I am taking antibiotics due to an infection in the duedonam ulcer I have.... sometimes you have to take them.
Yes. Sometimes you have to take antibiotics. I will take them if I have a bladder infection, which could ascend up to the kidneys if I don't take antibiotics. I'm now taking cranberry supplements to prevent another bladder infection.
In happyliving's case, I didn't see any strong evidence as to why she needs to take an antibiotic. Yes. Some antibiotics target the bad bacteria in the colon, but they still kill good bacteria. I also don't understand the rush to take them before making a solid decision as to whether or not to take them. Antibiotics are supposed to be taken for a set period. You aren't supposed to stop taking them midstream. Otherwise, the bad bacteria will come back.
I would do fecal transplantation or at least take Probiotics to get the good bacteria back into my colon.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission
Lexapro (for stress)
Probiotics and Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Anti-inflammatory foods: turmeric, seaweed, garlic...
Avoid: pro-inflammatory foods, HFCS, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)