Hello everyone! As you may know I have Colonic Inertia and have been living with this for about 28years (from birth). However in the last year I have developed many food intolerance’s such as gluten, dairy and meat. Last year I went to the hospital complaint of pain in my abdomen feeling bloated and experiencing extreme menstrual pains. They performed an Transvaginal ultrasound to see if it was to do with my ovaries, anyway sure enough they found a ovarian cyst…or was it? They decided to put me on the pill and they told me it would go away on its own. Anyway to cut a long story short I ended up with the pain again about 2 months later, so I went back to a different hospital unconvinced that it was an ovarian cyst. I had another Transvaginal ultrasound and he told me that everything looked normal and there was no sign of any cyst. He then told me you have a very inflamed bowel and this is what is causing pressure on all other organs. He said I think your bowel is producing a methane gas which is resulting in the inflammation and pain. So he advised me to stay away from meat, but fish would be OK. So this is what I did, and so far so good.
Fast-forward to now and I’m down to a liquid diet of just veg and fruit, I can’t stomach the slightest dairy, any wheat products or meat. As I was on the Liquid diet I was concerned that I would not be getting enough complete protein (found in lean meat) and I’m not a big fish eater (the texture is yucky for me). So I incorporated 13g whey isolate protein powder into my morning smoothie for about 3 days, until I later found out it contained a small amount of dairy (lots of bloating and diarrhoea), so I switched to 13g Soy Protein, and guess what major constipation after 3 days.
Anyhow, my question is why am I getting so may intolerance’s and why can’t I process fibre or protein. I remember reading somewhere that methane gas can cause slow motility of the bowel and that methane is produced due to bad bacteria in the small intestine, which is called SIBO (Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). All the symptoms seem to match mine and I though, well, lets give it a shot!
The test is very easy, it is a breath test which lasts 2 hours and it tests to see whether I will have any methane gas in my breath, due to the digestion of carbohydrates.
Well, today I went to see one of the best Gastroenterologist in Bangkok, at a private hospital. He seemed very interested and agreed that it did sound like SIBO and that I will need the breath test, anorectal manometry and a Colonoscopy, to test the workings of my colon. I also need another Stiz-marker test which I have to back for tomorrow to test the motility time of my bowel.
So, all -in-all, quite positive I think, other than I still need to go to the loo, but hopefully if I can get to the root of the problem I may be able to manage it on my own.
I’ll keep you all posted! Wish me luck :)