C-diff after diverticulitis
JoJo

Tucson, AZ

#21 Aug 14, 2011
Hi, Susan

I'm happy to hear the Florastor works for you.

I was in the ER only for a few hours with my first episode of diverticulitis. This time, during my inpatient stay, I had a lot of tests for underlying illness but all was ok. The doctors think I got the c-diff from the Cipro specifically...not the Flagyl..in fact they gave me Flagyl I during my stay. I wasn't aware that Cipro was a cause of c-diff but I guess it was for me.
Susan

Manchester Township, NJ

#22 Aug 14, 2011
C diff is spread thru direct contact with a contaminated surface. Bedrails, toilets,doorknobs, hands of caregivers going from patient to patient. it is shed in the feces and lack of hygiene will spread it to another person.The only way to catch it from Cipro is if someone with dirty hands handled your medication.
JoJo

Tucson, AZ

#23 Aug 14, 2011
(Yes, that's right, Susan, but it can also be acquired through use of antibiotics. Although it's impossible to know for certain, my docs believe I got the c-diff from the use of antibiotics, Cipro in particular. Below is some info on c-diff.)

C. difficile is a bacterium that is normally found, along with hundreds of thousands of other bacteria, in the intestines of healthy people. Many of these bacteria have a role in protecting the body from infection. Taking antibiotics can kill these "good" bacteria, allowing C. difficile to multiply and release toxins that damage the cells lining the intestinal wall, causing diarrhea and other symptoms (see 'C. Difficile symptoms' below).

C. difficile is also found on the surface of objects (eg, door knobs, counters). In the hospital, the bacterium can be spread between patients via contact with contaminated objects and/or the hands of healthcare workers. Handwashing is important for preventing the spread of C. difficile infection (see 'Hand washing' below).

C. difficile infections have become more frequent, more severe, more difficult to treat, and more likely to recur. Although most people become infected with C. difficile in the hospital, the infection has also become more common in the community.
JoJo

Tucson, AZ

#24 Aug 15, 2011
Tetris! I am so happy to read that you did so well with your surgery..what a relief you must feel.

Was your c-diff caused by antibiotics? And is it gone now?

After my stay in the hospital, in isolation, I've been home for a couple of days on the oral vancomycin. Was able to get into see the GI doc today...he says that MOM or miralax will not damage my colon further and to use them if needed. Plan is for colonoscopy next month. I'm feeling pretty poorly yet with lots of twinges and gas pains and constipation. Just generally run down after the diver and now the c-diff.

I just wanted to thank everyone again for all your support. There is one less anxious gal in Tucson, AZ.:)
tetris

United States

#25 Aug 16, 2011
JoJo wrote:
Tetris! I am so happy to read that you did so well with your surgery..what a relief you must feel.
Was your c-diff caused by antibiotics? And is it gone now?
After my stay in the hospital, in isolation, I've been home for a couple of days on the oral vancomycin. Was able to get into see the GI doc today...he says that MOM or miralax will not damage my colon further and to use them if needed. Plan is for colonoscopy next month. I'm feeling pretty poorly yet with lots of twinges and gas pains and constipation. Just generally run down after the diver and now the c-diff.
I just wanted to thank everyone again for all your support. There is one less anxious gal in Tucson, AZ.:)
I am not sure what brought on my C-Diff. i now I was on antibiotics last July for a respiratory infection. I believe I was infected when I went for foot surgery in mid April. 2 weeks later I had diverticulitis and that's when they found the C-Diff
JoJo

Tucson, AZ

#26 Aug 16, 2011
Thanks for the reply Tetris.

That's interesting because I'm beginning to believe that my diverticulitis was caused by the c-diff, although I can't find anything to support that. You got the c-diff BEFORE you had the diver!
I had had some digestive problems for a few weeks prior to the diver. Now I'm thinking I had c-diff for a while, got the diverticulitis possibly from that and the diver just exacerbated the c-diff.

I wonder how many of us with diver are walking around with c-diff as it's becoming very wide-spread in the general population. We all have c-diff in our bodies but most of us don't get sick from it and sometimes people can have a mild case and not even know they have it.

hmmmmm
Randi

Fort Worth, TX

#27 Aug 25, 2011
Walmart also has florastor and I thin it is under 20 bucks
Gillian

Greenock, UK

#28 Aug 26, 2011
Jojo is right. Many people have C-Diff lying dormant in their colon and it doesn't cause them any trouble. What does does cause the trouble is when someone with the dormant C-Diff has to take lots of antibiotics. Then all the bacteria in the gut is destroyed except for the C-Diff (which is resistant to most antibiotics)This allows the C-Diff to flourish and 'take over'.

Antibiotics themselves do not 'cause' C-Diff, they just provide a perfect breeding ground for it in some people.

