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Why I Decided to get a Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT)

When I first heard of FMT I had been on restricted healing diets for 1 1/2 years, so the idea of having my microbiome replenished quickly sounded very tempting. Anything that could save me some time on this healing journey was worth a try!





The fact that one of the few dedicated FMT clinics in the world was located in the same country as me also seemed like fate.

Then I looked at the treatment fees and dismissed the idea as too expensive. I considered the DIY method but just had no idea how to find a suitable donor! How does one find such a healthy person and then ask them for their poo?! I dismissed this idea too.

Then I suddenly started improving quite a bit on the GAPS diet and thought: I can do this myself! I also finally decided to get some proper gut testing done. It showed that I had a few pathogens and yeasts and very little beneficial bugs.

This test from November 2014 shows low beneficial bacteria (the bifidos are probably high from probiotics, e.coli seem fine) and overgrowth of some pathogens and yeasts
This test from November 2014 shows low beneficial bacteria (the bifidos are probably high from probiotics, e.coli seem fine) and overgrowth of some pathogens and yeasts

I went on another herbal anti-microbial protocol and from then on things just didn’t improve anymore. My digestion was just always bad and people kept asking me if I was pregnant- I was that bloated!

I’d just had enough and after a consultation with the Taymount Clinic in Hitchin, England I decided that doing FMT was the way forward for me.

Luckily they also added new treatment plans so that I had the option to do half the treatments at home and save some money.

The pre FMT gut test showed that although I had gotten rid of most of the yeasts and pathogens, my good bugs had not improved at all since the last test and my overall diversity was just really low.

This test from April 2015 shows that commensal microbes are low and the furmicutes/bacteroidetes ratio is out of whack
This test from April 2015 shows that commensal microbes are generally low or missing and that the firmicutes/bacteroidetes balanceĀ is out of whack
This test from April 2015 shows that my beneficial lactobacilli and bifido are still low. Pathogenic bacillus and all yeasts seem to have gone though
This test from April 2015 shows that my beneficial lactobacilli and bifido are still low. Pathogenic bacillus and all yeasts seem to have gone though

Another indication that the GAPS diet had played its part but that I needed more intervention.

I also learned that having been on a VLC (very low carb) diet for such a long time had probably starved my good bugs, too!

Technically the FMT should provide me with the microbes that I’m missing and if I then started feeding them straight away they should theoretically proliferate! I hope this theory will prove to be true.

I’m really excited to meet my new bugs and this time I will take good care of them…

I thought I’d add a list of my symptoms for anyone who is on a similar journey and considering FMT (reading other people’s stories certainly helped me to make decisions):

My initial symptoms (pre GAPS diet)

After several courses of antibiotics, long term hormonal contraceptives and long-term vegetarianism I started experiencing: frequent UTIs, interstitial cystitis, mood swings, PMS, spots, hair loss, hypoglycemia, hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, loss of libido, IBS, sugar cravings, fatigue, leaky gut, lethargy, depression, hay fever, food intolerances, cold hands and feet, hormonal imbalances, low gastric juices and enzymes, SIBO, gut dysbiosis including yeasts and other pathogens (some of these symptoms had already started when I hit puberty, probably due to vegetarianism)

Symptoms that resolved or improved on GAPS diet

Frequent UTIs, interstitial cystitis, mood swings, PMS, spots, hair loss, hypoglycemia, sugar cravings, fatigue, lethargy, depression, hay fever, cold hands and feet, hormonal imbalances, yeasts and other pathogens

Symptoms I’m left with pre FMT

mood swings, PMS, spots, hypoglycemia, hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, loss of libido, IBS, fatigue, leaky gut, lethargy, mild depression, hay fever, food intolerances, cold hands and feet, hormonal imbalances, low gastric juices and enzymes, SIBO, gut dysbiosis (although some of these are a lot less severe than they were pre GAPS) You can read my story here

Read about my journey with FMT here and here

 

Have you considered receiving FMT treatment? If so I’d love to hear your story…

Why I decided To Get A Fecal Microbiota Transplant photo credit: Bacteria via photopin (license)

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