Patient Comments: C. Difficile - Share Your Experience

Please share your experience with C. difficile colitis.

Comment from: Vicki, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 10

Back in August 2012, my father was diagnosed with C. difficile colitis. He had been on antibiotics, I do not know which one. He had numerous medical problems and his immune system was not in good shape. After contracting C. difficile he was immediately hospitalized and tests showed that it entered the blood system and caused sepsis. The doctors tried treating with every medication they could to reverse it but he then went into septic shock and he passed. I can tell you from personal experience that this process from start to finish was less than 1 week. C. difficile can be very serious and deadly.

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Comment from: Holly, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: May 02

C. difficile colitis killed Mama in 2011. Here are my 'lessons learned': 1) Avoid institutions like the plague, pun intended. 2) Personally witness hand washing/glove changing before allowing anyone to touch you. 3) Don't even contemplate setting foot on a slick surface. Mama never had health problems, but was hospitalized with a broken ankle after slipping on ice. They gave her an external fixator along with pneumonia (a first) and antibiotics, then shipped her to rehabilitation to wait for ankle surgery. The metal scaffolding on her ankle meant she had to suffer the indignity of asking for personal assistance - another first. One day, with eyes downcast, she quietly said, "I had to call for help last night and the gentleman who came wasn't very nice to me." I escalated to the facility's director. Someone had shoddy hygiene practices. A table appeared outside her room stacked with masks, gowns, gloves, and booties, and a 'precautions' sign on her door. We were told not to worry - almost everyone in a rehab or hospital gets C. difficile, treatable with antibiotics. Three days later she was rushed to the emergency room (ER) at 6 am, moved to ICU at 8 am, and by 10 am they told me she was in septic shock and was going to die. I called hospice and their nurse was by my side in 15 minutes. At least she died peacefully and knew she was at home and that I was holding her hand. This was 3 years ago.

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Comment from: Yjg, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: March 25

I developed C. difficile colitis after knee replacement surgery. I went into a rehabilitation facility following the surgery and was very ill with diarrhea when I left. Two days later I was in the emergency room. I was admitted and diagnosed with C. diff. I was in the hospital for two weeks. About a week later I started having symptoms again and was readmitted. This time the tests were negative, but the symptoms remained. They finally did a colonoscopy where I was found to have colon cancer. It was an awful ordeal but because of the C. diff the cancer was discovered before it spread and I didn"t need any treatments. Next week I am having my other knee replaced and I am very concerned about the antibiotics.

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Comment from: NO USE OF ANTIBIOTIC, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 14

I am a 56 year old female who had not used antibiotics for over 10 years. I think I contracted C. difficile colitis from medical office building when going to physical therapy for shoulder. After diagnosis and much research I found that use of acid reflux drugs adversely change flora in gut and make you susceptible to C. difficile much in the way that antibiotics affects the gut flora. My doctors were scratching their heads about why I was susceptible to catching the disease. I truly believe this was the cause for me.

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Comment from: josephine, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 26

In October 2013 began a urinary tract infection and was given Bactrim. This went on until February 2014 and then tried on amoxiclav duo; then the trouble began. I developed a bad pain in the right side of stomach/back, loose motions but pain was the worst; it even hurt to walk or drive a car, couldn"t eat, and just felt terrible. After several visits to a new young general physician, she wrote the words clostridium difficile colitis on a request form. I looked it up, and this site described my problem to a tee. I have obtained saccharomyces and just overnight the pain has lessened and I did have 4 hours straight sleep last night that I have not had in 5 months. Back to the general physician on Monday for results and further treatment I suppose.

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Comment from: jank, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: January 23

I sadly learned about C. difficile colitis for the first time when I found my 83 father thrashing, screaming, yet unresponsive in his bed on Friday. After he arrived in the hospital emergency room he was vented, received dialysis, and many different medications to try to save him. The diagnosis was C. difficile. We had no choice but to pull my father off of life support on the following Thursday, because there was no hope of recovery. He died on Saturday. This tragedy was a result of infections from the implants being ineffectively treated by four different antibiotics by his periodontist. My father was not a good candidate for implants in the first place because of his uncontrolled diabetes, kidney issues, and other pre-existing conditions. In addition, no consultation was done between the periodontist and the primary care physicians. I hope that dentists, oral surgeons, and periodontists will educate themselves about C. difficile so that patients will not have to experience the agony that my father did.

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