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C. difficile – Are your guts ever normal again?

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@bluebananna. How did they treat you & how are you doing now ? When I presented with my horrible diarrhea I thought I might have Cdiff because I had taken a round of antibiotics for a sinus infection. I don’t take antibiotics unless absolutely necessary. I had taken clindamycin before so I wasn’t to worried. Then I got this horrible Cdiff. I’m like you, I’ve never been so sick. Mine happened on the weekend so I waited until Monday morning to call my dr. They sent me to the ER because I needed fluids. I was started on Flagyl initially. I got better but as soon as 3 days off I was sick again. This happened 3 times & my GII changed me to vancomycin. I had 2 weeks of it. I’ve been off now for 7 days & I’m definitely better, but not ok. I have a loose stool in the morning & maybe one more later, but I always feel like I need to go. Almost everything I eat hurts my stomach except very soft things like cream potatoes, eggs etc. I’m lactose intolerant so I have to be careful with yogurts & things like that. I stay afraid all the time that it’s coming bsck. My GI dr said my next step if it does is a FMT. I’m terrified. This stuff is a nightmare. I hope you can overcome yours. Some do with just one treatment. Just stay on top of it because most have reoccurrence.

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Mine started out with seven days of serious diarrhea about 15 to 20 times a day first my doctor put me on an anti-diarrhea tablet which was the worst thing to do because I think they thought I had a stomach flu and then I did a stool sample but was told I wouldn't get results till the following Monday and the next day I woke up in so much pain I couldn't take it anymore so I went to the emergency room and waited for the results of my stool sample and that's when they found I was positive for c-diff then they put me on Vancomycin , this is my 6th day of being on it and I'm finally starting to feel a little bit better so far today I've only had one loose stool, I have had to be very careful with what I eat so far my stomach can only handle broth crackers and bananas. Has any doctor mention to you anything about taking probiotics I am anxious to start them but I was reading that it's not a good idea to mix anything with the antibiotics so I thought I would wait but my skin is very dry and my eyes feel dry and itchy and my tongue is starting to get bumps on it which I'm sure is because I have no good bacteria in my gut. I'm sorry to hear what you've had to go through and I am crossing my fingers I don't get a second bout of it

I had c diff three times I had it, got over it, then got it again and then one more time. The first time I was put in the hospital as I was having breathing problems too so they were thinking pneumonia. So after the third round of being on antibiotics I finally got rid of it. A lot of washing my hands, washing bedding in bleach, wearing rubber gloves when using the bathroom and staying away from people while I was contagious. Have not had it since and I would say this was 3 or 4 years ago. They put me on two antibiotics each time. Everyone always has the bacterial c diff in their gut...… its one of the bad bacterial that balances things out. I just looked that up just to see if I was remember right. Good look to those that have it and take care of yourself...…… washing hands, disinfecting so that you don't get the bug again...….. Chlorox is the only thing that kills it as it can be contagious on surfaces for a few days.... I just got the chlorox wipes and kept cleaning...…

I have almost the exact same problems. Have not been well for almost two years.. Next step is the specialist and that's Jan 3rd..
I pray this is going to help...

I was treated at Mayo for Cdiff. Fecal transplant! Same procedure as colonoscopy! Very easy and I highly recommend this treatment! Have been good for 6 months now . Success rate is in the high 90’s percentile