Most requests we receive from sepsis survivors or their families are about physical or psychological sequelae of sepsis. Only a few patients survive this severe disease without any problems. A common wish is to get an appropriate follow-up care which can not always be fulfilled. It starts with the problem of searching for a suitable rehabilitation clinic.
We have learned that most survivors and also their relatives want to talk about their experience, they want to understand it - which helps them to cope with what they have experienced. Many of them feel helpless and alone with their problem, because hardly any friend or relative has had own experiences with sepsis or its consequences.
Nightmares, panic attacks and depressions are not uncommon. Many of the symptoms are summarized with the term "post-traumatic stress disorder". The stay on the ICU, the medication, the coma - all this can leave marks on the patient. But also the relatives may feel the consequences of the disease.
In 2011, the study BASIS has been conducted with support of the German Sepsis Aid in order to scientifically document the psychological sequelae of patients and their relatives. The results are both surprising and shocking. Please inform yourself here.
You may perform a non-binding test on our website. You'll find it under links ("What if I suffer from psychological sepsis sequelae?"). Depending on the result of the test you should consider therapy. Please contact us if there is anything unclear.
Don't be ashamed or afraid - you should seek professional psychological help!
Depending on the cause of the infection (for example transplantation compared to a cut), there are different types and forms of physical sequelae.
Weight loss, nerve and muscle damages, chronic renal and liver failure, reduced physical performance are just a few examples for sepsis sequelae.
There is, however, a small comfort: nerves and muscles are growing again and can thus be regenerated. Please avoid all kinds of neurotoxins such as alcohol, nicotine etc. to help your body recover from the disease.