A woman in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, recently died of toxic shock syndrome (TSS) in May 2017, so no one has to go through her nightmarish experience.
According to the Mayo Clinic, "Toxic shock syndrome is a rare, life-threatening complication of certain types of bacterial infections." Toxic shock syndromes commonly arise from toxins that are made from Staphylococcus aureus (staphylococci), but the condition can also be caused by toxins Symptoms include sudden high fever, low blood pressure (hypotension), vomiting or diarrhea, sunburn-like rash in areas such as palms and soles, confusion, muscle aches, redness of the eyes, mouth and throat, cramps and extreme headaches.
When Aimee Haller Follis, 37, was admitted to hospital, she had 1
"At first I thought I was just out of all the weirdness that happens when you move," said Follis Fox News . "But the fever got higher and higher and higher."
Because TSS is difficult to diagnose, physicians were unable to detect immediately the cause of Follis's symptoms, which indicated that it was septic and had to fear organ failure. After finding she had no open wounds or recent surgery, Follis was asked if she was menstruating recently or had her period.
Follis said she had her period four or five days ago – at about the same time as the symptoms started. That was when the doctors began to suspect that Follis could have TSS.
"They got the on-call OB-GYN to do a physical exam and that was when he found the actual infection in my cervix," she said. "I said, 'What are you talking about?' I did not know how severe it was, and I owe that to the doctors in the ER."
Follis was said to be among the complications that she faces Causing their condition were paralysis and death. When she was in the ICU waiting for a high-risk operation, Follis read the last rites twice, and her family was advised to bid farewell as long as they could.
Finally, after receiving three different antibiotics and medications, she treated dangerously low blood pressure, the infection dissipated and follis recovered.
But the road to recovery was no easy task. Follis continued to deal with TSS symptoms such as hair loss, blurred vision, muscle memory, and skin peeling even after discharge from the hospital. She had a miscarriage even after 10 weeks, although she was not clinically related to TSS.
The cause of the infection has remained a mystery since doctors never found a tampon or material that could cause TSS
Because of what she was going through, Follis warned others not to be careful about her Body told them. "Watch your own body," she said. "I knew I was sick – I did the right things, but it got worse, it could have been too late for me, but thank God, it is not, always question something if you're not sure
TSS has been associated primarily with the use of superabsorbent tampons that are no longer sold by manufacturers in the United States.