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Old 02-25-2017, 09:56 AM
 
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I worked in the medical field and was aware of c. diff but thought of it as an old person disease found in the hospital or nursing home, those with weakened immune systems and other risk factors. I didn't know about the antibiotic connection.
Thank you for posting about your most unfortunate experience. I'm familiar with c.diff. from working with in-patient dementia and from earlier work in AIDS hospice. I will keep this discussion in mind both at my job and in my own medical life.
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Old 02-25-2017, 11:25 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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Thank you, I am already taking Florastor and eating more soluble fiber, like my steel cut oats and fermented foods with probiotics such as yougurt and miso which may help.

I was not told or aware I should take a probiotic supplement by the dentist or pharmacy. I knew to increase my yogurt consumption with an antibiotic. After my diagnosis and second antibiotic prescription for the c.diff, the nurse told me to add a probiotic from the pharmacy. Now I will know for the next time, if I need an antibiotic.

I did tell my dentist and let him know I'm postponing my crown that was to be scheduled until things settle down.
Thank you for your post. It reminds me to eat more kimchi and yogurt. I've already eat steel cut oats.
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Old 02-25-2017, 11:46 AM
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Location: North Monterey County
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I have had 4 root canal in the past 3 years. Yah - it's like dominoes.

Clindamyacin is the DEVIL. You would think in this day and age endodontists would get better antiobiotics.

I have never felt so horrible. I was tested for C. Diff and thankfully it was negative.

But damn - My gut took a month to recover from the abx. And I needed it twice because the root canals went haywire.
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Old 02-25-2017, 11:57 AM
 
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Thank you for posting about your most unfortunate experience. I'm familiar with c.diff. from working with in-patient dementia and from earlier work in AIDS hospice. I will keep this discussion in mind both at my job and in my own medical life.


FYI - while taking the probiotic Florastor, there is a possible contraindication for people who are severely immunocompromised (eg. AIDS hospice) as it is very very rarely associated with fungal infections.

So while Florastor may have the best evidence for decreasing C Diff risk, always check with your doc if you have immune system issues.
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Old 02-25-2017, 12:03 PM
 
Location: R.I.
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I'm so sorry about your father, he had a great outlook on life which must have made it even harder to lose him.

I worked in the medical field and was aware of c. diff but thought of it as an old person disease found in the hospital or nursing home, those with weakened immune systems and other risk factors. I didn't know about the antibiotic connection.

I like to think I'm not as old as I am, which made me gloss over the c.diff warning in the clindamycin pamphlet, thinking it couldn't happen to me. The thread about what age is middle-aged, old, senior or elderly may be up to debate in our minds but here's what is posted on WebMD as one of the risk factors:
Advanced age -- 65 or older

So medically, we are either advanced age or not.
I was very blessed I had such a great father who lived to age 87 and up to his surgery was more mentally and physically intact than me. I lost my equally wonderful mother 4 years prior who had multiple medical issues and was quite frail in her later years. Her doctor had sent her to the ER over a weekend for a suspected UTI. The decision was made to admit her and the 8 plus hours she waited on that hard ER gurney for her hospital bed to become available she developed a pressure ulcer on her coccyx. Every type of therapy was employed in an attempt to heal that pressure ulcer, but nothing would touch it and eventually it caused sepsis which resulted in her death. My father was never the same after her death, and the day I brought him to the hospital for his knee replacement surgery I just had this sinking feeling he would never return home but quickly brushed it off.

I believe in life after death, and if I had a crystal ball to peer into the next life I think my parents are dancing up a storm right now because that was something they loved to do when they were able.
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Old 02-25-2017, 01:00 PM
 
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In the ministry, I worked closely with several elderly people who were on numerous medications. In some cases, there were significant complications arising from the interactions of various 'combinations' of prescribed medications.

Doctors and pharmaceutical companies generally know which drugs negatively interact with other drugs. However, there seems to be a disconnect when it comes to the interactions of endless COMBINATIONS of drugs. (For example, They know that Drug A doesn't interact well with drugs B, C or D. However, they don't always know that A also doesn't interact well with a combination of drugs C, F and G or with drugs F, H and J).

To further complicate matters, elderly people don't always keep accurate track of all their medications from different doctors or accurately report ALL their meds. to every doctor (sometimes intentionally).
There is an online site called "Drugs.com." You can check for drug interactions for as many drugs that you want to list. Also, there is a pill identifier. You put in the numbers/letters on the pill, the shape, and color. It tells you what the pill is.


It is a very useful site when you want to know drug interactions or if you are a caregiver for someone on a lot of medication.
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