Patient Comments: SIBO - Symptoms


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Comment from: rebecca, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 07

I believe my SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) is caused from a malfunctioning ileocecal valve. This malfunctions when my psoas muscles gets very tight on the right side. My psoas gets tight because of other muscular tensions. I have gotten massage and chiropractic treatment but cannot seem to get the psoas on that side to stay relaxed and functioning normally. It causes the right leg to present shorter. I have a rectocele from giving birth and I wonder if that triggers it because I'm trying so hard to not trigger it. Thank you.

Comment from: Rose, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

My symptoms of SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) were explosive gas and abdominal cramps with everything I ate, no matter how small it was and no matter what it was.

Comment from: dogluvr40, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

I have been dealing with SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) for the last 1 1/2 and still have not received any medication for it. I now have symptoms of autonomic dysfunction, joint pains in my knees shoulders and ankles. I have severe stomach pains and very bad constipation. I always feel nausea and feel super tired and have no energy at all. I believe it went to my blood stream because I can feel nerves shaking as if I have multiple sclerosis. I am now seeing a gastroenterologist who is in the process of helping me. I hope it's not too late.

Comment from: Mike, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 04

I suffered for three years before diagnosis of SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). Antibiotics made me ill due to gastritis, etc. I was hospitalized when I was put on big doses of intravenous omeprazole, and I came out worse, unable to keep any food down. Now any food at all causes pain, bloating, and massive stool variations. I have to take major painkillers. These cause constipation. I lost 20 lb in 3 months. I can only tolerate intravenous antibiotics which accidentally fixed SIBO when previously hospitalized for a major diverticulitis flare up when starvation and IV antibiotics were employed. Now starting a zero sugar diet in an effort to be able to eat something and my way of starving the small bowel bacteria. Symptoms, tinnitus, peripheral neuropathy, bloating, bad gas, bad breath, extensive abdomen pain, blurred vision at times, night sweats, furred tongue, and weight loss.

Comment from: Longterm, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 25

I was misdiagnosed for about a year till I got down to 100 lb. and I am 5 ft. 7 inches. I had to get out of my town and head to University Digestive Center. I went through the malnutrition and mal-absorption. It seems like sometimes my body will absorb my vitamins and medicines and sometimes not. Though my SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) did not reach my blood stream like one of my internist doctor’s patient.

Comment from: Tess, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 09

I had 2 attacks of diverticulitis and felt horrible for another 6 weeks and getting worse. I have bloating, pain low by the pubic bone, diarrhea, feeling full while eating very little, and pressure as well. I went back to my gastroenterologist and he suggested antibiotics and a stool sample. I wonder if it is SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth).

Comment from: Mainiac, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 03

Dismayed to see Cipro recommended for SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) in a medical site. It is dangerous; I had it 3 years ago and am still suffering. It affects people differently, but blown Achilles tendons are common. I have had success controlling SIBO through the specific carbohydrate diet.

Comment from: jennyone, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

With SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) I have extreme bloating, gas, and constipation. My stomach bloats after ingesting anything.

Comment from: Jean, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 02

I've had chronic diarrhea for more than a year. It increased over the last 6 months. I was initially diagnosed with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome before it was found to be SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth).

Comment from: GOTTAGOGIRL, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 25

With SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) I had 10 years of alternating constipation and diarrhea with abdominal pain, massive gas and foul odor to the point where I no longer appeared in public.


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