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tall girl
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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 6/11/2009 1:12 AM (GMT -7)   
about 3 months into the start of my problems before I was dixed, I was given ciproflaxin for a bladder infection. For about 10 days I had no symptoms. 2 weeks ago an abcess was found and I was given cipro and flagyl. For the last 11 days I have been symptom free. In fact I have felt great! Now, 2 days after ending the meds I am very bad again. The pain just started back up again this evening. ( yes that's why I'm on here at 2am- can't sleep)

First- can anyone explain why the antibiotics made me feel better? Second- How long can you take Cipro? Third- I am having a resection on June 23rd. Do you think if I ask my GI to put me back on the Cipro for 2 more weeks in till my surgery he will? Is it worth going to see him? Or his he going to tell me I can't take Cipro for more than 10 days? Thanks for your help!
25/ Female DXed Crohn's 1/09
Many diet restictions

Entecort, Tramadol (for pain), Kapadex, Fish Oil, Probiotics, Cipro and Flagyl for an abcess

just stopped Pentasa after 1 month

Having a resection in 3 weeks

Still confused and sometimes angry/frustrated

However I am learning to laugh at all this more often


Veebo
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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 147
   Posted 6/11/2009 5:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi There,

I can tell you that i had the exact same response to cipro. I kidney stones that the docs initially thought was a UTI and within 3 days of going on cipro my digestive issues were so much better. I told my GI about this and he said it was just a coincidence and everything was in my head. So...I got a new GI who after running all the proper tests dxed me with inflammatory bowel disease. I had completely forgotten about my response to cipro and finally remembered to tell him this about 4 months ago. He said that many times people with these conditions can have an imbalance of gut flora and antibiotics like cipro work in the gut and kill off bacteria (both good and bad). He gave me a script for Xiafaxan which is an antibiotic that works specifically in the intestines. I did a one week round of Xifaxan followed by probiotics and it helped a lot. It was not as quick as cipro but lasted much longer then the results I got from cipro. The down side is that for me the relief lasted 3 months and then issues started cropping up again. So I am just waiting to get the ok from my doc to do another course. My doc and I prefer this course of treatment for the time being as I am fairly resistant to going on the biologic drugs. I hope this helps and that you get well soon.

EMom
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 990
   Posted 6/11/2009 6:25 AM (GMT -7)   
One possibility is that you have MAP or Klebsiella. If you do a search in this forum on either one or both, you can read about people who have undergone antibiotic therapy to treat this. You can also read about what these pathogens are... Wiki explains well, too, but for MAP you'll have to google "mycobacterium avium paratuberculosis".
Mom to 17 year old son diagnosed in June, 2007.
Omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, vit. C, calcium, vit. D3, a good multivitamin and SCD legal yogurt
Started The Maker's Diet in Sept. '07. Incorporate Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) recipes, too.


tall girl
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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 68
   Posted 6/11/2009 6:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Veebo- Thanks- did your gi say how long you have to wait between courses of Xifaxan?
25/ Female DXed Crohn's 1/09
Many diet restictions

Entecort, Tramadol (for pain), Kapadex, Fish Oil, Probiotics, Cipro and Flagyl for an abcess

just stopped Pentasa after 1 month

Having a resection in 3 weeks

Still confused and sometimes angry/frustrated

However I am learning to laugh at all this more often


Veebo
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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 147
   Posted 6/11/2009 7:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tall Girl,

No he did not give me a specific time to wait between courses but then again I did not ask. I did however get the thumbs down for starting another course as we just found out my gallbladder has decided to stop working and needs to come out. I guess he does not want me killing off any of the remaining good bacteria if I am slated for surgery in the upcoming weeks. I know in general you need to be careful with antibiotics because they can lose their effectiveness if you take them too frequently. If I talk to him again soon I will definitely ask what the appropriate amount of time is to wait.

ozonehole
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 559
   Posted 6/11/2009 8:31 PM (GMT -7)   
tall girl said...

First- can anyone explain why the antibiotics made me feel better?


Well, if you have an abscess, the antibiotics would certainly give you relief from that. An abscess can indeed be painful. Now that you're off the antibiotics, the abscess may be coming back.

Second- How long can you take Cipro?

Sorry, I don't know. But most antibiotics can only be used for a limited time. You don't want to kill off the friendly bacteria, which unfortunately is a side-effect of antibiotics. Taking a probiotic at this time would probably be wise - it will help to restore the friendly bacteria. And yes, you need friendly bacteria, you literally cannot live without it.

Third- I am having a resection on June 23rd. Do you think if I ask my GI to put me back on the Cipro for 2 more weeks in till my surgery he will? Is it worth going to see him? Or his he going to tell me I can't take Cipro for more than 10 days?

Perhaps you can get an answer by telephone, without actually having to make an appointment to see him. That's the best I can suggest.

good luck,
Robert
Crohn's since 1988
3 resections

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