The only advice I can offer is: Try not to let that doctor's comments get to you.
This is easier said than done, I realize. We look to doctors to help, comfort, and reassure us. In some cases, though, they really don't do a good job with this. But, remember that doctors are people, too. They're subject to bad days, foul moods, and health problems for themselves and their family members.
None of this is meant to excuse that doctor making you feel bad or shamed -- not at all. It's meant more to help you keep your expectations somewhat low. That's a sad thought, right?
As you know, in order to keep "practicing" medicine, doctors have to follow the rules established for them -- even if the information is outdated or incorrect. It seems that advances in medicine come about
very slowly. This is both good and bad. On one hand, it's good to be cautious and not accept/approve everything that's proposed, without some amount of scrutiny and testing. On the other hand, taking 10 or 20 years is too long.
Anyway, as for Clostridium Difficile (C. Diff.), there's likely no way to know for sure what caused it. So, while that doctor is entitled to his/her opinion, that's all it is -- an opinion.
In my case, I also had a stool test that showed C. Diff. However, I was not symptomatic, so I didn't treat it.
It was 16 months prior to that stool test that I had a 10-day course of antibiotics for Chlamydia Pneumonia. Prior to that one antibiotic, it was 10 months earlier that I had a two-week course of antibiotics, a two-week break, and another two weeks of antibiotics.
Did any of those antibiotics cause C. Diff.? I'll never know. But, if I had it to do over again, I'd still take the antibiotics, as I needed them to help prevent other issues.
Doctors are consultants. In many cases, they know more than us about
anatomy, physiology, chemistry, etc. But, we each know our own bodies much better, when it comes to things being "off."
Obviously, you would not purposely do something to cause yourself more problems. You're doing the best you can do, in order to strike a balance between treating existing symptoms, trying to handle new issues that arise, and weighing what conflicting doctors tell you. It's difficult, frustrating, exhausting, and, at times, scary. I hope you have a good doctor you see on a regular basis that is both knowledgeable, helpful, and compassionate. You need someone in your corner that has your health and best interest in mind.
I'm sorry I don't have anything helpful to offer. I just wanted to let you know that I care.
Post Edited (The Dude Abides) : 5/16/2019 8:52:57 PM (GMT-6)