Patient Comments: Sepsis - Causes


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Comment from: LalasMum, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 18

Sunday evening, my 12 year old daughter was complaining of tummy ache. Monday and Tuesday she was still getting tummy pains, nothing major. At 5 am on Wednesday I took her Accident and Emergency. Triage dismissed it as 'period pains' and referred back to the general physician (GP). GP sent us back. Ultrasound was inconclusive. MRI showed gangrenous appendicitis and possible peritonitis. Had a 20 hour wait for surgery. Surgeon 'accidentally' cut into her caecum during dilation. Post-surgery, she had 3 intra-abdominal abscesses, E. coli and strep. CRP was 324. Temperature 39.8 and sepsis confirmed.

Comment from: Pizza man, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 17

A cat attack caused my sepsis. I could use the bite wound to make dentures! Plus I could make out 18 claw punctures. I was bitten on Wednesday 2 pm, and cleaned the wound. At 5 pm arm started hurting. Thursday 4 pm I went CVS MinuteClinic. They re-cleaned and gave oral antibiotics. I got a circle around the red area. Friday morning I went to the emergency room. Was on IV antibiotics through Sunday morning. Led to two weeks hospitalization, 2 surgeries, 6 weeks IV antibiotics. It took 18 to 20 months after the bite to recover.

Comment from: 1llustratorGA, 19-24 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 26

I have no tailbone injury but have what is described as severe degenerative changes in lumbar and thoracic spine. My coccyx has been sore for over 8 months now. Sitting and lying down are especially painful especially at night. The coccyx now clicks constantly giving extreme pain. Tingling and nerve pain radiate down into both legs.

Comment from: Matt, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: January 11

Possibly urinary tract infection caused my sepsis.

Comment from: Rita, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 10

After my third bout with the stomach flu and diarrhea, I woke up on day 3 unable to walk. I ended up with a double amputation because of sepsis. No organ damage. The pain didn't start till day 3 and no real fever. I was just tired. I was in the hospital 2 months.

Comment from: Cindy, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 24

My surgery site has not been cleaned for 2 weeks after staples were removed. I am scared about sepsis.

Comment from: Jenniferliz, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 28

I got sepsis when I scratched a bug bite that was on my foot.

Comment from: bign, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 12

An oral surgery turned infectious and caused my sepsis. I went on the antibiotic Augmentin for 20 days and it wiped all bacteria from my gut the bad ones grew back faster.

Comment from: CK, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I developed large watery blisters two weeks after having my spine fused. I went to the emergency room (ER) and they cut one open to culture. No bandages, no antibiotics, and no dressing. Two weeks after that, my family decided that I must have been overdosing on my pain medications, because I was, as they described it, crazy. They took me back to the ER, where I was yelling and cursing about the cats crawling all over me (they didn't exist). My kidneys had shut down and the doctor said I was within hours of death. I went straight to ICU, and then didn't know who my husband was. It was a long healing event. I still think I lost a little something in my brain. I don't know if it was from surgery or the half-baked effort from an inadequate hospital that left a raw, open sore on my foot. I have more blisters now.

Comment from: Margaux, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

While hospitalized for chemotherapy I developed sepsis (Klebsiella pneumoniae, E. coli, Enterococcus faecalis) due to central line contamination resulting from shockingly poor hygiene standards on the part of the nursing staff.

Comment from: dottie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 25

I had a denture implant in 2008, and it got infected. Part of my implant fell out and I was hooked up to antibiotics for 8 hours in the emergency room, with sepsis.


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Comment from: dennis, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 04

I have hepatitis C, having been diagnosed almost three years ago and relapsing after 36 week treatment of interferon and ribavirin. I have myalgia that causes constant pain that migrates from one area of the body to another. I spent three days in the hospital with what was diagnosed as pneumonia, was sent home on antibiotics. A week later my wife insisted I return to the emergency room because of elevated heart rate, low blood pressure, low grade temperature (100.6) and poor oxygen saturation (she bought a pulse oximeter for use at home). It was a good thing, it turned out I was in septic shock. The source of the infection turned out to be obstructed bile ducts in the liver, and the thought was that the pneumonia was a secondary infection. I had to be intubated and put on a ventilator so they could perform an ERCP to basically vacuum out the debris from my liver. I spent four days in ICU. My wife saved my life.

Comment from: umullde, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 20

I have no idea what caused it, but I have several possibilities. I'm not diabetic, but am overweight and have problems with water retention in my lower legs. I periodically fight with fungal infections, both yeast infections and athlete's foot. I had an MRI at a local hospital for knee pain a few days prior and was under anesthetic for the procedure. I'm not prone to cellulitis, am currently fighting a raging cellulitis infection in my lower leg which spread very rapidly to my entire leg in less than a day.

Comment from: Way2sunny, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 18

I thought I had the flu. As the day wore on it got worse. My husband checked on me. I was unconscious but still throwing up what little was in there. I don't remember anything until the ICU. Sepsis, pneumonia, urinary tract infection to low blood pressure and a high heart rate. They put an arterial IV in to raise blood pressure and for 5 days I was in ICU. Two weeks later I am still weak and nauseous. Sometimes I feel like this is never going to end.

Comment from: Kamya Aziz, 19-24 Male (Caregiver) Published: April 11

For my case, I used to attend to patients in wards together with other people. Due to poor hygiene among some patients especially after surgery, they developed swellings of pus.

Comment from: Adana, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 11

Blood poisoning or sepsis can be brought on by Norwegian scabies also called crusted scabies.

Comment from: Guiseppe, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: February 10

My sepsis was caused by infection in the gum after tooth extraction.

Comment from: 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

Pseudomonas aeruginosa caused my sepsis.


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