bacterial overgrowth

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tigerpawn
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   Posted 4/29/2010 9:27 AM (GMT -7)   
how do they test for that.
thanx barry

HabsHockeyFan
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   Posted 4/29/2010 9:54 AM (GMT -7)   

I'm actually getting tested for this next Monday.  I have 12 hours of fasting prior.  Then at my GI's office they give me a sucrose liquid to drink, then you breathe into something and they measure your bacterial levels.  Then if they are not too high, they have you do this either every 15 minutes or every 30 minutes (sorry directions are at home) and test your breath each time.

My GI said that based on all of my symptom descriptions he thinks I have this.  If You have a bacterial overgrowth it usually shows up in the first or second breath test he said.

 

His plan is to put me on a week of antibiotics, then 3 weeks off, then a week on, etc etc


Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
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MMMNAVY
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   Posted 4/29/2010 10:18 AM (GMT -7)   
it is called a Hydrogen breath test.
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Nanners
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   Posted 4/29/2010 10:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had 2 resections and because of that I develope them pretty easily. I have never been tested, but the breath test described above is the general gold standard. My GI just goes by my symptoms. And he's always right as the treatment works in no time for me. Good luck!
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CrohnieToo
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   Posted 4/29/2010 12:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Me too, Nanners. We've alternated Tetracycline and Amoxicillin the first 10 days of the month.
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What A Life
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   Posted 4/29/2010 1:06 PM (GMT -7)   
What type of symptoms are related to bacterial overgrowth?
28 Y/O Male DXed Crohns in 2000.
Fistulotomy/Fistulectomy 2001
Been on many meds including Remicade.
Asacol and Pentasa on a when-needed basis as of recent
Current regimen: Diet and Exercise.


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 4/29/2010 1:21 PM (GMT -7)   
worsening of crohns...:)
I know real techie answer there, but it is actually true.
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CrohnieToo
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   Posted 4/29/2010 2:51 PM (GMT -7)   
For me it was bloating, the queasies or nausea, lotsa gas.
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Joie1
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   Posted 4/29/2010 2:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Huh...a test they didn't put me through. Why DON'T you see that test more often if it offers proof of more active Crohns instead of all the much more invasive and fun fun tests?!
27/f
Allergies and Asthma my whole life: OTC Wal-Zyr D 12-hour
Depression after surgeries and illness of 2003.
Crohns Dx'd: February 2008: Pentasa
Fibromyalgia Dx'd: July 21, 2009: Lyrica, Cymbalta, Hydrocodone, Prenatal Vitamin

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