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Last Late October I contracted the worst case of semonella - involving severe diarrea for over 7 days (no vomitting - apparently its better if you have that with it) for which I was given Flagyl which didn't stop the diarrea until I took Gastro stop. The diarrea stopped then but since then I have never had a normal bowel motion - well what I always had - to be quite descriptive - not a solid motion. I have gone through different motions along the way - lately more like pencils shape but feel like I'm passing something huge - now it is slowly getting a little more solid but never one solid piece, but still not normal. (By the way my stool sample did come back as semonella). I went back to the doctors after the results came back as semonella which was about 2 weeks after i'd initially had it and i had told him that I was still not going normally and he said I would probably have IBS. He said I could of gone on a tablet (to be approved by Canberra) called C Flox and that it might help but the side effect could be tendon damage - just what I didn't need - but he couldn't guarantee it would help at all. I did not take it.
Prior to getting this I was under enormous stress - my sister had just been diagnosed with cancer and my mother was ill. Apparently another reason why PI IBS has hit me hard - as anyone with stress prior to an outbreak is more affected.
My nerves have gone down hill as it's very upsetting being anxious to go to the toilet and hoping it will be as it used to be. I lost 9 lbs in the 2 weeks I suffered with the poisioning and of course worried about that. I have adjusted my diet somewhat - trying to keep away from diary, eating sourdough or gluten free bread - and not eating sweets as much. I make my own treats with all dried fruits coconut oil cacao and coconut and that helps with my sweet fix. Also have sea salt dark chocolate. I have not gained any of my weight back - another worry but then I guess I'm not eating quite as much.
I take a probiotic which helped a bit in the beginning - cut down my bloating alot but have recently had the bloating again - probably nerves not helping. As my stress levels are still high - I decided to go on anti depressants (which I'd tried twice - once during the poisioning (wrong wrong time) and when i thought i was getting over it (still couldn't take it) but now have persisted and even though getting nauseous and feeling shocking, I know for my own health sake I have to be in control of my nerves. You get to thinking you have cancer as this ibs makes you feel so tired and unwell. It's very emotionally draining.
So that is my story - I don't know if anyone can relate to the symptoms I am having - I'd love to hear if they do - if nothing but to make me feel I'm not alone with what's still happening to me.
I feel for anyone going through this. It's terrible. Cheers Rhonda (from Australia)
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