In England,every patient who goes into hospital is screened for C-Diff on admission so that if they have it,it will have a bearing on the medications they receive.
tetris

United States

#29 Aug 26, 2011
Gillian wrote:
Jojo is right. Many people have C-Diff lying dormant in their colon and it doesn't cause them any trouble. What does does cause the trouble is when someone with the dormant C-Diff has to take lots of antibiotics. Then all the bacteria in the gut is destroyed except for the C-Diff (which is resistant to most antibiotics)This allows the C-Diff to flourish and 'take over'.
Antibiotics themselves do not 'cause' C-Diff, they just provide a perfect breeding ground for it in some people.
In England,every patient who goes into hospital is screened for C-Diff on admission so that if they have it,it will have a bearing on the medications they receive.
They should do that in this country. It would be surprising to see how many people have active C-Diff. It would also enable it to be treated before it causes damage. I think that is why I ended up with an abcess and a subsequent resection.
Toria

Fishers, IN

#30 Sep 5, 2011
I've been in the hospital with C diff. It is truly horrible. I may have gotten it from antibiotics or from a hospital stay I had six weeks ago. I though I was going to die and was in such pain. Colitis pain is in the middle of the tummy right around the belly button. Lots of cramping pain. Truly horrible. Now on oral vancomycin and florastor. Pls take florastor if you are going on antibiotics!!!
Georgia

United States

#31 Sep 5, 2011
I am so sorry Toria, I hope you feel a lot better really soon!!
Toria

Fishers, IN

#32 Sep 6, 2011
Thanks so much. I seem to be getting better. Fortunately I had an infectious disease doctor who had the foresight of putting me on oral vancomycin and florastor.
Diana

Savannah, GA

#33 Oct 25, 2011
jojo wondering if your c diff cleared up
I was dignoised with it sept 23 and am on 2nd round of flagyl. I am having a hard time with this
Thanks for any insight. I am 58
Darlene

Sarasota, FL

#34 Dec 24, 2012
JoJo wrote:
Hi all
My intention is not to frighten anyone but to gather information so please know everyone is different and the majority of people recover from diverticulitis without complications.
I had my first episode of diverticulitis about 2 weeks ago, took the dreaded cipro/flagyl combo for 10 days but spiked a temp just 2 days later and am now in the hospital with c-diff. This is my second full day in the hospital.
I am so terrified as this has been a horrendous experience. I was wondering if anyone else got c-diff from the antibiotics and how they coped. Now I am faced with IV Flagyl and Vancomycin...will be sent home in a few days with oral Vanco.
I am beginning to think I might never recover...the first day of the c-diff made me think I was surely dying.
Can anyone at all offer me any suggestions or hope?
Thank you so much for listening.
My suggestion is to find a gastrointerologist(spelled wrong) that will give you a fecal transplant, I have had this and it can and will kill you. It takes your entire world away. I had it for a few months, the medicines made me have amnesia, the Dr.'s didn't give a crap. They were making money every time i went in.Cost my family over $50,000, trying to get help. Got my transplant, almost a month ago, the fear hasn't left and I haven't heard of anyone who's fear doesn't go away. Lost 30 lbs, but I am alive today because of a decal transplant. Dr's do not know enough about this disease, nor do they care to find a viable cure, as they would be out of business. This disease takes 50,000 lives a year. They call it pneumonia, colon disease, anything but cliff, because it is the medical systems fault for the spread of this and they do not want to take responsibility for anything but trips to the bank.
The medicine will not take this away, and the antibiotics kill the probiotics, it's a nightmare merry-go -round, get off the ride and get a transplant or be sick until it gets you, and your picture you are no spring chicken, don't let the time keeper come for you before your time. PLEASE FIND A DR THAT WILL GIVE YOU A FECAL TRANSPLANT. Then live. Don't mean to scare you, but the truth is scary!!!!!!!!
Dora Smith

Mcallen, TX

#35 Feb 3, 2013
That's an easy one. Take probiotics when on antibiotic and after finishing them. Phillips is a good brand but even supermarket brand cheapy will work. Take 6 to 8 billion colony forming whatevers, though. And don't take them WITH the antibiotic, take the two things several hours apart, and take some bacteria food, like applesauce or banana, or bread or milk, with the probiotics. Bananas may be best because they contain substances that the bacteria can actually grow on.
Amy

Portland, OR

#36 Feb 28, 2013
It's been two years since this thread happened, but if anyone sees it, it might help. There's an article in the Feb 2013 New England Journal of Medicine about a non-surgical, non-antibiotic treatment for recurrent CDiff. The ultimate probiotic, I suppose-- it is a Fecal Transplant. Here is a link to a podcast that discusses this legitimate medical procedure.
http://gi.org/physician-resources/podcasts/th...
randi

Fort Worth, TX

#37 Mar 3, 2013
robin, go to amazon.com and you can find jarrow which is a cheap florastor. i use that instead of the brand name which is expensive even at wallie world.
Rita

Canada

#38 May 26, 2013
I had c diff from antibiotics. I took flagyl without success. I had c diff for most of a month. I felt like crap and I lost a lot of weight and got terrible anxiety. I did a fecal transplant via enema two days in a row and I felt better within two days. It's been 23 days since then and I still feel great. I'm quite sure this saved my life, if not that, it definitely saved a ton of time, money and excruciating pain. I advise people to not rely on the bumbling doctors when the real cure can be at home and free.
mare k

Bloomfield, NJ

#39 Aug 29, 2013
I got C-diff after diveticulitis. I had been in hospital on IV antibiotics for 3 days.
It took 2 rounds of antibiotics to get rid of the C-diff. I started taking the probiotic S boulardi and it helped. Google it.
Donna

United States

#40 May 6, 2014
I had horrible diarrhea and severe stomach pain went to er they said it was c diff its been 4 days and i have not gone at all. Im afraid to take a laxative as i do not want diarrhea again. Any suggestions

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