I had a severe sinus infection in January, accompanied by ear infections and even "Pink Eye" thanks to the grandchildren. I was put on Augmenten for 15 days, three days after being off of it the infection seemed to return. Back to the doctor and another round of Augmenten, this time 14 days. Both of these were from a walk-in clinic since we were out of state at the time. When I returned home I still had pressure in one ear, went to my doctor and he said he thought we needed to follow up with a round of Levaquin. The end of April I started with the adominal pain, not feeling well all over, stool urgency, fatigue. This went on for a couple weeks then I started noticing some blood tinged mucus in the stool. Of course all of the symtoms just continued and worsened. I am 64 don't have good insurance ($5,000) deductable, so I thought I could wait (a few more months) for Medicare to have it seen about
. Then I started not even wanting to get out of bed, and the urgency with bowel movement was terrible, and the mucus had a very foul smell. I knew I had to check it out. Went to my doctor and he referred me to a GI, they scheduled a colonoscopy on Tuesday, May 27th. The doctor did send home 30 days of Cholestryramine after the colonoscopy. I have been taking that everyday, with fiber, and an acidolphilus capsule. I just got a call and the diagnosis is Chronic colitis. They scheduled an appointment for July 10th. Almost six weeks away. Even before we got the diagnosis from the biopsies, I had the pictures of my colon and knew I was in trouble. I started right away on taking a capsule of probiotics, three billion per capsule. My husband went shopping and found a capsule with 8 billion per capsule. He brought home Kefir, soy milk, yogurt with live cultures. He has taken over the cooking and is making home made soup constantly. I am still having a lot of pain, fatigue, etc. I am doing better in the bowel movement area, probably because of the meds he sent home with me and my diet. I didn't know anything about
colitis before now. Don't know why I didn't pay more attention to the antibiotic thing, I usually am not anxious to take antibiotics, we were just so busy with a new born grandchild, and so many other things, with ten kids and 41 grandchildren. Well, it is time for Grandma to take care of herself. I am almost sure that I have the CD stuff because at the end of my cleanse for the colonoscopy I started passing stuff that looked like white tissue. It almost looked like torn up toilet paper floating around in the bowl. There just has to be something to do besides surgery, I can't even think about
that. I guess I will find out on July 10th what he has in mind. In the meantime can you overdose on probiotics? Any other hints of what I might do or take?