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.