Interesting...as I was reading through your post, I started wondering if a yeast overgrowth was contributing to your issues. And then you mentioned yeast! I am still learning about it myself, but I understand that some people are more susceptible to it than others. I have recently beem diagnosed with yeast overgrowth and am on my second round of Diflucan. I feel so much better with this drug!
You could ask your doctor to prescribe Diflucan for you to see if it helps. On my first round, it took 7 days to feel better. I took 10 days total, and then 5 days later my bloating and stomach pain was back. So I refilled it and am doing another 10 days.
If you do some research on the Internet, you'll find a lot of good info on it, and also that it is controversial. The guy who wrote a book on it in the 80's was widely mocked, and yet from what I read, he is right! Everything he says makes sense.
In addition to the Diflucan, you'll have to eliminate yeast, mold, and high glycemic foods from your diet. This includes, bread, sugar, any kind of syrup, white rice, white flour, et.al. It is a big change, but the good news is that your diet will be really healthy as you will have to eliminate most junk and processed food because of all the added sugar. You focus on lean meats and lots of leafy greens and veggies. Go easy on grains and fruit. Within a week, you should feel better. I personally would do this for at least a month before I would let a surgeon cut out my colon, just to see what kind of difference it could make.
Thought: if your problem is primarily candida, cutting out your colon won't fix anything.
Oh, yes! And I forgot to mention probiotics! This is essential for keeping the yeast under control. Don't get the cheap drugstore kind as they won't be good enough for a significant yeast overgrowth. I tried them and it was a waste of money for me.
My doctor recommends Klaire Labs complete, and another brand called VLSI. Both are refridgerated. Some pharmacies carry them, and you can buy them on Amazon. Make sure they are shipped with an ice pack.
I have found that 2 caps of Klaire Labs a day works better than 6 caps of the cheaper stuff, yet works out to the same cost per day.
How did they diagnose you with the yeast overgrowth? I am having a glucose hydrogen breath test done on June 15th .. would this show up in this?
I have already actually started to change my diet as if I have a yeast overgrowth and I am noticing a change in how I feel. Thats why the are doing the breath test on me.
I no longer have white flour and I have replaced sugar with stevia. I don't have high fructose corn syrup and have replaced bread with yeast free rice bread and wraps. I replaced condiments as well. I am now using Trinity Farms Stevia sweetened ketchup and bbq sauce and just got some vegan ranch dressing that is made with no distilled or white vinegars. I also take a probiotic and just started to add AZO Yeast supplements and a digestive enzyme to my regular multivitamin etc.
I was on fluconazole for recurring yeast infections last year. I couldnt get rid of them and my gyno said it was from my birth control and put me on it monthly and also put me on a lower dose birth control. Me and my husband are actually considering getting me off the pill and him having a vasectomy.
I fear that if this breath test comes back as a bacterial overgrowth they might put me on a antibiotic and make everything worse.
Is if possible to have a glucose hydrogen breath test done and then also have a fructose breath test done on the same day? Or do they have to be done on seperate occasions? I am starting to wonder if the yeast thing has to do with fructose intolerance etc
going on 2 months of watching my sugar intake, no white flour etc. I just added no wheat. I am already noticing a HUGE change. I lost 15lbs (which I needed cause I have gained weight since my digestive issues). I am fuller faster and crave less. I am going to the bathroom atleast once a week now. I also hardly ever have to take my stomach pain meds. The bloating has gone down drastically. If I eat something I sometimes get the bloat and then I know to avoid what it was I ate etc. I really feel like this is helping me!! I have been reading the Body Ecology Diet book for reference as well. I am not following it 100% but am taking everything in it to heart and am trying the new foods it suggests and avoiding foods it suggests.
I am still going to my glucose hydrogen breath test on Friday. Not sure if anything will show up. To prepare for the test I had to stop taking my probiotics, Miralax etc. The night before the test I am to be on a strict dinner and to not eat it too late. We will see if anything shows up now that I have changed my diet so drastically.
Has anyone else had a glucose hydrogen breath test to see if they had SIBO? Did you have a high base count to start off? I had one yesterday and the nurse asked me if I followed the fasting (which I did and was actually VERY strict on it as this is the 14th test I have had done for undiagnosed digestive issues) because my base count was high. She gave me mouth wash and had me do it again and it was still high. She told me that over the 2 hours of the comparison testing after I drank the glucose that it did peak some after that as well but that since my base was so high to begin with I will have to wait till my GI doctor is back in the office to discuss (he is on vacation for 2 weeks). Just curious if this has happened to anyone else and what the outcome was.
my test results are in and I do have SIBO.. they are going to try to put me on Rifaximin if my insurance will cover it. Have you taken this?? Did it help. I am reading I should take a stronger probiotic while I am on it.
Started my Rifaximin which is called Xifaxan.. not noticing a change in my bm's yet but did experience some on again off again cramping and bloating. Stuff that I haven't been having since I changed my diet. I am hoping this subsides. Anyone else experience this with this medication?
So had a special doctor visit after hours with some of the staff (gi specialist and colon surgeon) at a hospital I have been having all these tests done at. They talked to me about all the results and all that I have told them and they feel I have 2 issues going on
1.) Colonic inertia = constipation/slow transit
they told me that the only way to be sure if the large intestine is working is to do a temporary jpouch for about 4 - 6 weeks. Test the waters and see if I feel better without use of the large intestine. If I do then we know the large intestine is to blame and they can remove it. They told me that they would remove the jpouch and the large intestine and then connect my small intestine to my rectum.
Did anyone else go through this before having their large intestine removed. It means 2 surgeries for me.
I worded that wrong.. its a temporary ileostomy
I worded that wrong.. its a temporary ileostomy