I hesitate to write this post because I don’t want to be eating my words in a day or two if I get a flare and come to the harsh realization that it’s all coming back. Now I think I know why there’s so few success stories for SIBO. Even the people who get better are too afraid to “jinx” it. We all know we’re susceptible to getting it again, so how do you move on and not allow your life to be ruined, to be paralyzed in fear of eating sugar again or that slice of pizza calling to you from the box in the kitchen. It’s been 4 days since I stopped treatment and I haven’t had any symptoms.
I had my follow up appointment with my doctor today (he does phone appointments, so I took advantage of that). I told him how I felt on the antibiotics, and that I’ve been symptom free since the course ended a few days prior. He told me that usually 6 weeks after the treatment is over, people are feeling their best (if it really did work) since the inflammation finally reduces. I was going to ask about retesting, but he addressed that head-on. He didn’t want us to retest since I’m feeling better, which is the goal anyway. He told me the reasoning is, if it isn’t gone, then we’d do another round, which we would do eventually if my symptoms return anyway. I was then instructed to call him if I feel like I’m relapsing, we can test then and treat it again. If I feel OK, I should follow up with him in 6 weeks (late June, early July). Keep taking the Resolor, and actually increase the dose to 1mg (I’m taking 0.5mg right now to titrate up to the full dose–if I experience abdominal cramping, I should continue with 0.5mg). He also reasoned that since I am feeling better, even if there’s still some overgrowth, the prokinetic (Resolor) should help take care of the rest of it. I’ll keep you SIBO warriors posted on how this all goes. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
In other news, I’m moving this week so I’m living my life out of boxes currently. It’s not my favorite time. Anyone with food sensitivities or SIBO knows that it’s a pain in the ass to move when you have to pack up all your kitchen shit, and yet still cook at home without your normal tools available. I just thank the heavens that I don’t seem to have histamine intolerance, so I was able to meal prep on the weekend as per my usual, and then pack up the majority of my pots, pans, utensils, small appliances, etc. I’m still able to cook up some eggs for breakfast and left out my nonstick pan, so I can also saute veggies. I prepped some very easy meals for this week (taco bowls with cauli-rice, and turkey egg roll in a bowl) so I should be covered. Part of the logistics is of course making sure I’m able to locate my essential cooking utensils quickly once the boxes are at the new place since we plan to cook there from the first day. I haven’t yet ventured into the world of dining out with a million food intolerances and I’m not quite ready to start just yet, especially with SIBO remission as a real possibility. I’m not sure when the fear goes away–fear of food, fear of relapse, and even fear of actually being better and not knowing how long it will last–but I’ll let you guys know.