I have the same problem, Angor; I suspect that I have SIBO but even though there is a test for it(the HBT) I doubt the doctors here know much about it or would be bothered to use resources to get me that test. I mean just because I’m bloated and suffering doesn’t mean I’m going to die from it, right? So there’s no reason to do anything about it! I was so unwell a couple of weeks ago that I considered to book an appointment with my general practitioner in order to bring him my research and request the test. In the end I didn’t dare to even try as I would have been so frustrated if he, once again, would have just looked at my belly that looks 6 months pregnant and said “well, weight gain around abdomen is completely normal when you get older!” (btw, I’m not that old!)
So I keep researching about this and while I do think something like SIBO can and does exist, the more important question is: what causes it? It is not normal so something else must be wrong to create this situation. I’ve read that the common treatment is taking antibiotics to kill the bacterial overgrowth and it can be very effective. However for most the problem returns some 6 months later. Even though I would love nothing more than the resolve this problem, do I really want to keep on taking antibiotics every six months for the rest of my life to keep this at bay?
So what causes it? And if I can find out what causes it I can hopefully address this and solve the problem without nuking my insides. In my earch I’ve settled for lowered metabolism as the cause; this can lower transit time and then it is possible that stuff stays in there too long, and that the valve between small intestine and colon won’t work properly either. Since I don’t even have the option of getting this diagnosed my best bet is now to keep on increasing my metabolism to see if over time this might help.
I got really scared of taking probiotics when it made me extremely bloated. I had to consider the possibility that by taking them orally, (and perhaps due to a slower transit time, who knows?) I ended up introducing too much of this stuff in the small intestine? This suspicion has gotten me to wonder about the probiotic enemas too; for me it would be less scary to get that stuff straight into where it is supposed to end up.
So if anyone has any info or experiences, I’d like to hear about it as well.