Giardia in humans
Amber

Tacoma, WA

#61 Sep 3, 2008
I have been taking some natural remedies for a couple of weeks now. I noticed changes within 24 hours! I don't feel so tired and run down. I feel happier than I have in 9 months! So far no GI problems. I found the site www.nativeremedies.com I am taking there tinctures: UTI clear and ImmunityPlus everyday, and 4 days of Worm Dr. every 3rd week. For some reason the combo of the first 2 tinctures made me feel better even before taking the Worm Dr. But I will continue to take all three until they are gone. Good luck everyone!
Jadee

Australia

#62 Sep 15, 2008
I'm a teenager and otherwise healthy, but for about 2 weeks ive had symptoms related with giardia, it started of with gut aches and weird churning feelings, then the nausea came. The nausea got so bad a had to go home from school. Doctor said it was nothing first time i saw her. I have most of the symptoms related to giardia, although i have nausea i have not vomited once. i haven't been to school for a week and i have lost my appetite, although i've been eating a little when i can. resently my dr. started me on Flagyl, only once daily for three days. i dont think its worked as the diarrhea is still on and off and i still have stomach upset and no appetite. Does anyone know any home treatments that can ease the symptoms without using medicine? its starting to really annoyin me and i got no sleep last night :(
Tammy

Freeport, ME

#63 Oct 20, 2008
I have been sick for about 3-4 years. My symptoms include cramping, hot/cold flashes, headache, extreme joint and muscle ache just to name a few. I have many many more. I have been seeking a diagnosis for years. I finally went to Dr. Kevin Cahill in Manhattan. I just got my results back. It's Giardia. I've looked up many of the symptoms but it would appear that my case is way more severe than what I read about online. Anyone else out there that has chronic pain....all the symptoms of fibromyalgia?
christine

Lakeland, FL

#64 Oct 26, 2008
my backyard pond is infected with giardia. does anyone know what to put in the pond to kill it. my dogs have it from swimming in the pond?
Eve

Slovenia

#65 Nov 6, 2008
Giardia FINALY cured!!!
I got sick in March, while traveling in India. I had a very bad diaorhea, lost a lot of my weight. I took some indian antibiotics there, Tinidazole or something, but it worked only for a week and then all the symptomps came back. I felt awful, went to doctor in my country, gave stool and it took them the whole month to give me an answer that I have Giardia Lamblia. Till then I lost 7kg and was constantly in pain, tired, with cramps in stomach, diaorhea and so on... So I took METRONIDAZOLE 400mg, 3x a day for five days. I got better, but then got sick again and stool laboratory test showed, that Giardia is still persistent. So, then I had to take METRONIDAZOLE (Efloran in my country, but otherwise is Flagyl I think)400 mg 3 pills per day FOR 2 WEEKS!!! IT WORKED!!! All together it took me about 6 months to recover, but now after 8 months I feel good. I was lactose intolerant during and after giardia and still am a bit, but it's getting better. Still my stomach aches sometimes, but it's nothing comparing to a neverending nightmare before. So, all my giardia fellows, follow my example, if you can not get rid of it. 2 weeks of taking Metronidazole 3 per day, realy works. Those strong antibiotics do some harm, like kills all good bacteria and it takes time for your intestinals to recover, BUT IT'S OVER!!! It's about 3 months from last medicine episode and I think I am cured. I am sure, actually!!!
Eve

Slovenia

#66 Nov 6, 2008
And I got 7 kg back:)
Eve

Slovenia

#67 Nov 6, 2008
The only difference between our experience is, that I took Metronidazole 400 mg an you took Metronidazole 250 mg. But the period of taking them for 2 weeks and 3 per day is the same. And it worked for me, I think. Like I said, I am ok for three months already.
Tony

Lehigh Acres, FL

#68 Nov 13, 2008
I Got a hopeful cure. I don't know how long I've had giardia because of the fact I've been having other parasite problems and it's possible my doctor didn't pick up on it. The doctor I have is the BEST!!! I had Rubella and later Ascaris that he helped me cure. At the same time I had Candida. Now I've got the Candida and the Giardia. He tested me and found that 6 pills on a empty stomach of Zymex II from Standard Process will help me get rid of it. I'm also taking Oregano and MSM that he tested me on and found that they would be fine to take at the same time. He said stay away from dairy and sugar. This doctor is a chiropractic who does CRA which is muscle testing or also called kinesiology. If you want more info you can contact me at tonytt98@yourpagemaker.com.
vetts

