To quote Kara, "This condition is no longer recognized by many in the medical community".
In my opinion, that is one of the things that is wrong with the health care system in the U.S.today. There is no magic pill to cure "leaky gut" so the doctors and drug companies have renamed it irritable bowel syndrome or my favorite comment to hubby was "a functional G.I. disorder". This was several years ago -- before Lyme diagnosis.
Great Smokies and several other labs do test for this. In hubby's case the test results have always been consistent with how he is feeling and general G.I. function.
If you are taking antibiotics and the probiotics are not enough to stop diarrhea then you should consider adding Bifido bacteria or Saccharomyces boulardii -- a good yeast specifically used to cure antibiotic induced diarrhea.
email me if you need sources/brand recommendations for these supplements.
If those things don't help, and you continue to have problems then I would take the test from Great Smokies or one of the other labs.
The doctors who know most about this type of problem are not gastroenterologists but general MD's who belong to ACAM (American College for Advancement in Medicine)
Go to http://www.acam.org Click on Public and then Find a Doctor
The more reading I have done over the last few years the more I am convinced that many neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's are directly affected if not caused by poor G.I. function.
You have probably heard the phrase, "You are what you eat". The reality is closer to "You are what you absorb." That includes toxins such as chemicals and pesticides and preservatives in food and parasites such as giardia in water.
Please don't ignore your G.I. symptoms as they will only get worse with continued antibiotic use.
The "cure" must be individualized depending on the cause -- if caught early on there may be no additional viruses, bacteria, fungus/candida, parasites to deal with. But the longer G.I. function is impaired the harder it is to figure out what is the problem and how to treat it.
[This message has been edited by seibertneurolyme (edited 14 August 2005).]