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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@euqcaj

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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Oh my goodness. Terrible. How did you get rid of the C. Diff? Flagyl, Vancomycin, Deficid? Any of these work for you?

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@p95

Oh my goodness. Terrible. How did you get rid of the C. Diff? Flagyl, Vancomycin, Deficid? Any of these work for you?

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I just read here that Mayo Dr. told someone that she will always test positive for C-diff. Is this true? I just tested positive again on a stool sample after finishing Vanco a week later. From reading here, Dificid is the best to try so I just told my Dr. to prescribe it. My co-payment is $50 and the meds cost $7000 for 2 wk supply. That is so unheard of…

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After my husband suffered from C-diff for six months, his gastroenterologist prescribed cholestyramine which is actually a cholesterol lowering drug. None of the antibiotics helped but cholestyramine stabilized his gut.

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@lengel

After my husband suffered from C-diff for six months, his gastroenterologist prescribed cholestyramine which is actually a cholesterol lowering drug. None of the antibiotics helped but cholestyramine stabilized his gut.

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I am on the same drug for chronic diarrhea. It got so bad I felt I could not leave my house. I have never had c-diff and although I was diagnosed with Crohns 50+ years ago, I have been on no medicine and healthy. My problem was the diarrhea from having all but 9 inches of my colon removed 50 years ago. Cholestrymine keeps it to a manageable level. BTW it was an internist, not a gastro that prescribed it and saved me.

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@sbr270

I am on the same drug for chronic diarrhea. It got so bad I felt I could not leave my house. I have never had c-diff and although I was diagnosed with Crohns 50+ years ago, I have been on no medicine and healthy. My problem was the diarrhea from having all but 9 inches of my colon removed 50 years ago. Cholestrymine keeps it to a manageable level. BTW it was an internist, not a gastro that prescribed it and saved me.

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So thankful that your internist was able to help!

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@euqcaj

Hi This is Jacque again. I need some reassurance. I have now been put on Amoxicillian for dental pain, switching from Doxycyline. (It just wasn't getting rid of the jaw pain.) I have a deeply broken root. BUT my question is: In your reply above, you mentioned that Amoxicillian "is safe for c-diff sufferers." I pray this is true. I am terrified of a relapse. I was comforted by your statement earlier but I haven't felt great today and am fearful. I'm not really having any C-diff symptoms but I don't want any either. I am taking the probiotics that you mentioned. My insides just don't feel very good today and maybe that's because of the post infectious IBS I was left with from the horrible C-diff back in February. I know I have to stay the course but if you have any words of reassurance or any other guidance, I'd appreciate it. Thank you. Jacque

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Just now saw your post from Oct 10, 2021 – How did it go? In 2011 my Periodontist put me on Amoxicillin for 10 days and on the 10th day I got the famous diarrhea. Two days later I was recovered in the hospital for C-difficile. From what I understand all broad -based antibiotics pose a problem for c-diff. And Amoxicillin falls into that category and is known to cause c-diff. I have not taken antibiotics since. Thankfully, have not needed. I had a Dermatologist who wanted to give me an antibiotic for MOHs procedure, but I refused. I told the Dermatologist who had referred me, and she gave me an antibiotic cream to put on the site and I was fine

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Maybe this info will be of help to someone:
1. Got C-diff 8 days after I finished a round of Clindamycin for a dental procedure.
2. Took Vandocmycin for 10 days. C-Diff recurred within a week.
3. Did Vancomycin pulse and taper over 2 month period. Took Florastor probiotics, drank kefir (yuk) and ate kimchi and fermented foods.
4. The first 3 weeks after being off the Vancomycin were tenuous in the bathroom but returned to normal most days. It’s now been 2 months with no return of the C-Diff demon. I still take 1 Florastor capsule daily and added a 50 billion live cultures probiotic a few times a week.

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@nexus

Maybe this info will be of help to someone:
1. Got C-diff 8 days after I finished a round of Clindamycin for a dental procedure.
2. Took Vandocmycin for 10 days. C-Diff recurred within a week.
3. Did Vancomycin pulse and taper over 2 month period. Took Florastor probiotics, drank kefir (yuk) and ate kimchi and fermented foods.
4. The first 3 weeks after being off the Vancomycin were tenuous in the bathroom but returned to normal most days. It’s now been 2 months with no return of the C-Diff demon. I still take 1 Florastor capsule daily and added a 50 billion live cultures probiotic a few times a week.

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I, too, got cdiff from clindamycin almost 4 years ago. I relapsed 3 more times over a 6 month period and then got the fmt in March, 2019. To this day, I still worry about getting it again. I still take visbiome every other day. I still worry about getting sick and needing an antibiotic.

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