Is systemic bacterial overgrowth a thing?
July 9, 2014 11:15 AM Subscribe
In the past I was diagnosed with bacterial overgrowth of the gut and was treated with pretty intense antibiotics, but the symptoms came back. I was subsequently diagnosed with IBS. I've also suffered from recurrent yeast infections. I ALSO suffer from chronic joint pain (with arthritis in my hands, feet, and ankles) and fatigue. I've started taking a low dose of immunosuppresants (on top of plaquenil), but I'm worried that if I do have bacterial overgrowth, my immune system may be less able to defend against it because my gut symptoms have gotten worse. Ah!
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (15 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
All of my diagnoses and treatments were from regular GI doctors and rheumatologists. No woo here, but I don't know how woo systemic overgrowth is. I've heard of the "candida diet" but same thing there.
A subsequent question: could systemic bacterial overgrowth cause any of my fatigue and joint pain? I also experience the "brain fog" and headaches that the candida diet website
Lay the truth on me! Thanks!