Patient Comments: Salmonella - Symptoms


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Comment from: Supersick, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

My Salmonella infection started 6 days ago with chills, I was freezing. The next day I had low grade fever that lasted for 3 days, stomach pains and diarrhea with bloody mucus. My stomach is so sore to the touch I have not been able to eat going on 6 days now. I wonder if I should go to the emergency room.

Comment from: aaberry, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 03

I am pretty sure I got Salmonella infection around 2003, possibly from contaminated food at a funeral; that is where I got it, and symptoms showed up within a few hours. It started with diarrhea. Less than an hour later it turned to uncontrolled vomiting only, that sent me to the emergency room because it was 5 minutes clear vomiting, 5 minutes not. The vomiting is like nothing else on the planet; all of the fluid in the body came out so fast, and it was so forceful it damaged my trachea and I lost my voice as well as 20 lb. in 12 hours. I had to get anti-vomiting drugs and IV fluids. Another time it was same thing but other end with high fever. I did not seek medical attention until after I was better, just to see what I had had. It killed 3 elderly people I lived with.

Comment from: realityshock, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 12

I was throwing out some watermelon left over from the 4th. I was cutting it up to fit in a Walmart bag. It still smelt so good; I made a poor decision to take a small bite. The next morning, it started. Unbelievable cramping, diarrhea, nausea and weakness. It's been 4 days since that one bite and my body is still weak and I am still having nausea. No urinary pain from the salmonella infection as some described, but I do have some Cipro from kidney issues a few years back and I am going to take some and see if it will finish this! I'm 53 and feel my age has definitely hampered my recovery. Since this, I have learned watermelon is only good for 2 or 3 days in the fridge even when covered. It's only good for 2 hours at room temperature! Let's just say I have been lucky in my younger years! Wishes to everyone dealing with this poisoning to recover quickly! Have a great day!

Comment from: Taquana36, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 13

My 2 year old son had a seizure, this was his first episode. There is no history in our family with seizures. He is my baby. He was just staring with a blank face, his body was limp, and he didn't respond to anything.

Comment from: LOLA64, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 14

I got Salmonella poisoning from a bag of pistachios. I didn't realize that I was getting sick from these nuts and kept eating them for three days. My stomach blew up like 9 months pregnancy and I was in so much pain. I thought immediately it was gall bladder and/or food poisoning. Although I have never had food poisoning, this was different than the flu. I then started to vomit and at the same time had the diarrhea. I was very dizzy and like I said it was painful, almost like labor pains. Two days later my sides hurt really badly, I could not even laugh without pain. I didn't go to the doctor because the sickness went away. I wonder if because of my age (57), it was just the throwing up that created the side pain.

Comment from: breeze, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 08

I have been eating Raw Meal shakes that was just recalled due to salmonella contamination. I am in so much cramping pain!

Comment from: Kate, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I found a bargain on a large package of chicken breasts. I pounded them into cutlets and froze them. I'm very careful with raw meat, but this time I apparently wasn't careful enough. Two days later, I developed severe lower abdominal cramps and bloating and diarrhea. I had severe chills, alternating with sweating. I also had back and neck pain. After about ten hours of diarrhea, I began to pass blood and red tissue; lots of it. I'm a registered nurse, and my husband's a pharmacist, so I diagnosed myself with Salmonella infection, and was able to get on Cipro fairly quickly. This is day five. I'm much better, but I'm still very bloated and have a decreased appetite. I have lost four pounds.

Comment from: taj, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 17

My 4 1/2 month old granddaughter cried all the time and developed a fever of 101 and 12 episodes of diarrhea. We took her to the emergency room and she was dehydrated. They gave her 2 bags of fluids and ran every test they could on her with no diagnosis after 6 hours. We took her home and it all continued for the rest of the week. Never heard from the hospital or pediatrician. Finally the health department called and wanted to ask questions because it was reported she had salmonella infection. What a shock! My doctor could not get the hospital records because he is affiliated with a different hospital! Who would have ever told us if it wasn't a reportable disease! They will be hearing from us.

