Just found this site, am in hospital fighting this beast. Never heard of it before. Came down with what appeared initially case of simple diarrhea then several hours into it my head felt as if would explode along with all my joints. That passed and had another day of the same. By third day phoned doc to say need to see you that this is not a simple bug. Instead he phoned in Limotil (?) to stop the diarrhea. Everything I've read says this is the worst thing because it actually creates additional breeding ground for the bacteria to colonize.
By the time I got myself to the hospital morning of 5th day my liver enzymes were 2100 (norm is in the 50s)! Fortunately I called in a gastroenterologist the 3rd day in hospital before the admitting internist caused anymore damage. They performed a CT scan & found pancreas inflamed; colonoscopy found it inflamed along with some other damage, and MRI on abdominal region. What I'm waiting to find out is there any long range damage as a result of this not being treated properly from the get go. I know I now will have to be very diligent in ever taking an antibiotic again and IF I do make sure it's one of the ones that do not contribute the c. diff.
Spent hours last night searching the web and interesting how much medical info is out there from Canada. I am now making it my quest in life to teach everyone what I've learned and also to address the laxness in hospital re: dealing with this. 96% of c. dif derives from contaminated areas in hospital. This bacteria can exist on bedrails, tabletops, etc. for 3 MONTHS and still be active.
Since my posting is months after everyone else's I am probably preaching to the choir. Helpful to learn of others plight so hopefully we can help one another.
Quite frankly I'm mad as h*** about this. Canada and UK have had a huge problem with it so where has been the call to arms to inform the populace? Or perhaps at minimum the docs should be vigilant about it instead of just treating the symptoms.
OK guess I've vented enough. Thanks for listening