I have an usual job. I am a graduate student, currently writing up my dissertation but recently returned from 2 years of conducting field work with wild orangutans in the peat swamps of Indonesian Borneo. Last year I had a severe case of falciparum malaria that wasn't diagnosed until the 5th day I had the fever. I did eventually recover, although full recovery took 6 months. Then just before leaving Indonesia I contracted typhoid fever, all 6 types of S.typhii that they test for in Indonesia. They actually said it was Tyhpus, but the symptoms all matched Typhoid exactly, the little card that I was given confirmed I had S.typhii, and I have since discovered that they use "Typhus" to mean either Typhus or Typhoid... I have been back in the US now for over 2 months but my typhoid symptoms, while they wax and wane, have persisted during this time. I did have my blood tested and was told that S.typhii is no longer present, I had my stools checked for parasites, and I even had a sonogram to rule out gall bladder, etc. complications. I did discover that I have fairly serious anemia, which I was told is most likely a typhoid complication, so I have started eating both fish and chicken again after being a vegetarian for over 10 years. Although the complications from anemia seem to be better, I have lost a lot of weight, feel generally lathargic, have frequent mood swings, loss of apetite, and on/off abdominal pain with occasional diarrhea. The doctors don't know of anything else to do at this point and just say that I am probably "still recovering from typhoid" :( . I have even received the nickname "typhoid meredith", which I think may now follow me around for the rest of my days... does anyone have any ideas of what more I can do to try and improve my general health given these symptoms?
Many thanks, "typhoid meredith"