The contributor below developed Blastocystis ‘hominis’ infection years ago, and has had ongoing chronic GI illness since then.
Sent: Sunday, January 10, 2010 11:43 PM
To: Ken Boorom
Subject: Re: Blastocystis ‘hominis’ – Would you help with veterans project?
I have been meaning to contact you, as it has been some time. The fatigue is sometimes overwhelming and the dry eye irritation keeps me off the computer. I’ve learned to live with the gut issues and have likely to thank Florastor for allowing this to be tolerable. According to the docs this bacteria inhabits the large bowel, though most of my symptoms are gastritis and small bowel growling and intolerance for carbs, esp sweets like chocolate and peanuts. So I have been diagnosed with SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth) via a hydrogen breath test. Gastritis discovered on endoscopy.
It seems that having protein food in my stomach reduces my gastric problems and I am now back to my weight of #150, 20 lbs more than two years ago. You said the weight loss would reverse itself. None of the docs I’ve spoken with will list BH as pathogenic. Even tried a trial of Alinia a year and a half ago to no avail. The worst of all for me is the eye irritation. Why have you not mentioned this as symptom in articles?