5 Horrible Months, 3 Bad G.I. Docs & 1 Terrific G.I. Doc

Years ago, It took me five months with four gastroenterologists —only the fourth knew what she was dealing with.

(I even talked by phone with a doctor at Johns Hopkins who worked on the drug protocol who told me that the antibiotic was the only way he knew to treat C-Diff.)

I got C-Diff from Augmentin I’d taken for a sinus infection. My gut went spastic.

Doctor said to take Immodium. All that did was to let C-diff develop. Got really sick.

First doctor Rx-ed Flagyl, that worked, but after 5 days after I had finished a two week course it came back. That happened several times. Starting doctor hopping.

Tried Vancomycin. That worked but it came back again.

By the fourth doctor I had figured out that it must be spores/eggs that hadn’t hatched when I was on an antibiotic. Unhatched, they were not affected. Doctor asked me if I was eating yogurt and wanted to know how much. I told her one cup in the morning. She asked what kind. When I told her, she said I should go back on simple Flagyl for another two-week course, but this time I needed to eat 3 cups a day (morning, midday, evening) of organic, non-fat, plain yogurt (such as Stonyfield) and that I needed to keep that up for at least a few more months. The concept was that our stomachs are designed to kill bacteria; thus we needed to bombard the gut so that some bacteria would get through to the gut. This time I got better!

Now, there are so many probiotics available in powdered packets or capsules, refrigerated or not, I’m not sure what the probiotic plan would be. I kept up the yogurt for ages as I didn’t dare take less that two per day for the next two years. (Incidentally, I have been told that having had the C-Diff set me up for helping pave the way to get ulcerative colitis more than a decade later.)