I've been a long-time lurker here, but this is my first post, so hello everyone. This forum has really been a great comfort and source of information for me, so thank you.
A little background on me: I was officially diagnosed with Crohn's in 2007, but I have had stomach "issues" (diarrhea, abdominal pain) my entire life, as do most people in my family. The GI that diagnosed me put me on Pentasa, then Keflex (antibiotic), neither of which worked (in fact, the Keflex made my symptoms much worse). He was also very hard to reach, and I felt like I wasn't getting the best care, so I decided to try a new GI.
Since I started seeing her two months ago, I have tried Lialda, Asacol, and Entocort (which I am currently on, with no success). Before the Entocort, she wanted me to try Cipro, but my experience with antibiotics has always been the same: I end up with worse diarrhea than before. My mother was also hospitalized with c. diff a few years ago, which can be caused by taking antibiotics long-term, from what I understand. That was a hellish situation, and I would rather just deal with the Crohn's and not take anything than have to go through that. now that the Entocort has done zilch to help me, she really wants me to try the Cipro.
My new doctor has also recommended that I see a Crohn's specialist, since my disease is "hard to manage." I'm not sure if I should bite the bullet and try the Cipro, even though I am terrified of it, or just take nothing and wait to see the new doctor and get her opinion.
Has anyone here with "hard to manage" Crohn's tried Cipro, and has it worked for you? Has anyone's symptoms been made worse by it?
Thanks for your advice!
Dx with Crohn's in 2007, although my issues have been lifelong.
Previous medications: Pentasa, Keflex, Asacol, and Lialda.
Currently on: Entocort (with no success so far).