I have a question I have had a cough since January went to my primary care Dr said I may have a nasal drip. Cough still continued Primary care said I have bronchitis put me on erethromicin 10 day. Still coughing went for xray nothing showed up still coughing went to ear nose throat didn't see anything still coughing had an apt with gastro he told me to see a lung dr. went to lung dr had cat scan I have to go back in 3 months found scar tissue and some other things that said suspicious Took sputum test part of test came back. The dr said it takes about 28 days to get all results. I have bacteria in lungs. lung dr. put me on cefuroxime axetil 500mg 2x a day. during all that time My bms had an odor which I didn't have before, since taking the cefuroxime I have no bm odor. My question is could it be that I had bacteria from my pouch that went to my lung? I haven't gotten all test result yet. Do you think I should call my gastro to let him know? Oh another thing I stopped taking my cipro while taking cefuroxime, one in morning one at night and vsl in afternoon. I have been on cefuroxime for about a week now I have 6 more pills to go. I haven't received and more results I am going to call the lung dr. today. Thanks Grace
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It sure is possible. Any time you are on a single antibiotic long term, there is the risk for bacteria that are resistant to it to flourish and cause infections. It may not be that you have a gut bacteria in your lungs, but that the systemic effects of the Cipro affected the lung bacterial flora. I would keep your GI in the loop about your lung complications. It probably is time to rethink the Cipro. Either not use it at all, or rotate it with something else.
Hi Jan thank you for answering I do rotate flagyl and cipro I just haven't been taking it because the Lung Dr put me on cefuroxime axetil 500mg 2 a dayYou think I should stop taking cipro and take something else I will call my gastro today as you suggested Do you think bm odor I was having was caused by the bacteria in the pouch? Since taking cefuroxime I don't have that anymore. Thanks Grace
Oh, I was not aware you were already rotating Antibiotics. Yes, it is likely that there was a different bacteria in play that was causing the odor. Once this is all settled, you may be able to resume your rotation, but I would check with your GI first. It does make sense to stay off the other antibiotics while you are being treated for the lung infection, especially if your gut is behaving.
Maybe this is just a blip. We get other problems unrelated to our pouch and we just have to deal with them as they arise. I was on augmentin for a sinus infection this year and did not take any pouchitis antibiotics during that treatment. The augmentin worked great for my pouch, so the other was not needed. But I would not want to take a broad spectrum antibiotic like that n a regular basis.
Thanks Jan I did put a call to speak to my gastro I am just waiting for call back I will let you know what he says race
Whenever I am placed on an antibiotic, I always take the probiotic, Align, at the same time. I've done this for about two years and so far I have not had any negative experiences while taking both.
I was told not to take probiotic and antibiotic at same time Thanks I will ask my gastro today
The probiotic won't work as well while you're on an antibiotic. Nevertheless, I find that (at least for me) it's definitely still useful. I do try to space them well apart, though.
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Wonder if you folks with coughs are experiencing reflux? I see it in our compromised paediatric patients. They have reflux at night which they then aspirate and it sets up a pneumonia.
Try sleeping with the head of the bed elevated.
Just a thought.
To answer your questions this is what is happening with me.
I had my cough since January went to primary care said I had nasal drip went back to pc said I had bronchitis put me on arethromicin 10 days still coughing I had a chest x=ray PC sent me Nose ear and throat did not see anything a little irritation in throat Had appointment with gastro I told him what was happening I asked him about acid reflex He told me to see a Lung doctor so I did Sent me for cat scan saw some lesions and some other things said I have to go back in 3 months for another cat scan Lung doctor wanted me to go for sputum test did that one part of test came back that I have bacteria in my lungs the rest of the test did not come back yet it takes 28 days. Lung doctor put me on cefuroxime axetil. called gastro still waiting for call back. The cough seem to be getting a little better but still there. I have one more day on cefuroxime . My cough is worst in the morning with a lot of flem with yellow color as day goes by I still have cough sometimes I feel like I want to choke. so I am still waiting for the rest of tests to come back. I know when I go to bed I feel heaviness in my chest I guess it from the lung infection. I am still waiting so I will keep you informed. Thanks Grace
Branchy also I do take flagyl and cipro alternating every 2 weeks and vsl#3 every day for the past 5 years. Stopped taking cipro and flagyl while taking this new antibiotic for bacteria that the Lung doctor prescribed.
what jaypea is saying it could be acid reflux That is what I though I had . Bring all these questions to your gastro. I hope you get answers Grace
Another thought, if this applies, is look at your medications. We thought my husband had an acid reflux cough, and for a time Pepcid seemed to help. In the end, it was an "ACE inhibitor hack." A well documented side effect of some blood pressure medications.
Also, pulmonary complications are associated with IBD.
Branchy Maybe you have a post nasal drip..Ask your Dr. about nasanex or one of the nasal spray medications. That would also make you cough and sometimes choke.I hope you get answers Grace
Jan Yes my mom had the same thing after taking her to allergist for a year and she continued to cough and choke . I was told by my neighbor that someone she knew had same thing and it was her blood pressure meds that was causing it. So when I took her to her heart Doctor I told him about my moms cough and he took her off that med and she was fine after that.