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Comment from: active senior, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 11

I contracted C. difficile colitis after leaving after a 7 day stay in the hospital. I had diarrhea all day long every day. I have been out almost two months and am still battling C-diff and colitis. The sanitary conditions in the hospital were lacking. I did not have the ability to clean myself and although I was in ICU nobody took care of cleaning me up.

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Comment from: Nagudddot, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: March 17

I got C. difficile colitis while prescribed antibiotics for a sinus infection. I missed a couple of doses which resulted in my being hospitalized with diarrhea and vomiting. I was there for 3 days and finally was able to go home two days ago. I currently am having a bad headache and swollen glands by my throat. No diarrhea or vomiting and have a large appetite but have some cramping and gas.

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Comment from: clotine m., 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 03

In January 2012 I had a dental procedure to repair/drill out a bone infection. I was given amoxicillin which I had taken numerous times over the years with no side effects. The September prior to this procedure my father had been in a nursing home where I visited often for 4 months. In April of 2012 I started experiencing upper abdominal pain. After 10 days I saw my doctor, and my blood showed slightly elevated WBC. I was referred to a gastroenterologist, had endoscopy and colonoscopy which showed negative results. I felt good for a few months until I had knee surgery in 9/12. I couldn't recover. I went to physical therapy, most times good, but a couple times severe back pain. I only had diarrhea a couple times, usually after being given a new medication I would discontinue. Blood pressure (BP) was extremely high (would never give me the numbers). In December 2012, the abdominal pain (stomach area) came back with a vengeance. I had been given a BP medicine in November. Unable to reach my doctor, in excruciating pain, I realized the new medicines may be contributing to the problem. I discontinued and received almost immediate relief. I will say if I didn't have Vicodin for pain, I don't know what I would have done. I went through a CT, MRI and 3 other tests which showed nothing. I had another endoscopy and nothing. The pain, upper abdominal, stomach was as if I had been hit, constantly, in my stomach. Tests showed nothing. WBC was slightly high, BP 225/195. We are now in April 2013. I've lost almost 60 pounds. Doctor is angry with me and all I could do was cry at this point. Finally I was sent to a physician in June 2013 who did stool samples and called within a week; C. difficile colitis. Flagyl took care of the stomach pain (made me sick for the 14 day treatment). I couldn't gain a pound for over a year but was finally doing well when I was infected with bacterial vaginosis (March 2015) by a sexual partner and now the stomach pain has returned with a vengeance. Doctor prescribed Prilosec which took away the stomach pain, but I have violent diarrhea which I never had before. Will it never end!

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Comment from: Hallett, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: February 02

My mum in hospital in a room on her own with C. difficile colitis. Every time I look at her chart it records 7, the highest. Her weight loss is not real. She is on the 2nd course of treatment but I don't know if she will survive.

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