Thanks very much.
This bacterium has been found to cause colitis, which is severe inflammation in the colonic tissue and destruction of cells of the colon.
C. difficile occurs after antibiotic therapy when bacterial flora in the intestines is changed. It happens in hospitals where C. difficile is prevalent and patients frequently receive antibiotics and rarely at private homes. The bacterium produces two toxins which cause diarrhoea and damage the cells of the bowel lining. There are strains of C. difficile that do not produce toxin and these strains are unlikely to cause disease and patients colonised by them usually remain healthy.
Besides diarrhea, a patient may experience abdominal pain and fever. The disease and its symptoms are usually mild but elderly patients may get dehydrated and seriously ill.
If damage to the bowel has been made, there is a possibility of dilating bowel that could end up with rupture or perforation. C. difficile rarely spreads to other parts of the body such as the blood stream.
When bacterium has been found to be presnt in the body, in mild cases, stopping antibiotics and fluids replacement should clear the infection. In more severe cases, two antibiotics may be given that have been proved to work in case if C. difficile. These are Metronidazole and Vancomycin.
I had terrible abdominal pain and severe diahrrea along with a high fever and vomitting for about 2 weeks. Everything stopped except for the diahrrea, that continued for about 6 months and then tapered off. I lost 40 lbs and almost lost my life. C dif is nothing to play with!!
She is currently being told that the C-dif is no longer causing her problems, rather that it did so much damage to her digestive system that she now just has to "wait it out" until her body recovers.
The problem (well, ONE of them anyway) is that she's about 110 pounds and has continual diarrhea. "Spells" of illness are keeping her from having a normal life.
Obviously, at this stage she has been through all the typical "cures" as well as numerous others. Does anyone have any advice on this problem?
hospitalizing me for at least 2 weeks each. I am a bit tired of
hearing doctors and other medical folks always blaming its onset
on long period of antibiotic therapy. I have taken NO antibiotics
for well over 6 years (except for VANCOMYCIN, which is prescribed
specifically for C-Dif). Each time I was hospitalized due to extreme
and prolonged diarrhea, causing severe dehydration. I think the medical
world has to consider other factors that may be causing this condition.
When hospitalized, I was isolated from other patients, but I DO know
that some of the staff were a bit careless concerning handwashing after
caring for me, so THEY may have spread it to others.
Also, Vancomycin is still not only extremely expensive, but hard to find.
Many pharmacies do not regularly carry it. Why? I read that C-Dif is
increasingly common, but I know of hospitals in Penna. sending their
C-dif patients to the Somerset Med. Center in NJ as they were unable to treat it there.
(I heard the nursing staff discussing this when I was in the ER
My 65 year old brother is in a nursing home. I recived a call
from the nurse that my brother was dieing.The nurse asked me if I would
like hospic to come or send him to the hospital.I said send him to the hospital. Buy the time he went in he was in critical condition. Me my Wife
& sister arived he was in intensive care unit. I had talked with the doctor
he had said my brother was in sestemic shock.He has C dif that caused this.He was on Life support for 2 days. and is now off it but still not out of
the woods.I really have some ? about the nursing home doctor on staff.