SIBO Breath Test
Posted 21 May 2015 - 02:05 PM
I just took the lactulose SIBO breath test this morning. A few hours later I had some of my typical IBS symptoms (gas, gurgly stomach). Since I've basically had nothing to eat in almost 24 hours in preparation for the test, could it be due to the lactulose? Could that be a good sign that my test might come back positive?
For those of you who have tested positive, how successful has the treatment been for you? For those that have tested negative, what else have you tried? I've had all the "regular" tests show of a colonoscopy, and have also had comprehensive stool test which had some slightly abnormal results (gut flora imbalance).
Posted 21 May 2015 - 02:28 PM
i tested positive for SIBO in march. my insurance refused to pay for rifaximin so my gastro doc put me on augmentin. i did feel better after i completed the 10 day course of it.
i think my SIBO may be creeping back now which is going to be a more or less constant situation for me since i no longer have an ileocecal valve due to a previous surgery.
good luck to you with all this. take care.
these are just my own thoughts. for expert medical advice please contact a health care professional.
Posted 21 May 2015 - 08:41 PM
I was considering ordering a home breath test until I found out that it could only be done using glucose. For some reason, Lactulose is considered a prescription substance and can only be used if ordered by a Dr.
I hope you get some useful information from the test. I am hoping that we will be hearing some patient success stories due to the new IBS blood test that was recently announced, even though they are still working on it for some types of IBS. The current one is supposed to be good for IBS-D. But I have read that, regardless of the results, neither of these types of tests are 100% accurate and that if you have the symptoms of SIBO, that Drs should still be willing to try a course of treatment for it. Unfortunately, that doesn't always happen.
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Posted 26 May 2015 - 07:48 AM
It was an at-home test by my physician gave me the kid to take home. I had thought it was lactulose, but now that I look at the website for the lab, it looks like it was not since, as you sy, it is considered prescription.
Hoping to get my results next week when I go in for an appointment with my doctor. I may ask about the blood test, too. It is from the same lab that sells the SIBO test, so my physician would probably be willing to order it. He is really open minded - probably since he is a functiona medicine physician rather than more traditional. He actually offered to just put me on antibiotics assuming that I had SIBO, but I said I would prefer to take the test first and know for sure (I'm a scientist).