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Where to get tested for SIBO in southern California?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 11, 2013 at 8:34 PM

Hello, I'll be in the Los Angeles area for the next month and am looking for a doctor that will test me for small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). I tried getting tested where I live in Virginia about a month ago but had trouble getting my doctor to fax a request form to the hospital where they do it. After calling both my doctor and the hospital 3 times, I gave up.

I called Cedars Sinai hospital in L.A. to see if I could schedule a hydrogen breath test, but you need a referral from a doctor. Does anyone know of a good doctor in southern California that will help me with my IBS and test for SIBO.

Thanks so much!

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on January 12, 2013
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Because they are two different types of overgrowth - methane producing and hydrogen producing. Methane producing bacteria causes IBS-Constipation in 90% cases. Hydrogen producing - diarrhea or constipation-diarrhea. If you are not constipated, then just hydrogen is enough, I guess.

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on January 12, 2013
at 01:42 AM

Thanks for your comment. It looks like he's a D.O. which is good, I'll look into it more.

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at 01:37 AM

Thanks VB. Why is it important to get the methane component of the test? I'll try to get in touch with my regular doctor and see if I can order a home kit.

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Oh, and if you really have SIBO (confirmed by test results) come back to Paleohacks - there is something you need to know about the treatment that Dr. Pimmentel won't tell you.

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Don't do a hydrogen test. Do a methane-hydrogen test. You can order one online for as little as 100 bucks. Get a referral by your regular doctor, just tell him you are having gas, bloating after each meal. If he does not, check out siboinfo - Dr. Siebecker has some references where it can be done.

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on January 11, 2013
at 08:52 PM

I'm not sure where you are in LA, but when I thought I had IBS like symptoms, I saw Dr. Michael M Keramati 16550 Ventura Blvd Suite 214, Encino, CA 91436. He was affiliated with the hospital I worked at in the SFV. He actually listened to me and paid attention when I told him what I felt was wrong with me (other docs had blown me off). He also was good about ordering blood work and tests. His office # is (818) 990-5588. Not sure if the hospital I used to work at does that test though, although he may be able to refer you to other hospitals that do it. Should also add, Dr. K is big on diet to help with IBS. he is a very holistic doc in that regard. Look him up.

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at 01:42 AM

Thanks for your comment. It looks like he's a D.O. which is good, I'll look into it more.

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