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Funny, I took Prilosec(before it was OTC), Prevacid, and Nexium.. Prescribed by my PCP because he knew nothing about IBS... This was before I was referred to a GI 6 years ago. At that time I had already gone on a 6mnth course of tetracycline.3 years later, I went on a year long course of doxycycline.I'm still not sure if c.diff would still be present after 2 and a half years of not being on an antibiotic.I don't think it would be.
 

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I don't know if it can last this long but if you had the more serious form you wouldn't be here. Perhaps you have a mild case. You could get tested for it. Your doc must have done a stool test before he diagnosed you with IBS. In anycase no harm in getting another test done if you have any doubts.
 

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Actually, I haven't had a stool test.I've had the digital rectal exam. Then went to the sigmoidoscopy/upper endoscopy. then colonocopy.i've had xrays/blood work as well.but yeah, i didn't think so either
 

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Here is some info on how it is diagnosed other than by stool tests. If you had the colonoscopy you are in the clear as far as C-difficile is concerned. But I think a stool terst for other infections like Giardia etc are in order if you have D. I don't know what your symptoms are. "Flexible sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopyFlexible sigmoidoscopy is an examination in which a doctor inserts a flexible fiberoptic tube with a light and a camera on its end into the rectum and sigmoid colon. (The sigmoid colon is the segment of the colon that is closest to the rectum.) In most patients with C. difficile colitis, the doctor will find pseudomembranes in the rectum and the sigmoid colon. However, some patients with C. difficile colitis will have pseudomembranes only in the right colon (the segment of the colon farthest from the rectum). Patients with pseudomembranes confined to the right colon require colonoscopy in order to see the pseudomembranes. (A colonoscope is a longer version of the flexible sigmoidoscope that is long enough to reach the right colon.) X-RaysX-ray examinations and computed-tomography (CT) examinations of the abdomen will occasionally demonstrate thickening of the wall of the colon due to inflammation, but these x-ray findings also are non-specific and only demonstrate that colitis is present. They do not demonstrate the cause of the colitis, e.g., C. difficile."http://www.medicinenet.com/clostridium_dif...litis/page4.htm
 

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quote:pPI use within the preceding eight weeks was associated with an increased risk of C. difficile diarrhoea
I'm on Nexium!I will not wait 8weeks.Anyway,Rifaximin is unlikely to cause resistance.
 

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I'm totally confused and now scared too (I'm not great at reading technical jargon
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Be on the look out for watery diarrhea, especially if it is different from your usual pattern. Not everyone gets it but it increases the risk twofold.
 

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Thanks Spasman, from that first article it seems to be an infection from patients having minor (or major) surgery who are already taking Nexium (etc) then taking antibiotics post operation is this right? If so it doesn't mention Australia at all and I haven't had any surgery so I won't worry so much. Thanks for the info. Also thanks to you Bonnei
 
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