Chicken or the Egg?

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   Posted 5/18/2012 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
So I have cdiff for the second time.. had it back in February. Starting flagyl today. But here is my question: I started to semi-flare about the same time I was getting some stomach pains (my key indicator of cdiff). Do you think my flare was caused by the cdiff or the other way around.. Cdiff caused by flare? Ive had 3 remicade infusions so far and I'm not sure if this is a sign that I need to change up meds or ride out the flare.

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   Posted 5/18/2012 11:26 PM (GMT -6)   
c.diff is that bacteria gone out of control, but it doesn't mean one doesn't pick up a new strain hand to mouth from wherever it's landed.

It could happen that while in a flare your bacterial flora is a tad out of whack and the c.diff that isn't under control gets more virile.

Remi suppresses the immune system in general, so if the c.diff is already somewhat "up", it could easily get out of control if you're flaring.

c.diff can mimic a flare in symptoms. Yes, c.diff could cause a flare I would think.

Hope the flagyl will get it under control.

Are you taking probiotics as well?

*Heather* I give suggestions, do with them what you will.
Status: ...Asacol 3 @ 2x daily; Salofalk enema @ 3rd night (nightly/ flares, tapered/maintenance)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol 20mg as needed; Zantac 150mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma);Effexor XR 37.5 (depression)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care+Primadophilus Reuteri capsules @ bedtime)
~Metamucil capsules 6 twice daily with meals; Vitamin D 4500 IU
~URSO for PBC(or PSC?) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!

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   Posted 5/19/2012 6:32 AM (GMT -6)   
My 3rd flare occurred following a c diff infection. The infection started the inflammation and my body just went with it.

Have you talked to your dr about doing a fecal transplant? Research has shown that it is very effective for treating c diff (so much so that even very traditional, conservative drs may agree to it). Many people with UC have also had success with it- maybe this is an opportunity to kill 2 birds with 1 stone.
Left-sided UC diagnosed October 2009.

Current meds: Imuran, Remicade, Canasa, Wellbutrin, flax/fish oil, multivitamin

Failed meds: Asacol, Rowasa

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   Posted 5/19/2012 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   
quincy - I take 4 VSL#3 DS each day. Just added florastor as well to help with the cdiff. Kloe, we have actually talked about it in the past. I believe the hospital where he works is developing protocols for it.
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