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I think this has been on the board before but can't find it. Why was my IBS almost non-existent when I was taking antibiotics???I was almost like a normal person and it was wonderful, even ate a cheeseburger for lunch with NO problems. Anyone know the answer. Thanks
 

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IF......(
note the IF I'm theorizing here) part of your problem is an over-reaction to even normal amounts of gas in the GI tract then it could be that what is going on is that dead bacteria do not produce gas (just like they don't mutate or do many of the other things that living bacteria do).The problem is as soon as you stop taking the antibiotics you get recolonized by assorted bacteria, many of which produce gas from the digestion of carbohydrates we don't digest well.Now if you stay on antibiotics long enough you can kill off most if not all of your normal flora and some nasty bacteria can grow in there that will make you sick.You could try probiotics to try to make sure that the bacteria recolonizing the colon are non-gas producers.K.
 

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IF......(
note the IF I'm theorizing here) part of your problem is an over-reaction to even normal amounts of gas in the GI tract then it could be that what is going on is that dead bacteria do not produce gas (just like they don't mutate or do many of the other things that living bacteria do).The problem is as soon as you stop taking the antibiotics you get recolonized by assorted bacteria, many of which produce gas from the digestion of carbohydrates we don't digest well.Now if you stay on antibiotics long enough you can kill off most if not all of your normal flora and some nasty bacteria can grow in there that will make you sick.You could try probiotics to try to make sure that the bacteria recolonizing the colon are non-gas producers.K.
 
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