I have a recent similar story but didn't have the diarrhea problem. GI doc did blood work, stool samples, swallowing studies, CT and MRI. But, I was having stomach upset and pain, bloating and nausea (no vomiting) that started as soon as I woke up in the mornings. He gave me Dicyclomine then Levsin and Zofran. Helped some but I had an irregular heartbeat for over a day and went to the ER. Doc there told me to stop the Dicyclomine and Levsin. Then I developed with hacking up phlygm, which I still do.
Anyway, my GI doc ordered a breath test and told me I had bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine and prescribed 10 days of the Xifaxan. I do have problems with meds. By the second day I was in major abdominal distress, called the on call doc and he told me to stop the med. then talked to my own doc and he said it was really the best med and try it again, which I did and was finally able to tolerate it by the 3rd day. He also has me on Omeprazole and I take low dose Xanax. Finished the meds and thought I would be feeling better. Two days later, I started having nausea, phlygm continues and some bloating. Talked to the Doc again and then he says there is a 60% chance the medication will work! I don't like those odds. Asked if I could start it again and he said I would have to wait fir 2-4 weeks!
I asked about probiotics too and he said I could try the Align. Read up on that and see it can cause gas and bloating! With Christmas here, not going to try that now.
My neighbor, who has bouts of IBS, uses a product that says Ultimate Flora Adult formula or Culturelle she gets at Walgreens and has no problems. She also eats Greek yogurt daily. You might try those.
I know the fear of feeling that sick, took myself to the ER 3 times because I now have nothing here to manage my symptoms! I have an appt with a GI specialist in San Francisco but have to wait 2 months for an appt!
Not sure, but my problem probably started with a tooth infection my ENzt gave me Keflex for. Had to have a root canal and was given Clindomycin, which made me sick but dentist said to stay on it. I took 6 of the 7 days and felt horrible! My GI doc told me to stop it. It was after all that mess that I really was sick. Wish he had done the breath test first!
So, you might try what my neighbor uses, at least the yogurt.
Let's just hope neither one of us has a recurrence!
My Doc had samples of the Xifaxan to give me or it would have cost $1,400! If I have to take it again, I bet our insurance win't cover it.
Keep me posted.
Just got an e-mail from my doctor saying he does not want to give more antibiotics as we need to let the good bacteria grow or I can develop an infection. I assume he means C-diff