Patient Comments: C. Difficile - Diagnosis

How was your clostridium difficile colitis diagnosed?

Comment from: 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: March 01

Symptoms continued after leaving hospital. I also was treated for diarrhea and upper L abdominal pain during the summer of 2010, with Flagyl as my medication. Never felt quite the same after that bout. I had bloody discharge 2 weeks ago and was admitted to the hospital at that time. After discharge a stool sample was examined and came up with the diagnosis. I am now again on the Flagyl and hopefully it will do the job.

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Comment from: Sick and Tired, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 25

I was given clyndamicin by my dentist for a tooth infection. A few days after finishing the antibiotic I did not feel well and it took another 3 weeks before I was diagnosed with C Diff. I had a high fever, ached all over, had terrible stomach cramps and diarrhea. Like many others I could not tolerate Flagyl so ended up taking Vancocin. One week after finishing it came back. I then was given another weeks supply and it has not returned. I finished the Vanco 8 weeks ago and am still not able to eat many foods. I am so limited in what I can digest and still have stomach cramps and occasional diarrhea. I have found that taking probiotics and have found that Saccharomyces boulardii is the best on for C Diff. I work with a naturopath who has been invaluable in helping me feel better. I am taking vitamins and minerals and going for IV therapy with the naturopath to help my body get the nourishment it needs. I found the allopathic doctors don't know or understand the importance of the flora in the gut and how it affects our total health. My advice to anyone with C Diff is to get a Naturopath.

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Comment from: SickofC-Dif, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 14

My daughter was very ill nearly ten years ago following a course of Amoxycillin. She had a high fever and severe loose stools. She was diagnosed with C-Dif and had her transverse colon surgically removed resulting in a Colostomy (later reversed). She had 16 surgical procedures in a matter of four months - she was 11 years old when all of this started. She was diagnosed with chronic Recurring C-Dif Induced Pseudomembraneous Colitis. Her last hospitalization was two years ago, but she needs to be cognizant of her health all of the time.

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Comment from: lasat, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 24

I was diagnosed in the ER when I went in with signs of neutropenia, diarrhea, after my third chemo treatment. I had x-rays and a CT scan for my chest.

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Comment from: kw1378, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 13

I developed loose and explosive stools, a constant low grade fever, and constant stomach cramping after a Z pack and steroids for laryngitis and a sinus infection. I was given Flagyl for C. Diff and my symptoms continued, as well as Protonix for GERD that suddenly developed and Bentyl to slow down the colon spasms. I was then given a course of Cipro after my stool sample tested negative for C. Diff. Finally, I went to a GI doctor who ordered a colonoscopy the next day. She said my colon looks perfect, and is now treating me with Xifaxan. I felt better until I actually ate a meal and the explosive episodes started again. I am still gassy on both ends and crampy. And tired and sore all the time. I was an otherwise healthy 29 yo woman and have lost 15 lbs in a month and a half. I hope this medicine starts working soon. This is getting pretty depressing and hopeless.

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Comment from: gettinghealthy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 19

I also was put on Flagyl, which did not help at all. My doctor than gave me an anti inflammatory medication to get the colitis under control, and I started on probiotics. Boulardii seems to really be helping me a lot, and I use a full spectrum probiotic as well.

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Published: July 30

I have had three recurrences of c. diff in the past two months. I was put on Flagyl for seven days, then for 14 days. It made me sicker than I already was.

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Comment from: lucki, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 03

If you don't have Clostridium difficile bacteria, no amount of any antibiotic will cause it. If you carry the bacteria, antibiotics can cause an imbalance of bacteria in your intestine and let Clostridium difficile multiply and create enough toxin to cause symptoms.

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