Infection won't clear up. Is 6-MP the culprit?

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Optymystic
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   Posted 10/30/2007 1:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone.  I have been battling a bacterial infection in my "female region" for over three months now. My gyn has given me about 4 rounds of antibiotics and the darn thing just keeps coming back. I have asked both my gyn and my GI if the 6-MP could be inhibiting the cure of this infection, and they both say no. 
 
But how could it not? It's an immunosuppressant. confused
 
Do any of you know anything about this?
Age 41 female.
dx'd in April 2007 - feeling better now
4000mg Pentasa and 75mg 6-MP
Primal Defense probiotic by Garden of Life


Optymystic
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   Posted 10/30/2007 7:44 PM (GMT -7)   
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Age 41 female.
dx'd in April 2007 - feeling better now
4000mg Pentasa and 75mg 6-MP
Primal Defense probiotic by Garden of Life


njmom
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   Posted 10/30/2007 9:28 PM (GMT -7)   

A doc once told me that antibiotics can't do the job by themselves. They need the body's help. So the 6 mp does seem suspect.

The problem with antibiotics is that they kill the good bacteria as well as the bad. So anybody on antibiotics should eat yogurt, which helps replenish the good bacteria.

Also, once antibiotics have killed all the bacteria, then the bad bacteria, not the good bacteria, are more likely to grow back, first.

Yogurt plus a probiotic like lactobacillus acidophilus or VSL 3 might help your body's immune system.    


O'leary
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   Posted 10/31/2007 6:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't remember a time (since I started CD drugs) that I didnt' have BV.
Diagnosed with Crohn's AND Ulcerative Colitis at age 18.  I am 29.  Have hip damage from prednisone.  I take 100 mg  Mercaptoputine and  3600 mg of asacol per day.  No surgeries but plenty of hospital stays and colonoscopies.


Optymystic
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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 10/31/2007 2:40 PM (GMT -7)   
O'leary, do you eat yogurt or take probiotics? I did when I was first diagnosed, but have since stopped them because I was doing fine. But if I'm going to have BV for the rest of my life, I'll try starting them up again.
Also , how does this affect your sex life, having BV all the time? I've been having some bleeding with mine, and it's terrible.
Age 41 female.
dx'd in April 2007 - feeling better now
4000mg Pentasa and 75mg 6-MP
Primal Defense probiotic by Garden of Life


O'leary
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Date Joined Mar 2004
Total Posts : 31
   Posted 11/4/2007 4:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I just started taking probiotics and I try to incorporate yogurt.  I am trying to make it a habit b/c I have trouble remembering to eat the yogurt and it goes bad. I am improving my diet all around so I hope this helps me with the BV.  I just know that every year for my check up the gyn. tells me I have it but these last couple of times I told them not to even bother prescribing antibiotics b/c I refuse to take them unless I'm on my deathbed.  Speaking of deathbed, my sex life is also affected.  I don't have a steady partner currently, but the times I have had one I was VERY self conscious and felt that my odor was offensive.  I just try to be ok with myself, which is the hardest part b/c I am so critical and hard on myself first.  Anyway, that's a little background on my BV. So cheers!  Here's to just finding inner peace amongst all of these little medical annoyances that come along the way in life...
Diagnosed with Crohn's AND Ulcerative Colitis at age 18.  I am 29.    I take 100 mg  Mercaptopurine per day. I also take calcium, probiotics, digestive enzymes, omega-3, and liquid multivitamins.  No surgeries but plenty of hospital stays and colonoscopies.

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