Giardia in humans
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Janey

Lowell, MA

#1 Oct 1, 2006
I am interested in starting a conversation with an adult who suspects or knows for sure they have chronic giardia. I want to compare symptoms. I have been very sick for two months since August '06 and doctors seem clueless about what is wrong with me.
I've been through one course of medication already.
Please email me at macmercedes (at) yahoo (dot) com
david

San Jose, CA

#2 Jan 14, 2007
Janey wrote:
I am interested in starting a conversation with an adult who suspects or knows for sure they have chronic giardia. I want to compare symptoms. I have been very sick for two months since August '06 and doctors seem clueless about what is wrong with me.
I've been through one course of medication already.
Please email me at macmercedes (at) yahoo (dot) com
my symptoms started Sep 06 after healing of stomach ulcer, total loss of appetite- weight loss over 2 month period of 35 pounds. stomach pain intestinal pain.not able to sleep or relax adrenaline pumping
24 7 / stress-depression not able to make decisions consistent pain 24 7 / finally diagnosed Dec 06 with giardia. Jan 07 just finished 2 doses of tindamax 10 days apart. Jan 14th still have pains
waiting to be retested and for the body to heal itself. taking lots of vitamins..
unkown

Fayetteville, NC

#3 Feb 18, 2007
this is so boring....really it is

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Rich

Reston, VA

#4 Mar 7, 2007
david wrote:
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my symptoms started Sep 06 after healing of stomach ulcer, total loss of appetite- weight loss over 2 month period of 35 pounds. stomach pain intestinal pain.not able to sleep or relax adrenaline pumping
24 7 / stress-depression not able to make decisions consistent pain 24 7 / finally diagnosed Dec 06 with giardia. Jan 07 just finished 2 doses of tindamax 10 days apart. Jan 14th still have pains
waiting to be retested and for the body to heal itself. taking lots of vitamins..
I have a feeling that I am battling a long standing bout with Giardia and would be very interested in gathering information on Chronic symptoms... VS acute symptoms. Will check back here in a couple days.
Anil

Bangalore, India

#5 Apr 26, 2007
I have been diagnosed with giardia and tried Falgyl and metranidazole 3 or 4 doses but still my stool test showed giardia cysts after that i took nitazoxinide 5days 2 times,one month apart ,cysts gone but stomach discomfort still there but feeling much much better,
jag

Perth, Australia

#6 May 28, 2007
check to see if you have blastocystis, a lot of doctors do not think its pathogenic but see www.badbugs.org . I have been diagnosed and am finally (after 8 months) being treated with the three drug regimen from CDD in Sydney.(Flagyl never works).
lucy

UK

#7 Jun 16, 2007
unkown wrote:
this is so boring....really it is
You wouldn't think so if you had it
Martin

Milledgeville, GA

#8 Jun 29, 2007
I have had giardia since first bout Feb 07. All episodes have been tested and tested positive. I have had three different drugs and Flagyl 3x. I am tired of the illness and tired of the strong drugs. I have never been treated with a double dose or treated two weeks apart. The pattern is EXACTLY the same everytime: headache,loose stools,malaise,slight nausea,occasional severe odd pain in Upper GI,blurping, cramping. Then treatment followed by 2-3 weeks of no symptoms where I feel fine and well. Then the symptoms start again. Then I get tested, then I get trated, then I feel weel,then I get sick.......help. I keep saying that i think I should be treated then treated again in 2 weeks or treated for two weeks instead of one. One of the drugs was a one-time dose. Oh, we treated my animals and my housemates were tested.
Suzanne

Australia

#9 Jul 2, 2007
I had a chronic bout of Giardia over 2 years ago. I was bed bound at the onset for 6 weeks. Flagyl certainly did not work, i was then prescribed a stronger antibiotic (not sure of name). To this day I still suffer bouts of stool urgency to defecate, loose stool, nausea, burping, etc - although not as severe. There is a herbal supplement that gave me huge relief and still does when I get a bout of it again, it is called "Vitaklenz" and a probotic called "VSL#3" . I have now started to include a probotic in my daily diet I hope this helps :)
TJ - Nova Scotia

