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Old 11-09-2009, 01:29 PM   #1
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Typhoid or e-coli

I was hospitalized 2 weeks ago with severe rectal bleeding and cramping in my lower right stomach. After a colonoscopy, I was told I had ulceritive colitis. Today when I went for a follow up with the doctor, he said that I had a very SEVERE infection. But he wouldn't know what kind until the lab results get back next week. He also told me that it could be typhoid or e-coli. I'm not bleeding anymore, but I still have a little cramping and a headache that I can't get rid of. Do I need to steer clear from visiting my 80 year old mother and my 3 year old niece? I go by and visit everyday, but I sure don't want to get either of them sick.

 
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Re: Typhoid or e-coli

Hi there,

sorry you've had such a rough time. Typhoid and E. coli, while two organisms which can cause gastroenteritis it's weird that those two were the ones you were told about ALONG with ulcerative colitis. Typhoid presents very differently than any of the E. coli diarrheal syndromes, and generally there isn't much typhoid in N. America. Unless of course you're not from here!

In any case, as long as you wash your hands well after you have a bowel movement, there should be no reason you can't be around your mom. Those bugs are only spread if you poo, don't wash your hands and then touch something that someone else is going to eat or drink.

 
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Old 01-12-2010, 10:11 AM   #3
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Re: Typhoid or e-coli

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I was hospitalized 2 weeks ago with severe rectal bleeding and cramping in my lower right stomach. After a colonoscopy, I was told I had ulceritive colitis. Today when I went for a follow up with the doctor, he said that I had a very SEVERE infection. But he wouldn't know what kind until the lab results get back next week. He also told me that it could be typhoid or e-coli. I'm not bleeding anymore, but I still have a little cramping and a headache that I can't get rid of. Do I need to steer clear from visiting my 80 year old mother and my 3 year old niece? I go by and visit everyday, but I sure don't want to get either of them sick.
The Dr. finally called me back and said I had Typhoid. I don't have a clue where I got this from. He said the antibiotics he gave me should have cleared it up. This was back in December, now it's January and I've started having rectal bleeding again. I have an appointment for tomorrow and I'm a little scared of what I'm going to find out. I don't think the infection ever got completely healed up. I just hope it hasn't gone so far that they will have to cut out part of my colon. Times like this, I really REGRET giving up drinking!!lol.

 
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Re: Typhoid or e-coli

Man, I feel so bad for you. I hope everything turns out fine in your appointment.

So you did have typhoid eh? That's crazy. May I ask, where are you from? Did you travel anywhere tropical recently?

 
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