Posted 11 March 2010 - 07:11 AM
Hi everyone,I'm an IBS sufferer. I also have acid reflux but that's under control thanks to Pantomed medication. Anyways, I recently started a new probiotic called Probactiol which contains Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM
and Bifidobactyerium lactis BI-07
mainly because I had to take antibiotics for 3 weeks due to a sinus infection and they devastated my gut flora. I've been taking that one for about 5 days now but I noticed I actually started suffering from reflux again even though I take my medication (and that one has never failed me in the past). I also feel a bit more bloated and (sorry for the details) but my gas smells really like H2S also known as the egg-smell.My stools are also a bit looser and I feel some discomfort in my intestines.now I heard about the Herxheimer effect where the probiotics are effectively killing the "bad" bacteria. Could my symptoms of bloating, discomfort and reflux be this Herxheimer effect? if so, this proves the probiotics are somehow working right? Do these effects go away eventually? I'm not sure if I should continue or stop the probiotics. If it's just a temporary effect and will actually relieve my IBS later on, I better continue. But if the effect is gonna stay, I better stop right away.Thanks for any tips.Oh yeah last but not least, I ate an egg every day for 3 days last week... I didn't realize egg yolks were such a terrible idea to eat if you have IBS. Perhaps that's doing it's part too? But I ate the last egg 4 days ago. It can't last that long can it?