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UCfree_at17
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   Posted 8/16/2008 1:03 PM (GMT -6)   
So for the past week ive been really tired and not feeling like i usually do. I started going to the bathroom triple the times i normally go and they deff arent solid! I went to my doctor and she did blood tests and took a stool sample for C-diff. Ive read a lot of scary stuff about it but then again having UC, theres a lot of scary stuff on the internet about it too. I was diganosed about 4 months ago with UC. I went to the dentist to get a root canal about 2 weeks ago and he put me on a antibiotic for an absess on my gum. I stopped taking it bc i noticed a change in my BMs and how i felt. And now my doctors telling me i might have C-diff. I read that its HIGHLY contagious. Has anyone had C-diff and if so, did anyone in your family catch it? Should i be worried about having it? Im most deff taking precautions.. cleaning the toilet seat and sanitizing EVERYTHING
Thanks bunches!
VIEW IMAGEKatrina
Severe Pancolitis, newly diagnosed
Currently taking:
Prednisone, Iron, Multivitamin, Methotrexate shot once/weekly, maybe starting Asacol to get off Prednisone =]
 
 
 
 
 


jujub
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   Posted 8/16/2008 3:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell, Katrina.

C. diff can start after a course of antibiotics kills off the good bacteria in your colon. If that's what you have, it can be treated with very specific antibiotics. Be aware, however, that most GI's will check for C. diff any time your symptoms increase, and most of the time you won't have it. If you do, it can be treated with some very specific medications.

As for spreading the infection: first of all, most people with good health and no IBD are less likely to catch it than we are. Second, it's transmitted by someone getting the germ on their hands and then putting their hand around their own or someone else's mouth, or handling food. The most important thing for you to do is to be sure to wash your hands after the bathroom and before handling any food, taking care of children, etc. The cleaning can't hurt, either.

For future reference, one way to protect yourself when you have to take antibiotics is to take a good probiotic. Probiotics are combinations of beneficial bacteria that will help keep your colon healthier. One of the good ones that is usually available in your pharmacy is Culturelle. Many of us take a probiotic all the time, but increase the dosage when we're on antibiotics.

You sound like a very mature and responsible young woman; your family is lucky. I hope you're soon feeling much better. Keep us posted!
Judy - Southern US 
 
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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UCfree_at17
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   Posted 8/17/2008 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the information Judy =] It makes me less worried that someone in my family's going to catch it if i do have it. I still havent got the results back. Do you know how long it usually takes to get them back? I should get the results from my blood tests sometime today. I will keep you posted on everything. Thank you again.
VIEW IMAGEKatrina
Severe Pancolitis, newly diagnosed
Currently taking:
Prednisone, Iron, Multivitamin, Methotrexate shot once/weekly, maybe starting Asacol to get off Prednisone =]
 
 
 
 
 


sweetmelody
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   Posted 8/17/2008 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
All that about CDIFF is actually really good to know. I had no idea that the way it was transmitted was by hands and all.
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