Catch 22 The Pharmacy

Writing Blog about this in hopes it may help someone not go through what I did for the past three months.

Writing Blog about this in hopes it may help someone not go through what I did for the past three months.

Eye sties, abscess tooth and gum, beast of a chest cold, and the antibiotic runs from Hell.

My feet (Edema) have not went down yet and I still have the shits.


Thinking about the Hep C treatment I am about to start.

I will be posting updates on my treatment and feelings.

How it will hopefully change my quality of life and outlook.

To be free of Hep C will be so wonderful.

The doctor says I will feel so much better.

All the health issues these past 20 years THAT are supposedly directly related  to the virus that resides in my body.

For the past 20 years I have totally changed so many things.

The drinking, the occasional drugs.

Remembering the first time I noticed my two fingers were so numb they felt as if they were not there.

Transient Ischemic Attack
(TIA, Mini-Stroke)

TIA I had at Home Depot and the subsequent meds for High Blood Pressure that I never had. Still do not.  After taking the aspirin and BP meds for almost 7 years, I stopped.

The RED rash and feeling ill every month like a monthly. That lasted nearly 7 years, and finally left my body.

Than the terrible swollen feet and muscle spasms that alternated between the starting and stopping Spironolactone.

Now I am taking 100 MG a day instead of the 25 MG I had stopped.

Being in the hospital after Hurricane Irma Aftermath.

The depletion of electrolytes from taking Diuretics is something not to mess around with.

That was a definite wake up for me.

The whole body heals after treatment. The moment the virus is undetected in the bloodstream, the body sends out healing signals. The liver, kidneys, spleen, and heart all get a break. In many cases, blood liver enzymes return to a normal range very quickly. This can even happen before treatment is completed.

3:59 PM 10/27/2017
1 PM Monday the 30th~Dr.G

Hep C routine TESTING is beginning again this day.

Blood tests every week, checking for Hep B.

7:54 PM 10/31/2017
Painful Muscle cramps last night and tonight.

Both hands and thigh left leg.

6:22 AM 11/2/2017
Hide sight, same eye May 4th. Again another sty in left eye. Looks like 2 small ones. Used drops, will soak with hot water later today.

I woke at 6 AM and fed the cats, uncovered the birdies and put my music on.

It’s a beautiful  morning at 76 °

Blood work and cat scan for liver abnormalities.

Must fast 6 hours before on the 7th 10 AM.
Blood work at Gato on 8th at 10 AM.

9:15 AM 11/9/2017
My lower back and femoral area’s are bothering me again.

They took 16 vials of blood from my hand vein.

10:52 AM 11/12/2017
No swollen feet for over a month now.

Mouth is sore inside on right side for two days now?

5:49 PM 11/17/2017

Started clindamycin for tooth abscess, stopped spironolactone  again

12:18 PM 11/18/2017
BP 126/76

11:03 AM 11/19/2017
Who Should Not Take

If you already suffer from liver or kidney disease your doctor may tell you not to take spironolactone because it can make your condition worse. Discuss these risks as well as any precautions you may need to take before using spironolactone.Spironolactone Side Effects
Side effects of spironolactone are not necessarily common, but can be serious and require medical attention when they occur. Contact your doctor regarding any reactions you have to spironolactone to help determine if you need medical attention or a change in your dosing size. These side effects include blood in the stool, chills, cloudy or dark urine, difficulty urinating, changes in urine output, diarrhea, difficulty swallowing, dizziness, dimpling of the skin, heartburn, headaches, fatigue, fast heartbeat, loss of appetite, lumps in the breasts or arms, nausea, puffiness in the face, rash, sore breasts, ulcers in the mouth, swollen lymph nodes, unusual bleeding, vomiting up blood, weight gain, wheezing, yellowing of the eyes or skin, shakiness, or tightness in the chest.

If you begin to experience convulsions, difficulty breathing, irregular heartbeat, coma, confusion, drowsiness, muscle cramps, nervousness, rash, reddened skin, numbing of the hands, feet or lips, swelling of the ankles or hands or weakness in the legs you may be suffering from an overdose of spironolactone. Contact emergency medical assistance as soon as possible. If you can, have information regarding your prescription size and how much you have taken to give the doctor some indications of what might be in your system.

Patients may be told that they need to reduce their salt intake or take on a daily exercise program while on spironolactone. You may also need to avoid sodium or potassium based supplements while you are on your medication.

This includes avoiding potassium rich foods such as prunes, banana or orange juice.

3:02 PM 11/20/2017
I acquired the Cold and chest congestion on the 15th, stayed in bed three days

Apple Cider Vinegar
It helps thin the mucus in the chest, thus relieving congestion and helping you breathe better.

