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BFF mid 60s, always excellent health and energetic developed

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BFF mid 60's, always excellent health and energetic developed sepsis fm kidney stone. 2 types blood infection at once, 1 E coli, other called AMC or? 6 days in hospital on strong antibiotic, Cipro? Home for nearly a wk now. Has abdominal bloating, other colon symptoms, no appetite or energy. WHAT CAN SHE DO, EAT, TAKE to restore her health?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Family Physician replied 1 year ago.
When did she start with the bloating?

Any vomiting or diarrhea?

Is she still on the antibiotics?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Bloating within a couple days of release. No vomiting. Does still have some diarrhea like symptoms, says stool not normal color, very loose.
Is still on antibiotic pills. Had IV antibiotics in hospital.


I have wondered if the antibiotics have overwhelmed her digestive system or if she may have candisis (spelling?).


 

Expert:  Family Physician replied 1 year ago.
I suspect that she may have C. difficile as a cause for these symptoms. C. difficile is a bacteria that is resistant to many antibiotics and tends to overgrow in the colon when the antibiotics reduce the normal "healthy" bacteria in the colon.

A simple stool specimen test can confirm this diagnosis. If this is the problem, it is treated with a different antibiotics (usually metronidazole) and/or probiotics to restore the natural balance of healthy bacteria.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

I told her to get some DanActive probiotic drink but do you have a better recommendation?


What foods, drinks would help? She is eating very little, does realize that she needs protein but says nothing sounds good and if something does, after just a few bites she is done. Has been eating a little oatmeal for bkfst, one day an egg but the rest has been like a small Frosty fm Wendy's. Hates Insure. Thanks for any help.

Expert:  Family Physician replied 1 year ago.
Florastor is one brand that many gastroenterologist recommend.
http://florastor.com/

In many cases - a prescription antibiotic such as metronidazole (Flagyl) or vancomycin. Probiotics alone often are ineffective. I would suggest having her contact her physician about these symptoms.
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