Friday, August 23, 2013

SIBO, SCD, and IBS walk into a Bar...


I had a stomach bug a few weeks ago that triggered an IBS flare that nearly sent me to the hospital for a 3rd time.  The wife & I managed to keep me home but we have had 2 weeks of my being in pain, bloated, unable to eat, and a few other things.  Three different doctors said three different things and if you've ever had one of those "garbage pail" syndromes, you know that at some point you literally have to trust your gut & just move forward with well honed instincts.

Currently we are in-between general practitioners and I had given up on getting any real heal from any gastroenterologist for a few years.  We went to ZoomCare because they now have specialists such as naturopaths and GI docs.  We were able to get in to see the doctors at ZoomCare way faster than the clinics we've gone to in the past and surprisingly thus far we've had better results.  I don't mean for this post to be a plug for ZoomCare but I have to say I'm really impressed by their service and help.  The gastroenterologist sat with us for an entire hour and discussed the mind/body connection in relation to disease.  The naturopath listened to and counseled to us for a whopping hour & a half!  And both docs were professional & friendly but very clear.  So yeah awesome!  Anyway...

I took what is called a SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) test earlier in the week.  It's a 3 hour long breath test which measures how much gas one produces.  Some specialists believe in it whilst some don't.  I figured since insurance was willing to pay for it I'd see what happened.  I had my follow up today & learned that my test was very solidly positive for bacterial overgrowth and this may be the cause of a great deal of my pain/illness.  I was also given a new diagnosis that has nothing to do with garbage pails called Blind Loop Syndrome.  The treatment is first an antibiotic that won't cause any candida symptoms (yay no yeast infections!) and then starting tomorrow I begin an SCD diet (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) for three months.  I'll have to be tested again for SIBO in a few weeks and hopefully we can rebuild my tummy and make it happy.

There's a mighty long list of foods I won't be eating this Fall and actually I'm okay with it.  Since I've been healing my other conditions with food I don't see why I can't be more specific for a while.  I've had friends bear witness to health improvements as a result of an SCD or Paleo diet so I figure I have to try.  After all I never thought I practically live off bone broths, be completely off coffee, and avoid GMO's with everything I have.  Quite frankly I eat better than most vegans I know so I'm willing to give up most dairy, all grains, and (sniff sniff) all sweeteners-except a bit of honey from time to time.

The other helpful thing from getting my bacteria in check and healing my tummy is that these actions may help my other inflammatory issues (for which I have more than some 80 year olds).  So we will see what happens.  I'll report my progress as things go along.  


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