C-diff free since Sept 12, 2017. Symptom and IBS free, no dietary restrictions.

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Machaon
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C-diff free since Sept 12, 2017. Symptom and IBS free, no dietary restrictions.

Postby Machaon » Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:01 pm

My ordeal with C-diff started approximately April 19, 2017, the day after I returned from a routine Coumadin test at a hospital. I felt a little off and had diarrhea. After three weeks of worsening health, on May 8th, I went back to the hospital for outpatient treatment and was given Ciprofloxacin 500 mg and Flagyl 500 mg. The next day I was diagnosed with C-diff, told to immediately stop taking Ciprofloxacin!

Anyways... the awful, torturous Flagyl didn't work. I had to force any kind of food down! Then, 14 days of Vanco didn't work. Then 14 days of Vanco followed by several weeks of tapering/pulsing didn't work. My legs were painfully swollen, the muscles were disfigured and I was nauseated, very weak and fatigued and really thought that I was not going to survive.

Finally September 12th, after 10 days of Dificid, it was my first day without treatment and without C-diff. I could eat anything I wanted with few side effects, but I was very weak. It took several weeks for the leg swelling and dis-figuration to subside and about four months before I could lift my legs up or climb stairs without a struggle. I could finally stop wearing an embarrassing adult diaper!

I never thought that I would fully recover, or if my life could go back to normal and with a good quality of life. I feel good and am doing significant physical exercise, and eating 5 eggs and three salads each day.

I wish, for those who are presently struggling with this awful, debilitating infection, a full and timely recovery; and to never suffer from C-diff again.

Prior to finding this site I felt very alone, scared and confused. I want to, once again, thank the contributors and management of this site for the wonderful support and help for those of us who have had the misfortune to suffer from C-diff. What wonderful people!
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Male 75 S.Florida

900 weight lifts 750 knee bends day

Since 1987 had CHF afib asthma

I inhale $8 Flonase nasal spray for asthma maintenance :)

Ex C-diff (4/19/17- 9/12/17) after 10 days dificid

Diet:6 meals ~1700 cals 2 eggs 4 salads 4 protein bars

beth22
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Re: Six months after 10 days of Dificid, symptom and IBS free, no dietary restrictions.

Postby beth22 » Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:22 pm

So happy to hear that you are doing well. Thanks for posting your story and giving hope to others!

Machaon
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Re: Now ONE YEAR after 10 days of Dificid, symptom and IBS free, no dietary restrictions.

Postby Machaon » Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:22 am

Well... I am now one year free of C-diff and having no digestion or intestinal problems. Consider myself very lucky to not have had any after effects of that nasty, debilitating, horrible intestinal infection!

Some good things that resulted from my C-diff: I found this internet site that was/is very helpful and compassionate and informative PLUS I learned a lot about the bacteria in one's gut and that one should be very wise and selective in the use of antibiotics. Take antibiotics only when there's no other choice.

Regards, Bob
Male 75 S.Florida

900 weight lifts 750 knee bends day

Since 1987 had CHF afib asthma

I inhale $8 Flonase nasal spray for asthma maintenance :)

Ex C-diff (4/19/17- 9/12/17) after 10 days dificid

Diet:6 meals ~1700 cals 2 eggs 4 salads 4 protein bars

beth22
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Re: Six months after 10 days of Dificid, symptom and IBS free, no dietary restrictions.

Postby beth22 » Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:37 am

So happy to hear you are doing well, Bob. I remember last year you were still dealing with treatment when the hurricane hit Florida. That's fantastic that you can eat whatever you like with no issues. Thanks for posting.

Machaon
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Re: Six months after 10 days of Dificid, symptom and IBS free, no dietary restrictions.

Postby Machaon » Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:47 pm

Thanks for your nice post, beth22! I hope that you are doing very well!

Getting thru another hurricane season down here in South Florida and tomorrow I will be 15 months post-Dificid and post C-diff infection. Last year I thought that it would NEVER go away!

I can still eat everything that I want, as long as I follow the limitations of an Insulin Resistance diet.

My daily diet?

My current daily diet that I eat each and every day, day after day, week after week, month after month:

5:30 am & 8:00am: Microwaved one scrambled egg seasoned with cinnamon and turmeric; and ½ cup high fiber, low sugar Cereal with water, one tablespoon low sugar yogurt.

10:30am & 1pm & 3:30pm: large salad romaine, mushrooms, carrot, tomato, broccoli with one tablespoon of home made honey mustard salad dressing, low carb snack bar, one tablespoon low sugar yogurt.

6:00 pm: large salad romaine, mushrooms, carrot, tomato, broccoli with one tablespoon of home made honey mustard salad dressing, two slices of cheddar cheese.

So... a double success story, one of success against C-diff and one of success against Insulin Resistance/Diabetes II

Regards, Bob
Male 75 S.Florida

900 weight lifts 750 knee bends day

Since 1987 had CHF afib asthma

I inhale $8 Flonase nasal spray for asthma maintenance :)

Ex C-diff (4/19/17- 9/12/17) after 10 days dificid

Diet:6 meals ~1700 cals 2 eggs 4 salads 4 protein bars


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