Are you tired of living with Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth? Desperate to try any and everything to get better and get your life back?
I remember being there.
There was a time when I wanted to die.
When I hated meal times because any time I tried to eat, I got SO sick and uncomfortable.
I felt like no one really understood what I was going through besides other people on Facebook who were as sick and sad as I was and I just didn’t really see a way out.
I went through herbal antibiotics, an elemental diet, and still… I didn’t feel better.
Then, I started seeing an F-DNP. I told her how frustrated I was with this process and how over SIBO I was. She told me something that forever changed the way I looked at not just SIBO, but health in general.
She told me the way we were going to get rid of my SIBO… was by ignoring it!
And I don’t mean pretending it was not there (because believe me the bloating and nausea was so debilitating, I ended up losing a job over it). But she helped me understand that SIBO in and of itself is NOT a diagnosis.
That there was actually a reason, or a root cause, behind the state that my gut was in and by tabling SIBO and going deeper, we could address other issues that would resolve the SIBO naturally.
(And I can tell you this worked because I’m SIBO free today.)
I so often see so many SIBO patients going through their 7th, 8th, or 9th round of herbal antibiotics. Or they’re on their third round of an elemental diet.
And maybe they’ve beaten it.
But it keeps coming back.
And that’s just no way to live.
You can’t keep putting bandaids on your problems and expect to feel great or be healthy again. I’m not telling anyone not to try a SIBO treatment (there’s LOTS of science to back those treatments up), but what I’m saying is if it’s 6 months or a year later and you’re still doing them… maybe talk to your doctor about trying something else.
You’re your biggest health advocate. No one else can do this for you.
If you can get to your root cause, that’s how you win.
Not sure where to start? Here’s what I’d suggest.
- Find a doctor you trust. I believe if you truly want to heal, you need someone on your health team who is a functional or holistic health professional. This might mean having to pay out of pocket (it probably will), but if you want results, it’s worth the investment. Don’t know where to find one? Use this search database to find one in your area.
- Test, don’t guess. A good doctor will run tests to find out on a deeper level what’s going on with you. Usually that could look like bloodwork, a stool test, a GI-Map, HTMA (Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis), or Hormone Panels. This is important. It’ll give you actual data so you’ll know how to move forward and what needs to be treated.
- Stay encouraged! Healing is not linear. That means there’s not an upward trajectory path where you feel better and better everyday. You feel better one day, worse than ever the next, and okay the day after. It’s like life. It could take months or years to heal from the things going on because it probably took you years to get sick. There’s no magic bullet for anything. Anything worth doing takes hard work and sacrifice. Stick with it!