I posted about
a week ago after being newly diagnosed with left sided colitis. I got many good responses that set my mind at ease so I'm coming back for more.
After my last post, I did some research and found some information that might be useful to me. My UC symptoms first showed up a couple of weeks after taking Augmentin for an ear infection. I didn't finish the medication because I had EVERY side effect possible with it. I decided that a pain in my ear a couple times a day was way better than suffering through Augmentin. When the symptoms appeared, I went to my family doctor who thought the Augmentin might have set off the colitis. He prescribed me Flagyl and told me to take Belladonna for cramping and diarhea. I don't like taking narcotics so I just took the Flagyl. After a couple of doses, I felt better, but my symptoms were still bad. A week later, my doctor ordered a stool sample. I turned in the sample, quit the Flagyl, and for kicks, started taking the belladonna. Other than wearing me out, the symptoms got about 50% better but that's about all. I quit taking it and the symptoms stayed the same, they didn't get worse. After that, I was scoped and diagnosed with UC.
A couple of old posts here have mentioned that a bacterial infection can show the same biopsy results as UC. Plus, I found a website (http://doublecheckmd.com/EffectsDetail.do?dname=Augmentin&sid=589&eid=2823) that states Augmentin may cause colitis.
So, my question to all of you informed UC'ers, should I try a probiotic, prebiotic or something else? I'm currently on Lialda once a day plus mesalamine rectal suspension in the morning and hydrocortisone rectal suspension at night.
I have two BMs a day, once in the morning before the morning enema and once at night before the night enema. They are not completely solid and most of the time, I go just to clear the my bowels, not because I have a strong urge. I've been on the medicine for two weeks. The blood appears to have stopped and the pain is mostly gone.
Just wondering what everyone's opinion is...