As I’ve moved around to better and better places, my gut is telling me to keep on doin what I’m doin. A few weeks ago, I started taking xifaxan as well, a drug that a few ME/CFS physicians such as Dr. Peterson and Dr. De Meirleir have been using with some success for Prevotella and enterococcus. It was demonstrated in a clinical trial to help IBS significantly versus placebo as well.
This next paragraph will possibly be TMI. Those who know who I am and don’t want your non-defecating facebook version of me to be shattered… skip to the next! My main gut issues are bloating due to inflammation. I’ve had what feels like chronic constipation on and off, except I experienced just enough daily gravitational pull (!) to not qualify for actual constipation. I’ve been on an increasingly strict diet since 2008, when I was still able to eat plenty of gluten and pretty much lived off of mexican food stands. In 2009, I went completely gluten free, dairy-free, sugar-free, yeast-free and became a very repressed person from an oral fixation standpoint. In 2010, that got even stricter as I cut out grains and legumes largely and still watched my chicken + vegetable diet not do a damn thing for my gut bloating.
Since I moved to a trailer, that situation has reversed in miraculous fashion. I am finding myself eating an entire bag of lentil chips (legumes!) without getting brain fog or gut bloating afterwards. Same thing for rice + bean chips. Even when I overeat white rice, I am getting no backlashes. It’s weird when you still can’t eat half the things the rest of the world eats, yet you’re eating 200% more food than you did months ago. Sure this may be entirely due to xifaxan, and I have no doubt it’s part of the picture, but my experiences with one-week trips into good locations while I was residing in a bad one tell me otherwise. During these trips, my gut symptoms went away almost entirely, and when I came back to civilization, they were usually back within 1 day. Perhaps the xifaxan is just helping shift the average closer to less bloating, but I doubt it’s the cause of the miraculous reversal.
Now I’m gonna go eat a chicken (some things don’t change) except it’s in chimichurri fashion enough potatoes to make 2009 and 2010 me incredibly jealous.