Giardia in humans
Sam

Chicago, IL

#81 Jan 15, 2009
Wow - I have read all 80 posts thus far and am resonating with many. I usually don't post on things like this but this one I am very much compelled to since I commiserate with many of you here. OK let me share some aspects of my journey;

Symptoms:
Nausea - especially after eating this is a continuous all day event which I have become accustomed to and if I keep busy with my job I tend to not notice. Soft stool – varied aspects of this from diarrhea, to just soft clay like consistency (not clay like look since this would be more to gall bladder). Severe stomach pain – this varies from bloating pain to acute pain in the mid stomach region traveling towards the center of the back. The pain can be acute enough to bring you to your knees and pray for mercy. This can last for hours. Vomiting – the nausea can come in different waves but when combined with acute stomach pain the only relief is to self induce the vomiting to try and bring some relief but does not fully relieve pain. Dizziness – sometimes some light headiness, again depending on the day. Itchy rectum – I have noticed that when this occurs the nausea and some pain come during this day. This is a continuous symptom and not one that is separate since I noticed a difference when I first killed Giardia from my system. Low tolerance for dairy products – having a glass of milk, grated cheese and or anything in this sector can send you into a roller coaster ride depending on what is going on inside. The one thing you can count on here is for the nausea to kick in. Sweet tooth – I never had urges for sugar in my entire life but for some reason I noticed that my body needed a bit of sugar (more so then usual)….this is more retrospective but something that I now noticed.

Continued.....
Sam

Chicago, IL

#82 Jan 15, 2009
Journey:
I have been battling the above for probably about 4 years. I can’t quite pin point where I got it since I have been in many places around the globe but I can remember the first time I doubled over in pain to the floor and prayed for resolution. At first I thought I was battling lactose intolerance…..thought maybe the butter in foods from friend’s dinner to restaurants etc. Some of the over the counter pills did provide some relief if I took it before I ate anything but over time I began to heart burn and felt bloated after meals. But thank God no pain so life moves on. High cholesterol – been battling this a bit for some time….has nothing to do with the way I eat or not…part of my genetics I am afraid since I eat healthy and am fairly fit. However, I have seen a consistent trend up in this area and (I am only guessing now knowing more about Giardia) this could very well be a bit of by product since my digestive system is in turmoil and can not obviously process things properly.(Again I would put this more in the category of genes and maybe some escalation of this due to lack of proper digestion because of the Giardia).
So fast forward 3 years and I have been still dealing on and off with lots of stomach issues, lots of lack of sleep, lack of energy, some dizziness and that dreaded stomach pain. My wife decides to have an intervention with along with the rest of family and off I go to see one of the best Gastroenterologists in Illinois. After many blood tests for allergies, cancer, crohn’s diseas etc etc. The blood tests all came back with negative results. We decided to do an MRI and take a look see if gall bladder was the issue (maybe a stone or not functioning properly since this has a tendency to also cause similar pain/nausea symptoms when going through digestion – especially if you have had a fatty meal and throw some alcohol on top – careful with this one since it is very close in some ways…causes fatigue symptoms and soft stool issues as well). MRI proved that the gall bladder was fine but that I had a mass in my lower intestine area.
Given the mass news more blood tests, round of different fecal tests and endoscopy to biopsy the mass. Long story long the results from biopsy was Giardia, the fecal tests supported the same. Recommendation – Flagyler at 250 MG for 5 days….. results – energy up, no itchy rectum, no nausea and could eat like a champ, no dizziness. However, within 24 to 36 hours of finishing the medication – it slowly starting coming back again, the first real noticeable change was the energy level and nausea. You can tell the nausea right away since I did not know what it was like to not feel that way so I could tell it was not over. Recommendation – Flagyler at 750 MG for 21 days 3x a day. Results……I will need to post back since I am not done with this one yet.
My guess is that I will need to make sure I attack this from both sides eradicate the Giardia with meds while simultaneously restore my flora with the good parasites an bacteria, so probiotics and other healthy elements. Drastic change in diet – so as I mentioned I eat well but I think I will need to stick to a very strict regimen to make sure this never comes back….no alcohol, sugars, etc etc etc.
My journey is unique and yet similar in some ways to some here in this blog, nice to know I am not alone but scary to now know that this thing can cause much more damage then I originally thought. So thanks to all who shared here throughout the years, it has made me realize that I need to treat this more seriously, more regimented then I ever imagined.
All the best
Jen