Sydney, Canada

#10 Jul 4, 2007
I posted on another thread a few months ago with my 6 a.m. diarrheal complaints.
I am still waking up at 6 am, still have loose/mushy bowel movements with some diarrhea, and new symptoms are pain/ache in the lower left side of my abdomen and back (plus some hip), stomach cramping after I eat, nausea, runny nose in the morning, irritability, itchy skin, anus, nose, restlessness at night.... and I hate to say depression, lest I be immediately labelled with IBS due to depression. But I am depressed because my life and health are severely compromised at this point. I've lost weight, I'm weak, get dizzy and confused - this is misery. Painless diarrhea in the morning was just mysterious; all of this other stuff is debilitating and lasts all day now.
In my early internet searches, trying to match up my symptoms, I kept coming across Giardia. I had two clients in the medical field tell me that's what they thought it sounded like. I had a doctor at the emergency dept. say "it sounds like Giardia but we have no reason to believe you have that".
I did some backtracking and it seems very clear that I was drinking contaminated water for a few months, and that there was some unsafe sexual contact about a week or two before symptoms started. I mentioned the sexual aspect early on, before I knew about the water. Only trouble is, all tests keep coming back negative and my doctor thinks I am being paranoid, refuses to treat me without a diagnosis or even do more stringent/specific tests. His school of thought is that I 1) haven't been out of the country and 2) it's impossible for me to contract an intestinal parasite from my husband. In fact he wants an upper GI series now that the lower are all completed. So far we've tested for celiac sprue (neg.), parasite/ova (twice over 2 months, both negative), done a barium enema (uninflamed diverticula on sigmoid colon, doctor said no cause for alarm) and a CT scan (detected partial small bowel collapse, again, doctor said no cause for alarm). So, no serious problems, which is good.
In my desperation to at least just feel better, I am trying a series of grapefruit seed extract and an herbal treatment called Para-Rid (garlic, cloves, wormwood, some other herbs) in an effort to at least control my symptoms. It had been working for almost a week but now I am back to the old teeth-chattering, nausea and diarrhea that plagues me on a daily basis and has for almost five months now.
I am seeing a doctor at Planned Parenthood (Sexual Health Clinic) tomorrow, hoping that they'll take my symptoms and my exposure to pathogens seriously, and hopefully prescribe Flagyl or Metronidazole or Tinidazole. My doctor patently refuses to give me a broad-spectrum antibiotic. Also I need to really make them understand how my doctor, rather than backtrack to my exposure and TAKE IT SERIOUSLY, has left me sort of hanging. If the diverticula and small bowel collapse aren't part of the problem, they must be a result of it. I was told by a nurse that diarrhea can most definitely lead to diverticular pouches. So now I am wondering what other damage this will do to me if I continue to go untreated.
I am starting to get very disheartened. I am convinced I have chronic Giardia - all the symptoms are there - but two stool samples have come back negative and my doctor doesn't see any need to do any more. I've learned that it can be hard to detect.
Any suggestions? I am going to the Sexual Health Clinic tomorrow because I can't find another doctor right now, and I figure they've got a little more knowledge in this arena than my GP (he's an older man, in his early seventies).
I feel very alone in all this and any words of support are very appreciated.
Luke Davies

London, UK

#11 Jul 13, 2007
Hi, i've had Giardia for the past 7 months. All treatments have been tried, antibiotics from America and other imports. It really gets to me sometimes as it's so annoying. I continuely feel sick, and makes me feel tired. My body, in someways is getting used to it. But it still is awful. But just one question - I am a teenage gonig to a 'beer' fest holiday to Corfu in 2 weeks. Does anyone know the affect of alcohol on Giardia? Luke8463

