I don't think antibiotics caused it.. but I do think it brought about my first flare. Everything I read and understand is that this is kind of a genetic thing. BUt I can say that I was doing fine with NO symptoms till I was put on a strong antibiotic for infected poison ivy by an ER doc. was told to take it with food, no one said a meal. I took it with a piece of bread or some such. nothing much cause I was tryin to loose a couple pounds and was watchin my diet. By the end of the antibitoic, I was complaining to my Pharm about feeling bloated and full all the time like I just couldn't put another bite of food in my mouth. He regonised the signs of me heading towards C-diff. And immediately told me to stop takin the antibiotic, started me on probiotics, and had me see my family doctor. She agreed with him. after a month of probiotics, I was feeling fine and quit takin them. Doc said it was okay I was prob fixed. about two months, maybe three, I started to have D...every couple days, That was in nov 2007, by Feb 2008 I was having it everyday and really having troubles in the morning. Family doc sent me to a GI, who diagnosed me with spastic colon and put me on pamine forte ( spelling ?? ) That was in April. When that didn't work, they scheduled me for a colonoscopy and In Aug 2008, I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Kept getting worse till about first of Dec. They tried all sorts of medicines and such. By Dec, they had me on what I take now, and then I tried gluten free diet. Fixed me about half way in just alittle over a week, maybe two. about 18 days ago, I started the spinach/sunflower diet from here and have been steadily improving ever since ( till today, bad day ) But Am not stressing over just one day.
Anyways... Like I said earlier, Not sure I believe that the antibiotics caused this, But am pretty sure they brought on my first flare.
38 yr old male, NE Ohio
diagnosed in aug 2008
30 mg predisone, 9 balsalazide, rowesa enema, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol, 2 probiotic, 2 aloe vera
gluten intolerance... attempting to live no/low gluten
update: down to 25 mg pred a day as of 12/25/08
update: down to 20 Mg pred a day as of 1/7/09