Oxford, UK

#83 Jan 20, 2009
hey Tahlia,

ginger beer probably helps because ginger is a natural anti-sickness remedy. try getting ginger root tablets from a herbalist. My partner has good days and bad days. when he's having a good day, we cram loads of food in him to get the calories in him, because when he's ill, it might be that he goes days without eating. don't bank on the doctors helping, his colonoscopy came back negeative, so now he needs to resubmit blood and stool samples to the GP all over again.
Jen

Oxford, UK

#84 Jan 20, 2009
sam,

hope you feel better, but my husband has had flagyl, metronizole and even a trial drug for soldiers, but nothing has cured it. just be aware, after his 3 week course of antibiotics he felt amazing for about 10 days, and then it all came back. some people seem to get cured though. let us know how it goes.
Nicbic

Brisbane, Australia

#85 Jan 25, 2009
Hi Everyone, I have been on this merry-go-round, so will impart what I have learnt over the years. Giardia is difficult to get rid of and once you've had it you will likely need a two year period of gut repairing. If you suspect you have giardia, stop eating sugar, drinking alcohol and other sugar drinks, and eat a pure diet of simple meats, eggs, vegetables, salads, fruits and nuts and seeds (go easy on the nuts). Also exclude wheat, gluten, dairy and soy pretend dairy products. If your stools change, you'll know its not giardia. If it continues, ensure you eat meat while taking the medication (strong herbs can do it too if you want to try something different, but get these from a reputable naturopath/herbalist). Eating meat is important, as giardia feeds on proteins (better the meat you eat than your gut walls!). After treatment, you should notice a stool change. However, you need to continue to eat a wholesome diet with no alcohol and no sugar for at least six months. And avoid gluten and wheat and dairy. I know it sounds harsh, but its the only way... I've been there and done it. I actually contracted giardia again and this time around I did it the right way and was healed instantly. Alcohol is toxic to the body, so if you are unwell or impaired, then drinking alcohol will keep you in a state of unwellness. Try it and see for yourself. Your body will not be able to tolerate other 'toxic' foods such as gluten, wheat and dairy (just look at what's in these products!), so go natural, and you'll be feeling great in no time.
Nicbic

Brisbane, Australia

#86 Jan 26, 2009
Forgot to mention. You can easily reinfect with giardia. After the first day into treatment do the following: wash all your sheets, bedding, worn clothes, towels, hand towels, tea towels, wash out the bath, children's bath toys, etc. Just wash everything. Also, throw out reusable water drinking bottles and toss any left overs in the fridge, etc.
Sam

Bethesda, MD

#87 Jan 28, 2009
MIKE wrote:
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....
I am pretty sure my husband and I, as well as our two cats, were infected with Giardia. Because we learned that flagyl and other antibiotics often fail to eradicate the bug, we humans decided after 6 weeks of symptoms to treat it with sensible and natural remedies. We drank tons of water, avoided milk products, took a probiotic and tons of garlic capsules. I think the garlic may actually have worked, despite my skepticism. Our problems cleared up soon after starting the garlic. Unfortunately, after two months our kitties are still suffering---and cats can't safely take garlic!
Linda

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#88 Jan 31, 2009
I've been reading every one of these posts, because my story is so similar. All the textbook stuff - non-stop abdominal pain and cramping, nasty poop, absolutely no appetite, weight loss and the fatigue that doesn't let up. I'm convinced that I picked up giardia on Kauai back in August (from any number of swimming holes), but two stool tests have come back negative. Has anybody else gotten sick from swimming on Kauai? This has been going on for months - I've lost ten pounds and most of my will to live. My dr. is sending me to a GI specialist - what will this new guy do? Thanks and good luck to us all...
Tara

