What is this C-Diff?

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at wit's end
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   Posted 7/30/2008 8:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I am curious about this C-Diff and how you would know you have something like this? I know I saw something about this on here. I was on a antibiotic, Ciprofloxacin for 7 days for a urinary tract infection. And my infection is still not gone so they have me on another round but not Ciprofloxacin. I don't have abdominal pain nor cramps, no diarrhea, had fever on and off with the urinary tract infection but have had none in several days. This is making me scared to take another round of this antibiotic as I do not want this condition. I was diagnosed this morning with dehydration at the hospital. I feel totally fine in my colon, other than gas and acid reflux. Having normal stools.
 
I have felt flushed feeling, had hot feeling skin and have always drank plenty of water. It would be the diarrhea that would cause the dehydration am I correct? How sick would one be with this condition? I have not been in the hospital, other than this morning for a heart workup as I was having chest tightness and pressure.The only bacteria they found in my urinary tract was the klebsiella pneumoniae bacteria as it had gotten out of my intestinal tract, found by the gynecologist.
 
I cannot even imagine ulcerative colitis being a cause of dehydration. I didn't need to see this.  


Diagnosed with left sided UC in sigmoid colon and rectum 1986.
Put on Azulfidine 2 X 3 a day and Rowasa enemas 60mg.
Have been pretty much in remission overall other than a few flares over the past 21 years.
Medicine changed to Asacol 400mg 2 pills X3 times a day. Taken off all meds in 2004.
Diagnosed with acid reflux 2005. Put on Protonix 40mg.
Have been using Canasa 1000mg suppositories nightly since January 2007.
Was put back on Asacol 400mg 2 pills 2X a day in July 2007 maintenance. 

Post Edited (at wit's end) : 7/30/2008 7:16:14 PM (GMT-6)


Irish_Mom
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   Posted 7/30/2008 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
The main symptoms are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and high fever. It's diagnosed through stool testing.

Terri
 
_________________________________________________________________________________
Breast Cancer at 37; bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction.
Colon resection 2004; Sub-Total colectomy September 2007 for colonic inertia - didn't work.
Son with UC; taking Asacol and 6MP with Prednisone and Rowasa added during flareups. Recently diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis - now on Humira.
Husband with ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis.


at wit's end
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   Posted 7/30/2008 10:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Irish_Mom, I have none of that. BTW, I like your user id.
Diagnosed with left sided UC in sigmoid colon and rectum 1986.
Put on Azulfidine 2 X 3 a day and Rowasa enemas 60mg.
Have been pretty much in remission overall other than a few flares over the past 21 years.
Medicine changed to Asacol 400mg 2 pills X3 times a day. Taken off all meds in 2004.
Diagnosed with acid reflux 2005. Put on Protonix 40mg.
Have been using Canasa 1000mg suppositories nightly since January 2007.
Was put back on Asacol 400mg 2 pills 2X a day in July 2007 maintenance. 


Irish_Mom
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   Posted 7/31/2008 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   

Wit

Thanks for the comment about my user name. It's fun living in a household with three stubborn Irish men. LOL  I'm glad to hear that you don't have any of the symptoms of C. diff. We occasionaly have a patient get it, but it's usually one of our quad patients. They get bladder infections quite frequently, so the antibiotics will sometimes give them C. diff.


Terri
 
_________________________________________________________________________________
Breast Cancer at 37; bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction.
Colon resection 2004; Sub-Total colectomy September 2007 for colonic inertia - didn't work.
Son with UC; taking Asacol and 6MP with Prednisone and Rowasa added during flareups. Recently diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis - now on Humira.
Husband with ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis.


jujub
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   Posted 7/31/2008 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   
A good way to help prevent c. diff overgrowth when you're taking probiotics is to take a good probiotic. That helps to replace the normal healthy bacteria in the colon so it's less welcoming to c. diff. Our members use products such as Culturelle, VSL ##, Primadophilus Reuteri or a variety of others. You should be able to get a good probiotic preparation at your drugstore or health store. Be sure to take the probiotic at least 2-4 hours after the antibiotic.
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
 
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ediekristen
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   Posted 7/31/2008 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
at wit's end said...
 
I cannot even imagine ulcerative colitis being a cause of dehydration. I didn't need to see this.  

UC can most definitely cause dehydration, especially if you are having a lot of diarrhea, but even if you're not. There have been times that I was so dehydrated that they could barely get a blood sample at the doctor's because my veins weren't showing or popping up when they put the tourniquet on and my blood was coming out too slow, they almost didn't get enough. That was pretty scary. I get dehydrated pretty frequently though so I make sure to try and drink as much water and gatorade as I can.


at wit's end
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   Posted 7/31/2008 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I did unfortunately notice yesterday evening some loose stools and this morning also. Both after eating raisin bran with milk. I read that a dehydrated person should not consume milk or fiber when dehydrated due to that causing diarrhea. I have had none before that. So I am going to lay back off the fiber and milk and see if it changes. I have only taken Ciprofloxacin once for 7 days and I don't think that one time would cause that bacteria. I've been on that drug before due to a urinary tract infection about a year and a half ago. Nothing happened then. I am starting back on my probiotics.
Irish_Mom said...

Wit

Thanks for the comment about my user name. It's fun living in a household with three stubborn Irish men. LOL  I'm glad to hear that you don't have any of the symptoms of C. diff. We occasionaly have a patient get it, but it's usually one of our quad patients. They get bladder infections quite frequently, so the antibiotics will sometimes give them C. diff.



Diagnosed with left sided UC in sigmoid colon and rectum 1986.
Put on Azulfidine 2 X 3 a day and Rowasa enemas 60mg.
Have been pretty much in remission overall other than a few flares over the past 21 years.
Medicine changed to Asacol 400mg 2 pills X3 times a day. Taken off all meds in 2004.
Diagnosed with acid reflux 2005. Put on Protonix 40mg.
Have been using Canasa 1000mg suppositories nightly since January 2007.
Was put back on Asacol 400mg 2 pills 2X a day in July 2007 maintenance. 


beartooth
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   Posted 8/3/2008 3:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Judilyn -

I'm not trying to hijack this post, but I've been told that antibiotics will kill off most probiotic formulas. You can go to the website of whatever probiotic you are taking (if they have one) to find out if it is okay to take with antibiotics. I peaked at the sites for VSL3, Florastor, Culturelle, and Flora-q. Culturelle and Florastor both say they are fine with antis, while VSL3 claims that antis will greatly decrease its helpfulness...Flora-q didn't have info related to antis. When I had my original c diff infection, my doc recommended that I NOT start on pro-bs until after I was done with the Vanco.
Mild to moderate UC diagnosed May '06, prone to c diff infections
Had UC symptoms since 1999
Allergic to the 5ASA family of drugs
Probiotics 3x day
Multivitamin, Wellbutrin XL 300mg, Prozac 20mg, Allegra 180mg 1x day
Fiber supplement 2 caps 1x day
Currently experiencing a flare due to being in med limbo...
 

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