I have suffered with IBS all my life, however almost 4 years ago I developed at set of different symptoms which progressed into faecal incontinence. My visits to GP led to a diagnosis of IBS and I was sent for colonoscopy and endoscopy to rule out cancer. Gerd, extensive atrophic gastritis, diverticular, and polyps were found. I was prescribed PPIs and had polyps removed. Also after a year of suffering I begged for a test for H-Pylori, and it came back positive. The antibiotic treatment for that removed my symptoms for approx 1 month. Thereafter, my visits to GP were fruitless, being told to use laxatives and wear pads!.
Over the next 2 years my condition was so distressing that I self referred to both physio and the incontinence clinic. Working with them, I understood pelvic floor muscles and discovered Fodmap. During this time I also researched many gastrological functions and conditions. Exasperated with being unable to get to the cause of my condition, I begged the GP to refer me to a gastoenterologist. It was 6 months before I heard from the hospital with an appointment and I had almost given up hope.
The consultant recommended to firstly repeat the laxative treatment ,(which only exasperated the problem as before,) but also suggested that it maybe SIBO and that a course of Rifaximin should be the next step. Eureka!...although my GP was reluctant to prescribe it, I was back to a comfortable digestive system and normal bowel movements for the first time in over 3 years. That was 5 months ago and I haven't looked back. I am now hoping that this condition has been resolved for good, but I have read that it can return, depending on the original cause.
I live in Portsmouth, so for the others reading this blog, you will be encouraged to know that there is a gastroenterologist who recognises SiBO working in this area.
So do not give up!