Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth Mimics Acute Crohn's Flare

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CrohnieToo
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   Posted 8/7/2009 7:23 AM (GMT -7)   
 
CD patients may experience malabsorption and report symptoms such as weight loss, watery diarrhea, meteorism, flatulence and abdominal pain, mimicking acute flare caused by bacterial overgrowth in the intestine.
 
Evaluation for SIBO with the Hydrogen Glucose Breath Test (HGBT) can be useful in determining if SIBO is the culprit rather than an acute disease flare.
 
SIBO was significantly more frequent in patients with partial resection of the colon or multiple intestinal surgeries; there was also a clear trend in patients with ileocecal resection.
 
SIBO represents a frequently ignored yet clinically relevant complication in CD, often mimicking acute flare.


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Sunaddict
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   Posted 8/7/2009 11:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Funny you mention this. Every 2 months on the dot it seems. I end up in the hospital with a flar. However my blood test are saying it isn't. But I'm always feeling nauseaed after I eat. Always diarrhea everyday 3-5 times a day. My blood test have never shown a flar up. That is why it took 10 years to figure out I actually had crohn's. They finaly did a scope this is how they found the crohn's. But I haven't done one in 5 years. Maybe my problem is actually bactira thats acting like flar ups. I'm going to write this down and bring it to my next visit( only spet 2)
Thanks for the info!
25 year old woman. Crohn's all my life but diagnosed at age 18.Been on prednisone 8 times. which they will not give me anymore(doesn't work for me)I am on Prevacide for the ulcers I get in the stomach,pantesa. I've been on and off imuran,entocort,number of others I can think of. I have cronh's in the small bowel,colon,stomach. Since Nov 08 I've been suffering from RA which is just as bad as CD. haven't been able to work for the last 2 years. Awaiting to start Humira since being on Remicade for 1 year 4 months that no longer works.Now on Humira and back on Imuran as well.RA pains all gone!


Keeper
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   Posted 8/7/2009 4:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I wonder if it might not be a good idea to make a sticky that lists complications of Crohn's or similar conditions. There are always people coming here that have had poor results with their doctors getting a proper diagnosis or getting treatment that addresses their symptoms. A couple of people have had common complaints that were being ignored even with a diagnosis of Crohn's - like Crohn's spondyloarthropathy or eye, skin or stomach problems. It might be a useful resource to have links that do not just vanish as time goes by.

Sunaddict
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   Posted 8/7/2009 5:04 PM (GMT -7)   
great idea!!

25 year old woman. Crohn's all my life but diagnosed at age 18.Been on prednisone 8 times. which they will not give me anymore(doesn't work for me)I am on Prevacide for the ulcers I get in the stomach,pantesa. I've been on and off imuran,entocort,number of others I can think of. I have cronh's in the small bowel,colon,stomach. Since Nov 08 I've been suffering from RA which is just as bad as CD. haven't been able to work for the last 2 years. Awaiting to start Humira since being on Remicade for 1 year 4 months that no longer works.Now on Humira and back on Imuran as well.RA pains all gone!


bdollproject
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   Posted 8/11/2009 4:02 PM (GMT -7)   
How do they treat SIBO?
http://www.ei-resource.org/treatment-options/treatment-information/antibacterial-treatment/

So eating Activia could theoretically solve this problem? Very interesting indeed!
 
 
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Sunaddict
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   Posted 8/11/2009 4:06 PM (GMT -7)   

Well the way I read it, but I could be wrong (happens allot) they are to take a breath test!

but on only thread someone recently went to the hospital, thinking the possiblity it could be a blockage. It turned out to be SIBO but they gavethat person a CTscan and a blood test. So I'm not sure!!

My question is, why are they not figuring out whats with me, since I end up in the hospital a min of every 2 months, but blood test show no flare, weird. scan and x-rays say the same thing (nothing) But it can't be nothing if I have flars so often.

 

 


Tracy from Montreal,Diagnosed with CD at age 18 but went undiagnosed for 10 years. 17 years with CD
Remicade for 1 year 4 months. Caused remi induced RA, crippled for 8 months
on humira, working for RA but CD is getting worse everyday,been on humira only 4 weeks
Pantasa 8 tabs a day
Provacede 1 daily for the ulcer's
Imuran 1 and half tabs (50mg)
Previous meds: Pantoloc
                         Predizone, tapered down from 10 pills 8 different times.(horrible side effects)
                         Lots more,list is way to long.
Unable to work last 2 years and counting. Hoping to get my life back soon. Minimum visit's to the ER is every 2 months, to stablize me and send me home. Been 5 years since my last colonoscopy.
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