So a portion of my lab results are in… and your girl has SIBO.
For those of you who don’t know, SIBO is an overgrowth of bacteria in your small intestines. Although we have bacteria throughout our entire digestive track, the majority of the bacteria should live in our large intestine or our colon. Our small intestines is where we digest and absorb our food, so little bacteria should be living there. This is because we do not want any critters interfering with the digestion and absorption of our food. Good digestion it is so critical to our health!
I have methane-dominate SIBO (there are two types: methane and hydrogen) which means the bacteria is giving off an excess of methane gas when present and feeding off the foods I eat. This can explain many of the symptoms I’ve been feeling like weight gain, bloating, distention, constipation, and fatigue. Damn you, SIBO.
Our foundation to health is a strong intestinal track, so when this is being attacked our entire system can be thrown off. SIBO is also complicated and not the easiest to kill, so I will be going on a pretty long and restrictive treatment plan to finally get my health back. I will say, I have a mix of emotions around finding this out. Initially, I was actually happy because I finally had an answer to these symptoms and validation that I’m not just crazy. But researching more and diving into the treatment plan, I’m finding it can be a lengthy process. So right now I think I’m mourning my current social life the most, and that fact I can’t have wine or coffee.
So if you’re feeling like something is off in your body, or perhaps feeling similar symptoms to me, you may want to look into getting tested for SIBO. Along with SIBO, I’m being tested for so many other things that I’m waiting for the results on. Unfortunately, SIBO is most likely a secondary symptom to something else underlining going on. So we must find the root cause, or SIBO will just continue to come back.
Stay tuned for my treatment plan, more results and what to do if you’re feeling something is off in your body! 🙂