Apple cider vinegar also boosts your immunity, which greatly helps prevent chest congestion in the first place.

Add 2 teaspoons of organic raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar to a cup of warm water. It has high pH levels which break up the phlegm and clears the throat. It thins the phlegm, boosts the immune system and prevents infection.
Improve digestive health

Apple cider vinegar and honey doesn’t just prevent heartburn symptoms, but the ACV and honey remedy also boosts digestive health. The acidic nature of ACV helps to stimulate enzymes needed for healthy digestion and honey soothes many gastrointestinal problems.
These work together to help balance the delicate microflora in the gut and any antimicrobial properties that may come from antibiotics

I am wheezing really bad.

What is worse than instant Pee with cough or instant pee and poo with cough ?

I would say the latter and that is what I am dealing with now since taking the antibiotic Clindamycin.

6:47 PM 11/21/2017
Only been off Spiro three days and with the added sodium in chicken noodle, Motrin, both my feet are starting to swell.

So I have hopefully nipped it in the bud so too speak and started back on 25 mg of it twice a day instead of the 100 mg.

7:35 AM 11/22/2017
I finished up the antibiotics.

Two days of loose, very explosive diarrhea. No change in mouth at all.  Still feels the same as it did last week when I went to the dentist.

Consider possibility of Clostridium difficile in all patients who present with diarrhea following antibiotic use

7:10 AM 11/23/2017
Running away with diarrhea, and horrid stomach cramping.

I can’t rest, still coughing, tooth no better.

7:47 AM 11/23/2017
So with my duly committed research I found some interesting things.

Spironolactone causes muscle cramping but relieves edema.

It is also known to cause mouth ulcers.

I got the mouth ulcer after my recent return to Spiro on the 6th October which Doc recommended.

My very swollen feet went down and they did not swell again until I stopped the Spiro. This happened during treatment for the abscess with the only drug Clindamycin that was not likely to conflict.

Around the same time I was being treated for the abscess after Doc appointment on the 14th.

CVS was down so the meds could not be delivered until Friday the 17th.

Prior to the (The 15th) of November I got terribly ill with a flu-like cold and chest congestion.
I stopped taking Spiro the same day Friday the 17th so I could take something for my horrid headache that the chest infection caused.

Within two days my feet swelled.

I went back on the Spiro with 25 mg AM and 25 Mg PM on the 21st of November.

My feet are still swollen, I am having explosive diarrhea and severe cramping .

The Clindamycin did nothing for the abscess.

Shut the Lid

Another smart habit to get into if you want to prevent reinfection or the spread of C diff is to close the lid of the toilet before you flush. I know you may not be able to do this in public restrooms, but at home, make sure to always close the lid before you flush. This can greatly decrease C diff bacteria from finding their way to all kinds of surfaces and objects in the bathroom. In general, it’s just a really helpful practice to get into for sanitary and health purposes.

9:23 AM 11/24/2017

21 Flagyl 500 mg every 8 hours

Started back on the 50-50 spironolactone.

7:26 AM 11/25/2017
Not running to the bathroom as often but still have much discomfort and flatulence.
Woke at 7 AM to take meds and was hit with severe headache.

Side effects of the Flagyl (metronidazole).

9:43 PM 11/25/2017
Use of clindamycin is a major risk factor for C. difficile colitis, an increasingly treatment-resistant dysentery infection.

It should be avoided if possible.

9:32 AM 11/27/2017

Two weeks today.

I still feel achy, congested. I still have the shits from the Clindamycin, taking Flagyl.

Spiro 100 mg twice a day.

Feet still swollen, not black and blue.

They look like the good year blimp.

I can only wear huge bedroom slippers and can barely stand or walk.

8:04 PM 11/27/2017
Metronidazole is both a cause and the cure for C. difficile diarrhea/colitis.

11:25 PM 11/27/2017

The most important step in treatment of C. difficile is to stop the antibiotic that allowed the infection to develop. If an antibiotic is necessary to treat an ongoing infection, the healthcare provider may choose an antibiotic that is less likely to allow further growth of C. difficile, when possible.

Antibiotic treatment — Usually an oral antibiotic (metronidazole, vancomycin, or fidaxomicin) is used to treat people who are infected with C. difficile. It is important to take each dose of the antibiotic on time and to finish the entire course of treatment (usually 10 to 14 days).

probiotic — Probiotics are “healthy” microorganisms (bacteria, yeast) that can be taken by mouth. These probiotic do not by themselves cure C. difficile infection, but they may be beneficial in selected situations. (See “Clostridium difficile and probiotic”.)

