yea, i had cdiff from taking antibiotics. I was in the hospital for two weeks, but some people have it for a very long time. Do not take anti-diarhea meds if you think you have cdiff.. it will make it worse... my situation it was pretty horrible. I am still not feeling well although I am not showing signs of cdiff in my stool.
I have taken flagyl before, but not for cdiff. but because I have crohn's disease and I had an anal fistula. When I had cdiff i took vancomycin.. spelling might be off. but that cause me to have diahrea for many weeks and I can not eat anything anymore. what my doctor told me was that flagyl never really works for cdiff so he jumps over that and goes to vanco directly.
Wished I'd seen this question in 2014. I had ingested a parasite (only seen about every 5 yrs or so and was constantly asked if I had been overseas recently. The answer is NO. Bought the pork loin at Shoppers Food Warehouse) - got this parasite from pork loin and was put on an antibiotic. Couldn't say which one. Pain and diarrhea were getting worse. CT scan showed intestinal inflammation. Sent to gastro doc (idiot) and showed him the parasite report. He insisted on colonoscopy (which I will never and have never done again). That was done on a Friday. By that Sunday afternoon, my butt was feeling 'tingly'. By Monday morning, I was in such agonizing pain. Went to general doc, wait for lab results and yes, congratulations, you have c.diff. Flagyl is the first line of defense but it didn't work (altho, I was grateful to lose 9 pounds while taking it). Did the Vancomycin (very expensive drug) like clock work EVERY 4 hrs (had my alarm set all the time). Didn't work. Gastro doc gave up and told me to go to general doc for the Vanco as HE couldn't help. Well, if you've got LOTS of BAD bacteria in your guts, what's the opposing thing you should have - GOOD bacteria. Can't believe these specialist are so dumb. Read up on all foods with lots of good bacteria and began eating those (even foods I did not like). I cut out 99% of sugars (bad bacteria thrives on sugar). I did this for 6 weeks and during that time did the slow withdrawal from Vancomycin. After dealing with c.diff for 15 months - I finally cured myself. Now, say, 10 yrs (?) later, I now get bouts of colitis (I take Flagyl for that but will ask for a less wide-spectrum antibiotic as an infectious disease doc said to stay away from antibiotics as much as possible since I've had c.diff.); but, I do NOT overload on sugar anymore. If I do, I'll load up more so on good bacteria food (yogurt is NOT enough folks). The gastro doc for the colitis (ha, he wanted to do a colonoscopy again) and he had told me I probably contracted the c.diff from that original colonoscopy. I did NOT have another colonoscopy. Bear in mind, the medical profession CANNOT fully sterilize that scope b/c the chemicals/extreme heat would destroy the camera. I'll never have a scope enter MY body anywhere (nose, mouth, butt) again unless it truly is life and death. I believe a lot of these docs want to do their 'speciality' tests b/c THAT'S where themoney lies. Think "commonsense" before some idiot doctor thinks "money-bank" when he's talking to you.