Patient Comments: C. Difficile - Diagnosis

How was your clostridium difficile colitis diagnosed?

Comment from: D, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 16

After traveling for business and eating out the entire 4 days when I got back the diarrhea (watery/explosive) started right up. I assumed a gastrointestinal bug. Six weeks later I called my primary care physician, and went for stool samples. They called me the next day with the diagnosis of Clostridium difficile. Two rounds of their prescription treatment did nothing, in fact it was worse. A friend talked with a friend who was suffering chemotherapy diarrhea and she said to take Culturelle probiotics 2/day for a month, then daily thereafter. I took 2 at 11 am and by 1 pm I felt the best I had in 6 weeks, and diarrhea gone! Now I take Culturelle 3, 7 times/week prophylactically! The cheapest price is at BJ's wholesale, next lowest Walmart. Try it, it worked.

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Comment from: Gorzquinn, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 04

While recovering from torn distal bicep surgery, I noted the initial signs and symptoms four to five weeks post-surgery. The adjustable elbow brace I wore for a two months 24/7 I believe created the problem (carpal tunnel syndrome). This brace is designed to support and restrict, and adjusted over a period of time so the arm and elbow can return to normal function. During my recovery, the focus is on repaired torn distal bicep, the brace is designed to limit and restrict movement. It is here the 4 straps of this device are applying pressure to your upper and lower. The amount of tension applied to these straps create a force of pressure and over a period of time will cause problems like mine. Therefore, the use of the adjustable elbow brace should be reviewed.

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Comment from: Mary8479, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 22

I had been on various antibiotics for chronic urinary tract infections for over a year. I went to a urologist and she prescribed me Keflex for 3 months. I was on it only for 6 days when I started feeling like I had the flu. It was during flu season. I thought I just needed to give it time. I kept getting worse. I couldn't eat anything and I was living in the bathroom, also with nausea so bad I wanted to kill myself. I finally called the doctor and the nurse told me to go immediately to the emergency room. I was so dehydrated that my kidneys were failing. They admitted me because I was so sick and they already suspected Clostridium difficile. The test came out positive. I was in the hospital for 5 days. I got it again 2 months later. It was 5 or 6 months before I felt normal.

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Comment from: Dixie_Darlin, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 25

My mother came down with a fever and diarrhea, so I told her to make sure she's drinking plenty and taking something for fever. She has many other health problems, biggest ones Parkinson's disease and stage 4 emphysema. She had forever been on Cipro antibiotics for problems with her kidneys. At any rate, she called and was on the floor, I rushed and tried to get her up, but she could not help me. I called 911 and to the hospital she went. She was diagnosed with Clostridium difficile. After three days we came home, and she took Flagyl for two weeks. She seemed fine. I took her for her follow-up a week later, and the doctor said she was good. Five days later, I went to my Mom's and found she had passed away. I suspect the C. difficile but with other health issues, that can't be sure. Just please be careful. I miss my mother.

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Comment from: oklagramma, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 01

My clostridium difficile colitis was diagnosed by stool culture. I thought it would clear up on its own and waited too long to have it done (10 days or so). The doctor immediately suspected C. difficile since I had been on Cipro for a urinary tract infection, but it took 2 days to get a clear urine sample with no Cipro present and he made me wait another 3 days for cultures to return positive. I saw a gastroenterologist today who was appalled that I wasn't treated while waiting for the culture as my symptoms were extremely severe: 15 episodes a day and fever over 101.

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