Now this is truly disturbing….C.Diff

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Apetro
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   Posted 11/18/2008 10:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow.....
 
 
Tainted meats point to superbug C. diff in food
Study finds gut germ in 40 percent of grocery meats; CDC says not to worry
By JoNel Aleccia
 

 

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glamourgirl
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   Posted 11/19/2008 7:16 AM (GMT -6)   
It's very scary. I got c. diff. when I was pregnant and I hadn't been on any antibiotics. I have no idea how I got it. I had it for 3 months during my pregnancy, I had a horrible time getting rid of it. As soon as I had my baby, the c. diff. came back. I get it about once a year now.
Female, Age 37
 
Diagnosed w/c.diff 7/02 when pregnant w/1st and only child during 2nd trimester(wasn't on antibiotics)
C.diff flare within weeks of delivering baby 1/03
Diagnosed with UC 2/03
_____________________________________________________________
Current Meds:
75mg 6-MP
Entocort
Cortenema as needed
Ferrex Forte
Acidophillus
Sacchromyces Boulardii 


beartooth
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   Posted 11/19/2008 7:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Interesting article. When I was dxed with a c diff infection, the three questions asked of me were: Have you taken antibiotics lately? Have you been hospitalized lately? Have you traveled out of the country lately? The answer to all were "NO!".

We never really figured out how I got the infection, although the guess was that I had put some volunteer time in at an assisted living center a couple hours a week. At the time, I was eating lots of meat, and fast foods, which is not the cause, was definitely a contributing factor.

C diff is one nasty infection. It took two rounds of flagyll, and then two rounds of vanco to knock it out, and then 6 weeks later, after a relapse, another round of vanco (at larger doses than I had used before). I still get worried whenever I get some unexplained symptoms that I can't attribute to UC, but I've been c diff free for over 2 years now.

Thanks for the link!


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 ( down to 7.5mg), flaxseed oil, L-glutamine, magnesium, and vit B-12.
 
Trying the spinach/sunflower diet.  If needed, my next experiment will be to try LDN.

Post Edited (beartooth) : 11/19/2008 3:30:56 PM (GMT-7)


Christine1946
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   Posted 11/19/2008 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   
     What are the symptoms of C diff?  Does taking an antibiotic cause it?  Great, cause I am on Cipro for a sinus infection and currently in remission with the UC.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/08...now see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.


jujub
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   Posted 11/19/2008 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   
General information on c. diff from the Mayo clinic:
 
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/c-difficile/DS00736
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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glamourgirl
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   Posted 11/19/2008 10:55 AM (GMT -6)   
The symptoms are the same as UC symptoms. It's always hard for me to tell when I'm flaring if it's the UC or a c. diff infection.
Female, Age 37
 
Diagnosed w/c.diff 7/02 when pregnant w/1st and only child during 2nd trimester(wasn't on antibiotics)
C.diff flare within weeks of delivering baby 1/03
Diagnosed with UC 2/03
_____________________________________________________________
Current Meds:
75mg 6-MP
Entocort
Cortenema as needed
Ferrex Forte
Acidophillus
Sacchromyces Boulardii 


perach
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   Posted 11/19/2008 12:50 PM (GMT -6)   
One of many reasons I am glad to be a vegetarian!
-Lialda (4 pills/day), canasa, Align probiotic, kefir, multivitamin, calcium with vitamin d, iron


jujub
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   Posted 11/19/2008 3:15 PM (GMT -6)   
One of the best ways to help prevent c. diff infection is by taking daily probiotics. Large doses of good bacteria can often colonize the colon and create an environment less friendly to the c. diff bacteria.
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"
 
Co-Moderator UC Forum
Please remember to consult your health care provider when making health-related decisions.


Christine1946
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   Posted 11/19/2008 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
     That's good to hear because I do take a probiotic

62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/08...now see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.


Apetro
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   Posted 11/19/2008 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry for such a long post Judilyn, also wasn't aware of the copyright issues. Will do better next time! This is really scary for us....
http://asilentocean.blogspot.com/  -> My blog
 
Diagnosed 7/27/08
 
Asacol- 2.4g/day
 
Prednisone 20mg/day 40mg/day  20mg/day and tapering again....


Sara14
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   Posted 11/19/2008 8:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Another reason I'm glad I'm a vegetarian.

I love the subhead on that story: "Study finds gut germ in 40 percent of grocery meats; CDC says not to worry"
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa; Canasa; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; sublingual allergy drops


summerstorm
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   Posted 11/20/2008 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   
not to put a damper on it for you Sara14, but at the bottom they said it could just as easily be on a carrot! Which actually makes sense, since it comes from poo from animals in the "wild" that's in the soil, and the water.
It is scary, but i think it's one of those things we just have to get used to!
I got a c diff which started my UC up back in 1999. Then i got doing better and it came back and my UC came back and wouldn't go away. I ended up with my colon out about a year ago.

jujub
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   Posted 11/20/2008 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Apetro said...
Sorry for such a long post Judilyn, also wasn't aware of the copyright issues. Will do better next time! This is really scary for us....

No problem, and it's always okay to post links (as long as you're not selling something.)  smilewinkgrin
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"
 
Co-Moderator UC Forum
Please remember to consult your health care provider when making health-related decisions.


Gervais
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   Posted 11/20/2008 2:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Sara14 said...
Another reason I'm glad I'm a vegetarian.

I love the subhead on that story: "Study finds gut germ in 40 percent of grocery meats; CDC says not to worry"


Haha. "Nothing to see here. Move along..."
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