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   Posted 6/12/2009 11:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all just found this site tonight and thought I would see if anyone may be able to help.
Back in 2000 my stomach started to hurt, had nausea,pressure,bloating and distention after lots of testing I was told I have IBS,and GERD as the years passed this only got worse I then went back and was told gull bladder need to be removed then came the fullness even if I have not eaten anything all day I felt full like I had just finished with thanksgiving dinner there was pain pushing out and up like being pregnant and having the baby under your rib cage was really bad on my left side almost like I could feel my large intestine bloated and rolling up under my rib cage I then went in for yet more testing and was told I have small bowel bacteria overgrowth on top of IBS i was so bloated I looked like i was 9 months pregnant and felt terrible I cant eat etc and had this white stuff on the back of my tongue mind you this has been ongoing since 2000 my doctor put me on flagyl 500mg 3x a day with augmentin 875/125mg 3x a day this was working and I was feeling great everything was going back to normal which I had not had for 9 years I then called her as I was done with meds and said I do not feel it is gone yet but we are getting there and felt I needed another round of meds the doc said nope and to come see her in 3 weeks after one and a half weeks everything started coming back just as bad as before by the 3 week i was almost back to where i started so then another round of those meds were then given to which there was no improvement this time around so now I am on flagyl for a month and Xifaxan 200mgs 2x a day for 10 days this is the 4th day on these meds and I have only noticed a small change nothing big like when she first started all this I am so upset and feel bad I guess I just dont understand why she did not continue what was working when it was and what is going on now why I am not getting any relief yet I do also have lupus sle and fibro however my doc said this has nothing to do with it I am just at a loss and wondered if anyone else has had this problem or any ideas as to what could help sad I cant really eat anything and am so over feeling like this its bad enough to deal with the lupus and fibro without this added to it I would love any ideas or info ...thank you all for your time.

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   Posted 6/13/2009 11:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Bad bacteria is hard to get rid of, and often requires a long regimen of antibiotics. But doctors are growing cautious of using too many antibiotics, because of antibiotic-resistent diseases on the rise. At the same time, stopping before everything was gone could mean that what survived in there is now more resistent to anything you're taking--thus why you're not improving as well. It can take even longer to clear them out.

Something you should be doing while on antibiotics, and especially given your situation, is taking probiotics. Probiotics are good bacteria. There's only so much room in your guts for bacteria to live, and if you populate your guts with good bacteria, then the bad bacteria won't have room to spread back out and take over. Culturelle and Digestive Advantage are the two most common and easily-found probiotics on the market; you can find them in any regular drug store in the bowel products section. Personally--if this were me--I'd take a double dose of the Culturelle every day I'm on the probiotics. I think it's stronger than the Digestive Advantage. Probiotics are not harmful, so you can't overdose on them (although you can get gas problems when you first start in on them, the same as when you start a fiber regimen). I read one doctor's article on probiotics some time ago, and he had people on massive amounts of probiotics while they were on antibiotics for any reason, so a double dose of Culturelle won't hurt anything (and, actually, the insert tells you to take two to start with anyways).

I'd take two a day while on the probiotics, and then I'd continue with one a day for at least a month after I get off the antibiotics. Antibiotics kill all bacteria. Probiotics put the good stuff back in. It's kind of like bulldozing a bunch of slums and derelict buildings and then moving in some good citizens who rebuild a nice city.

Also, if you consume any dairy products, get acidophillus milk and eat yogurt. Acidophillus is a type of probiotic. There's not enough in the milk alone to help someone with your serious a case, but it be an added weapon in your fight. It's also something that will help you maintain once you get off the protiotics in the pill form. Yogurt has some other bacteria in it, which can also work as a maintenance drug. I recommend the Greek yogurt, Fage, or Stoneyfield Organic (Stoneyfield is easier to find in your average grocery store). They both have more bacteria in them than the cheaper brands, and they have different strands. The more different strands you have, the better your chances of finding something that gets in there and sticks. Activia is also an option, and should be available everywhere.
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