Magda wrote:The Brain, you are right, when I was on the elements diet there was no real food allowed almost at all! but when I was taking the antimicrobials for 3 months, I was not on any diet! No food restrictions, I was eating everything except gluten dairy and eggs- I am sensitive to those groups. I felt amazing on the antimicrobial treatment! but like you probably already know, that treatment was quite expensive. Is your doctor considering using xifaxan (rifaximin) at all?
I am a big tester, if you do not test you simply guess, to that point I just did G.I. MAP test, and I have discovered that I am a host to a nasty parasite! YUK! I hope, thought, that I am getting close to improving and balancing my gut's health! How much of different invasions can one person take!!
BTW no other stool tests, I have done so far has discovered what GI Map have found! Interesting right... (Just FYI for the readers: stool tests do not look for SIBO. SIBO is only diagnose via a breath test).
I am not on the treatment yet. If you have any tips or resources on parasite elimination (probably depends on the type of a parasite) you can share with me please let me know.
I just realized I never responded to your reply. I’m now on Day 6 (or Day7?) of Rifaximin. That is REALLY working. Previously, I did two rounds of various herbal antimicrobials, and they were helping with symptoms of insomnia, mental fatigue, memory, and GERD/gastritis. However, the constipation wasn’t budging. The Rifamimin is busting through that. I’ve gone from taking 1600 mg magnesium citrate per day to NO magnesium. (Later, I’ll add some magnesium back in because I know how common deficiencies are.) Never before did I have that sulfur smell associated with hydrogen sulfide SIBO in my stool. Now it’s quite strong. I’ll be on Rifaximin for 14 days. My primary insurance brought the cost down from around $2K to $625 or so. Fortunately, I have a secondary that will reimburse me for that. I was given an extra month in my virtual GI Restoration program at no extra cost. Presumably, I’ll begin the gut-healing phase after I finish Rifaximin. I look forward to reintroducing high-sulfur foods.
I’m amazed you didn’t remove any high-sulfur foods during your eradication phase. But obviously, your protocol worked!
Thanks for telling me about the G.I.Map test. If I continue to have issues, I’ll look into that. I’m sorry to hear you have/had a parasite. I don’t have any experience with treating parasites. Based on testing I’ve done, no parasite has ever been found, but I’ve heard that parasite testing is notorious for missing those buggers. It sounds like the G.I. Map test is the way to go for that.
Have you begun parasite treatment? If so, how’s it going?