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#1 LMCBoston

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 05:09 PM

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For the last six months, I've had terrible heartburn. Terrible. I haven't had a day of relief from the irritation in my throat. After months of this, my primary care doctorPosted Image sent me to a food allergy/sensitivity specialist who did a microbial lab test (urine). The results showed two things thought to be the primary issue at hand: 1. high levels of "candida albicans" 2. low levels of good bacteria

I've learned candida is a controversial diagnosis. If I should be skeptical about it, what are other possible reasons for having upper AND lower GI issues? When I follow a low carb diet, my lower GI issues are gone but still have heartburn and GERDPosted Image regularly, which I am told may go away if I treat both of the above with antifungals and probiotics. This week I had wheat as part of an allergy test, as well as white ricePosted Image noodles just because, and I've been feeling awful for days.

Any thoughts on what else to ask for in terms of tests? Anyone had a diagnosis of "dysbiosis", bacteria imbalance? I'm at a loss here since I've never met anyone with similar issues. This has made me a terribly unreliable person and extremely frustrated, sometimes angry, at the lack of answer.


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Posted 11 December 2012 - 12:58 PM

I just finished Robillard's book Fast Tract Digestion which I would strongly suggest you read. Robillard, a fellow Bostonian, argues that heartburn is caused by a bacterial infection in the small intestine. His remedy is to restrict carbohydrates in a very specific way. I know that you wrote that low-carbing did not ameliorate you upper GI issues. But there are many ways to be "low-carb" and without knowing what exactly you ate, one could assume that you were eating some carbs that could cause your problem.

I too am sceptical of the results of your specialist. They assayed your gut bacteria by doing a urine test??????





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