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Maybe temporary fix: If you have ibs due to sibo (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)--antibiotics like xifaxan (rifaximin) may help. Sibo may also occur from anatomic variations in the small bowel, altered small bowel motility, or a variety of systemic conditions that prevent permanent cure (e.g. The bacteria just grow back). ...Read more
Don't understand: I'm not sure what your question is referring to or how this was even diagnosed. Everyone has bacteria in their intestines--it is completely normal. Sometimes the composition and relative amounts can change after antibiotics or certain foods but there is no such thing as "bacterial overgrowth" despite many labs saying they will test you for it. ...Read more
How is good bacteria overgrowth in the intestines distinguished from bad bacteria overgrowth? Should I see a gastro for my suspicions?
Multiple ways: There are multiple ways this is determined. While not commonly done, a quantitative aspiration of bacteria from the small intestine can be done. But hydrogen or methane breath test and D-xylose testing can be also done. Also very common is seeing a patient's response to an empiric(trial) course of antibiotics; if one improves with antibiotics that it suggests overgrowth. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How do you know....: ...You have a yeast and bacteria overgrowth? I've seen web sites that list a whole bunch of really vague symptoms and tell you if you have them you have candida (yeast). The problem is, all those symptoms could be bad nutrition and poor sleep. If you have "bacterial overgrowth" you get really sick, bedridden, fevers, etc.. See a doctor for proper diagnosis and to find out if you have these. ...Read more
Diagnosed w/ small bowel bacteria overgrowth and carb intolerance (secondary). What could cause each?
They are related: Sibo or small intestine bacterial overgrowth is a result of a multitude of things, det included. Carbohydrates, including fruits and grains feed the bacteria in the gut and causing the bacteria to grow in abundance. This then interferes with the digestive process and this leads to fermentation of certain foods (carbs)- causing gas, bloating, etc. Seek a functional medicine md to "heal your gut". ...Read more
See Integrative Dr.: Sibo can cause many things. The best bet is to consult with an integrative physician, who specializes in this near you. You had an appendectomy in the past, so this also plays into your equation. Let them go over your entire medical, surgical, trauma, stress history to give you the best answer on this. This is not a simple question. However you will get many good answers from your consult with the integrative doctor. ...Read more
In some cases...: If you have ibs due to sibo (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)--antibiotics like xifaxan (rifaximin) may help. Sibo may also occur from anatomic variations in the small bowel, altered small bowel motility, or a variety of systemic conditions that prevent permanent cure (e.g. The bacteria just grow back). Xifaxan (rifaximin) is also helpful for c.Difficile in appropriate dose ; settings. ...Read more
Is there any idea of what causes ibs? Why it's different in other people. Can bacteria overgrowth play a role
Many factors: There are many factors that may contribute, including genetics, imbalances of intestinal flora (including both yeast ; bacterial overgrowth) ; lack of digestive enzymes. Stress usually aggravates it. Many may have undiagnosed parasites (hard to find) or infections like lyme disease. Dietary changes often help. See http://digestive.Niddk.Nih.Gov/ddiseases/pubs/ibs/#cause ; http://abt.Cm/16tmrig. ...Read more
Breath test with glucose. Positive bacteria overgrowth. Doc want rifaximin. Can this cause c diff? Could i just eat bunch yogurt & probiotic pills?
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