Stomach, antibiotics & probiotics
26 Dec 2007
My stomach was bloated before the antibiotics, it's been big since I became ill. Some people have bellies, some have flat stomach's some have stomachs that were beyond flat but actually went inward. This was my stomach, it went in and now it pooches out like I am months pregnant. It's so uncomfortable, my pants don't fit and its yucky. Not just because it looks as it does, but it represents disease, rather than fat, it represents inflammation & lack of digestion. That's what makes it the most disgusting.
I take probiotics, 15 strains, 70 billion organisms a day, a couple hours after I take the antibiotics. Yet the stomach stays huge making me think they are not doing their job. My stomach was big before the antibiotics, now even bigger. And all my major symptoms have not improved. I am wondering how I know I am not killing my stomach by permanently losing flora and good probiotics in an attempt to get well overall.
We kill good and bad bacteria with antibiotics. But there appears to be no formula how much and which kind to add into our systems to make up for this. And do we ever completely make up for it?
I'd really like to hear about others stomach situations, especially those who have taken antibiotics for a long time.