SGuardian, I've been reading your threads on here about cipro, and I'm glad you have found a good doctor. Has resistant starch been the key to healing for you? I was recently hospitalized and they gave me cipro, flagyl, and methylprednisolone..I immediately stopped taking cipro after reading the horror stories a day or two after I got home (hospitalized 2 nights). Any advice would be appreciated in order to prevent future possible symptoms if any way possible. How are you doing now with your tendons? The anxiety over this has gotten the best of me this week. I've added probiotics and considering magnesium. My UC is almost in remission, but I hate meds, and I will do anything else to avoid meds such as cipro.
Hi SouthernGirl. Sorry to hear about
the recent hospitalization.
1) My first question would be why they gave you flagyl and cipro if you have a history of UC. The solu-medrol drip is the standard for UC flares here. Did they suspect a bacterial infection or was it confirmed through a culture? A study
found that nearly half of these prescript
ions are unnecessary and end up causing more harm. You need to press the hospital and ask why they gave you those antibiotic drips if there was no infection.
2) Cipro does a number to the gut bacteria so I think you are doing the right thing by supplementing with probiotics - high quality ones like BioKult or VSL3 are great. Other than eating a clean diet (Gaps/SCD/Paleo) filled with fermented goodies, I'd suggest the following things.
- Cipro binds to and depletes the body of magnesium. Most IBD patients are deficient in magnesium anyways and should always be supplementing. Because of the laxative effect of most magnesiums, I find that transdermal magnesium works the best and use this
brand and apply/rub 30-50 sprays all over the body after a shower or before bedtime.
- Bone broths are great for replenishing the cartilage and tendons. These are the cornerstones of the gaps / scd / paleo diets. You'll find instructions all over the web or youtube. My symptoms improved after adding this in.
- exercise and sunlight - yoga, walking, weight bearing are all great for building the bones.
3) Resistant starches have shown to improve UC symptoms, but everyone has different tolerances. Navy Beans work great for some, but not so well for me. You have to find the ones that agree best with you - plantain chips seem to help my digestion and stool bulk. It's really a matter of experimentation.
4) My reaction to cipro plunged me into a deep seated hatred for everything that had to do with western medicine. My tendon and nerve issues are much better than my initial months, but I still have work to do and I won't rest until I get better. My body has had trouble healing after the antibiotics - wounds that would otherwise take days to heal are taking months. It's a complex issue and only now are researchers uncovering the damage that these class of antibiotics do to the body. We are essentially the guinea pigs since the clinical trials were flawed, limited and manipulated.
I think you will be fine. Just cover your bases and take charge of your own health. I hope this helps.
Post Edited (StealthGuardian) : 10/5/2013 7:27:35 AM (GMT-6)