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SIBO Overload: An End to a Devastating Problem?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 04, 2013 at 4:29 PM

As I've reached the point of suffering to where I can no longer function, it is time to make a change.

The truth is, I'm not exactly sure what's causing my symptoms: painful itchy skin rashes, anxiety, acid reflux, depression, constipation, brain fog, memory lapses, insomnia.

But I have a theory, and that it is truly SIBO.

But the problem is... getting rid of it? For good.

WHAT diet do I need to begin? Today I have eliminitated MOST sugars (all sweeteners, condiments fruit, etc) as a complete elimination is impossible without becoming malnourished.

WHAT supplements do I need to take?

WHAT can I do to accelerate the END of SIBO?

I can NO longer wait for an official "diagnosis" to be made. I am to the point where I refuse to suffer any longer, and I'm excited to begin a "bacterial holocaust". Please help?

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on February 17, 2013
at 06:37 AM

best resource! thank you

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on February 05, 2013
at 05:05 AM

Mine is Celiac Disease.

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on February 05, 2013
at 04:07 AM

Then get a hydrogen/methane test done ASAP. If you have it, make a Skype appointment with Dr. Siebecker (siboinfo.com). IF YOU HAVE IT (and only if the test confirms it) start taking prokinetics and bone broth with every single meal. Reduce vegetables to a bare minimum and use only vegetables low in FODMAPS. Boiled carrots and zucchinis are well tolerated - but I am at a point I hate them. I am still okay with cucumbers. No probiotics, no fermented foods, no seeds, no nuts, NO FRUIT. I hope you don't have it, because antibiotics is no fun, and methane producing bacteria is hard to get rid of.

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on February 04, 2013
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I have constipation.

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on February 04, 2013
at 05:28 PM

Even though it does sound like SIBO, if I were you, I would make sure it is SIBO. All you have to do is to take a hydrogen methane test. Maybe it is expensive, but then you will know for sure. It only takes three hours - you will know the results right away.

If you take the test and it comes back positive, come back here. I have not cured myself yet (but I have high hopes since this is my second time on antibiotics), but I have researched 5 different ways to cure it. All of them involve antibiotics, prokinetics, supplements and diet modifications. Believe me, you don't want to take such heavy drugs as antibiotics if you are not 100% you have SIBO.

Diet alone WILL NOT HELP YOU TO CURE SIBO if you have methane producing bacteria (constipation). Hydrogen (diarrhea) is much easier to treat.

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on February 05, 2013
at 04:07 AM

Then get a hydrogen/methane test done ASAP. If you have it, make a Skype appointment with Dr. Siebecker (siboinfo.com). IF YOU HAVE IT (and only if the test confirms it) start taking prokinetics and bone broth with every single meal. Reduce vegetables to a bare minimum and use only vegetables low in FODMAPS. Boiled carrots and zucchinis are well tolerated - but I am at a point I hate them. I am still okay with cucumbers. No probiotics, no fermented foods, no seeds, no nuts, NO FRUIT. I hope you don't have it, because antibiotics is no fun, and methane producing bacteria is hard to get rid of.

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on February 04, 2013
at 08:32 PM

I have constipation.

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on February 04, 2013
at 04:57 PM

Go on an SCD diet (read the book Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gottschall). Reduce your carb into to 50 grams/day (or less). And see a GI specialist. Get checked for H. pylori, a bacteria that can cause all sorts of awful symptoms.

And be patient. It takes a long time to overhaul one's gut flora.

_Lazza

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on February 17, 2013
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on February 17, 2013
at 06:37 AM

best resource! thank you

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on February 05, 2013
at 12:24 AM

Are you sure it is not Celiac Disease? Your symptoms sound almost exactly like mine were and it turned out to be CD. The tests for CD are not very accurate so my doctors thought it was just gluten intolerance, but I found out thru my own research.

C657d176db6f11f98aeb2a89071e3281

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on February 05, 2013
at 05:05 AM

Mine is Celiac Disease.

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on February 04, 2013
at 08:57 PM

I had the skin rashes and bleeding of my skin. I did paleo for ten months and then found THE PERFECT HEALTH by Paul Jaminet. I no longer have any skin problems (it took a year to stop the bleeding, intense itching, peeling and chapping, especially in the palms of my hands). Our skin is a direct reflection of what is going on in our gut. I first cut out all grains and nuts (I think peanut butter is a huge culprit of adding fungus to the body) and then cut out all sugars. In place of out of control cravings, I started eating a spoon of coconut oil from the jar or butter. I also added beef bone broth which, I believe, took my healing from low and slow and stable, to skyrocket quick! Here is the recipe I found and the logic of the long chains setting off healing cells in our gut is explained in the little video. It is amazing to be healthy and to eat when hungry and not for food cravings that were uncontrollable.

http://undergroundwellness.com/how-to-make-beef-bone-broth/

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on February 16, 2013
at 11:34 PM

Is there a food list for SIBO?

Where can you order a test?

What are some good online resources?

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on February 05, 2013
at 12:35 AM

I recently found this blog: http://syontix.com/ Heads up he is hawking probiotics, but he has some a lot of interesting and very detailed posts, including a series on sibo. Apparently he solved his own sibo trauma with a lot of raw garlic and probiotics. Good luck.

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on February 04, 2013
at 09:17 PM

Are you already on a Paleo diet? For how long? I had most of your symptoms and got rid of them several ways. My acid reflux went away soon after I eliminated all grains, even rice. My depression lifted after I started supplementing with D3 (2,000 IU per day) but my husband needed more. I also expose my arms and legs to the sun 30 minutes per day, whenever possible. This helped with anxiety issues as well. After 5 months of Paleo, I still had very itchy rashes so I went on the Virgin elimination diet, no gluten, eggs, dairy, peanuts, sugar, corn or soy. I also did an herbal cleanse at this time. Most of the itchiness went away, but still used steroidal topicals. Then I discovered thepaleomom.com's autoimmune protocol, where she calls for the elimination of all nuts and seeds and nightshade veggies (tomatoes, hot peppers, sweet bell peppers, etc.). That brings me to this week where my rashes and constipation are all gone in addition to my previously severe seasonal allergies! When I go outside now, i get a couple of patches of rashes but they go away on their own in an hour or so. I am also doing a candida cleanse right now and I feel really great for the first time in almost a year, med free except for some steroid topical creams. This was my roundabout path to feeling better. I'm going to continue eating mostly meat and leafy veggies for the rest of the month to give my body time to heal and will then consider adding back some of those foods to see which ones I'm allergic to. Hope this gives you some insight and ideas as to how to proceed.

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