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i was diagnosed eight weeks ago via ct scan. Given Cipro and flagyl for two weeks. Did the required fluids, low residue diet etc. Diarrhea has been constant the whole time. Continued after antibiotics were finished. Some left sided discomfort but no raised temperature.  Just had repeat blood work done this week. No sign of infection. If I take Imodium every day I can get relief from the diarrhea. If I stop taking it I am back to  4 to 8 bm per day.  Stool samples sent to lab yesterday. What I eat does not seem to matter, I have the diarrhea no matter what the food.

anyone have any thoughts as to whether this is still diverticulitis or maybe something else??

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    Have you been tested for C-Dif? That comes to mind.
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      Centersj

      yes that is one of the tests in progress. However my understanding of this is that I would feel  Ill and run a fever and then my white cell count would be raised. Is it possible to have it without all these symptoms?

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    Yes. A previous girlfriend of mine had C-dif. The only symptoms she had was severe diarrhea and abdominal pain off and on. It took several weeks to get it under control. In her case she never had fever or severely elevated white blood count. Hers was discovered during colonoscopy.
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      thanks for that info. I am assuming that it is treated by yet more antibiotics?
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    Sounds like the antibiotics. They cause biotic imbalance in the gut and you can have diharrea for weeks. My solution was to eat lots of probiotic yogourt which helped. Simple but it worked. My

    Pharmacist told me to. 

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    Antibiotics can cause CDIFF...Is it water or just mussy soft? 
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      @crosado8. It is some times just mushy and sometimes just water.

      @mtwok I am taking a probiotic and also eating probiotic yoghurt

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    Get a Probiotic... start there for now.  Your intestines are playing havoc on you.  They should help.  Ask pharmacist. I took Florestor!  It really help me get back to normal.
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    Hi A, what my GI doctor told me is to go on a high fiber diet as soon as you can.  It will help to firm up the bowels and stop residual pain.  I am beginning to see results from this.  I was diagnosed 5/10 with a 2 cm abscess which antibiotics cleared up thankfully.  I now eat high fiber (beans, fruits, veggies mainly) and can finally say that while I still have some minimal daily cramping, I do not have daily diarrhea anymore.

    Rose

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