Since: Jul 07

London, UK

#12 Jul 13, 2007
Hi there- i feel for you, i really do. I've had it for 7 months. The symptoms are not as bad as you relate to but the constant nausea andn feelnig sick is making me tired and somewhat depressed.
I feel for you.
This is what i posted: any help?
Hi, i've had Giardia for the past 7 months. All treatments have been tried, antibiotics from America and other imports. It really gets to me sometimes as it's so annoying. I continuely feel sick, and makes me feel tired. My body, in someways is getting used to it. But it still is awful. But just one question - I am a teenage gonig to a 'beer' fest holiday to Corfu in 2 weeks. Does anyone know the affect of alcohol on Giardia? Luke
TJ - Nova Scotia

Sydney, Canada

#13 Jul 14, 2007
If I were you I would stay away from the beer. Giardia loves sugar and alcohol is converted quickly in your bloodstream.
I am now on Flagyl/Metronidazole and hoping for results, I have to re-establish the gut flora with probiotics, heal my bowel, and will definitely follow up the Flagyl with grapefruit seed extract and then Para-Rid to make sure things are level again.
Getting used to it is something I tried to do, and it has caused me great complications. Be more aggressive asking for steadier treatment over a longer time, and go on a good diet while you're on the antibiotics. As little sugar as possible, no dairy, caffeine, and esp. no alcohol (beer might be the worst, yeast and alcohol combined). I am not eating meat either.
Best of luck and feel better!
Mindy

United States

#14 Jul 16, 2007
I have had symptoms come and go for five months now, since a trip to eastern europe in Feb. My doc had said that if they continued, we'd need to test for giardia, but the last time I saw him, no symptoms, so no mention of tests. I have no insurance, so i won't be seeing him until Sept. and am trying to avoid tests due to cost. After researching extensively, it really looks like it couldn't be anything but giardia. I am going to try a colon/parasite cleanse program with fiber and herbs (wormwood, cloves, grapeseed, etc.) and hope that helps. It's been a rough week--the light-colored, loose stools, painful abdomen, distention, cramps, and constipation alternating with diarrhea. I have noticed that since coming back from Europe, I have also had serious problems with recurrent Epstein-Barr, I have been getting sick constantly with colds and sinus infections, and I have also gotten a nasty yeast infection. I think this thing has really messed with my immune system. I have tried MSM (supposed to compete for presence of giardia in intestine) but had some sort of reaction to it, have been eating three raw cloves of garlic a day and am taking probiotics, but no luck so far. Hopefully this parasite cleanse will help. If anyone else has any good self-help ideas, let me know! If all else fails, I live near Mexico and can probably get some meds down there, if I need to.
Thanks! Mindy
Maria

UAE

#15 Jul 17, 2007
please reply to [email protected]
Positive for Giardia..........help
Kathy

New Westminster, Canada

#16 Jul 20, 2007
Hi, this message is for TJ from Nova Scotia. Your symptoms are almost a carbon copy of how I have been feeling but with me it has lasted 4 years. I have been treated 3 times for giardia even though I have never tested positive. It started 4 years ago with a bout of vomiting, stomach pain and diarrhea. I thought I had food poisoning but when I thought back a week I had gone camping and was rinsing the dishes in the river which it turned out had a big sign that the water was unsafe (I didn't see the sign the first time). Anyway this just goes on and on. I am currently going through a bout of it, feels like I have the flu, could sleep all day, stomach hurts, pain/ache on the left side of my abdomen. For some reason the doctors don't see it as chronic giardia, even though I've been treated 3 times. They just say they don't know what is wrong and I must have picked up "a bug". Well I have been off work for 3 weeks with this "bug" and I'm getting pretty sick of it. I am going to try and get another appt. with a gastroenterologist that I have seen before and see what he says about chronic giardia. It is very debilitating I just don't feel like I want to do anything and I'm not usually like that. I've also lost 10 pounds which I don't need to lose!
kuh

