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e coli infection in throat eww why?!!

  • Posted By: rainsky
  • November 24, 2009
  • 08:20 PM

My dr did another throat culture. My tonsil keeps getting swollen and my throat is a bit scratchy, rougher voice than normal but nothing major - some sore throat but again, nothing major.

I have been very sick for 4-5 years. Chronic Lyme disease and most recently a Mast cell disorder - both of which feel like they are killing me. My Cd 57 count was low which indicates Lyme disease because only Lyme is known to lower the CD 57 natural killer cell subset (same cells that fight cancer but usually these cells increase) Lyme kills them off I guess. So, my immune system is not functioning as it should be which must be making me more prone to strange infections, like e coli.

I have NO high risk behavior that could cause e coli in the throat. I do eat a lot of veggies but dr last time it came up said this was not the right "type" of e coli to come from vegetables which is even worse. Most times a persons immune system will fight off this bacteria but my throat keeps harboring it.

My dr is going to put me on Augmentin for 10 days to see if it clears up. Last time, I took the antibiotic and the next culture came up clear. Why could it be back. There is very little on the internet about e coli throat infections but it is out there. I do not have any stomach symptoms other than bloating pretty badly. No diarrhea or blood, etc - just a sore throat, swollen tonsil and glands and crap feeling but that is nothing new with chronic Lyme.

This stinks - literally. :p

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