Lady Julia Edmonstone, cookery writer for the Herald, has been battling illness for the last five years after she became seriously ill with food poisoning. After eating an oyster in a restaurant in South Africa, she became seriously ill and was hospitalised on her return to Scotland, suffering up to 10 episodes of severe diarrhoea a day.
After being referred to five gastroenterologists and spending time at Harley Street Hospital, she was told repeatedly that nothing was wrong. However, her long-term food poisoning symptoms continued – bloating, fatigue, nausea and tummy pains. She was told that ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s Disease may be the cause.
Eventually, she paid over £2,000 to attend the Mayr FX Clinic in Austria for food intolerance treatment. But before attending for treatment, she attended Glasgow’s Hospital of Tropical Diseases, where the doctor corroborated her symptoms, explaining that long-term food poisoning could often leave people suffering symptoms for years, due to bacteria in the system.
After professionals failed to spot her symptoms, Lady Julia Edmonstone may have been eligible to claim medical negligence compensation – if something similar has happened to you, you could contact a personal injury lawyer to find out if you’re eligible to claim.
Have you suffered from long-term food poisoning?
Most people affected by food poisoning recover without any treatment in 48 to 72 hours, but if you are still suffering symptoms a few days later, you may need to seek medical treatment. In rare cases, food poisoning symptoms can linger for weeks, months or even years, and without specialist treatment, you may suffer ongoing symptoms including stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhoea and feeling generally unwell. If you doctor fails to diagnose your symptoms as long-term food poisoning, you may be able to make a claim for medical negligence, but you should always contact a personal injury lawyer for advice.
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Date Published: September 16, 2014
Author: David Brown