C-Diff

Posted by minge @minge, Oct 5, 2021

Currently 3 weeks recovery from C-Diff after taking vancomycin . I have two questions.
I am scheduled for a routine colonoscopy in November (5 years since last colonoscopy). That will only be 2 months of recovery time from C-Diff. Will the colonoscopy create a relapse of C-Diff? Should I wait to have the colonoscopy since this is a routine 5 year check?
Second question is I am due for a tetanus shot (10 years since last one) Can I get the tetanus shot or will it create a relapse of C-Diff?
I do not want a relapse of C-Diff and I am only 3 weeks into recovery!

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@d13

Thank you for the advice. I've been taking probiotics. What is in a z-pack?

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Azithromycin – an antibiotic.

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@lengel

Azithromycin – an antibiotic.

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Thank you, I'm making note of it to present to new primary doctor.

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Has anyone suffered with C diff

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Has anyone had this terrible disease. My name is Pam

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@subie

Has anyone suffered with C diff

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Hi @subie and welcome. We already have several conversations going on about C-Diff so I moved your post to a current one so that you can connect with people like @d13, @lengel, and @euqcaj

Are you currently suffering?

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I'm sorry that I can't answer your question about the c-diff . I also took the antibiotic; vancomycin for c-diff though. I was told to be very careful about taking any antibiotics again without making sure the physician knows of c-diff history. Supposedly, there are some that shouldn't be prescribed, because they could bring on the c-diff again. I'm also past due for the tetanus, so l need to ask the pharmacist about that also when I get my covid booster on the 1st of December. C-diff is horrendous! I thought I wasn't going to make it. Hope you get an answer from someone on here.

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@subie

Has anyone had this terrible disease. My name is Pam

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@subie Hi there please see my message where I added your comment to a discussion. I wanted to ask if you are having symptoms of C Diff or if you have been diagnosed?

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@danab

I had cdiff in Jun of 2019 and the treatment worked as I have not had it since. But I have been on antibiotics both for a lung infection and for dental work. No relapse at all and the only antibiotics I'm on now is for dental work. My dentist prescribed amoxicillian which is safe for c-diff sufferers. As another note when I was on Doxycycline for my lung infection I was also put on Lactobacillus Acidophilus to help balance my good bacteria in my gut to keep the bad bacteria at bay and it worked as I was on the Antibiotics for about year and no c-diff. Be aware also to get the exact type of the Lactobacillus Acidophilus in that order as the dominate part comes first and you don't want the acid based type. Which seems to be more available than the lacto based type. I got mine on Amazon. Hope that helps.
Blessings

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Hi there, I trust you are well. Which lactobacillus Acidophilus did you use? Can you add a photo of it?

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@italia

Hi there, I trust you are well. Which lactobacillus Acidophilus did you use? Can you add a photo of it?

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Here you go, I ordered it thru Amazon

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@danab

Here you go, I ordered it thru Amazon

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Thank you so much, appreciate it.

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@subie

Has anyone suffered with C diff

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My hubby suffered with c-diff, and his story is quite different. He was diagnosed with Ulcerative colitis last year September. He was put on prednisone and asacol and did really well until March this year,2021. He was feeling a bit of gastritis so we went to the Dr who put him on antibiotics – after taking the antibiotics he flared and the Dr put him on steroids again, after tapering the steroids he would flare again, even though his diet remained the same. The Dr would put him back on steroids and he would flare again. Since march this year, he flared every time they tapered him off steroids. So in total, he flared 7 times. Eventually got so bad , he ended up in hospital. He was tested straight away with c – diff being positive. They treated him in hosp for this and then tested again out of hospital which the results came back positive again, only this time making him extremely sick almost felt like he was flaring. So the Dr put him back on steroids treating it as a flare even thou he did not have full blown flare symptoms. He finished vancomycin for the 2nd time and was re-tested. Thankfully the c -diff was negative. His inflammation was also the lowest its ever been since last year. I pray for everyone going through such horrible diseases. Btw, the previous dr did not test my hubby for c-diff while having numerous flares. Thank god, the dr on duty at the time in hospital did otherwise he would've kept going on steroids thinking it was a flare yet it was c-diff that was present for months. Love to all who are suffering, there is always light at the end of the tunnel.

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I contracted C-diff after taking Clyndamycin for a dental issue. It was horrible! I truly thought I was not going to make it and neither did my husband. It has taken months to recover thoroughly. I am normally an active person who exercises 6 days a week and tries to stay healthy. This set me back immensely. I was weak for quite a while. Gradually I've improved to the point where my life has returned to "my normal". I also have a "tortuous intestine" (more intestine than needed for a person my size), which has caused me grief and constipation all my life. And actually, through this site, and sharing, I found Prunelax that has helped me more than I can say. I would never want C-diff again but I'm grateful for finding this site. When I was recovering I took pro-biotics for two months along with Miralax, (which did nothing) stool softener, etc. Nothing worked like the Prunelax. I still make sure I'm getting the proper fiber, water intake, and I am taking magnesium but I plan on dropping that when I finish the bottle. It's always a learning process and adjustments need to be made that work best for you as an individual. But as far as recovering from C- diff it took me 9 months to almost get back to the real me. I have lost 10 pounds that I can't seem to gain back and that puzzles me but I'm doing well. I hope that everyone finds what works for them. I know it can be scary and very frustrating to go through this. And initially I was just trying to survive so I understand the fear. Best wishes to all! Merry Christmas! Jacque

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