How can a Colonoscopy help patients with SIBO, gas and bloating?

I am 55 years old and have always had digestion issues. I have IBS-D and was diagnosed with SIBO two years ago. I struggle with extremely painful constipation and a lot of trapped gas. I do my courses of Xifaxan but it doesn’t stick. I try Atrantil over the counter and digestive enzymes sometimes help. I was looking at Emma and wanted to know how it helps SIBO. Also, my gastro doctor won’t test me for what type of gas I have – methane, etc. What should I do? Would a colonoscopy help in this case?

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It might not help much if you already have a negative colonoscopy. SIBO could be secondary to other issues and needs a work-up. Bloating could be due to excessive gas production or becoming more sensitive to gas. Bloating could also be due to food and a low FODMAP diet could help. You might need to find a gastroenterologist who is a motility specialist that can help you.

I would suggest getting a test for SIBO before doing any treatments. Yes, I would recommend a colonoscopy. I am not certain of the role of Emma in SIBO.

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