There is no doubt in my mind that SIBO is at the root of my current health crisis. This blog post will break down the different conditions that I am suffering from to try to make sense of it for both myself and others. I am hoping that anyone who has had similar experiences can comment below so that we can learn from each other!
Conditions for which I have been officially diagnosed (in chronological order):
1) IBS (which is what I believe doctors diagnose you with when they really don’t know what is causing you to have digestive discomfort)
2) SIBO- constipation, bloating, abdominal pain, flatulence- this is what is causing everything else
3) Leaky gut- manifests as seasonal allergies & multiple food intolerances
4) Adrenal fatigue- tired all the time, hormonal imbalance, amenorrhea, low thyroid (free T3) on blood test, inability to handle minor stressors
5) Excessive stress on the kidneys- Lab work results May 2014: Urea Nitrogen (BUN) = 32 H (normal is 7-25mg/dL); BUN/Creatinine Ratio = 38 H (normal is 6-22); Albumin = 5.4 H (normal is 3.6-5.1g/dL). I had these levels retested July 2014 (two months after original lab work) and although they had gone down and were no longer in the “out of range” column, they were still on the high end of the “normal” spectrum. My nutritionist recommended supplementing with a kidney support.
Additional conditions I am looking into based on my current symptoms:
1) Chronic fatigue syndrome– I literally feel exhausted ALL THE TIME even though I get 8-10 hours of sleep every night. There have even been days where I take a one or two hour nap and can still go to sleep at 9 PM after getting up at 6 or 7 AM. This has been going on for about two months. I also have a really difficult time concentrating, especially in the afternoons and evenings. At times, it doesn’t even feel safe for me to be driving. (These symptoms could also very likely be caused by my low free T3 levels because when I started taking a supplement called Metabollic Complex which contains thyroid tissue, my energy levels improved by 75%)
Read this article for an explanation of why chronic fatigue syndrome is related to SIBO.
Please share your experiences below!