Anyone Here Ever Had eColi Infection?

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Mikie, Sep 23, 2008.

  1. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Hi, everyone. About five weeks ago, as some of y'all may remember, I got food poisoning from eating a hamburger. The doc immediately put me on two ABX and I started to improve, so he didn't do any definitive tests. I continue to improve, but I still have some swelling and pain in the midriff area. It's like I felt just before I had my gallbladder removed. I'm seeing a new doc (my old one left the practice) on Fri. just to make sure the infection didn't affect any of my organs. I know that it can take months to fully recover. Any info is much appreciated.

    Love, Mikie
  2. lgp

    lgp Well-Known Member

    I also had this about twelve years ago--also from a bad burger--and I really thought I would die from the pain. I lost twelve pounds in nine days. When it was finally over, there was residual abdominal pain for several months, off and on. I will tell you this-- I believe it sent my digestive system into a tailspin for a very long time afterward. I had to be very careful about everything I ate. The only saving grace I got from the whole incident was that it was a Kids Meal I shared with my then two year old daughter. She ate the french fries and I ate the burger. I shudder to think what may have happened if she had eaten the burger. At my worst moments, as I crawled to the bathroom, I thanked God that it was me instead of her. Feel better..


    P.S. I no longer eat red meat!

    [This Message was Edited on 09/24/2008]
  3. jmq

    jmq New Member

    Had a steak at a resturant...before I got to the car to go home, I was sick. By the next day, I had to go to the hospital because only blood was coming out. They put me on an antibiotic and within a few days I was fine...just weak.

    Now that I think of it, this happened right before my FM issues spiked...could it have triggered something????

    hope u get some answers

  4. springwater

    springwater Active Member

    I have never been as tired as i feel nowadays after having recovered from the terrible bout of gastritis i got in 2002. Sick with diarreoah and nausea and constipation for a year. Chronic stomach problems definitely do something weird to the endocrine system...

    i guess you could get tested for e coli or pylori - i had it done but negative. Also how about those stomach / colon cleanses they talk of now.

    Good luck

    God Bless
  5. victoria

    victoria New Member

    So sorry to hear you got this. Seems like our food & water just isn't very safe no matter where you are.

    After moving to Mexico I did get really bad Tourista (no surprise, I kind of expected it eventually) for which I took Cipro for 5 days... (My DH also got it but worse).

    2 weeks later, I got an overall really bad UTI - urine culture showed positive for e. coli, and ultrasound showed the bladder, kidneys and my colon were ALL inflamed.

    I took Cipro regular dose for 8 days, then high dose for 2 more weeks at which point I got side effects; so, switched to Keflex for 3 days after which I couldn't continue as it wreaked havoc on my guts... So, stopped everything now, so far ok for past 5 days... Keeping my fingers crossed tho using cranberry caps.

    However, my DH should be returning tomorrow from states with d-mannose for me, which works wonders at least for bladder infections of E. Coli, but not sure about colon. Which is why I'm telling you all this... you might want to look it up to see if it works the same way there, don't see why it couldn't.

    My landlady here also accidentally poisoned herself with salmonella (had a slow leak in her roof over her kitchen that she didn't realize, and we have showers every day for an hour or 2)... then developed into typhus... she's finally recovering after 8 weeks, but still very fatigued with good days/bad days...

    Well, hope you find some relief soon and you're feeling better sooner than later!
    Take care!

  6. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    I'm sorry you have all been sick as I now know how horrible it is. I suspect it will just take some time and this residual pain will eventually go away but I'm taking no chances. I'll see what the doc says on Fri. It's been less than two months and I know it can take longer. Thanks for the help.

    Love, Mikie
  7. victoria

    victoria New Member

    Elliespad, thanks for that info on the bentonite! Also about the food-grade diatomaceous earth... never heard about either being used that way!

    Mikie, I sure hope your doctor thinks you are progressing, and that s/he's right!

    take care,

  8. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Victoria, I hope you and your landlady are better. Shirl has had e-Coli and it keeps trying to make a comeback. I saw the doc this morning and it appears that all is well. He did bloodwork just to be sure. I have been taking the Doxycycline for about a week because I was running a slight temp and my lymph nodes were swollen. Wed., I Herxed and yesterday, I felt better than I have in ages. I worked in the morning and did housework until bedtime. I was doing laundry and adding it, removing it, and folding it during breaks in Survivor. Either the Doxy addressed a mycoplasma reactivation or it addressed some food borne pathogen from the food poisoning incident. We don't really know but we don't really care as long as I'm finally recovering. It's been almost two months now. Wishing you well.

