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skikraz
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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 5/4/2009 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Am off to see the doctor this afternoon about a persistent sore throat and cough (strep, I think)
had c-diff last december so I'm leary of taking any antibiotics, any idea what the course of action might be?
or are antiobiotics the opnly way to go?
54 male New Hampshire
Diagnosed 2/08 mild UC/Proctitis
c diff 11/08
40mg predisone--tapering
flagyl
viconsin 4x day
ambien
canassa 2x day
lialda 2x day my daily med


quincy
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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 30984
   Posted 5/4/2009 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
It would depend on what you have. Hope the doc takes a swab.

A persistent cough and sore throat could also be caused by post nasal drip or even reflux, allergies, etc..

I would say it would be best for you to maybe be sent to an ENT if he's not thinking it's strep.


For strep, your best bet is antibiotics....I use Zithromax with no problems...but I've not had c.diff...

If you're not on any probiotics....please consider to use them regardless, and especially if you're put on antibiotics.

Keep us updated as to the outcome.

quincy
*Heather* Status: mild flare enemas tapered to every 2nd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed; started Omega 3 
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


fruitgirl
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 7150
   Posted 5/4/2009 2:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Strep usually doesn't cause a cough, so I'm guessing it's not that. My guess is that you've got a cold or allergy problems that's causing your symptoms. At any rate, I hope you feel better soon.
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa nightly, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).


quincy
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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 30984
   Posted 5/4/2009 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Strep can have a cough ..... not a diagnostic feature I would rely on, however..

q
*Heather* Status: mild flare enemas tapered to every 2nd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed; started Omega 3 
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


fruitgirl
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 7150
   Posted 5/4/2009 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, it can, but it usually doesn't.
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa nightly, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).

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