Patient Comments: Typhoid Fever - Describe Your Experience

Please describe your experience with typhoid fever.

Comment from: Noemi, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 27

I got Typhoid 15 years ago and it never came back until around 5 years ago. It was low level, no fever, just very low energy and headache. Now it is back. I got a blood test and it said I have 1/160 Typhi H. I got on Cipro 1gr for 7 days but it came back after two weeks. I took Cipro again for 10 days, same dose. I finished the dose but still have a rash, at the end of the day I start feeling bad, I lose energy, and I have itches under my skin. I guess I have to take another antibiotic to clear this up, but which one? 15 years ago, I was given the Ampicillin and that seemed to clear it up well.

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Comment from: Indigo, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 20

I contracted typhoid fever in 2005 while on vacation in Mexico. The day of my return, I became violently ill. I had uncontrollable diarrhea and vomiting. My fever shot up to 104 degrees, and I was hospitalized where I remained for seven days. I was packed on ice continually as my fever shot to105. I suffered convulsions. The pain in my body was so excruciating. I was put on a morphine drip, and I have a high tolerance for pain. Blood tests showed minimal kidney function and liver failure. Even after I was released, I continued to have fevers of 104 and 105. I was disabled by this illness for months.

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Comment from: yucatanshadow, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

I am in my 40's. I contracted Typhoid Fever about three years ago by drinking contaminated water in Mexico after Hurricane Wilma, it lasted for 8 months, I had a fever off and on and low blood pressure, headaches and was lethargic. I would have moments of severe heat inside my body, diarrhea and could not eat food for up to 8 days at a time, normally only 3 days of no eating, and this came in cycles, I was first diagnosed and treated with homeopathy, it did not work, and then I was given Chloramphenicol, it nearly killed me. I took it for 9 days, my blood pressure was 70 over 40 and I had severe headaches. I next went to a Doctor that performed colonics on me, 3 sessions, then to a doctor that uses Vibrational Herbal Medicine, she had to treat me for the side effects of the drug Chlor. it was a 2 month treatment of herbs, and a very clean diet void of Sugar and additives, I then returned to the states and had a disease specialist from India check me out, he did many tests for damage from the drug, MRI, Cat scan, Blood tests, etc, and he said amazingly I had no permanent damage from the drug, I did have a low white blood cell count and high allergy counts. I have never fully recovered and as I live in Mexico, I have flair-ups of symptoms from time to time, once a month for three months. I was getting nausea and diarrhea, and heat and chills and not being able to eat for 2 days at a time, I went to Argentina and started drinking Mate and my symptoms subsided, I still have a low white blood cell count, stomach trouble off and on and bladder and urination irritation and I have had eye irritation and saggy skin and dark circles under my eyes since I was sick, so I feel I have never truly recovered from this illness.

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Comment from: ::LadyBond007::, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

When I was 12 years old, I got typhoid fever. One day I remember suddenly feeling as if the wind had been knocked out of me. All my energy fled from my body, and I immediately had to sit because I felt so weak. I told my parents I felt really weird. Then that evening, I started to get a really high fever. It was in the upper 100s. I continued with a high fever for weeks. My body ached so much and was so sensitive from the high fever that my mom couldn't even touch me to brush my hair because it hurt too much. I soon got on antibiotics, which didn't make much of a difference. I often was vomiting the medicine out, which was awful. Then the doctor gave me a specific vaccination and within a few days from getting the vaccination, I began to recover slowly and feel better.

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Comment from: iluvnola2001, 45-54 Female Published: August 20

I had typhoid fever in 1972. Our family always received a yearly vaccine. Initially, it was as if I had a small cold. The cold did not dissipate. After a few weeks, went back to the doctor who diagnosed me with severe bronchitis. That continued for another 10 days. The extremely high fever hit all of sudden. At that point I was on a different island that took 12 hours to get home from. By the time I arrived home my fever was extremely high, I could not remember what was said from one second to another. All I wanted to do was sleep. The doctor admitted me to the hospital. I had alternating chills and feeling extremely hot for a week. I was allergic for the first two defenses of medication for treating typhoid fever. I was given the 3rd line of dense medication which did not work. They would give me an allergy shot 30 minutes prior to the 1st line of defense medication. After two weeks of being in the hospital I did not have a fever anymore. I was extremely week and fatigued for 3 months. I went to the states and started working 40 hours a week and going to school 20 hours a week. 8 months after my initial typhoid fever illness, I became sick again and had to rest for 6 weeks doing nothing at all. It took another two years for my body to finally feel rested. My hair did not fall out at the time of the typhoid fever but have been losing hair on a daily basis since then.

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