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Hellokitty
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   Posted 8/26/2009 6:53 AM (GMT -6)   
I know i will sound stuid for asking this as i have had UC for 3 years but i dont know what C-diff is. I keep seeing people speak about this but im not sure what it means. How do you know if you have this.
Female 32 years old
 
Diganosed ulcerative colitis November 2007
Present medication-  500mg pentasa,  250 mg  asacol (every evening)
Diet- Back on the raw foods.
 
Other medical problems- Born with asthma- no medication taken for this.
dyslexia- found out that many people with learning difficulties also have food sensitivity
 

jujub
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   Posted 8/26/2009 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   
C. diff is clostridium dificil, a bacteria. It is known for causing bacterial colitis. Because UC tends to flush the good bacteria from our colons, it can create a hospitable environment for C. diff.

The symptoms of C. diff sometimes mimic UC, but more often they cause really watery diarrhea and more cramping than UC.
 
This is one good reason to take probiotics, as they can help prevent C. diff colitis.


Judy
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Moderate to severe left-sided UC diagnosed 2001. Flared for 5 years, finally in remission with Remicade since March 2006. Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is  my "forever" gift from steroids.
Chronic joint/connective tissue/muscle pain; TKR 05/09 
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Hellokitty
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   Posted 8/26/2009 10:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks judy. I do take a probiotic, its good to know this info
Female 32 years old
 
Diganosed ulcerative colitis November 2007
Present medication-  500mg pentasa,  250 mg  asacol (every evening)
Diet- Back on the raw foods.
 
Other medical problems- Born with asthma- no medication taken for this.
dyslexia- found out that many people with learning difficulties also have food sensitivity
 

fruitgirl
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   Posted 8/26/2009 10:08 AM (GMT -6)   
My doc also said that the bleeding is really, really, really bad with C.diff. So, if you're like me and don't have a ton of bleeding with UC flares, it can be a sign you've got it. They test your stool to look for the toxin the bacteria produces and/or the bacteria itself to see if you've got it.
Status: Remission since May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Currently meds: Apriso (4 0.375g pills ONCE!! daily), mesalamine enema twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, and Zoloft (currently tapering; 12.5 mg).


Hellokitty
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   Posted 8/26/2009 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks fruitgirl- I have never had bleeding during a flare. Ive only flared once really badly so far and the rest of the times it has only been a bit of D. But I didn't realize about the bacteria and maybe I had it during my first really bad flare. Maybe I should get tested. I used to get a bit of blood now and then but I havent seen any blood since going raw so i don't know if the diet is helping with that??
Female 32 years old
 
Diganosed ulcerative colitis November 2007
Present medication-  500mg pentasa,  250 mg  asacol (every evening)
Diet- Back on the raw foods.
 
Other medical problems- Born with asthma- no medication taken for this.
dyslexia- found out that many people with learning difficulties also have food sensitivity
 

subdued
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   Posted 8/26/2009 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I was never tested for C-diff, but my GI said that he could tell I didn't have C-diff by how my colon looked. Anyway, I must have had some form of an bacteria imbalance. It would be hard not too: I've taken antibiotics off on on for most of my life.

Here are some factors to consider when trying to figure out whether or not your flares are related to having an imbalance in your fecal flora:

The extent that you have taken antibiotics in the past.
The timing of your symptoms. Were you taking antibiotics at the time or some time in the following few months of treatment?
How well does your colon respond to probiotics? To fecal transplantation?
Does diet affect your symptoms?
Joy - 47 yrs and counting; Dx Colitis Dec 06 (also had IBS); Currently in remission

Figuring out how to reduce a flare or get into remission is a trial and error experience. Don't expect your GI to have all the answers. He was trained in making diagnoses, prescribing medications, and surgically removing the colon. He was not trained in alternative treatments. That's why they are called alternative treatments.

What works for me: Fecal transplantation, Probiotics, Anti-inflammatory foods, No HFCS, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, Vitamins, Lexapro (for stress).


thatfield
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   Posted 8/26/2009 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hmmm...interesting post.  I have never been tested for c-diff either.  I took a very strong antibiotic right before my symptoms started.  Bleeding is my very worst symptom too.  I have an appointment with my GI next week.  I am going to ask to be tested.  What is the treatment for C-diff?  Is the treatment different than for UC in general?


Dx 2006 right after the birth of my daughter
Lialda 2 pills a day
Cort-enemas as needed
Canasa as needed
Probiotics Daily
 


Hellokitty
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   Posted 8/26/2009 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I have taken alot of medication in the past. But i was not taking antibioctics before the flare. I couldent really tell if probiotics made a difference, but diet seemed to. What is the conclusion of that?
Female 32 years old
 
Diganosed ulcerative colitis November 2007
Present medication-  500mg pentasa,  250 mg  asacol (every evening)
Diet- Back on the raw foods.
 
Other medical problems- Born with asthma- no medication taken for this.
dyslexia- found out that many people with learning difficulties also have food sensitivity
 

subdued
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   Posted 8/26/2009 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   
thatfield said...
Hmmm...interesting post. I have never been tested for c-diff either. I took a very strong antibiotic right before my symptoms started. Bleeding is my very worst symptom too. I have an appointment with my GI next week. I am going to ask to be tested. What is the treatment for C-diff? Is the treatment different than for UC in general?


They give you antibiotics to kill the bad bacteria. I'm not joking.

Then there are probiotics, which puts good bacteria back into the body.

And fecal transplantion has been having great results for treating C-diff. The idea behind fecal transplantion is to put bacteria that one has lost back into the colon.

And of course all the usuall colitis medications to reduce the flare in the meantime.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting; Dx Colitis Dec 06 (also had IBS); Currently in remission

Figuring out how to reduce a flare or get into remission is a trial and error experience. Don't expect your GI to have all the answers. He was trained in making diagnoses, prescribing medications, and surgically removing the colon. He was not trained in alternative treatments. That's why they are called alternative treatments.

What works for me: Fecal transplantation, Probiotics, Anti-inflammatory foods, No HFCS, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, Vitamins, Lexapro (for stress).


Hellokitty
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   Posted 8/26/2009 3:11 PM (GMT -6)   
That acutally makes since. but surly the antibotics to kill the bad bacteria will also kill the good bacteria. then you must add the probiotics to put good bacteria in. But does this get rid of the flare and if so how long does that last
Female 32 years old
 
Diganosed ulcerative colitis November 2007
Present medication-  500mg pentasa,  250 mg  asacol (every evening)
Diet- Back on the raw foods.
 
Other medical problems- Born with asthma- no medication taken for this.
dyslexia- found out that many people with learning difficulties also have food sensitivity
 
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