E coli

Posted by imatine @imatine, Nov 3, 2020

Were you infected with e coli? How did you find out? What symptoms? What treatment did you take? Thanks so much

Hello @imatine. I see you are inquiring about E. coli in a couple different groups. I think this question is best supported in the Digestive Health Group (here) so you will notice I have removed it from the Kidney & Bladder Group.

Can I ask if you are having possible symptoms or what your experience is with E. coli?

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Hello Amanda, I am having pain in my stomach, abdomen, my left arm is hardly moving and I feel pain at the level of my kidneys. I have nausea, especially when I eat smth.

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Hello @imatine,

We have another member, @cdink1941, who has posted about e-coli. His post is under the topic of recurring kidney bladder infections. Here is the link to that discussion, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/bladder-invection/?pg=1#comment-419390.

I would like to invite @cdink1941 to join in this conversation.

As Amanda, @amandajro, has inquired what are your symptoms currently?

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@imatine

Hello Amanda, I am having pain in my stomach, abdomen, my left arm is hardly moving and I feel pain at the level of my kidneys. I have nausea, especially when I eat smth.

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Hello @imatine,

These sound like troublesome symptoms and undoubtedly require medical attention. Have you been told that these problems are related to e-coli?
Have you been evaluated by a physician?

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@imatine I had E coli after receiving radiation for pancreatic cancer. My symptoms were fever, chills and vomiting. The E coli was found in my blood not in my digestive system.

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@marvinjsturing

@imatine I had E coli after receiving radiation for pancreatic cancer. My symptoms were fever, chills and vomiting. The E coli was found in my blood not in my digestive system.

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@marvinjsturing Thanks for this information, Marvin. So you had a blood test that diagnosed the problem as E coli?

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Thank you @marvinjsturing I hope you are doing well now. What kind of blood test should I take? Thanks

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@ imatine – Sorry for butting in here! To find out if you have E.coli in your blood, you will have to have a blood culture – where they will watch for bacteria growth over 2-3 days. There is usually fever present too. E.coli in urine is probably more common. You will need a urine culture for this. With the symptoms you have, this could be a possibility. If a urine E.coli infection is severe, it can enter the blood stream- especially if your immune system is weakened, similar to Marvin.

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@hopeful33250

@marvinjsturing Thanks for this information, Marvin. So you had a blood test that diagnosed the problem as E coli?

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@hopeful33250 @imatine I had a blood culture done. I was surprised how quickly I got my results. I was in ER from about midnight to 3:00 AM. During that time blood was drawn for the culture. Then they sent me home. Just after lunch, they called me and told me I had to come back to be admitted to the hospital. They ran several tests and never found the cause. I had to have 15 infusions of antibiotics. I have not had problems with E coli since.

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@astaingegerdm

@ imatine – Sorry for butting in here! To find out if you have E.coli in your blood, you will have to have a blood culture – where they will watch for bacteria growth over 2-3 days. There is usually fever present too. E.coli in urine is probably more common. You will need a urine culture for this. With the symptoms you have, this could be a possibility. If a urine E.coli infection is severe, it can enter the blood stream- especially if your immune system is weakened, similar to Marvin.

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@astaingegerdm thank you so much for helpful message. I've done a urine culture today and hopefully will find out in a couple of days. Big hugs

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@marvinjsturing

@hopeful33250 @imatine I had a blood culture done. I was surprised how quickly I got my results. I was in ER from about midnight to 3:00 AM. During that time blood was drawn for the culture. Then they sent me home. Just after lunch, they called me and told me I had to come back to be admitted to the hospital. They ran several tests and never found the cause. I had to have 15 infusions of antibiotics. I have not had problems with E coli since.

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Thank you @marvinjsturing that's really helpful 🙏🏼

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Yes, thanks to @astaingegerdm and @marvinjsturing. I have learned a lot about E Coli through your posts.

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