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I agree with "ItGirl" for the cocktail of the two. I speak from experience (unfortunately). As I posted before in September, I was sick with the D. I only took Cipro because I told the dr. I would prefer not to take Flagyl as it makes me feel so sick. He thought Cipro would do it. Then Oct. 3 it flared again (obviously it didn't totally clear up). I was then given Sulpha DS. I wasn't in extreme pain but nothing felt NORMAL either. Then on Oct. 28th I was in severe pain again and was admitted to hospital with high fever. Then they determined I had H1N1 and discharged me because they didn't want H1N1 in our small town hospital. I stuck it out at home with a constant fever until I was re-admitted on Nov. 9th with a questionable diverticular abscess. On Nov. 12th I had a drain put in my abdomen and it drained for a week. My dr. and the local surgeon wanted me to see a specialist for a possible colon resection surgery since I'd had my first attack Feb.'09 and then this long one that didn't clear.
I saw the specialist and she is not convinced that surgery is required at this point. She is going to do a colonoscope to check things out and we'll see from there. Has anyone here had this surgery or been recommended to? The surgeon assures me that this would not be a magic solution. They may not be able to get all the diverticulae, and even if they do, more could form and I'd back in the same boat. It's not too convincing on having the surgery and the specialist really talked a lot about all the risks. I'd appreciate any wisdom that any of you may have.
I am currently off work with this and still have some abnormal feelings in that area. Apparently with it having lasted so long it could take a couple months to really settle down. I am gradually increasing fibre at the advise of the specialist and trying to stay away from all the yummy food that is not healthy for me!
Gee, Sean, I hope you are OK... Seeing that you haven't posted in a while since you started to feel sick has me worried that you might be in the hospital! Hope you are feeling better, and post to let us all know how you are!!!
I'm sorry for responding to this post so late. Hopefully by now you are well on your way to being on the mend. I think I saw you log some exercise minutes today, so that is a good sign.
Are you just on Cipro or the double cocktail of Cipro and Flagyll? I would think you'd need both to ensure you get rid of the infection. With this attack coming so close on the heels of the last one, I wonder if you only drove it into hiding but didn't totally eliminate it. I'm not a doctor, though, so I will refrain from giving any more medical advice!
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So sorry to hear that you are sick. Gosh, my heart goes out to you. I have my fingers crossed as it's been almost 2 months now since my last hospital stay and I have been feeling great. I wish you a speedy recovery!
Fever. The trots. Oh, and it feels like someone stuck a spear into the left side of my gut. Doc has me on Cipro plus the probiotics to repopulate my gut with healthy bacteria.
Worst part is that I feel too crappy to exercise, and then I feel crappy because I'm not exercising. Vicious circle.
Too bad we don't get to pick our illnesses -- next time around I want to be anorexic instead.
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