Campylobacteriosis and CVID: Another Story About a Boy and His Dog

August 31, 2008 at 5:20 pm 3 comments

I finally bit the bullet and scheduled a endoscopy and colonoscopy with my new gastroenterologist here in NY. It was a really good move. At initial glance, she said that my inner workings are in good shape. I have a few diverticula in the old colon but this is normal for my age. Apparently you get them from straining too much when you are on the pot. Nothing to worry about. Oh, and the serious GI issues I have been having are related to a chronic campylobacter infection. Apparently, this is quite a common infection for CVID folk. Something like 30% will at one time or another get it.

I am still awaiting the results of the numerous biopsies that my GE pilfered from me while I was under sedation. I assume they show nothing serious since she hasn’t called me in two weeks – either that or they are so oddly pathological that she needs to send them out to other specialists for interpretation.) I feel relieved knowing that I don’t have colitis, Crohn’s or colorectal cancer.

This particular journey isn’t over yet, though; I took a  5 day course of erythromycin and after a couple of days of relief the symptoms have returned. I understand that “campy” is becoming resistant to antibiotics. Interestingly, my dog has come down with a suspiciously similar affliction. He is now on antibiotics as well. We look at each other each night while watching the late news and silently commiserate…I am confident we will both be in top shape soon.


Entry filed under: Common Variable Immunodeficiency(CVID), cvid, disease, Health, immunodeficiency, medicine, Primary Immunodeficiency.

A Long Slow Slide

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Elizabeth Hughes  |  September 17, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Good to read that things are going better! My immunologist insisted that I eat yogurt DAILY…. believe it or not… it has totally helped! Since I don’t make those “good probiotics” myself anymore (I also have CVID) … the stuff in the yogurt really does the trick! No more painful gas, cramping, diarrhea! It’s sort of amazing! Not that I want to advocate for one thing over the other BUT… “Dannon Activia” is what I eat daily… same time every day. Amazing results! I feel so much better! Take care!

  • 2. wrekehavoc  |  October 20, 2008 at 8:10 am

    i also take a probiotic every day : it’s called culturelle. it has made a difference. eating yogurt is a good idea as well.

    hoping things resolved and you are feeling better.

  • 3. RMM  |  May 10, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Where are you? Please leave a comment.
    I want know how your life are going.
    God bless you.


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