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1 hour ago · C. difficile -are your guts ever normal again ? in Digestive Health

@annapocono My doctor also put me on estrogen cream. And she said the same thing to only use a pea size amount. But she also asked if I was using a PH balanced soap. At the time, I was not. I've since changed to one and use it every night. I'm 70 and I've taken cranberry tablets for years. But not the brand you are using. I also drink the juice. I'm also faithful taking a probiotic every single day. I've now been on Florastor or another with S. Boulardii since my GI told me to start it last fall along with the regular probiotic. I got the UTI while I was just finishing the Vanco pulse and taper. I took Macrobid. I was told to stay away from Cipro for UTI's. What estrogen cream did she put you on? I'm using Premarin but I guess there is one that's a lot less money. My co-pay for Premarin was over $80. It lasts along time since I'm only using a pea size.

1 day ago · C. difficile -are your guts ever normal again ? in Digestive Health

@nettecook I totally understand your husband…. and I also think Cdiff makes us paranoid. I know I fear ever getting it again. Wishing you and your mother-in-law good health in 2019.

1 day ago · C. difficile -are your guts ever normal again ? in Digestive Health

@annapocono I really appreciate your post. You confirmed most of everything my GI told me last year. Another thing I've learned about Cdiff, after 4 bouts last year, is that it's made me paranoid. And I will do everything in my power not to ever take another antibiotic. I'm so susceptible to UTI's and I've even changed to a PH balanced soap that I use every single night. Those of us who have gone through Cdiff probably have the cleanest bathrooms in the neighborhood. 🙂

1 day ago · C. difficile -are your guts ever normal again ? in Digestive Health

@nettecook Oh I'm so sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. Do you also think you got it from her? I've not heard of any other family members giving it to each other. But I do understand how you feel about feeling like "you are the plague." I had people stay away from me for fear of getting it. Hand washing is really the key. I'm happy to hear that you are doing better after your FMT. Will your MIL be having FMT?

4 days ago · C. difficile -are your guts ever normal again ? in Digestive Health

@suzannedee My heart goes out to you. I also tested negative between my 3rd and 4th bouts of Cdiff last year. I had to go almost a week before they would retest knowing that it was Cdiff. After reading up on everything I could find, I also found there was more than one test for Cdiff. It takes longer but is more accurate. I too did Flagyl, Vanco, then Vanco taper for 6 weeks and finally the expensive Dificid (fidaximicin). I had decided FMT would be the next recourse for me. Thankfully, the Dificid worked. I'm still not "normal" and realize that it could take a year or longer. I was fortunate that I made it through winter without sinus infections and needing an antibiotic. Clindamycin for one was what started this dreadful Cdiff for me. Stay positive and keep us updated after your FMT.

Sun, Apr 7 8:45pm · C. difficile -are your guts ever normal again ? in Digestive Health

@nettecook You are very fortunate that you realized you were given the WRONG med. The results could have been much worse. Just sorry it took 10 months on the wrong med before you found out. It makes a person wonder if we should start going to google and look up every med when given a new one. I've sure learned more about different antibiotics since getting Cdiff last year.

Sun, Apr 7 3:17pm · C. difficile -are your guts ever normal again ? in Digestive Health

We are so fortunate to have this site to discuss our symptoms and emotional struggles with or after Cdiff. And I can't think of anyplace or anyone else that I would feel comfortable discussing BM's with. It's been five months since I finished Dificid after my 4th bout of Cdiff. And every time I have diarrhea of any type, the worries begin. I need to go in for a colonoscopy and I've been putting off making the appointment. We have to keep thinking positive thoughts and encourage each other through the "crappy days." 🙂

Sat, Apr 6 6:46pm · C. difficile -are your guts ever normal again ? in Digestive Health

@annapocono I had a lot of mucous with my first Cdiff episode. I can relate to your being emotionally worn down. I went through four Cdiff bouts and I was ready to cry every time. It's such an "ugly" thing to experience. I've never heard of "monaural" and when I googled it, everything came up sound related. I took Macrobid when I had the UTI during my 3rd bout with Cdiff. Like "losthope" said, hang in there. So many of us know what you're going through.