East Haven, CT

#69 Nov 29, 2008
Tammy wrote:
I have been sick for about 3-4 years. My symptoms include cramping, hot/cold flashes, headache, extreme joint and muscle ache just to name a few. I have many many more. I have been seeking a diagnosis for years. I finally went to Dr. Kevin Cahill in Manhattan. I just got my results back. It's Giardia. I've looked up many of the symptoms but it would appear that my case is way more severe than what I read about online. Anyone else out there that has chronic pain....all the symptoms of fibromyalgia?
I have seen Dr. Cahill who diagnosed Giardia. I was on Cipro and Flagyl for 10 days. I stopped the drug this past week and he re-tested and said it was gone. He wants a re-test in a mon th. I had only been sick for about 6 weeks before luckily I found him. He said that left lower abdominal pain was typical and he honestly told me it could tak e a month or two before I feel better.The panic I have felt with this has just been aweful. Though my bm's have been formed for about a week now I had one bm this morning that was a little explosive and not formed. My mind went to... IT's BACK. I am seeing a nutritionist and on a no dairy, gluten, grain diet..on probiotics. I know I was lucky enough to get a quick diagnosis and excellent care but I am driving myself nuts doing even more research on the net. Dr. Cahill said that in 85% of people who come down with this the 10 day treatment will eradicate it. Of course many people on this forum are in the other 15%.
Mazley

Garran, Australia

#70 Dec 2, 2008
I've got many symptoms of Chronic Giardia which I think I got after a bout of food poisoning. I've only had 2 stool tests years apart, but have had scopes up and down - and was wondering if scopes can diagnose giardia, as I know stool samples are often negative, even with 3 consecutive samples. I'm waiting for results of a new test by Diagnostic Insight, but am thinking of getting treatment before I get results, as I want to be well for Christmas!
DaycareWorker

Bastrop, TX

#71 Dec 11, 2008
I think I have giardia - got it from working with babies at a daycare center in Mexico this past August through October. I've had violent bouts of diarrhea, stomach pain, and the last time, vomiting, four times since Oct 30 and it's Dec 11 now. My GP prescribed Flagyl for a week, but two of my attacks came after that. So now I have an appointment on Jan 2 with the gastrointerologist who diagnosed my hiatal hernia. But what to do until then? Avoid dairy, wheat, sugar, alcohol, but do black walnut, goldenseal, garlic caps really work, as I've read elsewhere? I'm also taking acidophilus and eating very little food, since my stomach has a constant low ache and I'm just not hungry.
Any other natural remedies? A friend told me Giardia parasites love protein and that can make the symptoms worse. Is there a natural way to get rid of Giardia without all the strong drugs?
MIKE

Norcross, GA

#72 Dec 12, 2008
I HAD GIARDIA TWICE AND I TEATED IT ON MY OWN.....I ALWAYS HERE OF PEOPLE SAYING THE TOOK PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION AND IT DIDNT CLEAR IT.....I CLEARED MINE BY TAKING TWO HERBS.....GOLDENSEAL ROOT AND OREGON GRAPE ROOT..... I TOOK ONE TABLET OF EACH AT THE SAME TIME 3 TIMES A DAY FOR FIVE DAYS.... THEN WAITED FIVE DAYS AND TOOK IT AGAIN, 1 OF EACH 3 TIMES A DAY FOR 3 DAYS.......AND IT WAS CLEARED....
BECS

Salt Lake City, UT

#73 Dec 15, 2008
I contracted Giardia about 16 months ago while doing service in russia. I had all the symptoms of giardia and thought I was going to die! I thought I got over it but ever since I've had bouts of stomach pain and other bowel issues every few weeks which made me think that I possibly got ibs somehow but I am wondering if it is possible for giardia to stay in your system and flare back up. I never went to a doctor when I was ill and just wondering if it is possible that I still have it?
Jen

Gravesend, UK

#74 Dec 17, 2008
help! help! help! my husband contracted Giardia whilst serving in Afghanistan, he's had 3 courses of antibiotics (one was 3 weeks long), he is better intially, and then violently ill. It seems all the doctors say drungs will fix it, but sufferers seem to be unable to get rid of it. he's lost 30lbs and can't stop vomiting and diarrohea. what can we do? what are the natural products?
Jessica

