Just a stomach bug or Cdiff back?

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Napper
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Just a stomach bug or Cdiff back?

Postby Napper » Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:51 pm

Hi all.

It's been two years to the day that I got C diff. Went through it all, right down to the transplant.

Fast forward to this week. Hubby went on travel on Sunday. Woke up Monday with body aches, fever, chills and D. He stayed in his hotel and teleworked. By Wed morning, he was feeling so bad, he went to the ER. Did blood work, came back fine, WB elevated slightly. Did a flu test, negative. So they hydrated him, gave him anti nausea meds, and cramping meds and sent him on his way. He's better today. Needs to get on a plane Friday to come home.

Well, imagine my surprise. I woke up Tuesday feeling achy and nauseous. I thought because he was so far away, I managed to avoid getting sick. Then by Wed morning, got the big D. I have no appetite and today, I'm feeling weak and my stomach is tender. Anything I drink goes right through me. I've probably gone 15 x today. If I'm still feeling miserable tomorrow, I'm heading to the ER for hydration.

My question is this. Is it possible for him to have CDiff and be able to fight it on his own because he's healthy? Or is this just a stomach bug?

Second... Is it possible that I started out with the same bug, but since I had Cdiff before, my body can't fight a normal bug and the cdiff took over. The reason I ask is these symptoms are so identical to the last time. Watery D 15 or more times a day. I'm afraid to eat, not that I'm hungry, but I'm thirsty and that just comes right out.

Another thing, I have rheumatoid arthritis, so my immune system is off.

Thanks for any answers.

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Re: Just a stomach bug or Cdiff back?

Postby beth22 » Fri Nov 08, 2019 2:23 am

Hi Napper - Sorry you are feeling ill, but there are stomach bugs going around. It could be that or it could be a different bacteria that you both picked up from food that you ate. After c diff, I find that any stomach bug affects me way more than in the past and takes a lot longer to go away. If it continues, then test, but also test with a stool culture for other pathogens. I had campylobacter once after c diff and the symptoms were identical. It did not need treatment and resolved on its own.

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Re: Just a stomach bug or Cdiff back?

Postby georgina » Fri Nov 08, 2019 4:15 am

It does sound like a GI virus that you and you husband are both sharing . If you are unable to keep down liquids, go to ER before you become dehydrated to get iv fluids. I second what Beth said , get tested if your symptoms don't subside.

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Re: Just a stomach bug or Cdiff back?

Postby Napper » Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:48 am

Thank you for the responses. I agree that it sounds like a virus, but boy is it bad!! I was up every hour and had nothing in my stomach! I'm exhausted. Just want to sleep. A friend is driving me to the ER this morning so hopefully I'll get some relief.

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Re: Just a stomach bug or Cdiff back?

Postby roy » Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:47 pm

Might be better to tough it our for a day and see if it resolves.
ER is not the place for tummy bugs unless your very ill very old or very young.

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Re: Just a stomach bug or Cdiff back?

Postby CindyP » Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:38 am

I got Norovirus a few weeks after my last antibiotic. Thought I was relapsing. Doc did a stool culture and found the noro, but also said I had c diff again, and wanted to treat that with more antibiotics. I decided to wait it out - it took 10 days to get over the noro, and the c diff never reared its ugly head.


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