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Typhoid Complications

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  • Posted By: TyphoidMeredith
  • April 5, 2007
  • 09:26 PM

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"

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  • Unfortunately I don't think many people on this website have experience with typhoid...Have you seen Infectious Disease specialists? What about a doctor of Internal Medicine? Seems like you should take some kind of supplement that cleans out the body and make sure to drink lots of fluids.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Please try Traditional Chinese Medicine, I think it would be very helpful. Also you should get tested for B12 deficiency, often goes hand in hand with iron deficiency. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks to all who have been replying to my thread. Most of my colleagues live in Switzerland and several go to Chinese doctors who they swear by. I think this sounds like a reasonable next step. I did try to see an infectious disease specialist, but ended up getting trapped by the student health sysem at my university - it can be difficult financially to see specialists at my university without going through student health - when i went through student health they basically said that my blood tested as typhoid free but was anemic; yet anemia itself (which I had for a time after malaria) does not in itself appear to explain all of the symptoms I have been experiencing on a continued basis. Thanks for the suggestions (!) and I will see what sort of health care I can get while abroad.
    TyphoidMeredith 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • Typhoid is very serious disease for health. Sometimes person who suffering from typhoid goes to death. In this disease you can't eat grains so, you feels very sickness to your body. The treatment of typhoid is very important for healthy life and come out from the problems of typhoid.
    rojarjackson 1 Replies
    • December 12, 2012
    • 00:03 PM
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  • Typhoid fever are also known simply typhoid which is a common worldwide bacterial disease transmitted by the ingestion of food. doctor excuse
    martyn123 2 Replies
    • December 20, 2012
    • 05:03 AM
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  • Typhoid fever are also known simply typhoid which is a common worldwide bacterial disease transmitted by the ingestion of food.
    martyn123 2 Replies
    • December 20, 2012
    • 05:06 AM
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