    Kathy, it was a frozen burger I cooked at home. I cooked it very well done but I suppose no matter how careful I tried to be, there could have been some cross contamination from the raw burger.

    A year ago last July, I got Klebsiella Pneumoniae just as it was infecting my bronchial system. I got right on Bactrim (I can't take Cipro) and it eventually cleared up. I got very sick and had to quit the job I had at the time. Eventually, it went into my urinary tract and I had chronic recurring UTI's. It's been six months now and I just got a good bill of health from the pee doc. He gave an Rx for the Bactrim just in case it tries to make a comeback on a weekend or holiday when he's not in. I keep my fingers crossed for you too.

    We really are walking, talking Petri dishes, aren't we? Seven years ago, though, all this would have sent me to bed for good. I've managed to treat all this and not miss a day of work in the last year. I only work part time, and I rest on my days off, but this is real progress.

    BTW, I think I mentioned here that my doc no longer seems engaged and is almost angry. Well, he's gone. I'm back to seeing the original doc in the practice and I want to stick with him. He's great, he fully understands our illnesses and issues, and he's fine with my having the Acyclovir and Doxycycline on hand to take when I deem it necessary. I wish everyone here had such good docs as this guy and my specialist.

    Love, Mikie
  9. victoria

    victoria New Member

    well now that my Dh has returned with d-mannose, I am taking that everyday 2X at least in high doses til I run out of it. Yep they did think it was all connected, makes sense as I likely had a bout of tourista a few weeks before. I haven't been retested since, have to locate some urinalysis sticks at least.

    And then/But of course today i also had a sore throat.

    You are right, we ARE walking petri dishes. When people ask me how I'm feeling, I now reply, "All things considered, pretty well" usually.... but not always. SIGH!

    Glad you're on the comeback road Mikie... should be your nickname, the "comeback kid"? Glad to hear Shirl is doing better too!

    take care,

  10. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Both Shirl and I have found that by saturating the toilet paper in hydrogen peroxide and wiping, it helps to kill off bacteria in the area on the outside which can continue to reinfect the urinary tract. I use the Neosporin gel and rub it into the urethra area on the outisde. Finally, I take colloidal silver to help keep the pathogen load down in my body. Oops! Almost forgot about the zapper. I use it too, in the manual mode, for extra zapping of pathogens when there is an active infection. Then, I also use it in the auto mode.

    My doc thinks that when I had the Klebsiella Pneumoniae, which was in the bronchial area bringing on pneumonia, it got into the bloodstream and worked its way to my urinary tract. I say, "bringing on pneumonia," because it barely had a chance to get started when my doc and I hit it with ABX. Still, it took forever to clear up but, at least, I didn't end up in the hospital.

    Today, I think I'll try to get my pasty body out in the sun for a bit and swim. I need some sunshine and some exercise. Do you get a chance to sit out in the wonderful Mexican sun? Take care.

    Love, Mikie
  11. victoria

    victoria New Member

    thanks for the tips, especially using the hydrogen peroxide! Makes a lot of sense....

    LOL no I'm not getting much sun, well one doesn't have to be out too much at this latitude and elevation at any rate; but I still want to do the last phase of the marshall protocol, so trying to be careful still.

    I have found I was less sensitive when I finally was able to do phase 2 this past spring, as many have... so I'm just keeping my fingers crossed! and hoping that I haven't become resensitized to light.

    But I am enjoying sitting in deep shade enveloped in clothing and my special glasses - in this climate, it's ideal dress anyway, as it's cooler than hotter! (highs are mid 70's nearly year-round!)

    take care!

  12. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Victoria, I forgot you are on the MP. I didn't get out in the sun because it rained all day. We needed it but it was dreary--lasted two days. I have been on the Doxy lately and it wouldn't take too much time in the sun for me to get burned. Your temps are better than ours. We have two seasons: Hot and Hotter :) Still, the winter weather here is to die for. In the summer, we just stay inside with the A/C or head for the pool or beach. Summer is great because our roads are clear and there is no waiting to get into restaurants or movies. The Snowbirds are already arriving and, while I love them and depend on their contributions to our economy, we are already feeling overcrowded. Your situation sounds ideal.

    Kathy, I hope the tips will help. Shirl is big on hydrogen peroxide and I have found it has many good uses. UTI's can be sooooo hard to clear up. Mine has been good for six months (knock on wood) and my urologist doesn't need to see me for another year unless there is a problem.

    Love, Mikie