Where have all the normal flora gone?

  1. Hi everyone,

    I am writing to ask for some advice.

    About two weeks ago I developed a constant sinus headache, fluid and pressure in my ears, other symptoms such as fatigue, chills and a day where I generally just felt absolutely rotten. I started taking my regular Allergy / decongestant but it really didn't do much.

    I thought I was coming down with an ear infection so I went to my regular doctor who said that I had no signs of ear, sinus or resp. infection but that my allergies were starting to act up and that perhaps I was on the verge of some other type of bacterial infection since I did have enlarged lymnph. and a little irritation of nasal mucosa. Considering I am in my Peds. rotation he was probably right and good only knows what I had contracted.

    He put me on a stronger and very different type of antibiotic than I have ever been given ever before. For the first few days I had no problems and started to notice an improvement, symptoms lessening considerably.

    Then about 4 days into it I came down with a 24 hour intestinal virus. No vomitting just abd. cramping, headache and diarrahea. About 2-3 days after I was over it I had my first solid BM. But since then, about 5 days ago, I have not. It's not as bad as it was when I actully had the stomach flu but it still is not back to normal. I am back to eating my regular diet without any problem, haven't had abd. cramping or anything else and am back to a regular BM schedule but it still isn't normal.

    Another problem that developed, I am 100% convinced due to this antibiotic that he prescribed me, is a yeast infection which I have only ever had one in my life, over 10 years ago. I went back to see him two days ago for a follow up for my ears and he gave me Diflucan which is beginning to work. But I did not bring up the irregular BM to him because I thought I was over that. Now I'm thinking that the darned antibiotic has wiped out all of the normal flora in my body. :angryfire

    Does anyone have any suggestions on what type of diet I should be eating to get my body back into shape? I normally eat at least one serving of yogurt a day which I know is good for yeast infections. Are there any other types of foods that I should be concentrating on to give my bowels some relief?

    My body is falling apart on me. I have never had so many problems happen at one time, I am usually very healthy. Judging by my condition and the condition of my classmates I guess Nursing School does that to you.

    Thanks for any advice you can give me.

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  3. by   Surgical Hrt RN
    Eating yogurt will also help with the loose stools. It has lactobacillus in it and that seems to help slow diarrhea. We had a patient at work that had loose stools. His C-diff was negative, yet he still had diarrhea. He was on tons of anitbiotics so I asked the doc if I could push some yogurt down his NG. I had read an article somewhere about hospitals doing this and the great success rate they had with it. Well......after about 2 days it worked.

    Another thing you can eat is cheese. You want to eat foods that will bind you up. If it doesn't stop I would definitely go back to the doc. You could have irritable bowel.
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Yogurt and acidophilus supplements are the answer, as the wise poster before me said. Additionally, You can always ask the assistance/advice of a naturopath, too. I wish you well and here's to your improving health!