c. Diff... Grey's Anatomy

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Samynic
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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 56
   Posted 11/21/2008 10:58 AM (GMT -6)   
did anyone watch Grey's last night? they had a patient with c. diff and did the thing where they put someone elses poop into her...

reminded me of this board as this is the first place i heard of both. :)
22 years old
Diagnosed with UC June 2005 at age 19
Just graduated from Virginia Tech

Have taken:
Cortifoam, Sulfasalazine, Cipro, Flagyl, Codine, Hydrocodone, Roxicodone, Canasa, Aloe Vera Juice, Prednisone

Currently:
Asacol, Dicyclomine,Zoloft, Probiotics, Flintstones Vitamins with Iron

Never have had a colonoscopy just one sig flex over 3 years ago. Dont really have a GI because No insurance :(


glamourgirl
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 460
   Posted 11/21/2008 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I taped it but I haven't watched it yet. Being a c. diff. sufferer, I would try the treatment in a heartbeat if I didn't get better from Vanco. It's such a horrible illness!!
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 


Luna0
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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 83
   Posted 11/21/2008 2:08 PM (GMT -6)   
c. dif.? Is that Crones or a type of UC i don't know about?
Tawn 
19 years old, College Student ~WAHOO GO CATS=)
 
Diagnosed in 2004
Currently on:
Remicade
Imuran 3pills/day
Benifiber
And other over the counter meds.


glamourgirl
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 460
   Posted 11/21/2008 4:01 PM (GMT -6)   
It stands for clostridium difficile. It's a bad infection of the intestines where the "bad" bacteria take over the "good" bacteria. The symptoms are very similar to UC....bloody diarrhea, mucus, etc. It's really hard to get rid of, only a few antibiotics work for it and they don't always work. It's often caught in hospitals or when antibiotics are used that kill the good bacteria. Some people, like me, got it as a mystery...I have no clue where I got it since I wasn't on antibiotics. Anyway, if you Google it, you'll find info on it.
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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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 517
   Posted 11/21/2008 11:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Clostridium difficile is a common bacteria in our guts, but when an imbalance occurs (due to antibiotic use, or other causes), the c diff flourishes, and beats out good bacteria for nutrients. Symptoms are very close to UC and Crohn's, but c diff is not the same as and IBD or IBS...it is a bacterial infection not unlike giardia, but much worse.

I've had c diff, and it was worse than any flare I've ever had from UC. The thing that I noticed the most was that my bms were really stinky compared to UC bms, as well as more explosive, bloody, and the urgency was horrible. Typically, c diff is treated with flagyll first, but it has become resistant to that antibiotic, so the next antibiotic is vancomyacin, which is really expensive. If the pill form doesn't knock it out after a couple of rounds, they'll try an IV form of vanco, which means you are hospialized.

For some, c diff continues to be resistant to antibiotics, which is the only reason why they would try the fecal transfer, which is not a common treatment at all. It can be really hard to even find someplace willing to do the transfer. A good probiotic to take for c diff infections is Florastor, which is a yeast which competes with the c diff bacteria for nutrients. Florastor is also okay to take with antibiotics, so while the bad stuff gets killed off, it is instantly replaced with good stuff.
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.


Sara14
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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 4180
   Posted 11/23/2008 10:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, I saw this episode. I love Grey's! I know it's just a tv show, but I found it kind of irksome/strange that they treated C. Diff with a fecal transplant (or whatever it's called), since that is not usually how it's treated. It's usually treated with antibiotics. I'm sure they just did it for the entertainment value since it's tv, but it kind of aggravated me, even though I love the show.
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa; Canasa; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; sublingual allergy drops


glamourgirl
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 460
   Posted 11/24/2008 8:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Sara14, it's not a common treatment but if you've ever had c. diff and didn't respond to the antibiotics I'm sure you would do the fecal thing. C. diff is horrible!
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 


FitWithUC
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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 64
   Posted 11/24/2008 8:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I had two stool analysis for c. diff las saturday, just waiting for the results to come in, my GI ordered because he says an imbalance in C. Diff can cause a flare of the UC, he had some patients like that.
Peter, 21. Puerto Rico
DX: Ulcerative Colitis as of 06/05
Remissions: Remission: 01/06 till 10/08
Current Treament: Asacol 2400 MG 2X daily, Rowassa nightly, 1MG Folic Acid, 40 MG Prednisone, Remicade, New ChapterĀ® Multivitamin, New ChapterĀ® All-Flora Probiotics, Dolomite Calcium Supplement
Status: Flare!!!!!!!!


fullsock
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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 11
   Posted 11/24/2008 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had C. Diff. twice now and it is far worse than a regulare flare. I almost lost my colon the first time because they couldnt get it under control.

Male, 25

Diagnosed w/ Ulcerative Colitis in 2006

Hospitalized three times

Imuran 200mg

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