C. Diff is usually picked up from tainted surfaces, it's a bacterial infection that can cause bloody diarrhea. I would guess that the patient picked it up from a contaminated surface during one of their treatments? The best defense against C. Diff is proper sanitation of surfaces in hospitals and doctor's offices.View Thread
They usually mean about the same thing. Heartburn, acid reflux, acid indigestion, they all mean you are producing too much acid and also sometimes that it's coming up your esophagus a little ways. Have antacids helped?View Thread
How are your digestive enzymes and friendly bacteria? I don't know the whole situation but a lot of gas can mean poor digestion, and I wonder if the friendly bacteria were killed off during the colostomy reversal. Have you done anything to recolonize, like probiotics, yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, or anything like that?View Thread
If you just want a little friendly advice, I'd say take care of yourself, get a little extra rest, be honest with yourself about your feelings regarding your FWB, get some good soup into you and have some sleep. All your symptoms really sound like stress crossed with emotional fatigue and maybe some kind of cold or flu bug.
Keep in mind also that it's getting toward winter and a lot of us are a bit morbid around this time. It's the light. If symptoms get a lot worse, talk to a doctor about it of course.
Later, watch a movie or read a book that makes you laugh every time. It'll clean out your mind. Feel better!View Thread
One of the stronger proton pump inhibitors, Nexium, just went over the counter. If you have really bad heartburn that's often used. Omeprazole, which is generic Prilosec, is a lot cheaper and that's also available. It, too, used to be prescription but is now over the counter. Then there's the old standbys like Maalox, Mylanta, and such. Myself, I prefer generic Tums for heartburn. A nice cup of peppermint tea also helps your digestion.
What you take is going to depend on the type of indigetsion you have. The thoughts I gave up there are if you have a lot of acid reflux, that is, heartburn. Either way, if it's really bugging you, definitely have a chat with some type of medical professional.View Thread
With how negligent some hospitals seem to be in regards to cleanliness, and given the prevalence of MRSA, staph infectiosn, and C. diff infections, not to mention surgery complications, you do need to at least double check with a doctor if not go to the ER.
If you are in that much pain even now, months later, and you are getting nausea and problems with the surgical site, do NOT let your primary doc brush you off. Do whatever it takes to be seen.View Thread
Okay, I have an update on my spouse's symptoms. The bleeding has mostly resolved, ever since she went on a quality, high absorbability multivitamin. I think she was suffering from a lack of vitamin E, vitamin A, and other important nutrients which made her digestive tract overly sensitive to irritation. She still has mucus sometimes but not nearly as bad as it was. Now the other triggering factor seems to be certain spices and food additives. It's still not completely resolved but vastly improved.View Thread
I'm curious to find out what that ingredient is? Also, the flowing agent in salt is usually dextrose, which I don't like anyway, but it's not really that horrible. Is there another, unlabeled flowing agent in salt? Thanks for sharing your views, experience, and information.View Thread
Follow up: still no word from a medical professional. But we have discovered some commonalities. The blood seems to appear mostly in the morning. The mucous can be any time during the day. The bleeding will last for a couple of days then go away, and is triggered by excessive fats, certain preservatives, and abrasive or sometimes granular foods.
No gluten or gluten like foods are present, no corn, no grains other than white rice. No fibrous vegetables. Right now we are sticking to soft or well cooked foods and that seems to be helping. The symptoms are getting a little better with this diet but she is still having bouts of weakness and tiredness, lots of mucous.View Thread
Also, fast food is usually full of sugar and preservatives. Depends on what kind you eat, of course. So there is a lot that your body might get tired of trying to digest. Sometimes it gets worse if you have been eating relatively "clean," whole, and healthy foods, and then you go back to fast food. You sometimes see a really big difference then!View Thread