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Postby Robbie » Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:31 am

I went to a psychiatrist yesterday because of my anxiety and she said she sees a lot of c diff patients who need meds for anxiety. She put me on Prozac and buspar. She wasn't sure why so many c diff patients are anxious but seemed to think there was a brain/ gut connection and the fear of it relapsing. I've noticed that as I taper to every 3rd day my stomach hurts a lot in between especially in the morning. I'm also a bit constipated. Is this normal recovery? I'm so surprised by my fear. I'm usually such a calm person. I want to be well so much and even though I may now have IBS, I think I can deal as long as I don't relapse. Can anyone give me some insight?

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Re: Anxiety

Postby Lid49 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:16 pm

I know the filling, I had for a long time cdiff and anxiety with depression was a big part of this disease. Going to get help is very good , also medication will help. I know is not easy but please stay calm. Recovery is a long process with bumps in the road.
Low food ofender and vitamins plus activity that you enjoy may help.
I hope you will feel better.

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Re: Anxiety

Postby NanciT » Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:59 pm


The anxiety is very common and yes there is a gut/brain connection. You did the right thing we recommend all of the time, seek help and if needed medication. We had a survey on the site a few years ago and the research was about AFTER CDIFF. I was happy they were looking into that. It can be very overwhelming. Do know you are not alone in this.

I hope the medication helps


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Re: Anxiety

Postby Robbie » Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:27 am

Did anyone get more symptoms after the vanco or while tapering? I have more stomach discomfort now then while I was on the meds full time. Is that what they mean by IBS? Just feel gassy and bloated a lot. Can anyone explain why this happens?

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Re: Anxiety

Postby roy » Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:43 am

Treatment does not just switch off the illness.
It clears the bacteria that's causing the toxins and the ongoing damage is halted.
Then your still left with a damaged gut thats got to heal.
Imagine if you spilt acid on your skin.
You remove the acid but the damage has already been done and it takes a long time to heal.
That's the type of thing that's going on in your gut!
Your gut flora is also recovering and that can take a while.
When your floras off balance it plays all sorts of games inside you including gas, bad breath, bloating, loss of appetite, body odor and if your lucky lots of smelly emmisions! etc.
All part of normal recovery.
ANYTHING apart from the return of copious watery D is normal.

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Re: Anxiety

Postby LHutz » Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:57 pm

Yes, C. Diff causes a lot of damage to your GI tract, which takes time to heal. If you'd like to see for yourself, google image search "colonoscopy c. diff" and then google image search "colonoscopy healthy colon" and compare the images.

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Re: Anxiety

Postby MKW » Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:10 pm

Prozac and buspar... i just wanted to warn you both of those drugs can cause diarrhea.
Sure there are lots of people that this does not happen with. But it can happen, so don’t panic.
For me all SsRi’s I tried in my life (before c Diff when my GI could handle anything) gave me watery diarrhea initially.
I take .5 mg of Klonopin daily for anxiety. I completely believe when your gut flora gets messed up it can effect your mood stability and cause anxiety.
90% of your body’s serotonin is made in the gut supposedly

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Re: Anxiety

Postby AllisS » Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:41 am

To me it seems irrelevant if there is/isn't a gut-brain connection. ANY major illness is likely to cause anxiety, especially if there is a chance of relapse. Applies to cancer, heart attack, kidney-stone attack, etc.
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