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sugarfoot
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   Posted 3/7/2008 8:45 AM (GMT -7)   
about 3 weeks ago my dr had me do bloodwork & a stool culture.  At the time, I was not feeling very good (lots of D, tired, crampy, etc)  Last week he called and said I had C Diff & rxed Flagyl.  However, I'm feeling much better and finally don't have D, which is rare for me.  I've been on Flagyl several times in the past (for different things) & it's always upset my stomach so I don't want to rock the boat by starting it.  Does C Diff clear up on its own?  I've never not done some my dr said to before so I don't want to ignore him but I don't want to make myself feel crappy with the Flagyl.  I have an appt with him in 2 weeks but just wondered if you guys have any C Diff experience.
 
Thanks!
24 years old
Crohn's Colitis - officially diagnosed Feb. 2005
(Asacol, Imuran, Folic Acid, Iron, B12 shots)
Interstitial Cystitis - 2002
(Elimiron)
Raynauds - 2005
(mittens & space heaters, for now) 
GERD & hiatal hernia - July 2007
.::I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phillipians 4:13::.
 


chroniemomx2
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   Posted 3/7/2008 10:18 AM (GMT -7)   
As far as I know, it doesn't clear up on its own, and it can be deadly.

Kittikatt
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   Posted 3/7/2008 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
What is "C Diff"????
Diagnosed in October, 2003 at age 31.
36/F/SC
Currently taking Colazal, Nexium, One-A-Day multivitamin
Secondary conditions: mouth ulcers, joint pain, extreme fatigue


dragonfly137927
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   Posted 3/7/2008 11:40 AM (GMT -7)   
No C Diff will not clear up on its own you may want to discuss with your doc the problems you had last time with Flagyl sometimes there is more than 1 AB that can be used to treat the issue. I was tested for it post op since my resections I have lots of D and they wanted to rule that out before starting Humira
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987
 
 
 


sugarfoot
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   Posted 3/7/2008 1:24 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks.  It's kinda ironic b/c I was on Flagyl in the first place (for a bacterial infection) that started the problem. 

Kittikat - As far as I understand, simply, C Diff happens when you have an imbalance of good & bad bacteria in the intestines, which creates a toxin, which creates C Diff.  It can be triggered by being on antibiotics, but you often have to take more antibiotics to clear it up.  That's how it was explained to me, I just wasn't sure if the good/bad balance can get back to normal on its own.


24 years old
Crohn's Colitis - officially diagnosed Feb. 2005
(Asacol, Imuran, Folic Acid, Iron, B12 shots)
Interstitial Cystitis - 2002
(Elimiron)
Raynauds - 2005
(mittens & space heaters, for now) 
GERD & hiatal hernia - July 2007
.::I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phillipians 4:13::.
 


Zanne
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   Posted 3/7/2008 3:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I've never heard of C-Diff clearing on its own. I had it once and the antibiotic I was given I think was vancomicin (sp?) not Flagyl. I would call your doctor and ask if Flagyl is the only thing you can take. Since you know that it makes you sick. I actually keep a list of all the drugs I would prefer not to take again and what the reaction is right with my list of drugs I'm allergic to. That way if the doctors want to Rx something that I don't like, I can discuss the options and decide if the benefits outweigh the negatives?
Suzanne

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


Sugarmarie
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   Posted 3/7/2008 4:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Flagyl will work well just take it with food.
Confucius say : He who goes to bed with itchy butt wakes up with stinky finger.

Words of wisdom: Never trust a fart

:) Sugarmarie A.K.A. Poopy Pants :)


rootsmith
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   Posted 3/7/2008 6:15 PM (GMT -7)   
C Diff stands for Clostridium Difficile. It is a bacteria that produces a toxin (like Clostridium botulinum) I'm not sure if its always present but kept in check by all the normal bacteria, or if its easy to pick up when your good bacteria are reduced, or your immune system is out of whack. People on antibiotics for extended periods of time tend to develop it and it is nasty. Its also resistant to many antibiotics and cleaning solutions.
10 years, many tests, 3 gi doctors, Pentasa 1000mg 3x day
diovan, simvastatin, sertraline, lyrica  


bentwistle
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   Posted 3/7/2008 6:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I developed a bad allergy to flagyl a few months ago, and a doctor said that that was not very good, as it is one of a very few antibiotics that are effective on C Difficile. That scared me, as I've read that people with CD are more prone to develop C Diff. As well, I just had the nurse in my GI's office make a similar comment when I reported this allergy to her. I think it's important to begin treatment for the C Diff, before it gets more advanced again in your case. I don't believe it goes away on its own.

Take care,

Bev

Sarita
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   Posted 3/8/2008 12:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, please for your sake and the sake of others, treat the C. dificile even if you are not feeling terrible!
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sugarfoot
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   Posted 3/11/2008 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm not getting the "for the sake of others" part...?

biscuit
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   Posted 3/13/2008 1:29 AM (GMT -7)   
i ditto what you said meliskiss about c. diff and the good and bad bacteria in your body being out of whack. the bad bacteria (d. diff) in your gut took over b/c of an imbalance bet. the good and bad bacteria. if you take the antibiotic, it will knock out both the good and the bad bacteria. then you will be left with even less good bacteria to fight off the remaining bad bacteria. but...if you don't take the antibiotic, then the bad bacteria (c. diff) may multiply out of control. right? you need an expert to answer this one. sorry. my daughter's colitis started with the c. diff and she took the vancomycin and the metronidazol and subsequently tested negative for the c. diff. whatever you decide to do, read up on probiotics and take them religiously to help increase your good gut bacteria. and avoid sugar like the plague. wish i had the definitive ans. for you...

nikki0294
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   Posted 3/13/2008 3:01 AM (GMT -7)   
My crohns started with c.difficile. I was given flagyl and couldn't tolerate it too well and then vanco. Alot of people have success with high dose vanco for 2 weeks and then a pulse/taper. All the while restore your good bacteria with a probiotic taken at different times than the vanco. A good one is VSL#3. Make sure you wash your hands in hot, soapy water after using the bathroom for a long while to prevent spreading it to others. Also the only thing that kills the spores is bleach so you may want to clean with that in the bathroom. Purell and other hand santizers do not kill the spores so make sure you wash your hands.

Chris

Auntie53
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   Posted 6/12/2009 12:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I have just been Dx. with antibiotic caused c-diff . I  spent 6 days in the hosp. getting IV fluids and was put on Flagyl. I can tolerate the flagyl, but I was wondering if anyone here has taken Bentyl for the cramping?  I am back at work, but I am really suffering with abd. pain and cramping.
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