Do you get fever with a c-diff?

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Shelliesv
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   Posted 5/11/2009 7:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm going to the doctor today to try to figure out what the heck is wrong with me. I was feeling great for 2.5 weeks then
I had my Remicade and the next day I'm running fevers which were as high as 103 with the chills last night and for the past
few days I'm rushing to the bathroom at least 10 times a day (no blood). I don't know if that's because I just tapered down my pred to 10mg
(I was originally on 40 and have tapered 10 a week). or if I have a virus, reaction to remicade, or c-dff I'm so tired of not feeling well!
37 year old mom of 2.

Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis 1995 (24 years old) / Ulcerative Colitis in 2000 (29 years old)
In remission for 4 years from 2005 - 3/2009 with colazol maintenance only.

Hospitalized for flare 3/23/09 - 3/25/09. Hospitalized 2nd time for same flare 4/17 - 4/22

Current Meds: Remicade, Apriso 4/day, Prednisone 10mg per day, Rowasa Enemas 2/day, Culturelle

Had 1st Remicade infusion in the hospital 4/22/09, 2nd infusion 5/7/09 (I think the first infusion put me in remission!)


glamourgirl
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   Posted 5/11/2009 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry you're not feeling well.  Yes, you can have a fever with c.diff.  The symptoms are so close to UC, it's hard to tell the difference without stool tests.  My big issue when I have c.diff is all the blood.  I'll go to the bathroom 15-20 times a day and it's mainly blood.  I hope you can figure out what's going on and get some relief soon!!

Female, Age 38
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:
Lialda, 6MP
Ferrex Forte
Acidophillus, Sacchromyces Boulardii, Oil of Oregano


fruitgirl
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   Posted 5/11/2009 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I imagine your symptoms are more likely due to the pred taper and not C. diff. Have you been on antibiotics lately? I can't remember. Anyway, I do knw that C. diff is becoming more common in hospitals, so it would be good to get a stool sample done. 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).


pb4
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   Posted 5/11/2009 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Symptoms of pseudomembranous colitis (C-Diff) include:

Diarrhea
Abdominal cramps and pain
Fever, which may be higher than 101 F (38.3 C)
Urge to have a bowel movement (fecal urgency)
Pus or mucus in your stool
Nausea
Dehydration

You can also get a fever from UC as well so it's good you're going to see your doc.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)


subdued
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   Posted 5/11/2009 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I also had a high fever (although not dangerously high) when I had my second colitis flareup. I mistakenly thought I was going though menopause, because I would wake up sweating.

I most likely got my flareups from antibiotics, and therefore had C-diff.

I was also passing tons of blood clots.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Colitis Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission
Don't expect your doctor to cure your health problems. Your health is your responsibility.

Lexapro (for stress), Probiotics and Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Avoid HFCS, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
When flaring: eat anti-inflammatory foods, avoid pro-inflammatory foods
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)


Shelliesv
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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 208
   Posted 5/11/2009 10:28 PM (GMT -6)   
My doc did a blood culture, a CBC, a chest xray, urine,. He does not think its a sinus infection and didn't mention c-diff. They
were leaning toward a Remicade reaction and he gave me an s shot of a broad spectrum antibioticm I have to go for this shot every day until they
get the results of the blood cultures.
37 year old mom of 2.

Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis 1995 (24 years old) / Ulcerative Colitis in 2000 (29 years old)
In remission for 4 years from 2005 - 3/2009 with colazol maintenance only.

Hospitalized for flare 3/23/09 - 3/25/09. Hospitalized 2nd time for same flare 4/17 - 4/22

Current Meds: Remicade, Apriso 4/day, Prednisone 10mg per day, Rowasa Enemas 2/day, Culturelle

Had 1st Remicade infusion in the hospital 4/22/09, 2nd infusion 5/7/09 (I think the first infusion put me in remission!)

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