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#1 summer


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Posted 13 November 2008 - 05:42 PM

Well, I think it has only been 3 months since my last bout of Bacterial Overgrowth, It is back with a vengeance. I was on the toilet for two hours this morning with severe cramps, diarrohea and nausea.
Luckily my GI doctor had given me a script of antibiotics in case I needed it.

Does anyone have any suggestions with what I should eat or avoid at this horrible time.

Many thanks

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 06:48 PM


Sorry it's back. I don't know what I would do with that happening frequently. If I stay away from rich foods and rich dairy products I am pretty good. If I don't drink enough fluids I also have problems, usually constipation. I was treated with flagyl and some other medication for diarrhea a long time back and my bowels have been fine ever since. It was really an awful ordeal and I missed alot of work at the time. It went on for a few years off and on before a doctor figured it out.

Will keep you in my thoughts.

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 03:08 AM

Hi Ced

Sorry to hear it's back...I hope you find a solution that works quickly!
Sending good wishes your way!

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 08:36 AM

Hi Celia,.

I'm having trouble, too.

While on the antibiotics, yogurt is a good probiotic that helps put good flora back into your digestive system.

Also, drinking fluids to replace the loss... I also find that chicken noodle soup is good and helps with the cramps.

Sure hope you feel better soon!

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 01:55 PM

Depending on what bacteria you have in your gut antibiotics may be the worst thing to take for it. Sometimes you need to get a culture to know for sure. Take it from someone who was on longterm antibiotics for Lyme disease I learned the hard way! Its possible to get a bad bacteria in the gut known as Clostridium Difficile or C. Difficile as its more commonly called. I had the infection 3 times. It is picked up from surfaces in hospitals or nursing homes or other times its already in the gut in small numbers then taking antibiotics can kill the good gut bacteria and the C. Difficile takes over. It can be deadly if not treated. The treatment is usually Flagyl for minimum of 10 days.

As far as what to avoid generally speaking if its C. Difficile or some other bad bacteria you want to avoid taking anti-diarrheal medicine because it needs to get out of the system not be held in. Sorry trying not to be too graphic. Taking a good quality probiotic especially one that contains the strain called Saccharomyces Boulardii can help rebalance the gut bacteria. Yogurt is not enough and acidolphilus is not enough either. You need a multi-strain probiotic, acidolphilus is just one strain.

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Posted 17 November 2008 - 01:39 AM

Hi Celia,

That sounds awful, I certainly feel for you and have been there myself. I find that sugar is a culprit for me every time. As are white unrefined carbs like pasta. Those two seem to be the worst. Sugar will also cause mouth sores and gum issues for me, very sore and bad bad stomach cramps. It's hard, but worth a try.

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Posted 17 November 2008 - 05:32 PM


I was recently hospitalized for bacterial over growth. Rimixafin (?) not sure of spelling was what the rheumatologist prescribed. They put me on IV flagyl and flagyl by tablet. After they tested for c-dif, they put me on prescription immodium and lomatil. The lomatil w/ prescription dose of immodium worked. I still get severe bloating, but everything else seems somewhat controlled. I was hospitalized for 5 days and it was not fun. I wish you the best. I will say the rheumatologist thought anti-biotic treatment was all I should take. The gastro doctor felt I should also take the lomatil and presc. immodium. I have had this problem off and on for the last two years. I lost a lot of weight last year becauseof this. It is not easy. I hope you feel better soon.


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Posted 19 November 2008 - 10:26 AM

Hi, sorry to here about your toilet trouble, my father has systemic scleroderma and has been through this. He stays away from tomatoes the seeds seemed to start him off. Now he has stopped eating them and started eating a lot of the probiotic foods its stopped. I hope this helps. :)