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Hi everyone.

A little introduction: I am a 23 year old woman who is (generally) healthy. My diet varies, but I eat a little bit of everything. I only eat fast food every once in a while and I avoid HFCS as often as possible. I eat pretty well for the most part. I don't smoke, or do any recreational drugs. I drink socially on weekends and recently worked at a brewery, so I was accustomed to having a few beers a week. The only medication I take routinely is Apri birth control, and have been taking that since 2010.

Symptoms as of June 2015: excessive foul smelling gas, urgent bowel movements, ITCHY skin everywhere, anxiety, eczema, gingivitis and mouth ulcers, yeast infections that can't be treated, inability to lose weight, extreme vitamin deficiencies, exhaustion after eating

2011 is my last memory of feeling good.

In 2012, while in school and working at a retail store, I started experiencing my first symptoms of IBS. The symptoms were absolutely brutal. I would get unbelievable cramping, both constipation and gas, that could last for hours. It would be hard to even walk most of the time. This usually wouldn't pass until I had several bowel movements, or let out a lot of gas. At the time, I was not eating as great as I could have been. I also started to get recurrent yeast infections that were extremely difficult to treat.

In 2013, the symptoms got increasingly worse, most noticeably how gassy I was. Constant gas from seemingly everything I ate, stools with a heavy smell of rotten eggs that varied in urgency and consistency. At the end of 2013, I got an endoscopy and the results of my biopsy were completely normal. I also got a blood test for Celiac disease that was negative. My stool test was negative for parasites and bacteria.

2014 was when I started to start making connections. My biggest symptoms at this point were unbelievable gas, burning and acidic stools, depression and heightened anxiety, and towards the end of the year awful skin problems such as eczema. I got an MRI during the summer that ruled out Crohn's, Diverticulitis, and Ulcerative Colitis. I can honestly say that I had never been that miserable in my life. I tried keeping several food diaries, but could not make any connections. I had a major skin allergy test done, and was negative for everything.

Finally, as 2015 rolled around, I was so depressed that I decided to stop bothering with all of the doctors who offered me little to no help and switch hospitals. I spend hours at night itching myself to sleep, and am always bloated with gas. That being said, I found a specialist and told her my story, and she immediately assumed I had SIBO (small intestine bacteria overgrowth). She ordered blood work, a fructose hydrogen breath test, and a glucose test to test for SIBO.

My blood work came back and she was horrified, to say the least, at how low my vitamin D count was, stating that most woman are deficient in Vitamin D, but mine was dangerously low. My Vitamin B12 and iron tests were also cause for worry, and I was given several prescriptions for vitamins. However, the SIBO test and Fructose test were both negative. She could not figure out what else could be causing such bad nutritional malabsorption, and concluded that I must have Celiac disease, despite my previous negative test. She ran bloodwork for it, and sure enough it was NEGATIVE.

Here I am in June of 2015. I was given a prescription of 3 Rifaximin a day for the possibility of SIBO (despite the negative test) last month, which has not helped at all. My skin itches so badly at night I can barely sleep. I have eczema in some spots but others are just itchy patches. I have unbelievably debilitating gas and cramping, urgent bowel movements, constipation, bloating, acidic stools, and yeast infections. I cannot pinpoint any food that causes it more than others, with the exception of over oily foods, and acidic foods such as tomatoes. I am at such a loss. My doctor told me if I was just gluten intolerant it would not cause such high vitamin deficiencies. I think the worst problem out of everything is the gas.

If anyone has any ideas, suggestions, etc. PLEASE let me know! I'm losing my will to live because I haven't felt well in years.

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Have you ever heard of the Human Microbiome ? We are 10% human and 90% bacteria. That's right, bacteria cells outnumber human cells by 10 to 1. Start learning about the Human Microbiome on Google and Youtube. Please.

The microbiome in your intestinal tract is in an abnormal state. The bad bacteria have crowded out the good, helpful bacteria and are causing many of your problems.

You can fix this. See topic "I recently fixed my IBS-D". I explain more there. I know you can do this.

The microbiome on your skin also appears to have problems. After you have fixed the above problem start solving you skin microbiome imbalance.

Sadly, many, many doctors haven't studied or learned about the human microbiome, yet. But, there are some that have, and are literally saving lives.
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