Common Symptoms of SIBO You Should Know

date: 3 June 2024

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Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) can cause various digestive issues. Knowing the symptoms helps in early detection and effective management.


Persistent bloating is a common symptom of SIBO. Excess gas produced by bacteria leads to uncomfortable abdominal distension.

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Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain or discomfort, often described as cramping, is frequently reported by those suffering from SIBO.

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Chronic diarrhea is a significant symptom of SIBO. The overgrowth of bacteria disrupts normal digestion, leading to frequent loose stools.

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Conversely, SIBO can also cause constipation. The imbalance in gut bacteria affects bowel movements, making them infrequent and difficult.

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Gas and Belching

Excessive gas and frequent belching are common with SIBO. Bacteria ferment undigested food, producing gas as a byproduct.

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Food Intolerances

SIBO can lead to new food intolerances, particularly to foods high in FODMAPs, causing digestive discomfort after eating certain foods.

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Chronic fatigue is often associated with SIBO. The condition can impair nutrient absorption, leading to general tiredness and low energy levels.

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Unintended Weight Loss Unintended weight loss can occur with SIBO due to malabsorption of nutrients and chronic digestive issues.

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Recognizing these common symptoms of SIBO is crucial for early diagnosis and treatment.  If you experience these symptoms, consult a healthcare professional.


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