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   Posted 5/11/2009 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Been seeing a few posts about c-diff and I am actually being tested for it next week... My question is - how long can one have c-diff? If the symptoms are so similar to UC, is it something that can last for years or is it more of a flu or virus?
Stats:35 yr old male. UC for 15 years.
location:North Western PA
DX: Started left-sided UC, most recent scope shows pancolitis
Medications:20mg pred (as of 4/27/09), 12x pills Asacol per day, 100mg Imuran per day, 1mg Atavan per day (anxiety) when needed, 20mg paxil per day, Super-omega fish oil pills - 1x per day, Flax oil pills - 1x am, 1x pm, Culturelle probiotics - 2x am, 1x pm, Vitamin B-12 injections weekly.
Surgeries: Recent Endonasal brain surgery to remove non-cancerous hormone producing tumor on pituitary gland (and I am still more afraid of my UC!!)

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   Posted 5/11/2009 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I was under the impression that it does not go away without medication. Not 100% sure though. I had stool tests a couple weeks ago and surprisingly my stools were normal. I always thought I had c. diff.
Diagnosed with mild proctitis in March 2007: Treated with Canasa 2x Daily
December 08: Began treating with Asacol 400mg (9/day) + Canasa 2x/day - Anemic
May 09: Off Canasa, taking Asacol (9/day)

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   Posted 5/11/2009 8:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Senior - New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008   Tried, Colozal, steroid enemas, etc. - started working but severe side effects occurred. No mesalamines!!
Started on prednisone Feb.7, 2009 - tapering to 20 mg. - upped prenisone to 25mg. on my own (bleeding returned) - 6MP - 50 mg. 2/28/2009 
75mg. 6 MP added on 4/8/2009 - waiting for CBC and Prometheus tests
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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 5/12/2009 3:48 PM (GMT -6)   
No you don't have it forever, however, it can be very hard to treat.  It's stubborn just like UC.  Even when it's treated, it can still come back.  I've had it for 3-4 months before getting rid of it, only to have it come back a few months later.  It really depends on the person...
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

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