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Persistent Cdiff

Posted by @sandyabbey, Thu, Dec 6 7:36pm

I have a stubborn case of cdiff. It’s been 5 weeks & 3 rounds of flagyl. It comes back after about 4 days off meds. I’m on vancomycin now. He prescribed 2 weeks. I have one more week. I’m getting anxious. My diarrhea had stopped but I’m so weak that my legs shake if I do much of anything. I’m 71 & got it from vancomycin for a severe sinus infection. I have lost 20 pounds. I’m at 85 now. I’m also lactose intolerant. I had a case of ischemic colitis 10 months ago. After that healed I had an upper & lower scope & several ct scans & 2 MRI’s. Any suggestions??

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From my experience, part of what causes relapses is the diet. I too lost twenty pounds and started working with a nutritionist who recommended elemental shakes with nutrients that are broken down to enzymes even an inflamed gut can absorb. What I drink can be purchased directly from Abbott.com and are called EleCare Jr. they are designed for children one and up, so you can imagine that adults like you and I can tolerate them relatively well. Each shake has about 350 to 400 calories. No prescription needed. The nutritionist also said that the typical diet of wheat toast, rice and applesauce is all wrong because these foods contain gluten, fructose and grains, which are all hard to digest if your gut is inflamed or out of balance due to infection and antibiotic use. I would eat a nutritious chicken soup with rice and noodles and end up with diarrhea in a few hours. So the so called diarrhea diet is actually all wrong. I strongly feel that what has helped me most following rounds of antibiotics is the proper diet under the guidance of a nutritionist. I have gained seven pounds and continue to slowly work on adding nutritious foods that are gentle on the gut. I was clueless and so was my well intentioned GI doctor who just kept telling me to eat more and “eat normal” to see what happened. Best wishes to you and hope others chime in with suggestions. Wish you a speedy recovery.

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From my experience, part of what causes relapses is the diet. I too lost twenty pounds and started working with a nutritionist who recommended elemental shakes with nutrients that are broken down to enzymes even an inflamed gut can absorb. What I drink can be purchased directly from Abbott.com and are called EleCare Jr. they are designed for children one and up, so you can imagine that adults like you and I can tolerate them relatively well. Each shake has about 350 to 400 calories. No prescription needed. The nutritionist also said that the typical diet of wheat toast, rice and applesauce is all wrong because these foods contain gluten, fructose and grains, which are all hard to digest if your gut is inflamed or out of balance due to infection and antibiotic use. I would eat a nutritious chicken soup with rice and noodles and end up with diarrhea in a few hours. So the so called diarrhea diet is actually all wrong. I strongly feel that what has helped me most following rounds of antibiotics is the proper diet under the guidance of a nutritionist. I have gained seven pounds and continue to slowly work on adding nutritious foods that are gentle on the gut. I was clueless and so was my well intentioned GI doctor who just kept telling me to eat more and “eat normal” to see what happened. Best wishes to you and hope others chime in with suggestions. Wish you a speedy recovery.

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