What's Your Gut Pain Really Mean?

african doctor examining female patient(BlackDoctor.org) — Your stomach is cramping, you’re in pain, and you’re afraid to venture too far from your bathroom. What’s going on?

You may have a clostridium difficile infection, often referred to as C. diff.

What Is C. Diff?

C. diff is a bacterium that causes a wide range of symptoms, the most common being diarrhea. While C. diff most frequently impacts older individuals in hospitals or long term care facilities, it can also affect the general public.

How Common Is C. Diff?

Infections with C. diff have become more common, more frequent, and more difficult to treat over the last few decades. Thousands of Americans are infected with this particular bacterium each year, and those who have recently taken antibiotics are often at great risk of infection.