If you have a history of chronic constipation, bloating, hypochlorhydria or maldigestion, you may benefit from testing for bacterial overgrowth of the small intestine, SIBO.
Without proper testing, SIBO can be misdiagnosed as IBS. SIBO can occur on its own or may also be related to other conditions such as infection, Lyme, Candida, autoimmune disease, Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis. Because of this, it’s important to first identitySIBO, locate its cause, and then find an effective treatment.
Seeking to get to the root cause of digestive concerns, the Functional Medicine team at Aligned Modern Health offers a full range of diagnostic testing, including SIBO testing in Chicago. If overgrowth is detected after testing changes in diet, digestive support, or probiotic and antimicrobial remedies may be used to treat SIBO.
What is SIBO?
Small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a common gastrointestinal disorder that often underlies chronic gastrointestinal symptoms of maldigestion and malabsorption, including bloating, gas, diarrhea, irregularity and abdominal pain, and the inability to tolerate sweet or starchy foods, fiber or friendly flora supplements. A commonly diagnosed gastrointestinal disorder included in the SIBO family is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and the SIBO test can aid in identifying a potential cause of IBS. Hydrogen breath testing suggests that 50 to 75 percent of patients with IBS have SIBO. Other causes of SIBO can include Crohn’s Disease, adhesions, radiation damage and lymphoma.
Testing for SIBO
Working with a Functional Medicine doctor at Aligned Modern Health can help you learn how to identify and treat SIBO. Your doctor will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan that gets to the root cause of your complaints.
Testing is imperative for those who may be suffering from SIBO, because clinical signs may be tough to read without further knowledge. Bacterial overgrowth can manifest slowly over time, and successful eradication after proper diagnosis can help with reduction of bloating, gas, diarrhea and abdominal pain. If untested, SIBO can lead to more serious health issues such as malnutrition and weight loss, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis and more.
If have questions about SIBO and your digestive health, our Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition team is ready to help you at several convenient locations in Chicago and surrounding suburbs. Request an appointment or free consultation, below.
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