My SIBO results are back, and not as I suspected, they are negative.
In any normal circumstance, this would make me over-the-moon happy, but since this is a follow-up post to frustrated by SIBO, I am anything but happy.
My SIBO testing results should be back within a week. If I had to guess….testing results will show I still have SIBO. And at that point, I’ll do yet another round of antibiotics and then never test again until I show signs of a relapse.
But here’s the deal, after thinking on that for a few days, I realized that up until the moment I drank the substrate, I had been feeling phenomenal, and thus I should have concluded a negative test. Whatever happened during and post-substrate would not show up on an immediately taken SIBO test.
So with a negative diagnosis, chances are I will not have access to the antibiotics unless I pay the $300+ again for retesting to show a positive SIBO reading.
I suffered a lot this past week. My SIBO symptoms are very typical, so it’s not like I am only kind-of, sort-of sure. My upper gut fermented, then extreme bloat set in, I (almost overnight) retained 5 pounds of bloat weight, no amount of sleep made me feel rested and energized and I felt irritable. As of last night, I am now also showing some of the other symptoms that come when it gets worse – not digesting food, completely off bowels, and a horrible stomach ache.
The SIBO results were wrong, but at this point, I feel stuck.
When we’re stuck in life, there are always two options: stay stuck or get unstuck. It sounds so obvious, but for many those ways for getting unstuck seem daunting and draining, and so staying stuck remains.
The way I see it, my current options include:
- Retest, if my doctor would have the kit sent to me (spending more money on what I already know is)
- Stay miserable, making no changes, until I can get into my doctor again (2+ months minimum likely)
- The Elemental Diet
- Starving the gut bacteria, with the hopes that what I currently have is so mild that that’s all I need
You might be surprised to learn which option I have chosen.
Starving Gut Bacteria
Number 4, I have chosen number 4.
I am neither happy nor 100% confident in it. But after several days thinking on it, this is the direction I’m going. There is no denying that I am, essentially, livid that I was thriving until I retested. I then sat here in misery while my doctor just said, “We will discuss at your next appointment.”
I’m not sure what part of the SIBO memo he does not understand, but I don’t have 2+ months to wait around, feeling horrible and becoming depleted of everything again.
It might make me ridiculously stubborn, but there are people who make excuses for feeling horrible and then there are people who do something about it.
I can make that appointment with him, but in the meantime, I’ll be starving the gut bacteria to see if I can kick the SIBO to the curb again.
I do this with a combination of AIP/SCD/GAPS and low-FODMAP.
I’m confident of how it works and how to live my life, but I’m not absolutely certain that it will work because as I’ve said before, SIBO is a mammoth beast that most people have to overcome over-and-over-and-over again.
I believe I’ll know if it’s going to work within about 30-ish days.
I’ll be back next week to dive in, to do my very best with starving gut bacteria and then to hope for the SIBO results I desperately need.
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