Post Edited (rgrwfe) : 8/14/2006 4:02:10 AM (GMT-6)
Rg, how many countries have you visited? Any developing countries? I ask because I got violently ill from parasites when I traveled in Africa and South America and haven't been the same since. Parasites are ridiculously hard to find because they are only shed intermittently in stools. Have you ever taken Flagyl or Ciprofloxacin? Sometimes a well-informed doc may prescribe this powerful combo of meds even if there is no hard evidence of parasitic infection.
I saw two GIs, then took a trip to the Mayo Clinic (3000 miles from home), and never got any answers for the insane diarrhea, pain, and weight loss I'd been experiencing for months. Found out I had gallstones and the surgeon was biting at the bit to take it out and have a look at it, thinking a parasite had found its way in there or something. I stopped having URQ pain after the gallbladder came out, but the diarrhea continued with full force. I attempted to ignore it for months before I became disgruntled again, and when I visited my nurse practitioner she prescribed Flagyl, an anti-parasitic/antibiotic. I took it for 10 days and the frequency of diarrhea I experienced went from 95% of the time to about 20%! That lasted for three months before the diarrhea came back strong and I went in again recently and she put me on a Flagyl/Cipro combo. Again, my diarrhea has abated. I see a pattern here.
You might want to see if someone would be willing to give that a shot...it has improved my life tremendously!
Linda - I do take Calcuim carbonate with Vit D daily, maybe not enough. How do I go about emailing you without an address, because I'd like to read the information you have available.
I have really come to notice that I am slowly becoming completely intolerant of all things dairy. I am a person that used to sit down with nothing but macaroni & cheese for dinner & nothing else. I had it last night and was miserable. Is this some thing that eventually goes away & people can have dairy again? Has that happened before? The only good thing about being here is that I can take advantage of the fruit gelato flavors because they have no latte (milk) in them - not sure what I'm gonna do about that when I get back in the States! I am still holding on to hope that when I do return home, this will all fade & maybe I'll get back to normal. Culture shock is stressing enough!