I have been having major issues with mostly bloating and some pain in my intestines for a little while. My stools seem to be okay mostly, but sometimes a bit too hard.
My problem started after switching back to a diet with more carbs after being on an almost ketogenic diet. I never intended to eat ketogenic, I simply stopped eating certain carbs. I had severe problems being on a vlc diet. My thyroid flared up, my liver enzymes skyrocked, i was weak, tired, lost hair, started having weird periods that were very painful and started having acne.
Adding more carbs in* (140-190g a day atm) helped my problems but now I do get painfully bloated after eating it seems. I notice it more with veggies but anything gets me bloated really. I was hardly bloated on Vlc and even before I only experienced minor bloating. Now I look 6 months pregnant when I had it badly.
It would be hard for me to follow a gut healing protocol bc it would cut out my carbs again it seems. And I don't have a spare liver or thyroid so what can I do? I also need to eat calorie rich since I tend to get underweight and only a decent amount of carbs and fat keeps my weight up.
*increased carbs starting late January
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on March 26, 2013
at 01:23 AM
I recommend going to a SIBO specialist. Not just any regular doctor, but the one who is trained to deal with SIBO patients.
You will be required to take a 3 hour SIBO test and then will probably put on antibiotics.
Mild SIBO cases and food intolerances can be cured with gut healing protocol. Some cases are just too severe and you cannot deal with them with food alone.
The treatment is usually a combination of 1. prokinetics to restore gut motility - this is probably the most crucial piece 2. antibiotics to kill off the bacteria in your small intestines 3. a very strict diet (SCD), which does not mean a low-carb diet, you will just have to pick and choose your carbs. Don't worry, there are plenty to choose from and you can be both Paleo and SCD.
on April 12, 2013
at 04:09 PM
Anyone know about the banana and butter?
Saw my GP today just for some results and he thinks I have IBS or Colitis when I don't have any symptoms of it really. He thinks it is a good idea to look at my digestive tract, if there is no risks to it, I think I agree.
We are waiting on more bloodwork.
on April 11, 2013
at 11:21 PM
Try eating some broccoli sprouts (about 1/2 cup a day).
They are supposed to work miracles when it comes to stomach issues. My naturopath told me this and I tried it and it sure enough worked despite still eating starchy carbs. As far as concrete data to back it up, not sure any exists.
If it doesn't work, well, they are healthy so it's not like your doing harm!
on April 11, 2013
at 11:04 PM
I wanted to update on my progress and ask a few questions.
I have found a good gastroenterologist, but it takes 2 months to be seen! Most offices have a wait time this long. I will be taking a sibo test at a hospital sooner though.
I started eating according to a SIBO protocol with bone broth and everything. The first days went great actually and my skin cleared up fast and Inwas able to keep my bloating at bay. I then made one exception for a dinner with potatoes. I broke out horribly the next day, and instead of clearing up my skin is really going to shit now. I am not sure if it was the potatoes or the fact that I am ovulating.
I had to make a few alterations to my SIBo protocol not to lose weight (I lose weight fast and I am very thin, went to 99lbs last year). I eat Bananas, 3-6 a day for calories and carbs, I eat raw butter for calories, I eat coconut and eggs. I hope these won't mess me up. Can anyone tell me? It would be impossible for me eating 2700 cals cutting out these foods.