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Old 10-13-2009, 12:38 AM   #1
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Default Helpful tips for antibiotics

I know many here have had the flu and have been prescribed antibiotics for secondary infections. These antibiotics can add to your misery by wreaking havoc in your gut.

A few months ago I was stung by a stingray while on vacation in FL. The most painful experience of my life. Honestly, it's a toss up between the sting ray sting or giving birth. I still can't decide which was worse, LOL! When they wanted to put me on antibiotics I revolted b/c I knew it would make a mess of my IBS/gastro issues and I knew how much stomach pain I'd be in. So, I was put on a 10 day course of 500 mg of cephalexin which DID NOT work. I developed cellulitis and a deep bacterial infection. I could barely walk as the sting ray got me on the outside of my right foot and it penetrated about 1 inch into the foot itself damaging tendons and bone.

Then, my doctor here in AZ put me on 875mg of augmentin twice a day. I researched the heck out of this drug and found out about some nasty side effects. I was very careful in handling my gastro system and put myself on a strict diet. I basically did the modified BRAT diet(bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast), yogurt, kombucha, and kefir. I stuck with sourdough bread only since it's gentler on the stomach due to the souring process. I ate baked potatoes without all the stuff on it(even butter would give me cramps). I drank ginger ale and took a ginger supplement and I took activated charcoal when my stomach would start gurgling. The drugs actually acted as an appetite suppressant and I lost 8 pounds that month but I was pleased with the fact that I didn't get 1 bout of the runs!!! NOT ONE! That was a miracle and that was my worst fear when taking antibiotics.

Oh, and to finish the story: my wound did eventually heal but it was a long process. I still have phantom pains and have pain when I move my foot in a certain direction. I treated the wound with a honey compress to encourage the skin to heal and to draw out the bacteria and I soaked the foot in hot water about 3-4 times a day to help draw the antibiotic down to the foot by increasing blood flow to the area. All in all, I'm really glad it turned out well b/c some folks have gotten some nasty infections from stingrays including major skin grafts and surgeries. Apparently, there are all kinds of nasties hiding in the Gulf of Mexico...who knew???LOL!

I really hope this helps someone who suffers from negative side effects from an antibiotic.
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Old 10-13-2009, 12:11 PM   #2
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