Whats causing my IBS!!!!!!!

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   Posted 8/11/2008 7:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Yes I also got a lot of lower back pain. I have had intestinal pains on and off for about 10 years. Sometines excrutiatingly painful.
Lower back pain is also a symptom i have had.
I believed back when I first got  the severe abdominal pains that I had a parasitic infection.
I had xrays and scans, and colonoscopy. etc
Symptoms I had included blood in stools, and anemia. Also at the same time had some nephritis.
I had every imaginable pathology test done, and have had extensive pathology tests done every six to 12 months for the last 10 years.
For various reasons, I am more firmly convinced than ever that a parasitic infection is causing my "IBS".
I believe the parasite to be a "Schistosomes" which is very wide spread in Africa and Asia, but supposedly not in the country I live. Hence doctors dont look for it. 
Why do I believe I have this parasite? BECAUSE I FOUND A FLUKE in my stool.
IBS is on the increase in the country even among children.  
I have many reasons for believing that I have this parasitic infection and that this is is causing my "IBS".
And there is a simple treatment for "Schistosomes". It is a drug called "Praziquantel, which has few side effects and is relatively cheap.
No I have not had this treatment.
It is my experience that a number of modern drugs have some effect on this parasite - but dont kill it. For example Flagyl.
Now I am on Mycardis, a fairly high dosage to control high blood pressure. I found that it has the same effect as flagyl.
Both of these drugs have given me severe pain initially when taken, Very intense and excrutiating pain in the case of Flagyl the first time i had this drug. The doctors explanation as that this drug was killing a bacteria in my bowel - and was releasing a toxin which was causing me the excrutiating pain. Fair enough - Flagyl is an antibiotic.
However Micardis is NOT an antibiotic, and it causes precisely the same pain as the flagyl caused. Not as intense, but severe and longer lasting - taking a couple of weeks to subside v a couple of days for the flagyl.
So Micardis in killing something else - which is not a bacteria.
I believe it is killing one of the lifecycle stages of the parasite.
And the ""Schistosomes" parasite does lodge in the veins of the body. This is what i think is causing the high blood pressure - the heart has to work harder to pump blood around the body when the veins contain the parasite.
And yes the micardis has lowered my blood pressure, which was the reason i was given micardis. - Treating the symptoms not the cause.

i have increased the the dosage of micardis slightly in an attempt to kill the parasite as i am now aware that micardis has an impact on it.
After a week on the slightly higher dosage of micardis, I had a reaction that i had hoped for - i had 2 days of diahorrea, the second day, was bloody diahorrea, very bloody diahorea.
Since then my bowel motions have returned to normal. that was a week ago.

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   Posted 8/11/2008 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi dannyy,

Welcome to HealingWell!  :-)
You mention you have had xrays, scans, pathology tests and a scope... But have you had your stool tested?  Even if the parasite you think you have is not prevalent in your country, doc should still be checking you for parasites.  A parasite infection should always be ruled out when diagnosing digestive problems.  If I were you I’d either A) request a stool test from your doc, or B) find a new doc and get a second opinion.  Option B might be a good idea either way, considering you have been suffering like this for 10 years.

I’m sure I don’t have to say this, as you already know, but I’m going to say it anyway – Medications should not be altered without consulting a doctor first.  One of the side effects of Micardis is diarrhea.  Given you have increased your dosage, it just might be what caused your bloody diarrhea.

I hate to burst your bubble, but I have serious doubts about a blood pressure medication having any anti-parasidic value.  I find it hard to believe that anything except an antibiotic will kill a parasite.

You really should go back to your doc and share with him/her all that you have shared here.

Wishing you all the best,


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   Posted 8/11/2008 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
What you really need is a good infectious disease specialist who will do some tests to check for schistosomiasis and other parasitic infections. Some of the tests may include blood and stool samples, a colonoscopy and upper endoscopy, and possibly even an abdominal MRI (certain parasites can hole up in organs such as the liver and cause abscesses, etc.) If you've had an extensive travel history, an infectious disease doctor would be your best bet.

I have a significant history of parasites myself and long-standing health problems as a result. I am seeing my third infectious disease specialist this week. When you choose a specialist, make sure he/she is trained in tropical medicine if you have visited equatorial countries!
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   Posted 8/11/2008 10:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks moderators for your helpful comments.
I have indeed raised the question of infectious diseases with doctors. The gastroenterologists comment regarding my question regarding parasites was " well why couldnt i see anything from the colonoscopy", and that was the end of it. I suppose parasites get out and wave at the colonoscope.
I know the drugs i referred to arent specifically anti-parasitic. And i dont believe they kill the parasite completely. But they do knock it around. They are what i have been given. They dont cure the problem, but keep it in check.
And i have been tested for many viral infections.
I am very familiar with the abdominal pains i get. They are unmistakablely the same. And micardis caused these same pains. (Micardis btw does not give me diahorrea.). The specialist started me on 40mg a day. This caused me some mild abdominal irritation - I had to take  asprin each day to relieve the discomfort. I thought that maybe i was alergic to micardis.
The 40mg dosage did not reduce blood pressure, so after 6 months the specialist doubled the dosage to 80mg per day. The increased dosage gave rise to moderately severe abdominal pain. I was familiar with this pain from my experience with fladgyl. Then abdominal pains persisted for a few weeks gradually subsiding. After about 3 months on the 80mg dosage i wanted to see the effect if i increased to dosage to 120mg per day.
I can only repeat, that i did capture a fluke a few months after this started. It was just over 2cm long about 1 cm wide at widest, and flat (not round). I did put it in a specimen bottle, but next mornng it was black and completely shrivelled up. So i threw it out. And i was self medicating on worm medicines at the time. I wasnt given any medication by doctors until about 8 months after this started. And that was fladgyl prescribed by the gastroenterologist - because he didnt think it was a good idea for me to keep taking over he counter worm medicines.
The main concern of the doctors at the time was nephritis - which arose at the same as the intestinal pains. In my mind, the nephritis and the intestinal pain are linked, by the same cause. The kidneys werent causing me any pain - my main concern was the abdominal pain.
The nephritis btw seems to have gone away - "in remissiion". But I am still troubled by the abdominal pains.
I dont believe that i will ever receive any sensible treatment for the abdominal pains.
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