Manhattan, KS

#75 Dec 26, 2008
Anyone heard of Frankincense Oil being used to treat giardia? I've had giardia for over a year now...I got it in India while pregnant. I'm still nursing my 12 month old. After much hesitation, I took Flagyl and Tendazole (sp?), but both failed. I'm one of the lucky chronic giardia people whose only real symptoms are fatigue and weightloss. But I'm on the sickly side of thin, so I'd rather not loose more weight! I saw a naturopath who gave me oil of frankincense drops to take. Anyone else have experience with that?
Jen

Preston, UK

#76 Dec 31, 2008
well, he's now had 5 courses of antibiotics, that have all failed. i researched it myself, and we got goldenseal from a herbal shop (monkeys use it in the wild to dislodge parasites) and also probiotics to restore the good bacteria. don't know about frankincense. so far he's been quite well on it, as before when he's not on it, he has terrible vommiting and diarrohea.
kid

Long Beach, CA

#77 Jan 3, 2009
go to a doc get on metranidazole they told me same thing, if I wasn't out of country,etc I had it one time undiagnosed until my poop was yellow 2 yrs ago, now I think its back
TJ - Nova Scotia wrote:
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.
Jen

Oxford, UK

#78 Jan 9, 2009
hey,

i really feel for you, my husband has lost 40lbs in weight now. He just had a colonoscopy, so we're waiting for the results now. i've read about people who've had negative results, even though clearly had giardia, so perhaps you should change GP.
goldeneal seems to be working for him for now, but i'm not sure how long it will suppress the giardia.
Tahlia

Glendalough, Australia

#79 Jan 11, 2009
Hi All,

I contracted what I thought was food poisoning in December 2007 at a compulsary work christmas fuction. Blood tests originally showed I had over 8 times the usual amount of bacteria in my system. That was actually the day after I was at my worst and my doctor says that the previous day I was in agony because all of my major organs were starting to shut down.
Ever since, I have had severe recurring symptoms. Vomiting, diarreah, extreme nausea, severe abdominal cramping/stabbing pains, malabsorption, migraines, fatigue, joint pain. Each time previous I've been taking over the counter medications to aid the symptoms (buscopan for cramping, gastrostop for diarreah...unfortunately I have found nothing for nausea, prescription or otherwise, but ginger beer helps), until eventually they'll go away of their own accord.
Finally on Dec 23rd just gone, my GP gave me a refferal to a gastroenterologist. I spent my second christmas/new years unable to eat or drink ANYTHING. I was able to make an appointment once the specialist reopened after the break but the appointment isn't until the 5th Feb and I am losing weight fast and am currently so weak that I am unable to work most days.
I was taken to hospital last Thursday night and had to be put on a saline drip. They took some samples; urine, blood and stool. Each found nothing. Although I have heard that giardia (what the emergency doc from hospital thinks it may be) is hard to detect via stool samples.
This parasite is not only damaging my health, it is keeping me from working, its slowly ruining my relationships with family, my friends and my long-time boyfriend as I am unable to socialise at all.
I'm almost at the end of the road, I don't think I can take much more of this. It's been 13 months and I read somewhere that one giardia parasite, reproduces by binary fission (thus becoming 2 parasites) every 20 minutes so I can't imagine what the inside of my small intestine looks like now. They must be squashed in like sardines.
Any suggestions for where to turn to next?
-Tahlia
Tahlia

Glendalough, Australia

#80 Jan 11, 2009
BECS wrote:
I contracted Giardia about 16 months ago while doing service in russia. I had all the symptoms of giardia and thought I was going to die! I thought I got over it but ever since I've had bouts of stomach pain and other bowel issues every few weeks which made me think that I possibly got ibs somehow but I am wondering if it is possible for giardia to stay in your system and flare back up. I never went to a doctor when I was ill and just wondering if it is possible that I still have it?
It is possible. I think I may have the same. It is called chronic giardiasis. So far, I have been unable to find a treatment path for it online. All I have found out is that you need to consult a specialist. Try getting a referall to see a gastroenterologist. I have recently gotten an appointment to see one but I have to wait until Feb 5th. I will save this page to my favorites and keep you all posted as to what happens.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Giardia Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
Clay for Hair better than gel 3 hr Justin 1
Help! Doctor doesn't believe me (Apr '17) Jun '17 Miserable2 2
stomach problems months after treatment (Jan '15) May '17 Agnes from Toronto 6
Hair loss and Giardia?? (Mar '17) Mar '17 Jen 1
Does Giardia present with just nausea? (Jan '17) Jan '17 Anon158 1
News Swimmers beware what lurks in polluted pools (May '07) Mar '16 strayfemur 3
a real cure for giardiasis, .quinacrine hydroch... (Oct '11) Nov '15 danielly 9