Comment from: fargo, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 05

Do not keep cooked chicken in the refrigerator for 6 days and then eat it. I did and contracted salmonella infection. About 60 hours later, I felt tired and weak with no appetite, and food did not appeal. A few hours later I had a wave of intense sweat, extreme nausea and a vicious headache with neck pain. Then I had vomiting and fever of 101 degrees for 36 hours, vomiting stopped but diarrhea started. Now at 48 hours, I am still nauseated but not vomiting, weak and tired, just want to be horizontal, walking around is not doable. I still have the headache.


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Comment from: Bagaysus7, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 18

I had a sudden onset of crippling abdominal pain and was sweating profusely. The pain was so intense that I thought my appendix had burst and I could not move; I stayed hunched over on the floor. I had diarrhea that ensued after 10 minutes of excruciating abdominal pain. After 3 rounds of diarrhea, bright red blood started to show up in the toilet. I had bloody stool and mucus for about 2 days. I went to the doctor and had a stool culture and other labs drawn; stool was positive for salmonella. I was prescribed Cipro 500 mg twice daily for 3 days and it worked. The cramping abdominal pain subsided but remained constant until the 4th day.

Comment from: StillSick, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 22

It started with an upset stomach feeling that shortly led to diarrhea about 3 hours after eating rotisserie chicken. Then came chills with a fever of 102 through the night with the worst headache and neck pain ever following in the morning, lasting the whole day. I went to the emergency room and I feel that I was misdiagnosed with sinusitis. I came home and still a week later I have diarrhea and upset stomach. I have also been experiencing extremely weak legs, so I will be going back.

Comment from: Worried Mom, 13-18 Male (Caregiver) Published: April 05

My 15-year- old son experienced extreme fatigue at first followed a few hours later with diarrhea, chills, sweating and fever. Assuming it was just a bug, one was going around in his school, I did not take him to the doctor until he was passing blood in his stool three days later. (Talk about a serious guilt trip!) They took a stool sample, and the preliminary (next morning) results were negative for rotavirus, E. coli, shigella, and salmonella. We were told not to give Pepto or Immodium until the final results were in. (We were getting really worried and desperate for relief.) His fever subsided on day four (100 – 102 degrees), but his bloody diarrhea did not (about 20 times a day)! Three days after the sample was taken to the lab, we received a call that it indeed was salmonella. We were relieved to know what it was because he was not improving as we expected with "a bug"(6 days into illness). On day seven, he was started on a seven-day treatment of 500 mg amoxicillin, twice a day. We are hopeful that he responds quickly. This is by far the most severe illness he has experienced! We have no idea how he contracted it.

Comment from: Deborah, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 09

It started the day after Christmas. I thought I had eaten too many rich foods. I first started feeling nauseous after meals and then got bloated and gassy with a gurgling stomach all the time. My lower back hurt all the time, and I had a hard time bending. The bloating and gassiness continued. Then the feeling that I had to have a BM all the time came. I would eliminate and then 20 minutes later, I would be back in the bathroom. Two weeks after Christmas, I got swollen neck glands and a fever. I went to the doctor, and she said to take antibiotics, colon cleanses and probiotics. I did, and the glands got better, but my stomach got worse. My friend thought I had IBS, so she told me to take Pepto Bismol, which I did, and it helped a bit until the next day. I didn't know what to think except I thought I had colon cancer or something. The symptoms finally subsided after four weeks. I just got a letter from a store saying that the peppered salami that I got for Christmas tested positive for salmonella. (It was in the pepper seasoning). Now it explains so much, and makes me angry that it took the store a month to notify me.

Comment from: rawrecall2, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: February 11

I'm concerned about how lightheaded and mentally drained I feel. I wonder if this is a symptom of Salmonella infection.

