As a result, untreated SIBO can cause a range of complications for both the body and mind.

Ms Dixon added that one of the major problems was with a lack of SIBO awareness: "I think lots of people don't believe in SIBO. I think they think it's a general bacterial overgrowth in the whole gut, I think it's old-fashioned thinking in a way." 

Furthermore, because so many people who have SIBO have actually been diagnosed with IBS, this means thousands, potentially millions, of patients could be receiving the wrong treatment.

The hope is that with more discussion of SIBO will come greater awareness and a step towards more people receiving the correct treatment for the right condition.