Patient Comments: C. Difficile - Treatment

What kinds of treatment, including medication, did you receive for C. difficile colitis?

Comment from: GrammySan, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

I had foot surgery in December of 2010. While in the surgery center I was given cephalexin via IV, then sent home with the pills. Three days post-surgery I developed C. difficile colitis. It is the worst thing I have ever had in my life and I was in a boot cast hobbling to the bathroom 15 times or more per day. I was finally able to make it to my family doctor 11 days later (a 25 minute drive I was too scared to take until then), and given an antibiotic to rid the infection. Three years later I was to have some oral surgery and they were going to give me cephalexin and I immediately said no way. They were quite familiar with C. difficile and gave me a milder antibiotic and I was fine. My friend had the same oral surgeon months later and was given cephalexin and she contracted C. difficile! I wouldn"t wish this infection on my worst enemy.

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Comment from: Breko, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I developed C difficile over five years ago after a routine surgery. It took a couple of years to get the proper test that came back positive. During that time, I suffered gastro intestinal symptoms and feeling of illness with great fatigue. I have recurring C difficile and have been treated multiple times with Flagyl until I was sent to an infectious disease physician who prescribed vancomycin tapered dose which really helped. I have relapsed four times this past two years. I just finished a 10 day treatment of Dificid. I am also taking SB and Flora Q probiotics which seem to help. My quality of life has suffered, my doctor will send me for a stool transplant if I relapse again. I have managed to keep up with working and hope this nightmare is over soon. I am 48 years old. I noticed improvement when I restricted all dairy. I am lactose intolerant anyway. Some SB have lactose in the formula. I finally found one that was lactose free. I think the stool transplant should be offered earlier.

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