I was just wondering if anyone has experienced a flare up after taking a course of antibiotics? I was dx with Crohns early April 10, since that time I have had a few ups and downs but was recently responding quite well to treatment. I have been on predisolone (tapering) since dx and have been on Imuran also in this time. I was doing so well, was actually starting to feel like my old self again then a couple of weeks ago I caught a bad cold and awful throat infection (my daughter had this the week prior so I probably caught her germs!). My GP put me on a course of antibiotics (Augmentin Duo Forte) for 5 days, at this time I was tapering pred at 5mg which I was due to come off a few days ago. The antibiotics certainly did the trick in fixing the throat infection and swollen glands but a day or two after I finished them I started feeling really sick in the stomach, the nausea that I experienced early on at dx started to reappear, I was feeling really, really tired, burning feeling and a little refluxy ( I also was dx with gastritis and hiatus hernia in April ), and pain (although not severe) in LRQ, total lack of appetite and losing weight fast (although I can afford to lose weight so that isnt a big issue).
I wasnt sure if this was the antibiotics having messed with my stomach/bowel or the start of a flare again! I put a call into my GI yesterday and he said it could be that the antibiotics have messed you up a bit but it also does sound a bit like you are flaring again so he instructed me to up the dosage of pred to 15mg for a week then 10mg for a week then 5mg for a week and then finish. But if I dont start feeling better in a few days to call and let him know.
So I was just wondering if anyone else has experienced a flare after taking a course of antibiotics or do think it is just a coincidence.
Just when I thought I was starting to get things under control I am once again reminded that this disease has a mind of its own!!
dx Crohns April 10
Current Meds: Pred (back up to 15mg tapering), Imuran 150mg, Somac 20mg, Vit. D, Coversyl 10mg