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3/14/13 12:32 A

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Welcome to the team, It's a really great group of people all here for each other.
You are right we do need to educate ourselves on what works for us especially since we are all the same yet different. Hopefully we can gain control over it or find something that works!!
Looking forward to future chats!!
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3/12/13 8:57 A

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Hi Cheri,

SIBO is Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. I also have PCOS which is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. They aren't related but the way to eat for each are often in conflict.

I have had 5 bouts with SIBO in the past year and a half. It's exhausting. Part of the research in that book is that he is finding that a whole heck of a lot of people with IBS have SIBO. And that if you treat the SIBO, eat the way you need to to deal with the SIBO then the IBS can go away. Almost as though IBS isn't the problem, that SIBO is the problem and IBS is the group of symptoms caused, in many cases, by the SIBO.

The amazing thing is that it is not difficult or painful to test for SIBO. It's a breath test. Drink a drink and then breathe into a tube every 15 minutes for about 5 hours. It measures the gases produced and the measurements will tell them if you have bacterial overgrowth. Then it's trying to eradicate the little buggers. Not quite as easy but I am hopeful!

Hope that helps. There is a fair amount of information about SIBO online, you should check it out. If the symptoms are familiar, get tested. The difference between having untreated bacterial overgrowth and after a round of antibiotics-life changing!

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." Winston Churchill



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3/11/13 7:49 P

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Welcome to the team. I have been diagnosed with IBS but I don't know what SIBO is. Would you enlighten me?
I have been doing well but this morning I had a very painful bout with the big D. Cramps, chills, nausea, etc.
The book you mentioned sounds promising. I will have to pick it up. emoticon

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3/11/13 11:19 A

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Thanks Linda

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Welcome! Very happy that you joined our team.

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3/11/13 8:54 A

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I have been dealing with SIBO for approximately a year and a half. While doing research about it because I found that my GI doc hadn't given me enough information about it. That it is chronic, that it is now linked with IBS, that you have to change your entire diet, etc. it has occurred to me that my symptoms are very closely related to IBS.

Not sure who has read it or not but I am about halfway through a book by Dr. Mark Pimentel from Cedars Sinai called A New IBS Solution. www.anewibssolution.com/
I am finding it AMAZING so far. I am also waiting for a book to be published that I pre-bought called Digestive Health with REAL Food: A Practical Guide to an Anti-Inflammatory, Nutrient Dense Diet for IBS & Other Digestive Issues www.eat-real-food-paleodietitian.com
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I simply am not willing to live like this for much longer and I am beginning to realize that doctors are generally in the dark when it comes to SIBO and IBS so I guess I will have to educate myself! Looking next at diet. I have been on spark for a couple of years and have lost 60 lbs (I also have PCOS) so I have altered my diet quite a bit but what I have altered doesn't apparently work for SIBO/IBS. The whole grain-high fiber is a nightmare with the bacteria, at least for me.

So that is it in a nutshell. Oh, one thing. When this all began for me the doctor told me to use probiotics. So I have been paying through the nose for Align for over a year. My last bout with the bacteria I got so frustrated that I went off all meds. Everything, for one week. Within 24 hours of stopping the probiotics, I was almost pain free again. It comes and goes but the all encompassing pain from the SIBO has lessened considerably by chucking those probiotics in the trash.

Happy Healing!

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