I Have Multiple Sclerosis and I think I have Listeria from food that I ate?



I Have Multiple Sclerosis and I think I have Listeria from food that I ate A few weeks ago & My Doctor retired without any warning a week ago. I need to know how dangerous this could be and what do you think I should do?
I saw my dr. on feb 7th with the tail end of a cold I could not get rid of and she gave me a prescription for Amoxicillin 500mg 3 x a day, I got it filled but never used it because I did start feeling better after I saw her.
I ate some delezza Belgian Custard cream filled Mini Eclairs over a 3 day period – approx. april 25-28 and on april 4th I started feeling bad a slight fever and diarrhea off and on for a few days (I thought it was just the cold again) but then I started aching all over like someone beat me up and I’ve had a Severe Head Ache that will not go away no matter how many asprin. My Neck is super stiff and my back hurts, I am Salivating a lot because I keep feeling like I am going to throw-up, but never do.
What is funny – I liked these eclairs that I had eaten before any of this started and my husband was feeling so bad for me – he said he would get me more & he couldn’t find any. We got online looking to see who had any and saw that they have been recalled because of Listeria. When we looked up all the symptoms, I have most of them, So I started taking the Amoxicillin that my dr. gave me a prescription for (that I hadn’t taken for my cold) I started taking Amoxicillin 500mg 3 x a day on april 18th, But I feel worse – I keep loosing my balance and I can’t think very clearly. I am just worried because I have MS and I take Ampyra for it, I have low Thyroid and take Synthriod and Losartan Potassium – Hctz for Blood pressure.
Could you Please Tell me What to Do? Many Thanks, (—)

Age: 58
Female
Medications: AMPYRA, SYNTHROID, LOSARTAN-Hctz, NEXIUM, ZYRTEC-D


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Hello.The chances that you have Listeria due to consuming recalled mini éclairs is relatively small. However the fact that you still have these symptoms after having taken the antibiotics needs further investigation. Make sure you continue taking the antibiotics as prescribed by your Doctor. if symptoms persist after full course of treatment, you will need to consult to obtain a blood test – culture – to confirm or rule out Listeria. You may also need additional tests to confirm, if not Listeria, what in fact is causing your symptoms – you may need additional antibiotics. Regards.

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Hi.
Thanks for the query..

Listeria or Listerosis occurs in individuals who eat food infected with bacteria Listeria Monocytogenes.

However it is more likely to infect pregnant women, individuals above 65 years of age and Immunocompromised patients.

However similar symptoms can be seen in other gut borne infections..

So for a confirmation a blood culture can be done..

If Listeria is confirmed then a full course of antibiotics like Amoxicillin, ampicillin, bactrim etc can help..

So better get tested first..

Regards