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Nov 24, 2019
Small intestine bacterial overgrowth, or its short writing SIBO, is used to describe a condition of loss balance of bacteria growth and our body's immune system in the small bowel. You may also hear from your care providers that use other medical terms to name this condition like dysbiosis, irritable bowel syndrome. Surprisingly, it is estimated that about 25 to 45 million Americans are affected by this condition and seeking medical advice to help with their symptoms.
Small intestine bacterial overgrowth, or its abbreviation, SIBO, is used to describe a condition of imbalance of bacteria growth and our body's immune system in the small bowel. You may also hear from your care providers use these medical terms to name this condition like dysbiosis, irritable bowel syndrome with its subtypes (or IBS). It is estimated that about 25 to 45 million Americans are affected by this condition and seeking medical advice to help with their symptoms.
Multiple causes can lead to SIBO. Those common ones are long term antibiotics use, gastrointestinal tract motility disorders, prolonged periods of stress, and low gastric acid production. Less common causes or risk factors included international travel, food poisoning, pain manage medication use, and other autoimmune diseases. To fully understand why a patient develops this condition, it usually requires a detailed and thorough history intake from a clinician and follows the patient's story. Also reduced stomach acid production.
Symptoms of SIBO include generalized abdominal pain, gas and bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. It is not uncommon to notice patients also have reflux, nausea, undigested food on the stool, fatty stool, food sensitivities. More severe, patients might develop systemic symptoms like chronic headache, fatigue, brain fog, joint and muscle pain. If you have digestive symptoms accompanied by any of the others mentioned above, SIBO could be the condition for you to consider. You might seek medical advice to help you address your symptoms.
However, the most frustrating feeling for patients who suffered from SIBO is the current research shown there is no single and effective treatment to cure SIBO completely. Most patients need multiple rounds of various therapy, and pharmaceutical agents, herbal agents, or dietary changes might be used singly or coordinately. Battling SIBO with different aspects is helpful for patients to reduce their symptoms and re-establish their microbe balance in the gastrointestinal tract.
As naturopathic physicians, we are always willing to spend our time to listen to your story and help you find the cause and the fittest treatment. Naturopathic physicians are trained to apply different interventions based on the therapeutic order. We always begin with using the lowest force intervention and help you establish the foundations of health. We want to help you understand this condition, interpret your test results, look for your prefer treatment, and prevent SIBO from recurrence in your future life.
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