Trying to recover from a c. diff infection (Clostridium difficile)

Posted by acres @acres, Apr 12, 2016

I am trying to recover from a c.diff infection. This started with taking clindamycin in mid January and 3 days later I became ill with diarrhea and felt sick, loss of appetite etc…Went to the er twice, tested negative for c.diff on my 2nd visit. The Dr. told me to take imodium to rest my colon since I tested negative. That evening I had diarrhea and took the Imodium. Became constipated with pain lower right side. I went to a GI dr. pleading for help, I did another stool test and it came back positive for c.diff. I tried flagyl but could not tolerate the side effects. Tried vancomycin for 10 days. Did not work. Tested positive again, Went to a new gi doctor who prescribed dificid for ten days. I am 31 days post dificid and I have almost constant gut rumbling and urge to go. My 1st bm in the morning is usually semi normal, but after that they are always either pencil thin and or small pieces (2 to 5 times a day). This has been my routine since the vancomycin. I do not get dull blown diarrhea….. My dr. wants me to have a colonoscopy but I an scared that the cleansing will wipe out all my good flora. I currently take 2 florastor pills and 1/2 vsl3 per day. I eat fermented pickles for the probiotics as well….. I have many food intolerances since this whole mess began (fiber, many vegatables, dairy). I also have a strange taste in my mouth most of the time, have very little energy and fight with depression. My primary gave me Xanax .25 but I only take them at night when I cannot sleep…… Went to a nutritionist who put me on a no wheat, soy, dairy, gluten diet. Does not seem to be helping or hurting. I lost 20 pounds and cannot gain any weight (I weigh 120 at 5’7″)… I am thinking it might be sibo, or candida but cannot find a dr. to test for these….I am in the right place for help or advice ? The urge to go is awful and limits my once active lifestyle…..
Thank you, Scott

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I got c diff in the hospital twice. They treated it but when I went home I got it again. After my surgery for a hiatal hernia my vagus nerve was damaged so now I have gastroparesis. My digestive system does not work anymore. I still get c diff sometimes.

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@citygirlannie I am so sorry to hear that you’re having so many issues with CDIFF. Have you asked your doctor about the Fecal Microbia Transplant? If your Digestive system isn’t functioning correctly it may not help, but it may help correct it? This Infection is horrible and the antibiotic Flagyl gave my son terrible side effects! They were as bad as the CDIFF symptoms. Praying you find a positive answer!

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Thanks so much for the information. I will ask my doctor about The fecal microbial transplant.

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@tammy1pike

My 16 year old son needs help. He was diagnosed with C Diff Infection after taking Clindamycin. In about 6 weeks he has lost nearly 30 lbs. His Gastro Doctor prescribed Flagyl to treat C Diff but it had horrible side effects. After finishing his Flagyl we started him on Phillips Brand Probiotics. His diarrhea has started back. He is depressed. He has no appetite still. Please give us advice. I’m familiar with other antibiotics to treat C Diff and I’m familiar with fecal transfer. We are in Central Alabama and have been to hospitals 3 times. They just send him home. We have seen a Gastro Doctor. He is not concerned. My son is very sick. Any advice?

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Thank you for the information on a treatment I never heard of this treatment,a friend of mine has come down with C-diff I will pass on this information Again thanks

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It’s fascinating reading about fecal transplant. Does anyone know if it’s ever used in treating ulcerative colitis? Thanks!

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It is very fascinating! It saved my son’s life, along with prayer! However it’s my understanding that Fecal Microbia Transplant is only recommended to cure C-DIFF at this time. Scientists are researching to see if these transplants can help treat diabetes, obesity, and other things. I watched videos on this and it educated me so much. I never knew the importance of having a healthy gut. I encourage everyone to learn about gut health!

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@tammy1pike

It is very fascinating! It saved my son’s life, along with prayer! However it’s my understanding that Fecal Microbia Transplant is only recommended to cure C-DIFF at this time. Scientists are researching to see if these transplants can help treat diabetes, obesity, and other things. I watched videos on this and it educated me so much. I never knew the importance of having a healthy gut. I encourage everyone to learn about gut health!

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Thanks for your reply.

