Sudden horrible gas and loose stoolsGas Odour Flatulence Greasy stool Diarrhea Constipation Rifaximin Antibiotics C. Difficile Giardia
Posted 21 September 2017 - 01:52 PM
I posted a few days ago but got no response. I don't have a doctors appointment until Tuesday and I'm desperate.
About a month ago I finished a 1 month course of rifaximin/xixifan that really helped my ibs symptoms. I felt best the last week on the antibiotics.
I didn't feel as good when I stopped the antibiotics but still better than before - less trapped gas, stomach pain, heartburn, easy bowel movements once a day.
But about 5 days ago I went downhill fast - seemingly overnight. My gas went from odourless to horrible smelling (sulphur like, absolutely room-clearing) and became incredibly frequent (probably every 5-10 min all day).
My bowel movements became really soft, sometimes liquid. I went from having one full and complete bowel movement daily to feeling "constipated" but with diarrhea type stool (if that makes sense!) - I don't go as much or a size often but when I do it's foul and unformed, difficult to feel complete. It also floats and leaves lots of residue in the bowl - sorry for all the details, I'm grossed out by myself.
I have stomach cramps also (not the worst I've had though) and the heartburn seems worse.
I may have a veryy low fever but I feel ok otherwise, maybe just a bit rundown. My appetite is a little off.
But the gas is debilitating - so bad I can't be around anyone. SO foul - and it seemed to happen overnight.
So I'm wondering if anyone knows what's going on?
I went in to a clinic to get a c diff test, but am waiting on the results. The doctor said it was possible but unlikely.
Other things I've considered are a newly developed allergy/intolerance (rice flour maybe?), gall bladder or pancreas issues, yeast/candida or gas producing bacteria take over after antibiotics, or something like giardia.
Any tips on what I should ask my doctor on Monday? Any tests? I was hoping she would suggest another round of rifaximin, and this time I will load up on the probiotics more during and after. Does anyone know if this would help me or should I ask for a different one like flagyl?
I'm really in need of an answer or some support - so if you have a minute please give me a hand...it's been a very long painful year and this is the last straw.
For info - I'm 25, female, take birth control and amytriptiline, aloe Vera and dulcolax for constipation when needed. I take charcoal apsules for gas as well as tu-zen probiotics. My diet right now is extremely limited to safe foods for me (tried and tested) the only thing I changed was adding in a different digestive enzyme (I've since reverted back to the old one with no improvement) and rice flour (also have removed with no improvement yet).
From November 2016-January 2017 I had the following tests, all clear - colonoscopy, small bowel MRI, endoscopy, stool samples bacterial and parasitic, bloodwork checking imminent system etc.
I have not had any tests since this recent spell started, just the c diff test and I'm still waiting on that.
Posted 21 September 2017 - 03:54 PM
Keep us posted and hang in there.
Posted 21 September 2017 - 04:13 PM
I'm so sorry you've had c diff three times, that's awful Did you feel really sick when you had it, fever and all? Now I'm a little worried the worst hasn't hit me yet lol...with my luck that would be the case.
I can't see this being just a bug as it's been almost a week, never had a stomach flu that lasted over a few days.
Thanks again, I will update when I've got more info. Huge SIGHHH ugh
Posted 21 September 2017 - 08:14 PM
Posted 07 October 2017 - 10:12 AM
I should also mention that this time around I was extremely nauseous, shaky, weak and pale. But no fever, although I kind of felt as though I did have one - I was achy and exhausted.
I've had such a long painful year and this is just the cherry on the sundae from hell. Seriously. If anyone has any advice or has had similar symptoms please let me know.
Posted 08 October 2017 - 11:03 AM
Hey, I can't really know what I can say to you, but as I already said multiple times sorting out your diet is very important and so many of us actually belittle this problem. I was one of those people, that has belittled this problem as well - but we can't do this, we need to see what kind of food works better for us and what kind of food doesn't. It's extremely important step, which has helped me greatly to be honest. I could recommend you making a journal, where you can post those things, that work well for you and those that don't - it will take some time before you can draw conclusions, but our tendencies vary quite a lot.
Posted 08 October 2017 - 12:11 PM