My IBS, C.Diff, and Antibiotic Overload Story
Posted 12 May 2012 - 09:12 PM
Posted 12 May 2012 - 09:16 PM
Ph.D in Biology
Posted 12 May 2012 - 09:22 PM
Thanks for your suggestions Kathleen! I am actually calling my gastro on Monday. I haven't been tested for C. Diff yet, so I am going to request that my gastro take a further look into the issue. I'm willing to take more antibiotics, as long as it prevents the problem from getting worse. The only issue I can foresee in the future is tooth problem. I am praying that my dentist doesn't do any work that requires antibiotics... I'm not sure if C. Diff antibiotics would be able to treat my tooth issue if I have to have a root canal, etc.
Unfortunately when you have C. diff you do need to take the right antibiotics (specific for C diff overgrowth) that can kill it off so you can get the good guys going again in there.http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/c-difficile/DS00736/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs has the drugs you should be on to treat the C. diff. Yogurt alone is unlikely to be enough by itself.I'm sorry the doctor doesn't seem to be treating you properly, is there a way for you to transfer to another doctor?
Posted 14 May 2012 - 07:50 AM
Posted 14 May 2012 - 08:32 AM
Posted 03 March 2015 - 07:16 PM
I work in health care and know about Cdiff and it terrifies me. My dermatologist has had me on antibiotics for a year now, starting with Minocycline for about 4 months then switched me to Amoxicillin which i've been on for the past year. I'm just learning NOW that prolonged use of antibiotics can cause Cdiff. I've been feeling ill for several months now and recently starting to wondering if it's this consistent use of antibiotics. All I can say is I'd rather have acne than continue with these stomach issues!
I am now realizing this post is from 2012….I hope it all got straightened out and you're feeling better!
Posted 04 March 2015 - 05:11 PM
I suggest Saccharomyces boulardii, a probiotic (it's actually a yeast) that is fantastic against C. Difficile. The two brands you'll hear most about are Florastor and Jarrow's. I can't speak for either brands but just check the Amazon reviews for everyone who's had success after a C. Difficile infection.
More antibiotics might mean you'll dig yourself a deeper hole. There are plenty of studies on Saccharomyces Boulardii. I started to have formed bowel movements after taking it.
Edit: I realized this is an old post and somebody bumped it up. Hope the issue got cleared up.
Posted 05 March 2015 - 05:28 PM
Hello everyone. I have had IBS for most of my life, due to anxiety/stress/depression/etc. Though IBS is a contributing factor to my issues today, after going to the doctor about some pain in my teeth (seeing the dentist Monday about it), he mentioned off his shoulder that I might have C. Diff due to me taking so many antibiotics (5 rounds) in the past few months. I have been having issues with my sinuses (just started developing allergies this year), which led to 3 sinus infections and a nasty ear infection. Now teeth problems. ANYWAY, on with the story."What is C. Diff?" I asked him."Oh, it's just a bacteria that lives in your stomach. It can overgrow when you take antibiotics."And then he prescribed more me antibiotics. And gave me an antibiotic shot. So me (being totally oblivious) didn't ask him to do a C. Diff test. And him (being completely dumb) gave me a shot of Rocenphin and a prescription for my SIXTH round of antibiotics (Amoxicillin). What I didn't know was that antibiotics such as Keflex, Amoxicillin, Levaquin, and Rocenphin can cause C.Diff,which is a nasty little stomach bug that can rip your intestines and colon to shreds. Usually it is found in hospital settings, but most patients get it after taking antibiotics. The darn doctor gave me more of that medication, AFTER MENTIONING that I may have it due to the extreme diarrhea that I have been having lately, and knowing that I have IBS. Also, to put the icing on the cake, he also tried to give me a steroid shot WAY too soon. (I had one about 1 month ago, and he tried to give it to me again. You are only supposed to have them every 3 months.)Though I haven't been formally diagnosed with C. Diff, I am pretty sure something of that nature is now messing with my stomach. I have been on many of the antibiotics that cause the issue, and me (being dumb), didn't eat yogurt consistently throughout my antibiotic cycles. Though, at some point... there was nothing much that I could do considering that I had been on so many darn meds for so long.So, have you had any experiences with C. Diff or doctors not really... paying attention to what they were doing?
I was given Levaquin for a sinus infection which woke up H. Pylori in my stomach. It gave me horrible IBS-D. Took care of the H. Pylori with antibiotic regimen but was left with the IBS-D.
Posted 05 March 2015 - 09:24 PM
I too have taken a lot of antibiotics without knowing the risks involved. Well the last time I took some it gave me excessive watery D. I went to the ER bc I went to the bathroom 12 times in one day! Well they suggested I might have C.diff but didn't test me either EVEN THOUGH I requested a stool test! Well I only took about 5 days of the Flagyl until I couldn't take the side effects any longer! So after I stopped them I was so scared that the D might come back. But it's been almost 2 weeks and I've been fine so clearly I didn't have C.diff..... what I'm trying to get at is that it is possible to have antibiotic related diarrhea WITHOUT having C.diff. .. you should definitely go get tested before taking MORE antibiotics for no reason bc they do wreck your flora even further!
Posted 06 March 2015 - 03:26 AM
I have been taking S. Boulardii with partial success. The brand I used is "orthomolecular products". I don't know how effective it is as I haven't had the opportunity to compare it with other brands.