So last month (Christmas to be exact) Isaac came down with a stomach bug. We managed to stay out of the hospital thankfully but his system just didn't recover all the way. He has been having some bouts of extreme gas that is causing some abdominal distention. Or in other words, he looks so bloated. This is a symptom we have NEVER experienced. Recently, he has been having really good bowl movements. Best they have ever been. The only weird this is the abdominal distention at night. And at night only.
A few days ago I reached out to our GI dr and also our surgeon. Today we saw both of them in the clinic (they are in the same clinic with is super convenient). We came to the conclusion that he may have an issue with the ability to breakdown complex carbs and sugars. Which he will need to be on a special diet call the low FODMAP diet. This may have also caused an issue with his gut flora and led to SIBO. Which is Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth. It's an overgrowth of bad bacteria.
We have scheduled a hydrogen breath test in February to see exactly if this is the issue. He has to be taken off ALL of his supplements, especially probiotics, as it can hinder the test results. If it is this, the course of treatment will be a round of antibiotics combined with a strong probiotic. Then he will also be put on the low FODMAP diet. Here is a little about it:
FODMAP is an acronym for poorly digested and fermentable sugars: Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. A low-FODMAP diet is one that is low in these sugars/carbohydrates. The idea behind this dietary approach is that when these carbohydrates remain undigested, it can lead to an overfeeding of certain bacteria in your digestive tract, which causes increased bloating. The undigested sugars can also cause perturbations in water balance in your digestive tract, which adds further discomfort and bloating. A low-FODMAP diet aims to reduce these carbohydrates and restore balance to your digestive tract.
I am going to be doing some research tonight and I will be doing another in detail post about this. Right now we are starting him on the diet to lessen the symptoms he is having to see if that helps. We have to wait 2 weeks for all of his probiotics and supplements to work through and out of his system. So that's why they cannot do the test right away.
Will be updating soon..