Pain 3 months later?

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Pain 3 months later?

Postby Link12 » Sat Jan 16, 2021 7:51 pm

I am a 33F and am very frustrated in managing my recovery. Also, I am concerned I could be going through a relapse.

For some background, I got cdiff likely from a combination of back to back antibiotics and omperozle. I finished vancomycin a little over 3 months ago. Prior to cdiff I was diagnosed with IBS, lactose intolerance, and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). As a result, I have tried to manage by having zero dairy, mostly gluten free, and regular exercise.

Since finishing vancomycin, I have good days where I forget that I've ever had it, but then days where I am sore and constipated. I haven't been able to get a good grasp on why it happens or how to prevent it. I have reintroduced some foods into my diet and it seems to go well for weeks, then out of nowhere its backfires. I have noticed that mints could be a trigger. Sometimes if I run too hard, I feel irritated for a few days after (may not be related), so I've been nervous to get back to a normal exercise routine.

My BM are mostly solid, but airy looking. My stool has been yellow brown with white seeds. 1 week ago I had alcohol. 4 days ago a mint. Then 3 days ago, I had a BM with M, which hasn't happened since I started vanco. I also had 2 BM that day that could be considered D. This has been the worst episode of soreness since ending vanco. Sometimes I will get a zap of pain in the same spot that hurt the most with cdiff. Also, my stomach has been extremely grumbly.

I started taking florastor immediately after this event, and my BM have been airy and soft since. The pain is a little better, but still there and the worst it's been since recovery.

Do you think I could be headed into a relapse?

I am extremely confused and frustrated. It's been very difficult to manage this in a smart way during a pandemic. I'm so happy to see this site exists.

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Re: Pain 3 months later?

Postby beth22 » Sun Jan 17, 2021 1:52 am

Many people don't do well with any alcoholic drinks after c diff and they can be rough on the intestines. You may have irritated yours with that. It doesn't sound like a relapse, but if it continues, you should contact your doctor. I had SIBO too and that can give some of the symptoms you describe - especially the constipation and intolerance to mints.

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Re: Pain 3 months later?

Postby Bobbie » Sun Jan 17, 2021 2:04 pm

Welcome to the site.Pls read the first forum for info on the history of the site and how to use it.

We cannot diagnose you as we are not in the medical field but can mention a few areas to explore.Beth mentioned SIBO. Another is IBS. The site has info on both. Probiotics are a “maybe” issue. Some swear by them, but they do little for others. ... -t5oXVMYAY

If you continue to have problems,
see a GI or,ID. You are young, a big plus, and to my knowledge, do not have other medical issues, another plus. Hang in there.Keep exercising.

Keep posting. We will support you.

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Re: Pain 3 months later?

Postby msmiyee » Fri Feb 26, 2021 6:41 pm

Hi, Link12,
I'm a 43F. I am recovering from a nasty C Diff infection about a month and half ago. I was hospitalized for three days, after having diarrhea 15 times a day, chills, body aches, fever, fatigue, and respiratory symptoms - for nearly 2 weeks. All of my doctors thought I had COVID-19, but I was tested for COVID 5-6 times at every doctor visit. All negative.

As of today, I am still experiencing side effects. I mostly have fatigue, and sometimes chills, body aches, and a tingly feeling all over my body. I also feel jittery, as when you have low blood sugar, often. I am mainly on a plant-based diet, but when I get jittery, I have to eat more substantial foods. I've been to doctors and specialists who have ran blood tests, internal inflammation tests, stool tests, etc. All of my tests come back normal. One doctor suggested that my symptoms could be mental.

I understand your frustration and fears. I've read a few stories about the long journey to recovery. I've been taking things one day at a time and a lot of prayer. Most of the supplements I take have been helpful, including a multivitamin, magnesium, B12, B Complex, garlic (as a prebiotic) multi-strain probiotic, tumeric, Vitamin D, and Omega 3. I also normally have a smoothie with unsweetened cocoa powder, macha green tea powder, hemp powder, collagen, bananas, avocado, peanut butter, and nondairy milk.

While I am on the mend, some days I feel overwhelmed. Most people don't understand what is happening to me, so they can't seem to empathize.

I'm happy to keep this thread going if you want to chat.


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