Comment from: Laurene, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 10

About two weeks ago I started having diarrhea about twice a day. More like loose stools than really diarrhea. I figured I was going so frequently because I had started eating Flax bread and other products made with flax. I thought ok I’m eating too much of this stuff I need to back off. Which I did. After a week when it didn’t stop and I had stopped eating flax products. I was like I must have some kind of stomach flu. I was achy and had some bloating and minor stomach pains. Then the diarrhea stopped. All of one day I felt totally normal. So I thought I was over it. I was sooo wrong. The next day, NO diarrhea but extreme severe stomach cramps, lower back ache as well. I went to bed early thinking it will go away or my gall bladder is acting up. Then next morning I woke up with severe cramping and with no warning soiled myself. After having a shower I had more cramping and more diarrhea. I was going about every 30 mins. I read up on diarrhea and read about some foods that could help this. I went with a friend of mine and decided if I was quick I would be ok. Well I wasn’t. In the middle of an aisle I got that wonderful cramping feeling and AGAIN soiled myself. After I got over the horror of what just happened I wrapped my hoodie around my waist and got the hell outta dodge LOL. Needless to say I figured a trip to the hospital was a good idea. I noticed when I got home I couldn’t even stomach water anymore. That alone would make me cramp and go to the washroom. By the time I was seen by a doctor I was pretty dehydrated. I was put on IV fluids and some meds. After having the privilege of giving a stool sample as well as some blood samples. I was told to stay on a liquid diet and go home and rest. Today, 4 days later I received a call from the hospital. I tested positive for salmonella. They wanted to know what I ate and where etc. I KNEW exactly where I got it from. MYSELF!!! Self induced. I like a delicacy, something in which I have eaten for years. Steak tartar. I LOVE IT!! But after this episode I won’t be eating it anymore. UNLESS I personally know the butcher. Even then I don’t think so. This was way too painful in many ways.


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Comment from: gfowble, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 09

With about 5 minutes to go in the Super Bowl, I started passing gas. Within minutes I had to go to the restroom. In there I experienced severe cramps, cold sweats, and pins and needles all over my skin, I also felt like I was going to pass out. This lasted close to fifteen minutes. When I finished the first bout I returned to my wife and then had to go back to the restroom. The second bout was as bad as the first, only this time my skin got cold and clammy and yet I still had the cold sweats so bad it soaked my shirt and I had to dry my forehead on a towel. The last two days I've experienced stomach cramps and have had to use the bathroom frequently. The initial outbursts were so bad death felt like a good option. I had microwaved some chicken skins at noon and this hit about 7 hours later. Of course I washed my hands after handling the raw meat, but I did not wash the chicken skin.

Comment from: Chris, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 14

I got some chicken from a nationally known retail chain store(to remain nameless for fear of legal action against me!!). While eating said chicken, I noticed that it was still bloody and cold toward the center, nearest the bone. I didn't swallow the meat, but must have swallowed the juice. During that same night, I started having stomach cramps. The next day was much worse with chills, hot flashes, more severe cramping, body aches and soreness all over. ANYTHING I ate or drank came back up. I have kept nothing down for going on 4 days now. Dehydration is a major concern at this point.

Comment from: Werner, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 29

The salmonella ordeal started one evening with a sudden rise of my body temperature. During the night, I developed cramps, diarrhea, and chills and sweating episodes. Trying to prevent dehydration was most difficult because nothing could stay in my body. I was not able to eat and had no appetite for days. This continued for three days until I finally went to the doctor. After a CT scan, blood tests, and stool sample, it was finally confirmed that my ailment was not an appendix attack or a parasite but salmonella poisoning.

