The Mysteries and Underdiagnosis of SIBO

In 2017, shortly after she turned 32, Phoebe Lapine had just spent the previous three years overhauling her health to make up for her ailing thyroid, the result of unchecked Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. She was following a gluten-free diet, drinking kombucha and taking prebiotics, and finally feeling her best when she noticed peculiar gut symptoms starting to rear their head: burping during meals, stomach discomfort, and a bloated belly that simply would not deflate. She turned to a functional doctor who quickly gave her a diagnosis: small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), a gut condition not uncommon for hypothyroid patients. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] Lapine, who lives in New York, had never heard of it, nor had her endocrinologist warned of the possibility of developing it. The diagnosis was a relief: “It’s not all in my head; the bloating is just sticking to my body like an inner tube,” Lapine, now 36, remembers thinking. But treatment proved to be an odyssey in and of itself. It would take six weeks of antimicrobial medicines and another six months of a restricted diet for her digestion to feel normal again, and for the bloat to finally go away. Lapine, a food and health writer and chef, chronicled her SIBO journey and shared SIBO-appropriate recipes on her blog and podcast in early 2018. That’s when she learned how lucky she’d been. “I’ve gotten many, many messages and emails from really sick, desperat...
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