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#1 lizbetrose


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Posted 14 January 2018 - 01:05 PM


Hi guys I am new to this group. I joined to help find some answers and see if anyone else has had the same thing happen to them or any similar stories. I am a 28 year old female (in case anyone is curious)


The story starts about a month ago. I got food poisoning from a salad I ordered at a local pizza joint. About 3 hours after I ate the salad I became violently ill. Immediately ran to the bathroom with D and a feeling that I would vomit at the same time... My mouth became severely dry and I felt very faint as if I was going to pass out. My mother was sleeping down the hall so I raced to her room to get her to wake up incase I passed out.. On my way to her room I passed out and fell down a flight of stairs.. I woke up at the bottom of the stairs and made my way back up (very confused of what just happened) I woke her up and passed out 2 more times before she got me back to my room into bed.. I vomited soon after I got in bed and then the color came back to my face and my body stopped shaking.. 


I went to urgent care the next day just to get checked out and they sent me to the ER in an ambulance because I had a head injury from falling and I was extremely dehydrated.. I have never passed out before, never mind 3 times in one night but they are saying it was because I was dehydrated..


They sent me home and told me to sleep it off.. 3 weeks later I was still nauseous, had diarrhea, leg weakness, no appetite, fatigue, pins and needles in my arms and legs, and I had lost 10 pounds. I went back to my doctor crying because I was miserable and insisted that she send me to a GI specialist.. She told me she thought I was depressed and put me on lexapro. (I hate my primary doctor)


I got in with a specialist a week later and he did a colonoscopy and ultra sound on my abdomen.. everything came back normal and he suspects that being violently ill from food poisoning triggered the IBS. He gave me the generic brand of Questran powder and today is my 3rd day taking it.. He also told me not to take the depression medicine.. the diarrhea seems to be better but my legs are still weak and tingly, my body still feels shaky on the inside, and still have nausea especially in the morning.


I have been out of work for almost a month because of the weakness in my legs and the shaking.. (I am a bartender)



My questions are: 

Has anyone else had IBS triggered by an infection?

How long did it take to feel normal again?

Does anyone have experience with Questran powder? Does it help with other IBS symptoms or just the diarrhea part of it? Does it take a while for the full effect of the medicine to kick in?

Is leg weakness and trembling a common IBS symptom?


Just curious, this is my first time ever being so sick and I need to get my life back together and get my ass back to work.. Thanks in advance! 



#2 Sadtummy14


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Posted 18 January 2018 - 05:22 PM

Yes me. I suffer from ibs D. I believe as a direct result of having the campylobacter infection four years ago. Im chronic now. The campylobacter I believe ripped the good lining of my colon out.

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Posted 23 January 2018 - 10:55 PM

There is a 10+ page thread on here called Post infectious IBS (a page or two down0, sounds like what you have.  I am at 10 months post, probably 90% back to normal.  Seems like a year or more for most to fully regain normal, or at least come close to it....

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