SIBO Testing in Chicago


SIBO Testing in Chicago

If you have a history or current condition of chronic constipation, bloating, hypochlorhydria or maldigestion, you may benefit from testing for bacterial overgrowth of the small intestine, SIBO.

Without proper testing, SIBO can be misdiagnosed as IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). SIBO can occur on its own or may also be related to other conditions such as infections, Lyme disease, Candida, autoimmune disease, Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis. Because of this, it’s important to first identity SIBO, locate its cause, and then find an effective treatment.

Seeking to get to the root cause of digestive concerns, the Functional Medicine team at Chicago Natural Health Care offers a full range of diagnostic testing, including SIBO testing in Chicago. If overgrowth is detected after testing changes in diet, digestive support, or probiotic and antimicrobial remedies may be used to treat SIBO. Our functional medicine doctors are trained in helping patients recover from SIBO, small intestine bacterial overgrowth in Chicago, IL.

What is SIBO?

Small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a common gastrointestinal disorder that often underlies chronic gastrointestinal symptoms of maldigestion and malabsorption, including bloating, gas, diarrhea, irregularity and abdominal pain, and the inability to tolerate sweet or starchy foods, fiber or friendly flora supplements such as probiotics. A commonly diagnosed gastrointestinal disorder included in the SIBO family is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and the SIBO test can aid in identifying a potential cause of IBS. Hydrogen breath testing suggests that 50 to 75 percent of patients with IBS have SIBO. Other causes of SIBO can include Crohn’s Disease, adhesions, radiation damage and lymphoma among others.

Testing for SIBO

Working with a Functional Medicine doctor at Chicago Natural Health Care can help you learn how to identify and treat SIBO. Your doctor will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan that gets to the root cause of your complaints.

Testing is imperative and crucial for those who may be suffering from SIBO, because clinical signs may be tough to read without further knowledge. Bacterial overgrowth can manifest slowly over time, and successful eradication after proper diagnosis can help with the reduction of bloating, gas, diarrhea and abdominal pain. If untested, SIBO can lead to more serious health issues such as malnutrition and weight loss, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis and many more.


SIBO Treatment Traditional Medicine and Functional Medicine

The current treatment for a SIBO is an antibiotic called Rifaximin. Some other antibiotics used are metronidazole and neomycin. People usually have to go on multiple rounds, and this can lead to a barren gut and digestive issues down the road. As all bacterial populations diminish, the mucosal layer starts to lose its integrity. Think of it as a field with no grass in the rain, the dirt starts to wash away. Sometimes a person will also be prescribed a pro-kinetic drug to help with motility. These usually consist of drugs that stop the re-uptake of neurotransmitters not being made or utilized correctly such as serotonin. Unfortunately, the reoccurrence rate of this route is over 90%, as the underlying issues mentioned above are not addressed. Our functional medicine experts have other treatments and options for our patients besides medications in order to eradicate the SIBO and help patients fully recover, symptom free. 

If you have questions about SIBO and your digestive health, our Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition team is ready to help you. Request an appointment or free consultation, below, or call us at 773.418.6877.

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