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just getting tired
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jrzgirl1 - February 25

of feeling like crap everyday, it seems that everyday there is a new symptom, I really have had enough of living like this
Has anyone here had the breath tests for bacterial overgrowth and lactose, I am supposed to but postponed them for now, this d and c was a HUGE mistake, I am so stupid as to have had it't with GYN on The 1st, now my entire tongue , mouth and throat are stinging and burning not to mention the yeast?? infection


Fantod - February 25

What is the hydrogen breath test?
The hydrogen breath test is used to identify one of two conditions: lactose intolerance or an abnormal growth of bacteria in the intestine.

What is lactose intolerance?
Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest lactose, the sugar found in milk. Lactose intolerance occurs because of the body’s lack of lactase, an enzyme normally produced by the small intestine. Lactase is needed to digest lactose. Symptoms of intolerance include cramping, bloating, gas, or diarrhea when dairy products are consumed.

What is bacterial overgrowth in the intestine?
Normally, small amounts of bacteria are found in the intestine. If there is a significant increase in the amount of bacteria, food and nutrients are not absorbed properly. Bacterial overgrowth can result from a slow transit of food through the bowels or from certain medications. Symptoms may include abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea.

What happens during the hydrogen breath test?
A breath sample will be collected and tested for the presence of hydrogen. To obtain the sample, you will be asked to blow up a balloon-type bag. Normally, very little hydrogen is detected in the breath. You will then be given a pleasant tasting solution to drink. Breath samples are collected every 15 minutes for 2 hours to detect any increase in hydrogen in the breath as the solution is digested. Increased hydrogen breath levels indicate improper digestion.

How do I prepare for the test?
The hydrogen breath test cannot be done following a colonoscopy, barium enema, or any tests that require a bowel prep to be given. The bowel prep will cleanse the bacteria. You must wait 4 weeks to have a breath test done to allow the bacteria to re-establish.

4 weeks before the test
DO NOT take any antibiotics or Pepto Bismol. Do NOT undergo colonoscopy, barium enema, or other tests that require a bowel prep or cleansing.

24 hours before the test
DO NOT smoke the day before and the day of the test. Smoking can affect the results of the test. Try to avoid places where people smoke. Second-hand smoke can also affect the results of the test.

Day of the test
DO NOT smoke. Avoid second-hand smoke. DO NOT chew gum. DO NOT use mouthwash. Use only a small amount of water when you brush your teeth.

8 hours before the test
DO NOT eat or drink anything (including water) for 8 hours before the test.

Upon arrival for the test
A healthcare provider will explain the test in detail and answer any questions you may have.

The testing procedure lasts about 2 hours.

After the test
Preliminary results of the test will be discussed with you.
Final test results will be sent to your physician.
You may resume your normal activities.
You may resume your normal diet unless you have other tests that require dietary restrictions.


jrzgirl1 - February 26

they wanted to do these tests about 2-3 weeks after a colonoscopy
I heard that 80% of all people come back positive, it the results are high, what do they do, is there a special diet, I know ANTIBIOTICS increase bad bacteria, do they keep testing over and over again because I cannot afford it and at this point, no SUPPORT FROM MY HUSBAND if anything he is worse, I feel like a burden to him with the med. bills and feeling really bad, right now my feet are tingly and numb right up to my thighs. I just want to sleep but he expects 3 meals a day on his time because HE is diabetic, he can cook, but he just sits and watches me suffer. I can be miserable alone


mdak - February 26

jzgirl- I can understand how you feel about being a burden to your husband. I am getting better with that myself. I too have numerious medical bills and cann't work. It bothers me that he is going through this. I finally was able to share it with my therapist and it has helped. When he gets frustrated with it, I can tell me that you think I ask for this disease and want to be miserable. I think he was able to think about it. He not to big on therapy work, so I have to tell myself that I didn't ask for this and sometimes I just take one hour or day at a time. I had several yrs ago. the yeast problem and it was not fun. I hope you can get stronger in body and mind. I am glad you are able to share it with us. It helps us too.


January - February 26

Take probiotics. They won't hurt you and they might help. Brenda Watson recommends taking something like 50 million units a day…? That's a lot! But a few pills should be fine. Get a probiotic with a lot of different strains in it. Keep it in the fridge. These are the bacteria the SHOULD be in your gut. They will help to get rid of the bad bacteria that shouldn't be there.

You have to check everything yourself. Glad Fantod put this info on here for you. Lots of times drs. don't have time to check with you about drugs or previous procedures. The whole system is broken so you have to protect yourself!

All the best to you.



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