Pittsburgh, PA

#17 Jul 20, 2007
i work at an animal hospital. today a dog with giardia liked my face and lips. i think i have giardia today
Mindy

United States

#18 Jul 24, 2007
Kuh, giardia takes several days to present after being exposed to it, so chances are you if you have it it isn't from the dog that just licked you. Good luck to you!
I actually went to Mexico this weekend to get some treatment--I did the one-time tinidazole treatment. I actually felt significantly better within 24 hours! However, within 48 hours I felt that some of the symptoms were coming back. I was seriously ecstatic for a while that I had done the right thing, now I'm not so sure. Possibly I am dealing with die-off? Or maybe there is a bacterial overgrowth in addition in my small intestine?
Is there anyone who has had tinidazole treatment for a chronic condition who can describe how long it took for symptoms to resolve completely??
Thanks!!!!
MIndy
Beth

Irving, TX

#19 Aug 6, 2007
kuh wrote:
i work at an animal hospital. today a dog with giardia liked my face and lips. i think i have giardia today
I work at an animal shelter and I take care of dogs with definitive diagnoses of Giardia. I and a co-worker have recently been diagnosed with Giardia. I have had no contact with yougn children, daycares, drank from unsafe water supplies.....it had to have come from the dogs.
FSRJ

Essen, Germany

#20 Aug 8, 2007
Salut!
I am just as shattered as all of you are. My sweet dogs have been showing clear symptoms and have been tested positive with giardia for about a year now. Bloody dia, heavy throwing up, uneasiness... I could cry! All attempts, diets and cures have shown no long-term help. That alone DOES depress you.
Those g-f**kers - sorry!- do NOT leave. thing is that they are so resisitent. The ONE thing that kills them is boiling water. No bleach, no usual cleaner works with them. So as long as your immune system is low (which it naturally is once you have been 'visited' since your colon is the main office of your immune system and they happen to live right there), you can always re-infect yourself in your own bathtub, your toilet, your sink, the dog's food station or on the floors. Steam doesn't help either. Nor does vinegar. I wish it did. Colodial silver can help to a certain degree! It's like a natural antibiotic, just doesn't harm your system in any negative fashion. Make sure to not expose it to any metal when cleaning the area with it or taking/swallowing it.
Now since I live very closely with my pets (as do most animal lovers...), and I felt/thought I have been lactose intolerant & have trouble digesting all kinds of proteins etc.- I now come to the conclusion I have been suffering giardia for years!!! No strong reactions, but very slight uncomfy symptoms and huge colon issues such as pains and also mood swings, phases of feeling very down.
I suppose what you can do is follow the diet instructions given above. Try the one medicine that seemed to have worked on top Nitazoxinide?!
Make sure to re-establish your immune system!!! Giardia is everywhere, but only when weakened, your body can't fight them.
Try to walk different paths with your dogs, and try to collect their poop and throw it in the garbage coz if it dissolutes into the soil through rain etc., the entire area has to be considered contamined for at least 1-2 months - horror!
Also don't walk through the house with your street shoes.
May I also suggest that for the open-minded amongst you, consider if you have people or situations in your life that take away your energy? You may have heard of human parasites that take and take and leave you drained?! This is just a train of thought for energetic help since a lot of chronic diseases are basically psychosomatic and all illness is telling you something about yourself through physical symptoms. Remember: YES, giardia can be found everywhere, but no everybody gets severly sick from it like we do. Same with baceria or fungus.
As much info as I have gathered, I am just as clueless as you are. Any more medical success stories are highly appreciated. I am sick and tired of this vicious cycle of having hope it is OVER and then back on track with the drama.
Wishing all of you best of luck and keep your good spirits up, surround yourself with things that cheer you up!
Hope to read back from someone...
F./ Germany

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