I completely understand your fear of antibiotics - that is VERY well founded fear.
However, sometimes they're the only way to kill the bad bacteria.
to face a similar situation myself, but I've learned a few things from getting stuck on antibiotics in the past...
Make sure you're replacing the BAD bacteria with GOOD bacteria - that means religiously taking a very good probiotic. Your GI can probably suggest one or even prescribe one if you have medication insurance, as the probiotics in the stores can run around $30 a bottle in my experience. Take them. As many times a day as it says. And make sure they're the LIVE kind - they should be in the refrigerated section at your vitamin supplier, and you MUST keep them in the fridge yourself.
Also, I have found a lot of relief from taking digestive enzymes after antibiotics too. They help keep the stupid drug from causing a flare for me... They're also about
$20-30 a bottle, but take them often as well if your doc says it's okay.
And lastly, the tried and true, yogurt. All those "live active cultures" do the same as the others listed above - they help re-establish a HEALTHY bacterial balance in your intestines, thus preventing you from flaring. Make sure the yogurt says something about
LIVE cultures too - like Yoplait or other of the (usually more expensive) brands.
Drink lots of water. Staying well-hydrated when they're antibiotics pumping through you is even more important than normal.
I always go ahead and request 2 prescript
ions for Diflucan pills. I forget the name of the generic, but it is a cheap and easy way to prevent the yeast infections that are often brought about
by antibiotics. It keeps the ph right in your reproductive organs in the same way that the probiotics do in your gut I think. Whatever it does, it works. If I don't take them, I will almost assuredly have a yeast infection to deal with, and sometimes 1 prescript
ion isn't enough (it's only 1 pill).
I wish I had a more optimistic answer, but sometimes the bad stuff just has to be killed off so the good stuff can grow again.
Good luck, and best wishes.
26f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
Remicade only, every 16 weeks.
Digestive enzymes, and probiotics.
Doing pretty darn good, all things considered.
"Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure."