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Watery Diarrhea for 7 days / CIPRO

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  • Posted By: rtpatter
  • November 28, 2007
  • 00:19 AM

Can anyone help me with this diagnosis? Seven days ago I became nauseated and began vomiting for a 24 hour period. During this time I also developed watery diarrhea. The vomiting went away after one day however the diarrhea is still prevalent after 6 days. After 4 days I tried Imodium which will stop the diarrhea but once the medicine wears off the diarrhea comes back. I’ve been sticking to soft bland foods and drinking lots of fluids to stay hydrated. When I went to my doctor today he prescribed CIPRO suggesting it could be a bacterial infection. However, he was only basing that on the fact that most viruses would have resolved itself by now(I have no fever). I am hesitant to start CIPRO for fear that it might make my diarrhea worse since most antibiotics upset my stomach. Can anyone tell me if starting CIPRO is a good idea or should I continue to wait it out. I need some sort of resolution as I can’t afford anymore downtime.

Thanks in advance.

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  • Hi,You need to start the cipro. If it doesn't help then you are not looking at any kind of bacteria, and need to be tested for paracites and Celiac disease as well. You should aslo deliver a stool sample to look for inflammation. At this point, if they still find no cause you should also have a colonscopy. You do not mention anything about any other symptoms or if your doctor has taken any blood. I am wondering if he has tested your CRP and SED rate as well as your WBC. All of these can say something about inflammation. You should also have a liver panel done, since any kind of liver inflammation can cause both nausea and diarreah. Don't worry about starting the cipro. You can however take biola or some other type of youghurt that has good bacteria in in, as long as you use the Cipro. I have IBD (crohn's disease) and I was also put on cipro to rule out bacteria. In my case it took away some of the symptoms I was having (my general sence of well being was restored and I got my appetite back) Hope this helps... Kiera
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 28, 2007
    • 08:44 AM
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  • When I first went to the ER during the first 24 hours they did basic bloodwork and said they didn't see anything to indicate infection and felt no need for antiboitics. Are you certain that CIPRO won't make matters worst. My stomach is still cramping fairly bad the thought of adding antiboitics seems pretty rough. Why were you prescribed the CIPRO? Thanks
    rtpatter 1 Replies
    • November 28, 2007
    • 02:17 PM
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  • It's totally up to you if you want to take it or not, but if what you have has been caused by bacteria other places then in your gut, you might benifit from it. I took it so I would be sure that there was no bacteria in my body causing my problems. In any case Cipro is given to people with IBD as well. Many people with chronic issues benifit greatly from it. Kiera
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 28, 2007
    • 07:20 PM
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  • Personally, I would do a stool test first before taking an antibiotic. I get so frustrated with docs who prescribe antibiotics "just in case" there is a bacterial infection, with no proof of such. This can cause MUCH more harm then good and can even lead to pseudomemranous colitis (an infection directly caused by antibiotic use) Your gut is out of whack, to be sure. Take a good quality probiotic with several strains of beneficial bacteria - this should help rebuild your intestinal flora. While I am glad that Kiera had good results with Cipro, there are many others, myself included, who respond HORRIBLY to antibiotics. If you are one of them, then research other options. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine may really help get you back in balance. Try the BRAT diet and probiotic and see if anything improves. Get a stool test, and then if needed take the antibiotics. Just my opinion! Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • November 28, 2007
    • 07:59 PM
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  • Acu, I can agree with you that doctors should not give antibiotics out freely, but when you have diarreah for 7-8 days non stop, you are most likely looking at something more the your ordinary stomach issues. It is alsot very true that antibiotics can cause pseudomemranous colitis, but if you do some reading on the subject it doesn't happen very often. This is also why I advised him to do the biola along with the cipro. The problems connected to untreated stomach issues are all chronic, and now I am talking about stuff like arthritis. These issues are more likely to stay away the quicker he gets treated. So... all I can say is that you have to weigh up the pros and cons here. Stool samples are not very accurate, and that is why I am advising him to take the cipro, before putting himself thru a colonscopy. First of all they do not always show the true state of the intestine. I had many of those done before my diagnose and have had many after. I have never tested positive once, and I have ulcers and inflammation through out my whole colon. More then 5 days of diarreah usually means something is wrong! He is way past the BRAT stage to put it simple... Kiera
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 28, 2007
    • 08:16 PM
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  • It is alsot very true that antibiotics can cause pseudomemranous colitis, but if you do some reading on the subject it doesn't happen very often. Don't need to do reading on this subject, as I got this as a direct result of taking clindamyacin 5 years ago. I thought I was going to die with horrible diarrhea up to 20 times a day:mad: . As a result, I still can have problems with clostridium difficile infection if I take ANY antibiotic. I personally would rather take my Chinese herbs:rolleyes: . I believe clostridium difficile infections (which result in pseudo. colitis) are underdiagnosed, as this can occur up to 6 weeks after taking an antibiotic, and docs overlook that this can be a cause.. You are right that stool tests can be inaccurate - the best one is done over a span of 72 hours. I offered the BRAT diet to help with rtpatter's digestion. Rice congee (porridge) is very soothing for diarrhea. Here is the recipe: 1 cup organic short grain brown rice to 5 cups spring water. Bring to a boil, then simmer over low heat as long as you can - up to 6 hours. Very good and helpful for the Spleen and digestion. Adding fresh ginger would be good. You are right that 7 days of diarrhea is a concern, but it is still possible for it to be viral in nature (I disagree that a virus would clear up sooner, it just depends). I guess if you decide to take the Cipro, please also take a good quality PROBIOTIC to counter the bad effects of the antibiotic. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • November 28, 2007
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  • personally, i would do a stool test first before taking an antibiotic. I get so frustrated with docs who prescribe antibiotics "just in case" there is a bacterial infection, with no proof of such. This can cause much more harm then good and can even lead to pseudomemranous colitis (an infection directly caused by antibiotic use) your gut is out of whack, to be sure. Take a good quality probiotic with several strains of beneficial bacteria - this should help rebuild your intestinal flora. While i am glad that kiera had good results with cipro, there are many others, myself included, who respond horribly to antibiotics. If you are one of them, then research other options. Acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine may really help get you back in balance. Try the brat diet and probiotic and see if anything improves. Get a stool test, and then if needed take the antibiotics. Just my opinion! Best wishesdomactually the 'brat' diet can make it worse!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
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