UC, C Diff and sudden onset of Blood

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   Posted 6/18/2009 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Some of you may have already read my story so I'll just say that I was recently hospitalized for my UC and found that I also had C Diff on top of it. I have been home for a week and a half and on my 5th day of taking Vancomycin (in addition to my Lialda, and Prednisone). I seemed to be doing much better, got my appetite back and had more energy. Still having 5-7 bouts of diarrhea each day, almost like what I consider a "normal flare."

This morning however, I sat down and the D was more (in quantity) than usual. When I looked in the bowl it was bright red, and seemed to be all blood. It was early so I planned to call the doc when the office opened, however, the next few D's seemed back to normal, just D, no blood. So I figured it was a fluke. Now, I just got had it happen again! Of course, I'll call my doc in the morning, but thought I'd reach out to get some feedback in the meantime. I am not aware of any hemmies, but suppose that could be the case. I'm just really nervous about the C Diff and any lasting complications. I know it can turn serious very quickly.

Thanks for reading!
Diagnosed w/ UC in August 2007
Was in remission for almost one year (using only Lialda 4xday)
Rowasa and Canasa did not work.
Current status: In Flare since May 2009

4 Lialda/day maintenance, healthy diet
Starting Colal-Pred trial May 18, 2009, ended when hospitalized two weeks later.
Currently taking Flagyl, 60mg Prednisone (start tapering soon) and doc wants to discuss MP6.

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 6/18/2009 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
     Since it is bright red it is indicative of bleeding in the lower portion of the bowel.  I had this while I was hospitalized last year and YES it is scary.   I am not familiar with CDiff but know I was tested for it last year and I didn't have it.   You're doing the best thing by calling the doctor tomorrow.  Let us know how you make out ok?  Good luck.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Meds as of June 09: Colazal (6 per day), 6MP (50 mgm), Probiotic (upped to 3 per day), Fish oil capsule, calcium, multivitamin, Cort enema nightly, Canasa in morning.  Also taking Benicar and Toprol to control high blood pressure.  Getting old is a b****.

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