Minnesota SIBO Doctor
Is SIBO the Cause of Your Fibro or FLC Syndrome?
Do your exams and conventional lab tests keep coming back normal? Yet you suffer with chronic symptoms, you ache all over at times with physical and mental fatigue, you have mood issues and brain fog and you’re noticing multiple health issues especially digestive problems. Possibly you have been given the worthless diagnosis of fibromyalgia and then handed a prescription for Cymbalta or a Lyrica. When your doctor tells you have fibromyalgia he or she is just telling you in Latin what you told them in English, Fibro for tissues, mya for muscles and -algia for hurt all over. A diagnosis of fibromyalgia and telling you that your nerves are hyperactive brings you no closer to finding out the underlying cause and correction of your health problems. What ever you call it there are no drugs that can heal this devastating syndrome. You have to get to the underlying cause and correct it with proper dietary and nutritional intervention.
The primary underlying cause of these symptoms is usually related to chronic systemic inflammation which ends up causing you to feel achy and fatigued. Your G.I. tract can play a major role in this body wide inflammation, because 70% of your immune system resides within your gastrointestinal tract lining. Research is showing that an imbalance or overgrowth of small intestine bacteria, called SIBO, is a major contributing factor chronic systemic inflammation and FLC syndrome. SIBO is best understood as ‘an over abundance of non-acute non-infectious GI microorganisms and/or a lack of beneficial bacteria, adversely affecting the human host’. SIBO is also understood to be an underlying cause of many functional digestive disorders such as: GERD, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease and colitis.
Some of the bacteria found in SIBO can produce toxins that damage the lining of the small intestine causing you multiple G.I. symptoms. This damage can also prevent your small intestine from absorbing the nutrients you need leading to multiple health issues as found in FLC syndrome. Furthermore, these toxins can damage the “glue” that holds the intestinal cells to each other leading to what has been called and “Leaky Gut Syndrome”. With leaky gut foreign molecules like toxins, microbes, undigested food particles, can escape from your small intestines. With 70% of your immune system in your G.I. lining it has ample opportunity to mark these “foreign invaders" as pathogens and attacks them. This immune response will cause systemic inflammation leading to FLC syndrome. This leaking through of undigested foods particles that your immune system reacts to is also a primary cause of food allergy and food sensitivity reactions. The list of symptoms caused by food allergies and food sensitivities is endless but most of them add up to “feeling like crap” or FLC syndrome.
There are some basic signs of SIBO: gas, bloating, abdominal pain or cramping, diarrhea or constipation, irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease, G.I. food intolerances (e.g. gluten, casein, lactose, and fructose), malabsorption with vitamins and minerals deficiencies, fat malabsorption, and chronic illnesses such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, neuromuscular disorders and autoimmune diseases.
If you have any of the above symptoms or chronic pain and fatigue and SIBO has not been found, it may be that no one has been looking for it! It is easy enough to find, if you take a good history and run the proper laboratory tests, such as Genova Diagnostics urinary organic acid profile with SIBO markers and Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA).
Tired of taking drugs for your Fibro or FLC Syndrome with all their side effects? Confused because you have been told your tests are normal but all your symptoms tell you different? If you answered yes to any of these questions it is vital that you give my clinic a call for a FREE Consultation. I will explain the role SIBO plays in your health, how it is diagnosed and how it can be corrected during the consultation.
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About Dr. Greg Fors
Dr. Fors is a 1982 graduate of Northwestern College of Chiropractic, a Board-certified Neurologist, nationally certified in acupuncture and certified in Applied Herbal Sciences. He is a recognized expert in the field of chronic pain and brain health and lectures internationally. He is the clinic director of Pain & Brain Healing Center in Blaine, Minnesota.