Comment from: Jay, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 01

I had an aching feeling set in late one evening. I thought I was getting the flu. Overnight diarrhea set in and progressively got worse and I began to sweat profusely. The next night I was making bathroom trips every 30 minutes or so with severe diarrhea. I had no appetite and I was not very thirsty even though I was still sweating very badly. I still had no fever, but back ache was much worse. I thought I might be passing another kidney stone. The next night I had nausea and very dark urine, so I went to my Doctor and a possible stone was diagnosed. Early the next morning I woke to go to the bathroom and was very dizzy. I managed to sit on the toilet, but woke up on the floor with a red mark on my forehead. My back pain was very strong on the middle left side of my back. After a short nap it felt lower on the left side. I went for a CT scan and they discovered no kidney stones, but a ruptured spleen. I was hospitalized for the spleen, and with every test given to me, nothing was found until a stool culture revealed Salmonella. Three days later, I was re-admitted to the hospital for a perennial abscess that may have also been caused by the Salmonella. Since they could not find any visible signs of trauma. The surgeon concluded that the spleen rupture was caused by my fainting. I have read online that though rare, a spleen fracture could be caused by a case of Salmonella.

Comment from: Student, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

I woke up in the middle of the night feeling headachy and I put it down to sinus. The next day I felt bloated all day and when I finished work I was exhausted my muscles and everything were aching and I had a bloated feeling still in my belly. For the next day I had really bad stomach cramps and felt very bloated however I just put it down to stress. The next morning I had to work at 7am and I feel very sick, but was determined to go to work, so whilst having my shower I started dry heaving and then I fainted and then the diarrhea started which went on with very bad stomach pains for about 3 days with fevers and chills. I would wake up about 5 times a night with very bad stomach pans only to be relived when I went to the toilet. I pretty much had no energy and my body was exhausted. I went to the doctors where a stool sample was sent away.

Comment from: teacher, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I had chronic diarrhea. I don’t have any vomiting or stomach cramps though, so I just wrote it off as stress. About a week after the diarrhea started, I developed sudden and severe arthritis in the feet and ankles. Apparently, this is an extremely rare side effect of salmonella infection. It took a while for the doctors to figure out what was going on with me, and unfortunately, the arthritis can be very long-lasting.

Comment from: gcxzasdq, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 29

The day after eating deviled eggs (I’m not sure if they were the exact cause), I had to run out of class to throw up. I stayed in bed and slept for the next few days, waking up to vomit or because I had diarrhea. I didn't eat much of anything this whole time, but I did drink lots of water and sports drinks to prevent dehydration. By the fourth day, I was able to get out and about, but the diarrhea lasted for another week or two. It was the most miserable I’ve ever felt.

Comment from: 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 17

When I had a salmonella infection, I had severe nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. At the same time, I also had muscle cramps in the legs, abdominal soreness and overall malaise.

Comment from: hannah, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 19

First, I had a sudden stomach cramp followed by nearly fainting, but I managed to stop myself with slow, deep breaths. Then, suddenly I had violent diarrhea and sickness at the same time. I couldn't eat and had constant diarrhea for days. Low blood pressure and stool samples proved I had salmonella.

Comment from: Cindy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 29

My episode began with an itchy rash. This disappeared within a day, and I became very achy all over. Next, I experienced diarrhea with mucus and bloody stools, extreme tiredness, headache, and fever. Even though I have been on Cipro for five days and my diarrhea is gone, I have absolutely no energy. I still hurt all over and have the shivers. All I want to do is stay in bed. I have been ill with this for about two weeks!

Comment from: Ann, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 27

My salmonella run-in started with chills, and I quickly developed severe stomach cramps (like labor pains). It was followed by diarrhea every 15 to 20 minutes for one full day. Today is the second day, and I still have chills, and my stomach is unsettled but much better. I don’t have a fever. I suspect it was from chicken salad from a deli or cleaning the cat litter box.

Comment from: jimbo, 65-74 Male Published: October 20

I first had stomachache, a day later, I then had diarrhea and vomiting. I tried different tablets from the chemists but they did not help. I had no appetite whatsoever and whatever I eat or drank came back up. I lost 10 kilos in 6 days. I then went to the doctor and he sent me to hospital, where I had transfusions (total of 12 liters) and after 5 days antibiotics and tablets to stop the diarrhea. I now have a healthy appetite but am still testing positive for Salmonella after a month.

