Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is when an excessive amount of bacteria accumulates in the small intestine. This can cause various digestive problems, such as bloating, gas, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and non-digestive symptoms, like joint pain, skin rashes, and fatigue. While the underlying causes of SIBO are not yet fully understood, the condition is treatable with dietary changes, antibiotics, and other therapies. Dr. Elena Ivanina is a SIBO specialist in NYC.
- Bloating, particularly after meals
- Abdominal pain or discomfort
- Gas and belching
- Diarrhea or constipation, or alternating between the two
- Nutritional deficiencies due to malabsorption
- Joint pain and muscle aches
- Fatigue and weakness
- Skin problems, such as acne, eczema, and rosacea
- Headaches and migraines
- Depression and anxiety
- Brain fog and difficulty concentrating
- Unintended weight loss
- Chronic use of medications that lower stomach acid
- Impaired gut motility
- Previous abdominal surgery that affects gut anatomy or motility
- A weakened immune system due to illness or medication
- Changes in the gut microbiome, such as from antibiotic use
- Intestinal adhesions or obstructions that cause bacteria to accumulate
- Use of feeding tubes
- Poor diet, high in refined carbohydrates and low in fiber
- Aging, as gut function can decline over time.
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