Hi all! update: so thursday i didn't take the half of the 0.25 mg xanax and i had a good day. Friday morning, i felt really shaky, i'm guessing it was from not taking xanax, so i took half of one and went to work and I felt crappy all day. Had loose stool like 4 times before i went into work and my stomach bothered me all day. Mentally I didn't feel as good either, just slow or uncreative or something. And my stomach bothered me all day. So yesterday, which was saturday, I didn't take any xanax again. I only went to the bathroom 2 times in the morning which is wonderful for me! I also felt really good mentally. Today, which is sunday, I woke up (it's 6 am) and only went to the bathroom one time so far but it wasn't as loose or light yellow in color. I plan on not taking zanax at all anymore. I hope i can do it! I am definitely noticing a pattern, with the days i take zanax i have upset stomach and mentally feel not good and a little depressed because of the fact that I don't feel good. I feel a little shaky right now, do you think it's because from not taking zanax? It's been 2 days since not taking it. Right now I have been on zoloft 3 1/2 weeks. The first time i took zoloft i was on 50 mg for quite some time, about 10 years. I didn't have these problems the first time i was on zoloft, but also, the first time i was on zoloft, i was not taking zanax or any other benzos. I think it is the zanax messing with me, i really do. Ian, do you think this is possible? I read that benzos can give people small bowel bacterial overgrowth. And, i fit the description of that, with the diarrhea and dyspepsia. I read because since zanax and benzos affect the CNS it messes up bowel motility and then that leads to stasis of bacteria in the small intestine, allowing it to overgrow, and then if you eat fructose and high carb diet the bacteria ferment upon that and give you the gas/bloat, belching, upset stomach, and diarrhea (steatorrhea) and the stools are usually yellowish in color and with mucous, which is all of my symptoms. Also, yesterday, i avoided fructose and i did much better. I work for a gastroenterologist and i fit the profile of small bowel bacterial overgrowth. My doc gave me stool cultures to get done and one of the tests will check for fecal fat, because with SIBO, the fat is very high in the stool. So i plan on dropping my stool cultures off tomorrow morning to see if i do have SIBO. Also, my rheumatoid factor is high, i have an appt with rheum on thursday. I also read that rheum disorders go hand in hand with SIBO, due to a motility dysfunction and parietal cell impairment in the intestines. Also, back in april , i had an EGD which showed duodenal lymphocytosis. That is rare, only like 3-5 % of the population gets this finding, and in my experience, they usually never get an answer as to the cause, but i am determined to get an answer. Duodenal IELS and i also had mild crypt hyperplasia, means the following : H pylori infection, NSAID use, celiac disease, autoimmune disease, lymphocytic colitis possibly or IBD, or small bowel overgrowth due to motility dysfunction. Well, i am negative h pylori, was not using any NSAIDS, i was negative celiac disease, negative inflammatory bowel disease. So all that's left is autoimmune disease or small bowel overgrowth from motility dysfunction. My rheum factor is high so it's possible i have an autoimmune disease. But, i think i have the small bowel overgrowth, and i have dieted in the past, once by doing a gluten free diet, but i ate grains (chick pea flour, tapioca, etc) for a month and i felt some relief but not totally. I didn't feel good until i did the paleo diet for about 2 months, avoided all grains, except one serving of grain a day which was white rice. I felt fine and had no problems on that diet. With the paleo diet, you are not eating anything unnatural and it is low carbs, which makes sence, because people with small bowel overgrowth are told to eat a low carb diet and avoid fructose as much as possible because that is what the bacteria ferments upon. I stopped this paleo diet back in october and have been having problems ever since. Ian, or anyone else, what do you guys think? Am i thinking too much about this? I probably am, but i want to feel better, and i will do whatever it takes to make these stomach issues stop. Anyone out there with any experience with this?