Anyone else have cyclical D?

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m&ms
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   Posted 1/26/2006 10:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi fellow IBSers.
I am so tired of this. I had a serious intestinal infection in May that required antibiotics - the antibiotics led me to have C-Difficile that wasn't diagnose until Sept. I thought that finally finding an answer to my problems would be great. However, here I am MONTHS later and I still have recurring diarrhea every 10-12 days. I'll have diarrhea for 3 days, take a bunch of fiber pills to get it under control, have a couple of days of normal bms (with white mucous attached tho) and then I'll start the gradual decline back to the diarrhea. The gradual decline ALWAYS includes a burning feeling about an inch below my breastbone.
I keep thinking that if I can at least go a whole month without diarrhea I'll feel better about this, but it ALWAYS comes back like clockwork. It is strange how it follows this cycle - does anyone else have a similar pattern? Right now I am taking an anti-fungal in the hopes that maybe I have an intestinal yeast overgrowth. I could accept the IBS diagnosis - but I feel that due to the cyclic nature of this beast it has to be something 'living' such as a parasite or amaebas (which I constantly test negative for)
I live in Bolivia and everyone and their brother gets amaebas, shigella, salmonella - you name it - then they take their medicine and they're over it. NOT ME! I test negative for all that crap, have worse symptoms, and have no solution to my problem. It makes me feel like there is something majorly wrong with me. Plus, now everyone feels compelled to discuss their personal 'diarrhea illness' episodes with me! I always let them know they're lucky that their illness at least went AWAY!
I am sorry for this long vent but I am so mad that I am not like I used to be. Most of the time I can accept it, but today just wasn't a good day.

gacatlanta
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   Posted 1/27/2006 5:40 AM (GMT -7)   

Mine began like yours and then went to constant diarrhea for months and months. Read my suggestions on "DIARRHEA RELIEF" and maybe it will help you.  No prescriptions have helped me but diet and changing the way I eat definitely have helped.

Gail


7Lil
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   Posted 1/27/2006 10:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi m&ms,
I'm sorry you're having such a hard time with this. When my IBS was at it's worse it would happen like clockwork every 10 days. As soon as I thought I was OK and started to eat normal, the D would come back.
Are you taking probiotics along with the fiber? What about calcium? (Sorry, I cannot remember if you have already mentioned this.)
Is it just D or are you having cramps, nausea, etc.?
If it is just D you may be able to control it with the above mentioned probiotics and calcium. If you have cramps your doc should give you an antispasmodic. If you have nausea you should look into what you eat and at what time of day. Nausea can also be a result of GERD.
Hang in there... things will get better.


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Sarita
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   Posted 1/27/2006 1:57 PM (GMT -7)   

m&ms, I've always suspected that you and I have something very bizarre going on inside that is very similar.  When I was in Bolivia in 2003, I had three weeks of just the most unbelievable D you've ever seen, I think my record there was like 35 times in one day, and it was never less than 25 times.  It went away after those three weeks, but then came back...and went away...and came back.  When I was in Africa in 2000, I had the same thing, except also had high fevers with the D; and in Africa it was confirmed that I had parasites.

Three years later, now, I still have profuse, watery D that comes in waves.  I'll have it for a few days, then normal stools for a couple days, then D again.  ALL parasite tests - even weird ones that they don't usually test for - come back negative.  It is unbelievable.  An infectious disease doctor I had said the parasites I had in Africa could have irrevocably altered my intestinal function forever and that could be why I have D.  I don't think that's out of the realm of possibility!


Keriamon
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   Posted 1/27/2006 3:52 PM (GMT -7)   
http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=26&m=387877

My post from earlier containing an article about C. difficle becoming resistant to antibiotics and even more difficult to get rid of.

Even if you don't have the resistant strain, I have read that C. difficle is very hard to get rid of and it may take multiple rounds of antibiotics to get rid of it. I would go back to your doctor and tell him it's flared back up again. Get him to put you back on antibiotics and hit the probiotics HARD. I mean take mega doses of them while you are on the antibiotics and for 2-4 weeks afterwards. The antibioitcs will kill off most everything, but if you don't get the good stuff established back in there, then the C.d will just come back with even more room than ever to spread out and multiply.

I read one doctor's website last year that said he routinely put his patients on like triple doses of probiotics while they were on antibiotics because all of those good bacteria you are putting in are getting largely killed off by the antibioitics too. It's really a fight to give them a toehold while you are getting rid of the bad stuff. Then once you come off the antibiotics, you really need to do the probiotics big time to keep the bad bacteria from taking advantage of the empty space.

m&ms
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   Posted 1/27/2006 9:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I am taking probiotics, omega 3 fish oils, florastor, iron, metamucil, vitamins - you name I am experimenting with it. My 3 yr old was recently hospitalized for pneumonia, and while there the doctor said his blood tested positive for antibodies against a parsite. Well, 3 stool samples later they diagnose him with a 'fungus or yeast overgrowth' and put him on ketonoxil (I can't remember the name - but it is a strong anti-fungal medication). During his hospitalization, my D was so bad that I decided to submit a sample (for old times sake!) and it too tested positive for abundant yeast. My doctor acted like it meant nothing when it related to me and didn't prescribe anything. Now, being the Type A person that I am, I have been on the internet reading about 'intestinal yeast overgrowth' and I definitely fit the bill, so now Ive decide to try the anti-fungal. However, I had to stop it today because my darned period is late and I don't want to hurt the baby on the off chance I am pregnant. do any of you know about the yeast connection to IBS, or is it all just a bunch of nauralistic mumbo-jumbo?
I am grateful that I have not gone to the bathroom today - my cycle is going back to the better part of it, I guess. Thank you all for listening to me gripe - I am just feeling sorry for myself. On top of all this my eye has been runny for 2 days so I am pretty sure I have a sinus infection or something, and I can't even fight it with antibiotics! I want my old healthy self back!
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