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Sorry to hear you are having issues @acres When I had taken to much antibiotics I also had C-Diff. I had a colonoscopy after as well to make sure it wasnt stuck in any places. When I say getting stuck , I had ulcers when I was younger and beyond the c-diff bacteria can stay in those spots or any area. I would suggest to do it., there maybe more there or your body just is over load with antibiotics now and they are not working. Transplant is a great option. I was having issue with my gallbladder and it was removed before I had c-diff. I have issues with bm because of my chronic pancreatitis, I check my bm always and forever. I also have IBS, but that was checked after c-diff. Which I have been a vegan, vegetarian and gluten free. Nothing really worked for me or help my IBS issues. I am glad I went to the Mayo clinic, which they found everything and I had seen many Dr. By then as well. I hope your doctor’s are talking to each other or you are going in circles. I just had my 10th colonoscopy since I was 32. Write everything down the doctor says and ask questions. Good luck and keep us updated.

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You mentioned you found some answers to your IBS at Mayo. I, too, have chronic pancreatitis and the slowing of gastric emptying along with effects of narcotics and diabetes, digestion is never anywhere close to normal. Was there anything you learned about your IBS in treating or minimizing at MAYO that you could share?

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@suez

It’s fascinating reading about fecal transplant. Does anyone know if it’s ever used in treating ulcerative colitis? Thanks!

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Yes there are trials with up to 50% success in curing UC. It’s very exciting.

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@elbb29

Sorry to hear you are having issues @acres When I had taken to much antibiotics I also had C-Diff. I had a colonoscopy after as well to make sure it wasnt stuck in any places. When I say getting stuck , I had ulcers when I was younger and beyond the c-diff bacteria can stay in those spots or any area. I would suggest to do it., there maybe more there or your body just is over load with antibiotics now and they are not working. Transplant is a great option. I was having issue with my gallbladder and it was removed before I had c-diff. I have issues with bm because of my chronic pancreatitis, I check my bm always and forever. I also have IBS, but that was checked after c-diff. Which I have been a vegan, vegetarian and gluten free. Nothing really worked for me or help my IBS issues. I am glad I went to the Mayo clinic, which they found everything and I had seen many Dr. By then as well. I hope your doctor’s are talking to each other or you are going in circles. I just had my 10th colonoscopy since I was 32. Write everything down the doctor says and ask questions. Good luck and keep us updated.

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I have been researching Fecal Matter transfers for Ulcerative colitis and have read there is an up to 99% cure rate with C Diff

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@concernedmtnmom

Hi, @acres, I’m so sorry for all you are going through. C. Diff. is notoriously difficult to get rid of and can persist through many treatments. Most people get it from a round of the antibiotics that end with -mycin, and Clindamycin in the worst offender. Flagyl and Vancomycin are horrible Rxs, but they can work (they probably gave you that weird taste in your mouth, but that could also be undigested food or activity in your gut doing that). If they DON’T work, however, you can try Rifaximin. Rifaximin has no side effects and makes you feel human again, and works well. Keep taking the Florastor, but take the max dosage. It is the probiotic yeast S. Boulardii and it kills C.Diff. and you can take it while on treatment because it’s a yeast, so antibiotics don’t kill it.

And the VSL3 can help restore other Flora killed by the antibiotics, but you need at least 3-4 pills/day. I don’t know that taking them with Rifaximin will help, as they will be killed off by the mediciine, but right after you finish treatment, you need to load up your system with probiotics and VSL helps. Other natural sources include kefir (if you have dairy issues you can find a non-dairy one), Mountain High or Chobani yoghurt (not all yogurts have probiotics in them, but these two do…MHY has less sugar). A nutritionist can help you with finding other natural sources.

I had a family member with C. Diff. We went through it 4 times and Rifaximin helped the most–it was wonderful. It made a huge difference. A Mayo doc who gave us the Rx that took a while to get filled because it was tough to find and it was an off-label use, so try that but be prepared to persist.

Another approach is to taper off Vanco by skipping doses for a day or two to let the spores grow, then killing them off with the next dose. I wouldn’t try that without a doc’s supervision.

You must persist in finding relief, as gut infections are tough to conquer. There is a radical treatment called fecal transplant that is a miracle cure. Research that. there’s a doctor in Canada who makes pills for this, I’ll try to find his name in my notes later this week. If you can get treatment at Mayo, they are the best docs. You need support as losing weight and suffering is not an option. Good luck!

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I’m wondering if drinking Keifer might help some. I had recurrent uti’s and was on a series of different antibiotics. I drank a glass of Keifer every day to help with digestion. It took a while but it seemed to help normalize my digestion.

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