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Salmonella issues

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  • Posted By: FrustratedJ
  • March 24, 2008
  • 02:03 PM

I have been tested 5 times for salmonella since 12/27/07. After the first time, I was treated with Cipro then tested negative. A couple weeks later I tested positive again and was given Augmentin. Even after a full ten days of Augmentin (500 mg), I tested positive again so I was given another ten day dose of Augmentine (875 mg). While still on the last dose of Augmentin, I re-tested negative.

In the beginning, I had major diarrhea, but fortunately no fever or vomiting. After about 8 days, I continued to have very loose multiple stools and developed severe rectal pain. I lost my appetite and continue to be very weak / tired. This continues as of today. Last week, in addition to the loose stools I am now passing large amounts of mucous.

I have seen 3 GI's who think this will simply resolve itself over time even though I had one colonscopy showing ulcers in 2/3 of my colon in January and a flex sig procedure in early March that showed "some improvement". They have ruled out UC and IBS. I had no digestive problems prior to getting the salmonella and still do not know how I got it.

I'm concerned I am re-infecting myself somehow with the salmonella and this vicious cylce will continue. Does anyone have any experience with possible complications of having salmonella for an extended period of time? Thanks.

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  • Are you on any Gastrointestinal Drugs that inhibit or stop stomach acid production? Have you considered going to a University Medical School to be checked out by a dept of Immunology & Infectious Diseases?
    TaylorDeelwithit 382 Replies Flag this Response
  • At this point I am not on any medications at all. The 3rd GI theorized the the antibiotics and a lack of good bacteria was causing my problems, but I've been off all meds. for over two weeks and still no relief. I'm only taking Probiotic supplements. Haven't gone the infectious disease route yet, but have looked into a wellness / nutritional center. Curious why you specifically mention a University Med school?
    FrustratedJ 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • At this point I am not on any medications at all. The 3rd GI theorized the the antibiotics and a lack of good bacteria was causing my problems, but I've been off all meds. for over two weeks and still no relief. I'm only taking Probiotic supplements. Haven't gone the infectious disease route yet, but have looked into a wellness / nutritional center. Curious why you specifically mention a University Med school? Have you been specifically tested for clostridium difficile infection? This is a specific test and they would need to know to test you for this due to the strong antibiotic use...clostridium difficile is directly caused by certain antibiotics, and can cause severe pseudomembranous colitis, and it is very very nasty! I know because I got this from taking clindamyacin. C. Difficile will also stay in the body as spores and can cause reinfections from time to time with diet/stress/etc. Western treatment for this is - MORE antibiotics:confused:. I decided NOT to take any more antibiotics and instead cleared up my problem with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, which healed me in about two weeks time. The probiotic that directly attacks c. difficile is called sachromyces boulardii and you can google this for info. You can also find a NAET practitioner who can muscle test you for the salmonella, and clear you of this if it is still in your body. www.naet.com for a practitioner near you. Acupuncture would help as well. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • If the doctor thinks that lack of "good" gut bacteria is a problem, have you thought about eating yogurt or taking a lactobacillus supplement? I would ask about this before you try it.
    aquila 1263 Replies Flag this Response
  • PS-- there is a strain of drug-resistant salmonella. It's possible you may have this type and that's why the drugs are not working for you. Ask for more testing to make sure this is not the case.
    aquila 1263 Replies Flag this Response
  • Have you been specifically tested for clostridium difficile infection? This is a specific test and they would need to know to test you for this due to the strong antibiotic use...clostridium difficile is directly caused by certain antibiotics, and can cause severe pseudomembranous colitis, and it is very very nasty!I totally agree with this! My MIL has been in and out of the hospital for a couple months with this stuff. It just would not clear up. On her last trip to ER, they did a colonoscopy to look for tiny bubbles that this bacteria produces and they found what they were looking for. They tried Flagyl and Cipro, but nothing was working. They finally put her on Vancomycin which is working. Go to the doctor and submit a stool sample. Yogurt alone won't resolve the problem, but will help your gut.
    Beth56 272 Replies Flag this Response
  • I totally agree with this! My MIL has been in and out of the hospital for a couple months with this stuff. It just would not clear up. On her last trip to ER, they did a colonoscopy to look for tiny bubbles that this bacteria produces and they found what they were looking for. They tried Flagyl and Cipro, but nothing was working. They finally put her on Vancomycin which is working. Go to the doctor and submit a stool sample. Yogurt alone won't resolve the problem, but will help your gut. Please try the saccharomyces boulardii for your MIL. Jarrow makes a very good one that you can get online at www.vitacost.com. When I had my stool tested for c. diff, the testing center recommended this specifically to deal with clostridium difficile. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Please try the saccharomyces boulardii for your MIL. Jarrow makes a very good one that you can get online at www.vitacost.com. When I had my stool tested for c. diff, the testing center recommended this specifically to deal with clostridium difficile. Best wishesDOMThank you. Again I agree with you! My MIL sees a doctor of Chinese medicine I sent her to and she gave her a probiotic. It may very well be the same you are recommending. She is well for the first time since mid-December. Colitis caused by antibiotics is very nasty.
    Beth56 272 Replies Flag this Response
  • Im having many of the same things you are experiencing(i got sick in 06'-present)....My doctors could not find the salmonella, we later found out its cause the stool samples were not being refrigerated....there are several strais of salmonella that are resistent to the more common antibiotics, I am considered a chronic carrier of salmonella, since as in you got it around the same time I did, you probably are considered either a carrier or chronic carrier....my advice (only 18 yrs old, not a doctor) would be to go to your doctor ask for a 3 day stool sample test, take the first bowel movement of the day and use that as the one you turn in ( the more you give them, the more likely they find it), but take each sample straight to the lab, if not able to right then (make sure to refrigerate), when your results come back wich takes 1-3 weeks, then ask for your lab medical records and find out what strain it is, long term effects can be that the salmonella can settle in round the hear causing abceses, around the lungs, but most commonly the gal bladd, which would be removed, its a small precedure....if you have a strain that is resistant to the common antibiotics and have had it as long as me and you have, make sure you get all organs checked out to make sure there is no dammage and so they can figure out how to cure it....Ill soon go to a hospital that I can not mention at this point because of legal reasons to have the same thing done, if it is left unattended the end result for mine and yours future is death, your in my prayers...1 love
    da1_420 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • Watching your diet is very important. Avoiding meat (of any kind including eggs) for the moment might help. Consuming yogurt,vegs & fruits will help ease the bowel movement. Washing vegs (e.g. rinsing in salt and water or using veg cleaner) at home is a good step too.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
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