem to be doing all the right things. I don't know if it will help, but you might want to try an elemental diet. I saw this a few days ago and it might be helpful:


In terms of using oregano oil and such, be careful to supplement with good bacteria, but a few hours away from the oregano oil, or even a few weeks after you're sure the Strep is gone.

I would also supplement with activated charcoal every few hours (away from any food, supplements, antibiotics, or essential oils). AC is good at absorbing toxins and the idea is you'll want to use it to absorb any toxins these bacteria produce - sadly it will make constipation worse, but there's an easy solution to that, which is to eat a little bit too much coconut oil too quickly. The results can be very messy and unpleasant, but it will get rid of any constipation. Be very close to a bathroom when you do this and plan on staying for an hour or two. If you're not consuming coconut oil, a whole tablespoon or two will do the trick.

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