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What is Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, also known as SIBO, is a condition where colonic-type bacteria develop in large quantities within the small intestine. These types of bacteria resemble those found in the colon, instead of those found in the small intestine. There are a few reasons SIBO may appear. It can be caused by intestinal nerve or muscle dysfunction, obstruction, or a blind loop within the small intestine.

Many other conditions are associated with SIBO, such as Chrohn’s disease, diabetes, scleroderma, and other autoimmune diseases. In addition to these conditions, SIBO has numerous symptoms identical to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Some doctors believe that SIBO may be responsible for IBS. Either way, those unfamiliar with SIBO have trouble diagnosing the issue.

What are the symptoms of SIBO?

Symptoms of SIBO vary and are often confused with general IBS. This confusion, can lead to a complicated, painful diagnosis process for the patient. A gastroenterologist unfamiliar with SIBO, may not be able to identify the symptoms present. It’s important to see a SIBO specialist, such as Dr. David Yamini is Santa Monica, California.

  • Abdominal bloating/distension
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Gas
  • Vitamin/mineral deficiencies.
  • Weight loss
  • Constipation
  • May cause IBS symptoms

It’s important to know that a small number of patients with SIBO have chronic constipation, as opposed to diarrhea. Other patients may go back and forth between constipation and diarrhea. Some SIBO sufferer’s report symptoms that are unrelated to gastrointestinal pains, such as fatigue and body aches.

Unfortunately, SIBO symptoms and pain tend to be chronic. The average SIBO patient may experience symptoms varying in intensity over the course of weeks, months, even years, until proper diagnosis is made.

How is SIBO diagnosed?

As painful as SIBO can be, the diagnosis process is painless. A hydrogen breath test can be done or intestinal fluid can be cultured.

How is SIBO treated?

Treating SIBO can be relatively simple, and can have a quick affect on patients suffering from SIBO. It can be treated with probiotics, antibiotics, or a combination of both.

The trouble with SIBO is that it’s symptoms are closely related to IBS. Patients face pain and frustration trying to treat their abdominal pain, bloating, and bowel movements without knowing what they are up against. Seeing a SIBO specialist, such as Dr. Yamini, will help you on your path to pain free living.

If you have questions about SIBO or would like to see Dr. Yamini, of Westside Gastro Care, contact our office today for an appointment with your preferred appointment time and date and our staff will call to confirm.

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Nicole R.

Scheduling was extremely easy with Dr. Yamini's staff, I scheduled my Tuesday appointment on Monday afternoon. The staff and Dr. Yamini were courteous and straightforward - even with new patient paperwork I was out the door within an hour!

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Dr. Yamini definitely is a great doctor who is very thorough and detail oriented with his diagnosis. He is very passionate about what he does and was able to answer any question or concern. He took his time before my appointment to look through all the documentation to know exactly what was going on. He definitely was able to put me at ease even though I was very worried. I am very satisfied with his services. Thanks!

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He was very gentle about my situation yet did not fail to emphasize about the seriousness that could arise from gastrointestinal problems. Few and far between are as professional and caring as Dr. Yamini and his staff. I was 20 minutes late on Friday evening & they still had me in a room in 5 minutes as a new patient.

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I can’t say enough great things about my first impression of this doctor and his amazing staff! They got me right in and set me up for everything needed. I’ve been looking for the right GI doctor for years having had a very negative experience with another doctor years ago. Dr. Yamini is not only professional, knowledgeable, respectful, and experienced... this guy is “cool” and nice too! His front desk person, Toni was amazing! She was kind, bright, efficient, patient, and positive! ??

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Makes talking about uncomfortable subjects a breeze. Competent and honest: doesn't sell vitamin cleanses and his own probiotics or anything like that. Makes sure your symptoms aren't half-fixed but fully fixed. Gets to the heart of the issue quickly. Good listener. Very sweet receptionist. I hate receiving many phone calls, and she's persistent about making sure you set up an appointment; it was stressing me out. I found the her much easier to connect with once she gave me her cell and said to text.

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Thank you Dr. Yamini and Tony. When it comes to patient care and professionalism, I have never received this much care and attention from a physician and the staff. I was able to talk to Dr. Yamini for good period of time allowing me to ask all my questions. Tony you are so cute thank you for scheduling me in last minute.

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I highly recommend Dr. Yamini. He's very personable and actually listens to your issues and concerns, then recommends a reasonable course of action. He was able to properly diagnose my symptoms and get me healthy again. Also his admin Toni is great too, she will help select a facility and verify that your insurance will fully cover. She's really nice and trustworthy as well!

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