Patient Comments: Shigella - Experience

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Please describe your experience with a Shigella infection. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: survivor, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 22

I've never been so sick as I was with the Shigella infection that I had last year. I ended up in the hospital for a week. I lost a lot of weight and it took me a few months before I regained my normal strength level. I really think that the antibiotic I was on a few weeks earlier played a significant role in the severity of my Shigella infection. I don’t recall the name of the antibiotic but I do know it was a broad spectrum antibiotic. I hope I never have to experience Shigella again.

Comment from: Kitty, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

I contracted Shigella boydii approximately 6 weeks ago which was horrendous. I had severe diarrhea for two weeks, chills, fevers, headaches and fatigue. This past week I have felt unwell and had a couple of tests done and the Shigella has raised its ugly head again.

Comment from: lindak126, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 31

My 5 year old son started off with a very severe headache and fever. Once he slept it off for about two hours. His fever broke and then he started vomiting and having constant diarrhea. The vomiting stopped after the 5th time but diarrhea was every 2 to 5 minutes. He suffered all night, since I thought it was a stomach bug which he had before. He was having severe stomach pain as well. He has never had stomach pain with a normal stomach bug. The next morning I noticed he had blood in his stool. It was bright red. His stools were also mucus-y. I took him into the emergency room. They took blood test, swap test for flu, urine and stool sample. They said it would be 3 days before they had results on stool and urine sample. So we started the usual liquid diet to no avail. My son was in constant abdominal pain and constant diarrhea. Day 3 he had blood in his stool again. He cried and screamed from the pain. Once again I took him into the hospital. This time they did a scan on his belly. Turned out normal. All they could see was a full belly of diarrhea. They admitted him on behalf of my son’s pediatrician. The running IV fluids help him. He still had constant diarrhea. The nausea medicine helped control his pain. We stayed overnight. Day 4 we got to go home. My son feels better but still has the constant diarrhea all day and night. Day 5 I got a phone call saying it tested positive for Shigella. They started him on ampicillin and he showed improvement immediately.

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