Back in May of '06, I developed a bacterial infection in my digestive tract. Through stool cultures, it was eventually dxed as a c diff infection. It took 2 rounds of flagyl, and two round of vancomycin to get rid of the infection. At the time, I was getting ready to complete a trade school program, and my plan was to move to another state immediately after graduation to a job I had lined up. Due to the infection, I ended up postponing leaving, and wound up hanging around being sick for a month. I pushed to get a c-scope, because I wanted to be sure there wasn't any underlying cause for the c diff infection. (Main causes for getting a c diff infection are being on antibiotics, being elderly and in a hospital/nursing home, or travelling out of the country). I fell into none of those categories. Well, my c-scope revealed that I had colitis, and I was imediately put on Asacol. Prior to the infection, I had had blood in my stool occassionaly, but I had never had anything even remotely resembling a full blown flare, and I always assumed the blood was hemmies. After the infection was cleared up, I was put on Asacol and a probiotic, which kept the UC under control to the point that I doubted I actually had it. Then I stopped the Asacol, and all doubt of my having UC was erased from my mind. Do I think the c diff brought on the UC? No. I think I was genetically predisposed to UC, and it needed a major upset to get going. 7 years earlier, I had giardia, that took 2 rounds of flagyl to eliminate, but I didn't notice any UC stuff after that. For me, it took a major imbalance (like an extremely hard to eliminate infection) to get things revving up, and once it happened, there is no going back. Now I'm trying to get back into remission, and I have an appreciation of what a flare feels like. I will be more carfeul in the future to do what is necessary to prevent a flare. And I avoid antibiotics unless it is absolutely a last alternative.
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ moderate UC in May '06 - currently flaring
Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Colocort retention fluid, Prednisone 15mg and tapering down
Post Edited (beartooth) : 9/29/2008 4:53:20 AM (GMT-6)