Comment from: kachex, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 13

I experienced stomach cramps, no diarrhea or other symptoms. Blood came positive with salmonella. On the treatment now, now I have diarrhea and sometimes feel like vomiting after taking the medication. I do not know what would have caused all this. Now I try to avoid food that I have not cooked or take away.

Comment from: lee, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 05

My symptoms I had whilst on holiday in India for Salmonella food poisoning was firstly extreme thirst, followed by a high temperature, then sudden diarrhea. Then came the headache, vomiting and stomach cramps. I was like this for ten days and in bed the whole time, but was not feeling well for sixteen days. I lost almost four kilo's. I had to do a feces test to get the results. I took a tablet for two or three days from the doctor and had injection to stop the vomiting.

Comment from: Dix, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 01

I woke up dizzy and very weak and had to go back to bed. I had no appetite and have eaten very little for three days. My stomach feels very full or inflamed but I do not have diarrhea. I hope to go get some cipro to start taking as I can no longer sleep well.

Comment from: backpainsam, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 05

I am currently undergoing antibiotic treatment for salmonella in the blood. My first symptom was extreme lower back pain. No other symptoms. No fever, no GI problems. Blood tests revealed salmonella. Treatment is with six weeks of antibiotic intravenously. Back pain continues but not as severe and is controlled with medication. I am in week five of the treatment and hope the pain will go away by the end of treatment.

Comment from: backhoe, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 07

I ate undercooked hamburger four weeks ago. I had diarrhea for two days, and now I have headaches and loss of balance in my legs. It is just like pins and needles going down my legs.

Comment from: kauwe2006, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 20

My experience with Salmonella Infections were dehydration, fatigue, exhaustion, severe stomach pains, abdominal cramps, chills, cold sweats, muscle and body aches, fever, nauseating, extremely tiredness, diarrhea, feeling sluggish, and complete lack of energy.

Comment from: Carol, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 01

I believe I have contracted salmonella from a python that we transported from its place of sale to home, it was in a cotton bag which I held on my lap with my hands holding the snake (through the bag) to keep it warm. Not long after arriving home I began to feel intensely nauseous and have stomach cramps. I have not been sick or had diarrhea as yet, but the symptoms I have are not characteristic of my usual poorly state symptoms. I have a headache and constantly raised temperature too. I have felt ill to the fact that the only relief is sleep for two and three quarter days now and wonder when it will end.

Comment from: keeblerkobbler, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

I had severe diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and then the agonizing abdominal cramps began. This lasted three days and got so severe I had to be hospitalized. I was not given any antibiotics. After 3 days the doctor pulled my pain medications and said I had to "tough it out". I signed out AMA after 12 agonizing hours without pain relief and the next day I sent my husband to a health food store. They gave me Pro biotics and within 24 hours I began to feel better. I am a wildlife rehabilitator and it is believed that I contacted this by accidently touching my face during either cage cleaning or wound care.

Comment from: 35-44 Female Published: May 13

Woke up in the middle of the night with severe chills. Went back to sleep and woke up in the morning burning up and having severe diarrhea. Had diarrhea a couple of times an hour while awake for 5 days. Felt very weak, exhausted and had achy muscles and a fever of 101. Thought I had the flu, but was diagnosed by my doctor via a stool sample with salmonella. I didn't really have nausea and no vomiting, just the bad diarrhea and fever. I felt like everything I tried to eat or drink went right through me. I traced it back to a pizza/salad bar. It had to either be the eggs on salad bar or chicken on the pizza. My friend ate everything else I did except for those two items.

Comment from: misterdizz, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 18

I unwittingly ate eggs that had long expired (label said sell by December and I ingested them in February). It must have been the cause for the serious cramping/diarrhea and pain I have experienced this past week. I can't even ingest water without some discomfort. I believe I mixed three raw eggs from that carton, to make French toast. That is about when these severe symptoms began.

Comment from: adelfa, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 17

I have not been able to eat or drink anything for 48 hours. I throw up everything I eat, or drink and I am very weak. I don’t have a fever just weakness.