Interesting article on C. Diff

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jujub
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   Posted 11/11/2008 8:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Apparently this is becoming a bigger and bigger problem. (This article is in English, not Medicalese)
 
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20081111/hl_nm/us_infection_diarrhea_1
Judy
 
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ucwarrior
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   Posted 11/11/2008 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Good article. Scary too. These "superbugs" are the product of the world's judicious, and sometimes careless, use of antibiotics. Some who take antibiotics don't finish the full cycle because they are feeling better and contribute to the problem. In the late 80s and 90s it was thought that one of the viruses like ebola, smallpox were going to bring about the next pandemic. Now, in modern times with antibiotic usage/abusage on a steady incline, it appears as if the common bacterial strain can prove to be a formidable wake up call.

Now the medical field has to assess the pros and cons of the effectiveness of antibiotics versus the powerful strains they are producing. Our immune systems are being taxed by toxins in our food and the environment which, in turn, is causing more and more illnesses that need medical treatment. I am all for the use of antibiotics but I feel the responsibility rests on the doctors and indivduals taking them to be smart about it and delay the onset of the super bacteria's rise to power.

Every day I see people not washing their hands in the lavatory- ewwww. On the other hand, I see purell junkies squirting like crazy post board meeting after multiple handshakes. Somewhere there is a fine line but who knows what that is? Again, much of the responsibility rests on the individuals in the population. More and more people are becoming aware, thankfully, that cleanliness and personal hygiene can reduce the spread of pathogens.
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fullsock
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   Posted 11/12/2008 3:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I know fist hand the affect of the lovely C. dif. At the end of 2006 I was hospitalized for the first time, and was fortunate enough to catch a hospital case of C. dif. It didn’t manifest itself until I was almost of prednisone. I then spent the next 17 days in the hospital. During which stay I almost lost my colon. Then a couple of month after getting out of the hospital I went back in for another bought of C. Dif. It has now taken me almost three years to go into remission. I wouldn’t wish C. Dif. on my worst enemy.

Male, 25

Diagnosed w/ Ulcerative Colitis in 2006

Hospitalized three times

Imuran 200mg


Socalsd
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   Posted 11/12/2008 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I recently contracted C-diff as well. I am not sure how. I had been in the hospital for an appendix removal where they flushed me with IV antibiotics before and after the surgery two weeks later I had a severe flare and was losing a ton of blood. Then about almost my second week in the hospital they told me I had contracted C-Diff. I am not sure if it was from my appendix stay or from the flare visit. Seveal Chemo patients on my floor had it as well I noticed as I walked around. I had to take 3 doses of Liquid Vanco a day while I was in the hospital followed by two weeks of Vanco pills when I was released. I was a few days from a colon removal before they found it!!!! I was stuck in the hospital 19 days.My last test showed negative but I am going to request another one in a few weeks, my GI says couldn't have it now since I have formed stools but I am not taking a chance.
Prednisone 20mg a day
Remicaid (3 treatments so far)
VSL-DS#3
Vitamin C, Omega 3 and Slow Fe (Iron)
Metamucil wafers


34 year old male Southern California


Sweetie31105
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   Posted 11/12/2008 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   
When I was hospitalized to get my UC under control, I developed a case of C. Diff from the hospital along with a random Staff infection.
26 year old, Married, Female.
Diagnosed with UC since March 2007
Taking Humira and Imuran since May 2007 (Currently in remission since May 2007)


fullsock
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   Posted 11/13/2008 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
My GI doc said that once you get C. Dif you are more likely to get it again, so every time I have a flare I make sure to get tested not. I am pretty sure that my first C. Dif. experience came from a hospital worker not washing there hands. It is truly amazing that purell can’t kill the spores! I am now paranoid of going to the hospital.

Male, 25

Diagnosed w/ Ulcerative Colitis in 2006

Hospitalized three times

Imuran 200mg


beartooth
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   Posted 11/13/2008 7:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I got a c diff infection infection from visiting an assisted living retirement community. I was working with teens, and we did bi-weekly volunteer sessions at the center. I began showing c diff infection symptoms one month after my last time at the senior center. After spending months trying to get the c diff dxed correctly, I wound up losing 61 lbs. over 6 weeks, with constant bloody d, gas, and the usual lack of energy, plus urgent trips to the loo to get rid of the explosive, urgent, odoriferous bowel movements. By the time I was dxed, the c diff was fairly resistant to flagyll, and I ended up on 2 runs of vanco, and then a relapse 6 weeks later, which was taken care of by one round of vanco.

It was during my c diff infection that they did a c-scope that discovered my UC....talk about adding injury to insult. I had never even heard of UC, much less entertained the thought that I'd get it. But there it was staring me in the face. Life has not been the same for me since. It still irks me that I was UC free until after the c diff, and since then, UC has been basically ruled my life. All I want is to return to my pre-UC energy levels and desire, so I can get back into shape.

As stated in the article, c diff does form spores which are resistant to most disinfectants. Regardless of evidence saying other wise, I still use Purell after using the loo, and I wash my hands with antibacterial regularly. C diff can also be spread in households by people with poor hygiene, and by not sanitizing things regularly.

Hopefully everyone will stay c diff free. C diff made my UC look like a walk in the park, and I'd hate for someone to get infected. Follow sanitary bathroom habits, and when in hospitals or retirement homes, or even clinics, be sure to follow sanitation protocol.

Good luck all.
Brandon
 
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ moderate UC in May '06
Meds & supplements: Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Colocort, Prednisone, flaxseed oil, L-glutamine.


jujub
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   Posted 11/13/2008 10:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Once again, remember the best way to prevent it is with good hand washing. The alcohol-based water free hand sanitizers don't kill it. It's spread easily through the oral route, so wash your hands well with soap and water and keep them away from your face - especially when you're in locations where it's likely to be present - health care facilities, for instance.
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.
"My life is an ongoing medical adventure"
 
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Please remember to consult your health care provider when making health-related decisions.

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