Hi Maggie and anyone else interested in learning about SIBO.
In answer to your question re: how in the world did I get Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth or SIBO:
Way back in December of 2010 after chemo, I had two upper respiratory infections in a row, treated with antibiotics. From the antibiotics I got a terrible intestinal infection called C-Diff. It lasted 3 months and ironically is treated with yet another antibiotic. Well, I've never been right since even though the C-Diff test came back negative after the 3 months. So I've had diarrhea for 14 months. Finally!!! they did a simple breath test last month and Voila!! I have Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth. Cured by..... wait for it..... another antibiotic!!! Ridiculous isn't it!! ???? Until the breath test I had repeated endoscopes with biopsies and 3 capsule endoscopes!! They were very confident it was the NHL - but haven't been able to prove it and now with the SIBO test coming out positive I think they nailed it and with any luck at all its the SIBO and not NHL activity in my small bowel. I've had two weeks of high dose antibiotics and it didn't work so we're doing that again. Have to kill the bacteria- there should only be a little bit in the small bowel not this huge amount I have. I'm off dairy and sugar. Lactose and sugar feed the bacteria and keep it growing.
This all happened from the antibiotics throwing off the ratio of good and bad bacteria. And this happens to the queen of yogurt- go figure!
Oh the things we learn on this journey that we really never ever wanted or needed to know!! :)
Hey the links you shared are great!! thank you so much!!
How are you doing? I know you said that your journey started with a perferation right? That must have been so painful and scary. How long did it take you to recover|? Hope you are doing well- let me know.