The Signs And Symptoms Of Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth

Do you love food, but find yourself getting bloated after you eat? After you finish eating do you often experience such extreme stomach bloat that you cannot zip up your pants? If you answered yes, find yourself having bloating and/or gas regularly and have noticed a change in your bowel movements, there’s a good chance you could be suffering from SIBO.

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), also known as small bowel bacterial overgrowth syndrome (SBBOS), is when there are an abnormally large number of bacteria present in the small intestine. Bacterial overgrowth can happen when the normal function of the intestine is compromised. This can occur from a multitude of conditions, which cause a decrease in the speed at which the small intestines moves material towards the colon, a lack of adequate stomach acid, or damage to the intestines by ingesting toxins such as alcohol. In addition, intestinal diseases such as celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, achlorhydria, and diverticulitis have also been associated with SIBO.

Worried you may be suffering from small intestinal bacterial overgrowth? Here are some of the signs and symptoms to watch out for:

  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • Excess flatulence or gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Indigestion
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Anal leakage
  • Fat malabsorption
  • Excessive muscle wasting (cachexia)
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Body aches
  • Suffer from vitamin and mineral deficiency’s, such as B12
  • Have food intolerances such as fructose, casein, gluten, and lactose
  • Been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Each of these syndromes by themselves does not necessarily mean you are experiencing SIBO. The symptoms of SIBO tend to be chronic, but if you are experiencing a multitude of these symptoms, that can point to a potential diagnosis. If you believe you could be suffering from SIBO and live in the NYC metro area, contact us to make an appointment for a SIBO breath test.

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