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C. difficile – Are your guts ever normal again?

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Thanks, that is very good information.
Because I had my C-diff in Florida, and I now live in Minnesota, I no longer have a Gastroenterologist specialist here. But I had surgery at Mayo so I will ask the surgeon's follow-up staff to get some input from Mayo infectious disease experts. I am having a difficult recovery and can't imagine adding a C-diff infection.
Your infection was more recent than mine (Oct 2011). You don't mention a reoccurrence. I am wondering if the gut goes back to normal after a certain time, and one's chance of getting C-diff is like everyone else when taking antibiotics. Or if one remains a high-risk individual.
Anyone know a good Gastroenterologist/Infectious disease doctor in Minneapolis area?

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I'm very sorry to hear your are having a difficult recovery. I pray for your speedy healing.
I don't believe your Gut ever goes back to normal sfter Cdiff. As my Family Dr put it-I think you have a different/new normal now.
Yes. I have had several reoccurrences since I was released from the hospital. I took 3 Rounds of FMT Pills by mouth which were supposed to Re-Colonize my Colon. They failed. My Infectious Disease Dr finally , on 1-30-2023, sent me to the Hospital where a Gastroenterologist performed a FMT (Fecal Matter Transplant) via the Colonoscopy type route. So far so good. So this is why I am so cautious about Antibiotics.
Since you haven't had a reoccurence in several years, you could possibly be out of the woods in regards to taking Antibiotics . But if I were you I would still run it by your surgeon's follow-up staff to get some input from Mayo infectious disease experts, as you said.
I am in Alabama so I'm sorry I wouldn't be able to recommend a Gastro Dr.
Take good care.