Any time you take antibiotics you put yourself at risk of developing an infection called Clostridium Difficile or C. Diff. for short.
It is a bacteria that we can encounter in the environment. When there are other healthy bacteria colonizing our colon, C. Diff. is killed off and we’re none the wiser. When we take an antibiotic it kills indiscriminately as much bacteria as it can. The problem is C. Diff. is a “super bug” of sorts. It is broad spectrum antibiotic resistant. So with all the other bacteria gone, C. Diff. is free to go rampant in your colon. It is a hungry bug and does it’s best to digest your colon. Your body does what is can to try to eliminate the infection. But without its soldiers around the invader takes siege. Fever is another common symptom, although I never developed one. I did learn C. Diff. eats through the lining of your colon and then invades your blood stream causing sepsis. This is life threatening.
C. Diff. can mimic IBS symptoms.
That was the case for me, “sudden onset IBS”. I complained to my gastroenterologist several times over the course of a month and she never once considered testing me for C. Diff.! If you have suddenly developed diarrhea, severe intestinal pain, and nausea after taking antibiotics get tested for C. Diff! If your doctor dismisses it get a second opinion.
Infection or not, sudden onset symptoms warrant an investigation.
It’s true many young women have IBS in our country but that doesn’t necessarily mean any one individual with diarrhea, intestinal pain and nausea has IBS.
Only take antibiotics if you absolutely must. Otherwise, I would say avoid them whenever possible. Think about where you encounter them. Are you avoiding pharmaceutical antibiotics but using antibacterial products left and right? Remember, if it kills bacteria is doesn’t discriminate between the good and the bad.
Dear Jesus, thank you for healing me from C. Diff. That was a horrible infection. I pray I will never have it again. I also pray you will protect others from it and that those who get it will know and get tested and treated quickly. Amen.