Reply Mon 23 Aug, 2010 06:24 am
Hello all my name is Carolyn and Ive been struggling with salmonella for two months. I got it in June on a road trip from a McDonald's. I didnt know that I had it at the time, so I passed it off as a virus and waited for it to go away. When it didn't I went to my doctor on the 15th day of having symptoms, and she took a stool sample. It took the lab a week to get back to me and I was positive for salmonella. At that time I was treated with ciprofloxacin and did another stool culture a week later which came up negative for salmonella. However, I am still very, very sick. I keep losing weight (so far I've lost 15 lbs) and my bowel movements are anything but normal. I have pain and cramping each day and I find it hard to eat. I am getting very scared and I am considering going to a gastroenterologist specialist. Can anyone tell me if these long-term symptoms are normal? Or if I should look further into the problem?
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Reply Mon 23 Aug, 2010 09:29 am
Going to a gastroenterologist sounds good to me. When you call them, explain the difficulty so you can perhaps be seen quickly.
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Reply Mon 23 Aug, 2010 02:21 pm
Cipro can mess up your system, too.

I was sick for 9 months and didn't know that a trip to Mexico was the reason. took me several months to feel better.

Eat lots of yogurt.
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Reply Tue 24 Aug, 2010 06:46 am
thanks for the advice. I've heard from a couple people that recovery can take a while, so there is some comfort in that, as long as I'm not getting any worse. The digestive system seems to have a delicate balance. I have been eating yogurt once a day, but maybe I'll pick it up to two or 3 times a day. Punkey, did you have salmonella or something else when you were sick for that long? sounds terrible...
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