Several studies have found that probiotic reduce the risk for antibiotic-associated diarrhea in general, but their ability to prevent C. difficile infection is unclear. As a result, probiotic are not recommended routinely for diarrhea related to C. difficile except in selected situations.

While probiotic are generally safe, case reports have described serious illness and deaths related to their use in people who were critically ill or who had a weakened immune system.

Treatment of severe disease — People who become severely ill as a result of C. difficile are treated in the hospital with both oral and intravenous antibiotic and intravenous fluids. The person is monitored closely for signs of worsening disease. (See “Clostridium difficile in adults: Treatment”.)

Surgery — If a person fails to improve with antibiotics and supportive care and the infection worsens, surgery (removal of the colon) may be warranted; this is generally limited to people with life-threatening illness.

Supportive treatments for diarrhea — Diarrhea can cause a person to become dehydrated quickly, especially if it is severe. To avoid becoming dehydrated, several strategies are recommended.

Drink adequate fluids — It is important to drink an adequate amount of fluids to counteract the loss of fluids from diarrhea. The fluids should contain water, salt, and sugar. The fluids used for sweat replacement (eg, Gatorade) are not optimal, although they may be sufficient for an adult with diarrhea who is not dehydrated and is otherwise healthy. Diluted fruit juices and flavored soft drinks along with saltines  and broths or soups may also be acceptable. Fluid replacement in children should be handled differently. (See “Patient education: Acute diarrhea in children (Beyond the Basics)”.)

One way to judge hydration is by observing the color of the urine and how frequently the person urinates. Normally, urine should be light yellow to nearly colorless. A person who is well hydrated normally passes urine every three to five hours. A person who urinates infrequently or has urine that is dark yellow should drink more fluids.

If a person becomes dehydrated and is unable to take fluids by mouth, a rehydration solution can be given into a vein (intravenous fluids) in a healthcare provider’s office or in the emergency department.

Diet — There is no particular food or group of foods that is best for a person with diarrhea. However, adequate nutrition is important during an episode of acute diarrhea. For patients without an appetite, it is acceptable to consume only liquids for a short period of time. Boiled starches and cereals (egg, potatoes, noodles, rice, wheat, and oats) with salt are recommended for people with watery diarrhea; crackers, bananas, soup, and boiled vegetables may also be eaten. It is advisable to avoid fresh fruits and vegetables and milk products until the diarrhea is gone.

7:50 AM 11/29/2017
Tired of meds.

A few more doses of Flagyl.

I take the spironolactone 50 in the AM and 50 in the PM.

Alarms set for 7 and 7.

Didn’t make it to the loo on time and had a bit of an poo incident.

Feet still aching and swollen.

Can take nada for chest congestion because it clashes with Spironolactone.

Talk about a catch 22.

At least NO muscle cramping since end of October.

6:52 PM 11/29/2017
Starting to feel myself finally.

Started taking 1,000 mg of Ester C.

9:54 AM 11/30/2017
Feet still swollen?
No congestion, mostly gone finally

8:37 PM 11/30/2017
Started the “Mother” and Honey
Feet are painful and something new. They are burning since the 21st of November (10 days )

11/24/2017  Started back Spiro 50-50
I stopped taking Spiro the same day Friday the 17th so I could take something for my horrid headache that the chest infection caused.

Within two days my feet swelled.

I went back on the Spiro with 25 mg AM and 25 Mg PM on the 21st of November.

5:23 PM 12/2/2017
You may be able to help your body get rid of fluid more easily if you add 200 to 400 milligrams of magnesium to your daily diet. Foods high in this mineral include oatmeal, bananas, almonds, broccoli, and beets

10:42 AM 12/3/2017 Less swollen finally since the 26th of November

Up on the hour peeing, makes me think the Flagyl interfered with the spironolactone and that is why the Swollen Feet.

I was uncomfortable but I tried to keep them elevated most of the night.
This AM they look but do not feel less swollen.

Still very sensitive to any touch such as bedclothes rubbing them even ever so lightly.

If I take the Spiro I do not need the water pills that depleted me.


“Side Effects: Headache, nausea, blurred vision, drunk feeling, horrible taste in mouth, odd smells, swollen hands and feet , agitation, restlessness, crying, exhaustion.


Effects, reactions to medications

Update: October 12 2018

I completed the Hep C treatment with Epclusa the end of April.I am taking NO prescriptions other than the occasional Valium and Tramadol for back pain.

I no longer take any Motrin, if needed I take Tylenol.

I am Hep C with all tests in the normal range.

I have a follow up liver scan and blood work scheduled for January 2019.

I sleep very well.

Still dealing with Fibromyalgia pains.

I will be 70 November 18th 2018

This is a video blog I kept while on the Epclusa treatment.