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Experimenting With Treatment

Right now, we’re (my GI and I) experimenting with treatment for small intestine bacterial overgrowth – aka SIBO. I am going to be taking Xifaxan for two weeks, and hopefully the delayed gastric emptying will improve. We’re also going the motility improve.

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He decided to just do the treatment instead of testing first because he didn’t like how many I’ve been thru already, and apparently the SIBO test isn’t very accurate. Xifaxan isn’t supposed to be absorbed into your system much at all, so there really isn’t supposed to be too many side effects, so I decided to just for it. I figure my daily issues are so miserable, I’d rather just try it and hope it’ll help.

So far, I haven’t been too happy: gassy and lots of bathroom trips. My fatigue is also a little wacky, but my period is also poorly timed again. However, my stomach had been marginally better. Hopefully that means it’s been helping.

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7 thoughts on “Experimenting With Treatment

    1. The Xifaxan ended up being free 🙂 (my doctor had a secondary card for me so it covered the rest of what my insurance wouldn’t). Thank goodness, because out of pocket that medication is ridiculous.

      I have a follow up in a few more weeks. After the medication kills off the bacteria, I’m betting I need to wait for the balance in the rest of my digestive tract to return. However, I am already feeling a little bit better. 🙂 So here’s hoping it worked!

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