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Carlow
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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 113
   Posted 11/24/2007 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone experienced recurrent C. diff infections? I just finished a 3 week course of flagyl after my doc suspected I had an infection. It really improved my symptoms but after a week off of it I'm noticing a return of my flare symptoms.
Diagnosed Fall of 2004

Meds:
Remicade 4 infusions
Prednisone 30mg (down to 10mg taper a week)
ProBio 2 a day
Asacol 8 a day


GardenerJames
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Date Joined Jan 2006
Total Posts : 616
   Posted 11/24/2007 7:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I've only had C. Diff once and it went away with antibiotic treatment. Have you had a stool sample to show that it really is C diff and not something else?
James
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Asacol 4 tabs 2x daily
Forvia once a day
Probiotic twice daily
Methotrexate 3 pills once a week
Actonel once a week
Calcium supp.
Omega-3 once daily
Tenth Remicade infusion Early December


Carlow
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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 113
   Posted 11/24/2007 10:41 PM (GMT -7)   
The first stool sample I sent in I never heard back from. I'm debating on whether or not I should request another one come monday. Guess I'll see how my symptoms progress.
Diagnosed Fall of 2004

Meds:
Remicade 5 infusions
(Per Day):
Prednisone 5mg
ProBio 1
Asacol 8
Canasa 2
Rowasa 1


MitzMN
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 622
   Posted 11/25/2007 8:36 AM (GMT -7)   
C-diff can be a bugger to get rid of. I had two courses of Flagyl and finally had to get out the big guns (Vancomycin) to get rid of it.

If your symptoms are returning, don't let yourself get too ill before attacking the problem again.

Good luck!

Mitz
Sporadic proctitis since about 1985. Mother had J-pouch surgery 1983.
DX'd with clostridium difficile in 2000. Pred, two courses of Flagyl, then Vancomycin finally got rid of it. 2001 colonoscopy dx'd left-sided UC. . Treated with prednisone, Rowasa, Asacol. Asacol not working, switched to Imuran. Three small flares since in 2002, 2005, and 2007, brought under control with steroid and Rowasa enemas. Lap Chole performed October 26, 2007, after gall bladder attack in June, '07.
Daily meds: 100 mg Azathioprine and 225 mg Effexor XR (for chronic, longstanding depression), many vitamins and Primadophilus Reuteri


Carlow
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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 113
   Posted 11/25/2007 10:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Mitz, I'll definitely call my GI tomorrow. This is my second course of flagyl in the past 6 months so maybe its time to try the vancomycin (oh boy).
Diagnosed Fall of 2004

Meds:
Remicade 5 infusions
(Per Day):
Prednisone 5mg
ProBio 1
Asacol 8
Canasa 2
Rowasa 1


Robert.K
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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 137
   Posted 11/30/2007 9:50 PM (GMT -7)   
If it hasn't already been said somewhere else, the fact that UC patients are more likely to have SEVERE complications from a C.Difficile infection means we all have to be SUPER-DUPER careful with washing our hands before eating. Considering how often many of us go to bathroom, as well, PLEASE do yourselves a favor and wash your hands thoroughly. Bad hygiene makes the spread of C.Difficile much more likely.

MitzMN
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 622
   Posted 12/1/2007 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
And it's cold and flu season as well, Robert.

If everyone practiced good hygiene, we'd probably have less than half the sick people in the world. Cold, flu, C-diff, giaradia, MRSA -- those bugs are nasty, but susceptible to stopping their spread merely by practicing good hygiene!

Mitz
Sporadic proctitis since about 1985. Mother had J-pouch surgery 1983.
DX'd with clostridium difficile in 2000. Pred, two courses of Flagyl, then Vancomycin finally got rid of it. 2001 colonoscopy dx'd left-sided UC. . Treated with prednisone, Rowasa, Asacol. Asacol not working, switched to Imuran. Three small flares since in 2002, 2005, and 2007, brought under control with steroid and Rowasa enemas. Lap Chole performed October 26, 2007, after gall bladder attack in June, '07.
Daily meds: 100 mg Azathioprine and 225 mg Effexor XR (for chronic, longstanding depression), many vitamins and Primadophilus Reuteri

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