I got my results from the bacterial overgrowth test

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   Posted 6/19/2009 4:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone just coming through to let you all know that I got my results for the bacterial overgrowth test that I took.The results came back normal negative for any kind of bad bacteria that should not be in my small intestine.I wanted to breakdown and scream at the top of my lungs,it hit me that I just have to accept that I have IBS C&D.How am I going to learn how to deal and live with this?,how do I get a social life again? I'm not giving up I'm going to try taking Digestive Advantage IBS.I realized that it's just a probiotic who knows,I'm staying strong and just trying to not think so negatively at all anymore.Wishing you all good stomach and digestive health and sending all my love and things will get better have faith. :-)

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   Posted 6/20/2009 9:06 AM (GMT -7)   
sad   That sucks. Let me know how the probiotics go. 

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   Posted 6/20/2009 6:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had IBS-D for 27 years and it is no better. I don't even have to eat, to have an 'issue'. So tell me, what do they do to see if you have an over growth of bacteria? I started taking Digestive Advantage three weeks ago. I'm only taking one a day, but it says some people might have to take two. I think my next box, I'll try two pills.

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   Posted 6/21/2009 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I took the same brand. I did take two tablets a day and finished a bottle that way, but I didn't notice much difference. My trial would have been more intensive because of the double dose, but shorter. Has there been any indication that it's helping you? Maybe I should persist.

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   Posted 6/21/2009 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Tiedinknots, I don't know how long the bottle lasted you, but it's a pretty good rule of thumb that you need to give probiotics a month to take full effect.  If you took them for a month and saw no change, then you're not likely to get any change.  Continuing to take them won't hurt you, but most people would prefer to give up the cost.  Although, if you can tolerate dairy, acidophillus milk and/or yogurt are both good ways to get some probiotics into your diet every day without spending a lot of money.  The pill form is definitely something you should consider taking, though, when you have to be on antibiotics.  Antibiotics tear me up (worse than usual) if I don't take probiotics. 
Stilltiredofit51, a bacteria overgrowth test is really easy; they make you breathe into a machine, like a breathalyzer test.  If you are breathing out gases that you shouldn't be, or in quantities that aren't normal, then they know there's something in there that shouldn't be, because bad bacteria farts gases which are not normally produced by the guts. 

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   Posted 6/21/2009 6:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I had to try 3 brands of probiotics before I found the one that worked for me. I now use Primadophilus Reuteri by Nature's Way.

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   Posted 6/22/2009 5:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Keriamon, I don't think the bottle lasted a month. No, dairy really hurts sad   But thankyou for the suggestion.
Maybe I'll see what the gastroenterologist says when I get an appointment, because it's $30 for a titchy bottle, but at least I know now what sort of time frame to expect changes by if a probiotic is going to work.
I hope they work for you, stilltiredofit51.

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   Posted 6/22/2009 5:38 AM (GMT -7)   
jt80 - I wanted to scream outloud for you as well. I can well imagine how frustrated you feel.

I just came home from a 4 day family trip, 5 hours away, car trip, we went to a state run lodge on a large lake. Did a lot of boating. I implemented my travel plan (eat well the day before leaving, eat light the day of travel, eat light before going on the boat, etc.).

I did great!

I just made sure I had one cup of Stonyfield organic vanilla flavored yogurt an hour before bedtime, along with 1 capsule Primadophilus Bifidus by Nature's Way (keep chilled) and 1 capsule Colace, 50 mg. I've determined that these 3 help me the most if I take them between the times I've eaten dinner and before bedtime. All 3 seem to do their jobs on my GI tract as I sleep. Compared to taking all 3 during the day, for example.

We ate out at restaurants and even a few buffet meals at the park's lodge restaurant (which left a lot to be desired, each time I ate there, I chose items I thought were the plainest and safest for me).

You can find both Stonyfield and the Prim. Nature's Way pills in the chilled section of your grocery's health food section. My local Kroger store carries both, but you need to look in that section, not the regular yogurt section. Although in the regular yogurt section you can sometimes find Stonyfield in large sized tubs. Not individual yogurt sized containers.

But again, this is what works for me. What works for one of us, may not work for another.
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening

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