Based on your weight loss, I suggest you'd better do some other tests. Drastic weight loss can be caused by cancer or by something (disease, blockage) preventing the small intestine from absorbing nutrients.
i suggest you do the following:
- colonoscopy to see if you have inflammation, tumors or diverculitis
- capsule endoscopy to look into the small intestine
- blood tests: CBC (anemia), pancreatic enzyme function, liver function
- do a series of fecal occult blood tests. Not just one - you need to examine the stool from several bowel movements over a period of a few days
To answer your question, you can try enteric coated peppermint gel capsules. Peppermint has both a relaxing effect on the small intestine and an antibiotic effect (kills bacteria.) This could help your SIBO.
Good luck to you, and please post back results from your tests.
peppermint, and aloe vera juice. make sure the peppermint is enteric-coated so it activates inside the small intestine. the aloe vera juice you can mix with apple juice (or any fruit juice).
I'm not sure if I'm allowed to post external links here, but if you google "t nation you are what you absorb" you'll find a link to a page where a body builder talks about ways to maintain digestive health. It's a good page. You might look through it and see if you can apply some of it to your situation.
talk to your GI doc about a "capsule endoscopy". it's the only test that looks inside the entire length of the small intestine.
Hi there laineyk! I too have had H. Pylori, however I have not had SIBO. While I may not be able to help you with that, I can tell you that when I had H. Pylori, I too lost about 40lbs in a 3 month period. It was a very scary experience. My H. Pylori did not go away with the first treatment. I had to do 3 different rounds of treatment which lasted about 3 months. Mine was also diagnosed with a biopsy from endoscopy. At that time, they also found that I have a hiatal hernia too.
I think com77 is right about the aloe vera juice and the peppermint. I have seen good results with the aloe vera juice, just a small amount once or twice a day.
I wish you well and hope you can get to the bottom of this quickly!
One more thing. Regular cardiovascular (aerobic) exercise has a direct impact on digestion. The proper way to receive this benefit is as follows:
- minimum of five days a week. ideally every day
- identify your target heart rate range based on age, eg. a 45-year old would be 130-150bpm (google something like "aerobic target heart rate")
- achieve this rate and maintain it for at least 20-30 minutes continuously.
Typical ways to achieve is through running, jogging, stairmaster or treadmill (faster with no incline, slower with incline), but any type of aerobic exercise that utilizes the large muscles will work.
(Many people mistakenly believe that walking on a level surface is sufficient, but it is not. Also many people think two or three days a week is good, but you actually get very little benefit from that. You need at least five days a week, and to get the heart rate up and maintain it for 20 or 30 minutes. Even brisk walking won't do that, so you need to either run, or do incline or stairs.)
The incline or stairs are lower-impact than running. Although I am a good runner, I personally prefer the treadmill, stairmaster, or actual hiking on steep terrain.
If for some reason, you are unable or unwilling to exercise your legs, you can have the same cardio workout with an arm bicycle or rowing machine. Any repetive exercise using large muscles produces an aerobic workout.
vdizzle and comp77, thanks for the input. I "powerwalk" everyday 45 minutes.
I just read up on the s/e of this antibiotics they prescribed and I am NOT taking it. Going to health store tomorrow for the peppermint and aloe vera juice
Vdizzle, wasn't HP the worse nightmare? thought I was dieing
maybe you should buy some gse (grapfefruit seed extract) make sure it's the extract of the pulp of the grapefruit seed and once again look for some alternatives on the internet for treatment of SIBO. I would if I was you try to raise the money for the antibiotic because if your doctor prescribed that it might work to get rid of the sibo/symptoms, maybe even take out a loan from the bank if you can afford to pay it back. just get creative and don't give up. do what's safe and healthy for you. health is important. tc