SIBO-IBS is a disease that affects the gastrointestinal tract. The main symptoms of SIBO overlap with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Studies have shown that SIBO exists in 84% of patients who get an IBS diagnosis and therefore we know that it is a contributing factor to the disease. SIBO is also associated with many other disorders as a secondary effect of a pre-existing disease or an underlying cause.
It is important to remember that people who have SIBO usually experience pretty severe gastrointestinal symptoms to the point where they have a big impact on their quality of life. They are not the occasional episodes of gas or diarrhea. When someone has SIBO symptoms they are usually chronic and very noticeable to the point where there is suffering and social isolation for prolonged periods of time.
Below are the following symptoms associated with SIBO:
Alternating constipation and diarrhea
Respiratory symptoms (like asthma)
Steatorrhea (fatty stools)
Weight loss or gain
Incomplete bowel movements
Slow movement of digestion
Urgent bowel movements
How SIBO Sufferers Describe Symptoms:
“My body and intestines feel tight”
“I feel full but I haven’t even eaten that much”
“I feel so bloated”
“I would rather just stay in and make some of my own food”
“My body is shot I need to relax and get some sleep”
“Even after I poop I don’t feel clear”
“My stools have gotten nasty and unformed”
“Dang, I’ve got some bad gas this sucks”
“Mornings are tough my gut feels so sensitive”
“Wow, I need to sit on the toilet I feel diarrhea coming on”
“When my gut is bad I also have trouble breathing”
“Feels like my food just sits in my stomach and doesn’t digest”
“I always burp after I eat food”
“It feels like I have to go to the bathroom even when I just went”
“Traveling is a challenge with my symptoms”
“Man I would be a genius if my brain was clear all the time”
“I just can’t eat that because my stomach will blow up”
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Restless Leg Syndrome
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
If you have severe gastrointestinal symptoms that seem like the typical Irritable Bowel symptoms or if you have symptoms of a disease that is associated with SIBO and are experiencing digestive symptoms as well, consider SIBO.
I would say personally that the most noticeable symptoms associated with SIBO in my experience are excessive bloating, gas, and dramatically altered bowel movements where the symptoms are unbearable and make it hard to be around people or attend events. If you are experiencing these symptoms educate yourself about breath testing options, how to treat it, and seek medical help from an expert.
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