MAP - Anyone being treated with biaxin and rifabutin?????

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   Posted 1/31/2008 3:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been doing alot of reading about the causes of crohns.  Funny mine started after trying one of those liquid diets called Optifast to loose weight.  I did loose the weight but then got c.difficile and later to find out it was all Crohn's disease.  I am still longing for remission and was reading about MAP.  My crohn's disease was so much better on vancomycin which was the treatment for c.difficile so that is why I am interested in MAP.  They say the treatment is a combo of biaxin and ribabutin?  I was wondering if anyone had read about this and ever tried this type of antibiotic treatment with success.

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   Posted 1/31/2008 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   
hi Christine,
your Crohn's was not brought on by your liquid diet. I have done many diets before I had crohn's. It was not what brought on my Crohns'.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital
in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.
 My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
My Internest doctor has me on Lisnopril-HTCZ and Folic Acid. Diagnosed
with Osteoarthritis July 2007

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   Posted 1/31/2008 8:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your reply as I guess I was thinking the diet may have done it. I guess it decided to declare itself and that was that! Now if I can only get the darn inflammation under control!!!

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   Posted 1/31/2008 9:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, I think the liquid diet could indirectly be responsible. Every day we hear more and more about our intestinal health being at the center of our immunity. I believe if a person is genetically predisposed to Crohn's, anything which might upset the intestinal health might leave one vulnerable. I think it's safe to say a diet drink (or ANY unusual diet--like the all grapefruit diet!) might upset intestinal balance and therefore immunity. jmho... Also, this imbalance in the intestines theoretically would leave one vulnerable to MAP. Hopefully someone will be along soon to answer that question for you!

Do you take a high quality probiotic? That might help with your inflammation. Also, VSL#3 (probiotic) is usually used in conjunction with anti-MAP treatment because the antibiotics do not discriminate between the good guys and bad guys in the gut. They go in and kill ALL bacteria, therefore necessitating replacement of the good guys.
Mother to 15 year old boy diagnosed in June, 2007.
Currently taking Asacol, omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, iron, vit. C, calcium w/D3 and a good multivitamin.
Started The Maker's Diet in early September.

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   Posted 1/31/2008 11:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I wasn't treated for MAP but I know I felt great when taking biaxin for H pylori infection.
10 years, many tests, 3 gi doctors, Pentasa 1000mg 3x day
diovan, simvastatin, sertraline, lyrica  

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   Posted 1/31/2008 1:30 PM (GMT -7)   
There was a poster on here named Frazier who took the antibiotics but I don't they worked for him.

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   Posted 1/31/2008 7:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I also believe diet can influence the beginning of crohn's disease. It is a known fact now that people who have high sugar diets with little fruits and vegetables are more proned to getting crohn's disease and have worse symptoms.
This is why I no longer drink Ensure because it's a bunch of sugar and when it came out the other end it still smelled like ensure and I was still sick as a dog. LOL ;-)
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