Posted 18 May 2012 - 12:05 AM
My health has been excellent Until one day I started having symptoms,headaches, chills, fever, nausea, and pressure in my abdomen. General discmfort in my abdomen on the right side and sometime under the rib cage not pain just pressure, my entire body felt achey, My weight fell from 110 to 99 and I'm 5'5. Along with many sleepless nights from the discomfort can quickly turn your whole life upside down! I was so sick I thought my life was drawing to a close, quick get the attorney, draw up a will!
Anyhow, my dr ran every test imaginable,H.pylori, Lymes, STD, parasite check, blood work,ultrasound, hormonal check, cat scan. The dr just decided we should try Cipro there was no diagnosis. Cipro has fluoride in it, I had inflammed tendons, one of the side effects of Cipro which can literally snap your tendons. Finally went for endoscopy/colonscopy, all negative, the the young GI doctor thought it was "Anxiety" First off, I work from home writing while watching my cat peer out my office window and when she meows around 2ish I go running to feed her. I'm a vegan, we do yoga, meditation,and we have hav a cool zen lifestyle style . I have zero anxiety! Perhaps, in medicine when they run out of answers you send them to a counselor for their imaginary sickness. I'm sure they see a nut or two. But this is completely unwarranted in my case. After,seven month still undiagnosed, I went to a Nautropathic clinic professor/ GI ND. I took the Hydrogen Breath test and on my SECOND visit I was diagnosed with Small intestinal Bacterial overgrowth, SIBO. The test revealed a high level of bacteria and the dr said it would of even been higher if I had not been taking high doses of garlic. I can only imagine how high the bacteria would of been and how much more pain and suffering I would of had to endure. I wonder about the SIBO diagnosis could it be actually Candida overgrowth? During early onset of SIBO eyes itched a little and my tears ducts really started to itch like crazy then after antibiotics my skin broke out bad with little bumps it on one side of my face and jawline which indicates digestion issues according to my friend. Then I had a bad headache for three days and had to have some dental work done, my dentist diagnosed me with sinus infection after he saw the x-rays I had both of those things happen after a couple weeks natural antibiotics . Anyhow my skin has totally flipped out, I usually have clear skin Back to the ND for the rash, so the Nautropathic doctor prescribed four weeks of the following: Garlic (Allicin) Berberine, Oregano oil and peppermint . Here are the doses: take 3 Allicin garlic tablets, 3 Berberine tablets, 3 times a day plus. take 1 oregano tablet ( this is the brand I take Biotics A.D.P) and 1 Enteric coated peppermint tablet ( The brand I take is Mentharil) take three times a day the coating lets capsules pass through the stomach intact and dissolve in the intestines. Peppermint has been clinically proven to help sibo/IBS. I also take nicinamide( B3), and organic virgin coconut oil twice aday and zinc ( take on a full stomach or it will make you sick) which kills bacteria . I also take tons of probiotics alone on any empty stomach 3 to 4 times a day. This will help ward off sinus infection, skin rash, yeast infection etc... I strongly believe that adding the peppermint tablet is what really did it trick, peppermint kills bacteria fast. Anyhow, my rash started to quickly disappear and the sinus infection was getting better. Drinking alkalized water helps we have a machine in our house that does that, but to alkalize water is simple just add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water drink it three times a day . All of ths things I've listed have helped me tremendously all my symptoms have subsided. Plus I'm on a dairy free, sugar free and gluten free diet. The last thing that is worth mentioning is that one day when sick with SIBO I had some symptoms coming on, I put seven drop of grapefruit seed extract in glass of water and drank it dowm my symptoms subsided, I could actually leave the house. The smartest thing to do is first get diagnosed because how you kill candida which is a fungus, is different than how you would kill bacteria or a virus or a parasite. I'm sure that something might exist that might kill all four at the same time. I'm coming up to the ten month mark and my SIBO symptoms have fallen away. I wonder if SIBO can be related to appendicitis inflammation...an appendix that sometimes inflames and then subsides, and release bacteria into your system, however it never gets bad enough for it to be on the radar. One of good friends is an ER doctor and I told him that I had SIBO, small intestinal bacteria overgrowth and he goes, "what is that..I've never heard of it?" I guess medical doctors are not trained to recognize symptoms of SIBO, that is so sad. Going through what I call the "SIBO Saga" can really make frustrated, and wear you down, it certainly has made me have greater understanding and compassion for people who have chronic illnesses.