Clostridium difficile - Anyone have experience with this during/after a hospital stay?

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UC Wife in MD
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   Posted 2/20/2008 1:27 PM (GMT -6)   
My husband is currently in the hospital because of his UC.  Third time in the hosipital, 4 weeks total over the three times so far.
 
The doctors just diagnosed him with Clostridium difficile and I was wondering if anyone else had gotten this and what their experience was.  They have moved him to a private room because from what I read this is contagious through fecal-oral transfer and people with lowered immune systems have a high risk of getting it.
 
I also thought it was interesting that on wikipedia it said that "C. difficile is the most significant cause of pseudomembranous colitis,a severe infection of the colon, often after normal gut flora is eradicated by the use of antibiotics."  He just can't seem to get away from colitis...
 
I swear these hospitals and doctors are just making everything worse. mad

ally's law mom
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   Posted 2/20/2008 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   
My daughter got C Diff after a hospital stay for her Crohn's. Unfortunately, it seems to be fairly common and difficult to prevent. She had to go on antibiotics and that took care of it.

ks1905
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   Posted 2/20/2008 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Any good hospital usually runs a stool sample when the IBD patient checks in.... I have had C.diff before (in the hospital). My GI was actually happy that I had it because it meant that my UC flare wasn't as bad as it seemed.

Vanco seemed to clear it up in a few days.

--Keith
DX'd with Pan-Colitis June 2005
Current Status: Flaring since May
 
Current Meds:  50 mgs 6-mp, Colocort, Oral Cyclosporine (500 mgs)
Supplements:  None 
 


lemonhead
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   Posted 2/20/2008 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I got C. diff after taking antibiotics for a sinus infection. The gave me 10 days of flagyl for it, but I am still suffering from the mess it made of my colitis, and it has been 3 months. Good luck.
diagnosed with left-sided UC in 1997.
Currently on 10mg Prednisone
12 caps of colazal
rowasa enema nightly
35 years old, white, female


UC Wife in MD
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   Posted 2/21/2008 11:04 AM (GMT -6)   

What kind of side effects did you have?

My husband is knocked out.  He has bad abdominal pain, which I read was normal, but he also has chills and can't concentrate plus a slew of other problems.  They are also doing a super taper of his prednisone and he is on 40mg when he was on 60mg last monday.  We're not sure what is from tapering so much so fast or from this new roadblock.

It has not been fun. Though the plus side is he has his own hospital room now.



ks1905
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   Posted 2/21/2008 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
What are they giving him for the C.diff..... Vanco is the best medicine to treat C.diff but many GIs start with Cipro.

I never have abdominal pain from UC except when I had C.diff.

Be careful with the tapper..... I had severe steroid withdrawal and it was much worse than any flare that I have ever had. I was soooooooo tired, shaky, moody, severe headaches. I would sleep 12-16 hours a day. It was horrible.

--Keith
DX'd with Pan-Colitis June 2005
Current Status: Flaring since May 2007
 
Current Meds:  50 mgs 6-mp, Colocort, Oral Cyclosporine (250 mgs)
Supplements:  Forvia multi-vitamin
 


teacher
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   Posted 2/21/2008 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I got CD when I was prescribed clindomycin by a dentist. It destroyed what was left of my UC colon and I lost 3 molars in the left! I was prescribed flagyl and it took me months to get back on my feet. Lots and lots of water and probiotics like Flora-Q and Culturelle. I wish your husband the very best.
3x400mg Asacol, 3x daily
Rowasa enemas
Bee propolis
Flora-Q (probiotic)
Multi-Vitamins
Tylenol, 1000mg/headaches


malka
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   Posted 2/21/2008 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I had C.diff after a hospital stay. (I don't know whether it started in the hospital or before.) It was clearly caused by antibiotics and was cleared up after two courses of vancomycin. My flare which put me in the hospital was caused by clindamycin. I think people with UC should NEVER take clindamycin.

M
Diagnosed UC 1975. 
Azulfidine Entabs 500 mg. 4 twice a day
Azathioprine 100 mg per day
Colocort - as needed
Folic acid, vitamins C and D, multivitamin, metamucil, fish oil, turmeric 
 
Hospitalized 1997 - intravenous cyclosporine.


MitzMN
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   Posted 2/22/2008 7:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Clindamycin and Augmentin are prime culprits in C-diff. I just happened to get it from Cipro. My nephew got it from Clindamycin, and my aunt, from Augmentin.

Mitz
Sporadic proctitis since about 1985. Mother had J-pouch surgery 1983.
DX'd with clostridium difficile in 2000. Pred, two courses of Flagyl, then Vancomycin finally got rid of it. 2001 colonoscopy dx'd left-sided UC. . Treated with prednisone, Rowasa, Asacol. Asacol not working, switched to Imuran. Three small flares since in 2002, 2005, and 2007, brought under control with steroid and Rowasa enemas. Lap Chole performed October 26, 2007, after gall bladder attack in June, '07.
Daily meds: 100 mg Azathioprine and 225 mg Effexor XR (for chronic, longstanding depression), many vitamins and Primadophilus Reuteri


BTC
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   Posted 2/22/2008 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   
OK, this is new to me - if it's so contagious, does that mean that we could get it when we go to the hospital for a colonoscopy???

MitzMN
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   Posted 2/22/2008 4:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Otherwise healthy individuals most often get this bug from taking antibiotics, which kill all the good germs in your gut, allowing the bad germs to proliferate and attack the lining of your colon.

Don't lay awake at night worrying about contracting this illness, be very careful about antibiotics, and it is unlikely you will ever have to deal with this illness.

That said, I do believe folks like us with colon issues are more susceptible than the average bear to getting c-diff.

Mitz
Sporadic proctitis since about 1985. Mother had J-pouch surgery 1983.
DX'd with clostridium difficile in 2000. Pred, two courses of Flagyl, then Vancomycin finally got rid of it. 2001 colonoscopy dx'd left-sided UC. . Treated with prednisone, Rowasa, Asacol. Asacol not working, switched to Imuran. Three small flares since in 2002, 2005, and 2007, brought under control with steroid and Rowasa enemas. Lap Chole performed October 26, 2007, after gall bladder attack in June, '07.
Daily meds: 100 mg Azathioprine and 225 mg Effexor XR (for chronic, longstanding depression), many vitamins and Primadophilus Reuteri


BTC
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   Posted 2/22/2008 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks - I was mainly concerned because right before I had my colonoscopy I was given two antibiotics for suspected proctitis, Flagyl and some other one that started with an L?

MitzMN
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   Posted 2/23/2008 7:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Actually, Flagyl is usually the first choice medication for folks diagnosed with C-diff.

If you had c-diff, and you didn't treat it, you would be in a major, major unrelenting flare.

You could always ask for a c-diff test, but it's doubtful you have c-diff.

Be sure to find yourself a very good probiotic and take it daily -- and perhaps increase your dose to a couple of times a day whenever you find yourself in the position of having to take an antibiotic.

Mitz
Sporadic proctitis since about 1985. Mother had J-pouch surgery 1983.
DX'd with clostridium difficile in 2000. Pred, two courses of Flagyl, then Vancomycin finally got rid of it. 2001 colonoscopy dx'd left-sided UC. . Treated with prednisone, Rowasa, Asacol. Asacol not working, switched to Imuran. Three small flares since in 2002, 2005, and 2007, brought under control with steroid and Rowasa enemas. Lap Chole performed October 26, 2007, after gall bladder attack in June, '07.
Daily meds: 100 mg Azathioprine and 225 mg Effexor XR (for chronic, longstanding depression), many vitamins and Primadophilus Reuteri

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