Has anyone else been diagnosed with SIBO? I've rarely seen it mention when researching IBS, but the new doctor I went to yesterday suggested a modified fodmap diet that eliminates additional foods to address it. You can get tested for SIBO but I decided to just start treatment right away without confirmation of the test, because I am so desperate to feel better.
Hi YVNB! That was something my GI suggested I might have. I was never tested for it but he put me on an antibiotic called Xifaxan! I know the frustration and the urgency to get answers but I'd really recommend the test if you're going to go the Xifaxan route. As you mentioned, the condition is caused by bacteria overgrowth. If you don't have an overgrowth, this Xifaxan antibiotic might start killing off the good bacteria. Like I said, I wasn't tested for SIBO but they let me try this antibiotic anyway. I think I quit 2 or 3 days in (I think it's around a week or so for the antibiotic). I'm no quitter but I started getting intense abdominal pain in new areas and was incredibly sick. I talked to a pharmacist who recommended I get off them. But for people who do have the condition, this antibiotic did wonders for them! I hope you get some answers soon :)
@A myIBSteam Member That's amazing!! I'm so happy for you!!
I started acupuncture treatments a month ago and begin to feel improvement *immediately.* That doctor also put me on the herb berberine, though I could have taken a prescription med called rifaximin instead.
I went from every bowel movement being diarrhea (often 6 to 8 times a day.) to that no longer being a symptom at all.
I found I still need to be very careful about what I eat, and the doctor said that will be the case for a few more months.
I am not the sort of person who goes to "alternative" treatments first, but I have found acupuncture effective medicine for other ailments over the years, and was not getting effective treatments or advice from the gastroenterologist.
I have SIBO also. So far my dr. has done blood tests and stool tests and now I have to wait 14 days since the last time I had diarrhea to take a breath test. I am on medication to stop constipation and medicine to stop diarrhea. What a mess. What kind of treatment are you on?
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