Hello my little SIBO-ers!
Punny, aren’t I?
It’s been a long time.
A lot has happened! I made it through herbal antibiotics (UGH, what a poopy experience), I watched as many videos as I could from the SIBO Summit, I read and read and read some more, I turned 23, I tried to stop thinking about SIBO for a little bit, I took a stool and MRT test, I began taking Digestacure, I got engaged, and I am finally back here with you to share in my journey of all things SIBO.
It’s been a wild ride… but I’m still alive.
Lately, I’ve been reflecting over my time with SIBO. Just thinking about how much has changed. About how much I have learned and emotionally accepted. How I had to go through the grief stages (and still do).
How I became obsessive and read and watched and listened to everything about SIBO. I became really angry that I had an illness and that God would allow this to happen to me. I thought for a time that I could cure myself in a couple of months. I became depressed and I hated my 23rd birthday and I just wanted one day where I could eat something I wanted to without spending the night on the bathroom floor. I pretended it didn’t exist, tried to think about other things, and ate a gluten-free pizookie, leading to immediate regret.
And then I got some sense of normalcy. Realizing that this was just my life for a while and it was okay. I think everyone kind of needs to go through that.
I hate waiting. I hate it a lot. I’m not blessed with the gift of patience.
Just ask my fiance 😉
Looking back, I am glad I was able to sort through all of that grief and emotion. But it still really, really sucked to get through. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, but I hope I can be an encouragement to and help anyone else who is going through this awful, awful thing.
Anywho, in the midst of all the emotions… I waited and I prayed. Then there was more waiting. And more praying…. and I decided that instead of spending hundreds of dollars on antibiotics, herbal antimicrobials, or an elemental diet (although let me tell you I begged both of my doctors to let me try this option because I was so over it), I decided that the best option for me was to get some testing done.
After seeing [literally] thousands of people on the SIBO Facebook Group talk about how many times they have relapsed, how they went through 8 rounds of antibiotics, and how miserable they are, I just did not want to live that way. I knew there just had to be a better way to go about making sure SIBO was gone for good. Even if the road was longer.
I knew it’d be a pain and that it wouldn’t be cheap, because most western medicine doctors don’t believe SIBO exists, or don’t know what to do with it. And the lovely human beings that are Dr. Pimentel, Siebecker, and countless others are continuing to research this tricky little thing because there’s still much we have to learn about it.
But, ultimately, I knew that if I knew why I had SIBO in the first place… I would then likely be able to prevent getting it again (I hoped and prayed). So I opted to start with a stool test (testing for parasites, H Pylori, iGA, and other gut bacteria) as well as a food sensitivity test (the Mediator Release Test) that showed me what foods and chemicals I was reactive to.
And I am SO excited I did. Those two tests alone gave me so much insight into what is going on with me and my body.
Sidenote: The MRT test is meant to show you which foods are causing inflammation in your body temporarily. Once your gut heals, you should no longer have a problem with most of these foods. Talk to your doctor, naturopath, chiro, FDN-P to see if this is the right step for you.
After getting the results back, my FDN-P and I learned a lot! We realized that I have some dysbiotic flora: Klebsiella oxytoca, strep, and citrobacter. As well as an H Pylori infection that came back negative through the Doctor’s Data stool test (I ordered through my old naturopath). My FDN-P was irked that the one he ordered me didn’t have quantitative data because she was worried I could be right on the cusp (even though it came back negative) and I could still have an infection, but she said originally that we would move forward as if I didn’t. UNTIL I tried to remove salicylates from my diet (one of my MRT sensitive chemicals) and I showed classic trademark symptoms of an H Pylori Infection.
[The main symptom being having difficulty breathing.]
Not only that… but Klebsiella oxytoca is a hallmark bacteria for autoimmune disease. My FDN-P was thrilled that we were catching it this early to avoid the possibility of autoimmune disease. And while my body certainly isn’t healthy, it is definitely still putting up a fight with all of my high iGA levels.
I’ve learned that my 3 dysbiotic bacteria, along with an H Pylori infection, caused the perfect storm for SIBO. And rather than trying to treat the SIBO, regulating and killing off these bad bacteria will help take care of the SIBO as a side effect, while what we’re truly doing is getting at the root cause (so NO RELAPSES)!
I’ll save my protocol for another post – but I just had to share.
I am giddy.
These aren’t 5 different autoimmune diets, supplements, oils, or antibiotics I’m trying. These tests are the results of what is happening in MY body. There is something so exciting about that. About just knowing what it is. NAMING it. Knowing that although it may take months, a year, or years… there is hope for healing!
There is hope for a life without the fear of relapsing. There is hope to know exactly which foods are bothering you. There is hope to not feel like you can’t get out of bed everyday. There is hope to live a normal life again.
This is what can happen when you take the time (and plan financially) to make this a priority. It’s a huge, huge, huge blessing and answer to prayer. It’s taken me some time because all the testing wasn’t cheap. I couldn’t have done it without my support system and relying on the Lord. But I am so happy I did.
Everyone needs to go on their own journey. And I respect that. I respect the person that tries an elemental diet 4 times. Or has never touched an antibiotic in their life (they probably don’t have SIBO though, lol). I know I haven’t been on my SIBO journey long, but I’ve been on the gut-illness one for 3 years and I can tell you this is the best decision I’ve ever made.
Take the tests. Find the answers. Break the cycle.