Hey Guys, I haven't posted in a while. My UC history is basically summed up in my signature but I noticed my signature is not coming up when I post so I will give a brief summary.
Basically in 1st Oct 2010 I was diagnosed with proctitis (6cm of inflammation). Symptoms that I felt before were a little bit of blood on the toilet paper, that's it (no urgency, stool was normal, 2 bowel movements a day). After diagnosis I used one Pentasa suppository a night which cleared the bleeding up in 3 days. The problem was the colonoscopy's biopsies came back as me having a normal bowel so I went for a 2nd colonoscopy on the 30th of November. Results came back as mild inflammation in the rectum (5cm) and slight inflammation in the cecum (biopsies confirmed my doctor's observation). I continued to use the Pentasa suppositories but added in two sachets of Salofalk granules a day. However, me being paranoid, I went for a 3rd colonoscopy which came back with my UC almost 100% healed aside from very faint inflammation in the rectum and a tiny bit of inflammation in the cecum.
Anyway, after my 3rd colonoscopy I pushed my GI for a stool test even though he believed that it would come out normal.
My GI called me with the results today and it turns out I have a case of C.Diff. Toxins A and B of the C.Diff were not present in my stool but the C.Diff was cultured in the stool. My GI says it could be a minority strain of C.Diff that doesn't produce toxins. I am feeling really anxious at the moment because in about 3 weeks I am about to fly for studies in China for one year and I thought I had my UC figured out... now I am hit with this news and I am not sure what to expect.
I have an appoinment with my GI tomorrow in the afternoon and on the phone he said he was going to prescribe me a course of Flagyl. I have read that this is the primary antibiotic used to treat C.Diff.
Currently my bowel movements are about 3 times a day, mostly all mushy. I have slight urges during the day but usually they disappear quickly. I still have slight lower left/right abdominal aches (but nothing severe). These are the symptoms I still feel despite my 3rd colonoscopy (and biopsies) stating that my proctitis is almost completely gone (in fact the biopsies couldn't detect any inflammation after the 3rd colonoscopy).
Since my diagnosis with UC my family have firmly believed that my UC was caused by antibiotics (Bactrium DS) which I took for about 2 years for acne. This would be in line with my C.Diff diagnosis.
My questions are:
1) What can I expect after treatment of the C.Diff?
2) What is the recommended treatment of C.Diff? I read that in addition to taking the Flagyl, I should supplement it with a high dose of probiotics. At the moment I am taking VSL #3 (one sachet per day) but I assume when I start Flagyl, I will have to increase this dose.
3) Should I be worried that I have C.Diff?
4) What are the side effects of Flagyl? Are there any other antibiotics that I can read about that I could possibly be prescribed?
Sorry to sound like I am panicking but I am already starting to pack my bags and now I have this to contend with... I am really nervous.
Thanks for the support.
Post Edited (MaxMilian) : 1/19/2011 2:33:36 AM (GMT-7)