On Feb 8, I got a bad case of food poisoning from gool 'ole Universal Studios chicken. I assume it was salmonella. Since then, my stomach hasn't been too well, and when I use the bathroom, there seems to be pus or mucus in my stool. It doens't happen much in the morning though. It's sort of a clear yellow in color, and has stringy, mucus-like proporties (although there isn't much, just a bit hanging off the peices of stool).
I've been perscribed antibiotics (cipro 500mg), but that doesn't seem to be helping that much. I recently went in for blood and stool samples which should be back soon. My aunt is a registered dietician, and she says it could be that my body is just not processing the fat well yet.
I should mention that about 3 years ago I got food poisoning from sushi, and everything was the same as it is now (minus the pus in the stool). I had blood and stool samples and had an edoscopy (sp?) and everything came back negative. I'm 22 and have had a fairly healthy diet, except for the past year or so. My family is very healthy, no one has had cancer or any sort of intestinal troubles.
Also, I just started a new job at a bank, which is kind of stressfull. Also, I tend to get full rather quickly since this happened, and haven't been able to eat much, although I still appear to be hungry (everything smells so good but I just can't eat). I've also been fatigued, but am thinking it's just from the job.
I've had regular bowel movements before all this happened, with the exception that they were a bit on the soft side, especially in the mornings. I'm worried about the pus/mucus/fat in my stool, since everything's happened before (except the pus or whatever) and I eventually got my appitite back after the first time. I also tend to become very anxious about this sometimes. What could be the cause? Sorry I wrote so much but I'm quite worried about this since it's completely new to me. Thanks. BTW, my stool is usually a normal brown color, with the very rare exception of some discoloration, whitch I attribute to food coloring, since it becomes red only when I eat red licorace or Flaming Hot Cheetos.
The symptoms may be consistenet with Salmonella or any other bacterial gastroenteritis. Cipro is the correct antibiotic to treat this. I would wait until the stool tests come back to confirm the diagnosis.
If the antibiotics are not helpful and the pus and mucous continue, I would consider further evaluation for inflammatory bowel disease and malabsorption. Possible tests to consider would be an endoscopy (likely a flexible sigmoidoscopy), stool tests looking for fat malabsorption, or blood tests looking for celiac disease.
Followup with your personal physician is essential.
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