Now that we have an understanding of how I created the perfect environment in part one. Part two is all about getting diagnosed and what I did to heal. Keep in mind that the protocol for SIBO I used may not work for you.
It wasn’t until after I graduated from college that I saw my nurse practitioner. I honestly wish I went beforehand as the stress I experienced before graduation set me up for a flare-up. Feeling bloated and constipated during graduation is rough, to say the least.
I went to the Northampton Integrative Center, which I highly recommend if you live in Western Massachusetts. This is where I had all of my testing done. The tests I had done were the:
- 3-Hour Breath Test
- EBV Antibody Panel
- EBV Antigen (IgG)
- Thyroid Antibodies
- Food Sensitivity Panel (IgE and IgG)
I recommend going to an integrative center as insurance may be more likely to partially cover the tests. Plus, you can have a physician explain your results.
Based on all of the tests above, I wasn’t too surprised to see I had multiple infections going on. I’ll break down my results below.
3-Hour Breath Test
Getting diagnosed with SIBO was a shock to absolutely no one. I had all the classic symptoms (especially the awful gas). I had my test done by Genova Diagnostic, in which you can order a test online at DirectLabs. My results were:
- Hydrogen Levels – 7ppm (the goal is < 20ppm)
- Methane Levels – 40ppm (the goal is <10ppm)
I had no symptoms when I was doing the test. However, when I had a meal right after I experience major bloating.
EBV Antibody Panel
I had this done by Quest Diagnostic, which was very convenient as the results are right online. Plus if your physician requests it then health insurance is more opt to cover a portion of it. The test evaluates 3 different levels of Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV): VCA IgM, VCA IgG, and EDNA IgG. My results looked like:
- VCA IgM – <36.00 (negative)
- VCA IgG – 198.00 (very positive)
- EDNA IgG- >600.00 (very positive)
What this means is that I had a previous infection with the virus. In which EBV is a chronic condition as it stays in the body. However, if you experience an Epstein Barr virus relapse there’s a way to reduce symptoms. Source: Here
EBV Early Antigen IgG
What this looks for is antigens for the virus. What this indicates is that the immune system had a response to the virus. For me, I had a score of 28.40 which is again very high. And since the EDNA is also positive it indicates being infected in the past.
I contracted the virus back in high school, in which I did go into remission. But between the stress of college and a family death, it triggered a relapse.
What she was looking for in this was to see if there were any antibodies. I had low levels of thyroid antibodies. What this indicated is that my immune system was attacking my thyroid. This does make sense as EBV often like to ingrain itself into organs like the thyroid.
Food Sensitivity Panel
What she was looking for is for two things: IgG and IgE. These are both immune responses to specific foods. The difference is the IgG is the delayed response and the IgE is the immediate response.
This is why when reintroducing foods after elimination to wait a max of 3-days. It can take that much time to see a response to the food. I had no immediate responses to the foods I was tested for. However, I had a boatload of delayed responses. Some of the foods I was reactive to was:
- Penicillium Notatum (mold)
- Green Beans
- Sesame Seeds
- Black Tea
This wasn’t surprising to me at all, especially all the nuts. I was eating so many nuts as that as a caloric dense food for me. However, bu consuming the same foods over and over. The body can build up a tolerance to them. That is why having a wide variety of foods is very important.
the protocol for SIBO (and co-infections)
Once getting all of my diagnoses back, I was able to begin the protocol for SIBO. What is important is the other tests indicate possible root causes. Not only does EPV and thyroid antibodies trigger inflammation, but it also distracts the immune system.
By managing those other conditions I am able to eliminate SIBO for good. SIBO is something you can relapse easily with if you don’t understand the root cause.
All of the supplements were either purchased from FullScripts or Amazon. There is a concern about products on Amazon not being authentic. However, I have never had an issue if I purchased something from Amazon. Now let’s dive into what supplements I took for the protocol for SIBO.
- Dysbiocide and FC Cidal
- Candibactin Ar and Br (2nd round)
- Beta Plus
Leaky Gut – Done after SIBO Protocol
- GI Revive
EBV – Done During and After SIBO Protocol
- Lauric Acid and Wellness Transfer Factor
- Lauricidin (2nd round)
Thyroid Antibodies – During SIBO Protocol
- Low Dose Naltrexone
Summary of the protocol for sibo
What is important is that for the SIBO I did two rounds of the antimicrobials. I also switched up what I used for gut motility (atrantil to iberogast). A lot of finding the best protocol for you is trial and error.
And even adding in some supplements for things like low stomach acid and fat malabsorption. These are all things that can prevent you from healing. I do want to reiterate that these were recommended to me by my nurse practitioner. I always recommended checking with your medical professional before adding something new.
Thank youu so much for reading and in Part 3 it’ll be all about maintaining a sibo-free life and what I am doing now!
**This information is not meant as medical or nutritional advice. Always check with your qualified healthcare professional before incorporating new supplements or nutritional changes into your routine. A Primal Health Coach (PHC) is trained to evaluate nutritional needs and make recommendations for dietary changes and nutritional supplements. A PHC is unable to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease or medical condition. I cannot guarantee any specific result from recommendations as we are all bio-individually different. If you are under the care of a healthcare provider, it is important that you contact them and alert them to any changes in your lifestyle in regards to nutrition and supplements. A health coach may be a beneficial addition to more traditional care, and it may also alter your need for medication, so it is important you always keep your physician informed of changes in your nutritional program.