Los Angeles, CA

#89 Feb 2, 2009
I was diagnosed with Giardia last week after having severe nausea and stomach pains for months. I do not know how long or where I contracted this horrible parasite, but know I have been having various symptoms for years. I also have reaccuring UTI's and was put on Flagyl and Cipro for 5 days. I just finished my meds yesterday and although the nausea has gotten a lot better, my stomach pains seems to have changed from sharp pain in the upper-center of my abdomen to cramping under my ribs and around to my back.

Due to all this stress on my body and my mind, I had an awful panic attack and thought it was a heart attack. My stomach still feels really uneasy and now even when I take deep breaths I have pain under my ribs. Does anyone know if this is because of all the medication I was on? I have read that some of you have taken goldenseal and found some relief. I am going to try that route and hopefully be free from pain. The only good thing about receiving this diagnosis was that I finally found out I was not crazy or anorexic. I was given many a wrong diagnosis so I am not so confident in my prescribed "cure". I actually don't feel better at all, just worse in different way. Good luck to everyone.
unknown

Columbia, MO

#90 Feb 5, 2009
I am a student and I'm studying giardia. I need info.
unknown

Columbia, MO

#91 Feb 5, 2009
unkown wrote:
this is so boring....really it is
If you had it you wouldn't think it was funny!!!
Nadi

Amman, Jordan

#92 Mar 3, 2009
Do Giardia antegin test (ELISA) to diagnose if you have or not. if it is positive take nitazoxanide (Alinia) for 3 days .. then after 4 days do the test agian. if it turns negative then you have to test each 3 days until you get three subsequent negative resuls..
Gretchen

Waianae, HI

#93 Mar 7, 2009
Hi Sam,
My situation sounds very similar to yours, I am wondering if you have found Flagyl to have worked for you?? And what dosage?? Thanks.
Sam wrote:
Journey:
I have been battling the above for probably about 4 years. I can’t quite pin point where I got it since I have been in many places around the globe but I can remember the first time I doubled over in pain to the floor and prayed for resolution. At first I thought I was battling lactose intolerance…..thought maybe the butter in foods from friend’s dinner to restaurants etc. Some of the over the counter pills did provide some relief if I took it before I ate anything but over time I began to heart burn and felt bloated after meals. But thank God no pain so life moves on. High cholesterol – been battling this a bit for some time….has nothing to do with the way I eat or not…part of my genetics I am afraid since I eat healthy and am fairly fit. However, I have seen a consistent trend up in this area and (I am only guessing now knowing more about Giardia) this could very well be a bit of by product since my digestive system is in turmoil and can not obviously process things properly.(Again I would put this more in the category of genes and maybe some escalation of this due to lack of proper digestion because of the Giardia).
So fast forward 3 years and I have been still dealing on and off with lots of stomach issues, lots of lack of sleep, lack of energy, some dizziness and that dreaded stomach pain. My wife decides to have an intervention with along with the rest of family and off I go to see one of the best Gastroenterologists in Illinois. After many blood tests for allergies, cancer, crohn’s diseas etc etc. The blood tests all came back with negative results. We decided to do an MRI and take a look see if gall bladder was the issue (maybe a stone or not functioning properly since this has a tendency to also cause similar pain/nausea symptoms when going through digestion – especially if you have had a fatty meal and throw some alcohol on top – careful with this one since it is very close in some ways…causes fatigue symptoms and soft stool issues as well). MRI proved that the gall bladder was fine but that I had a mass in my lower intestine area.
Given the mass news more blood tests, round of different fecal tests and endoscopy to biopsy the mass. Long story long the results from biopsy was Giardia, the fecal tests supported the same. Recommendation – Flagyler at 250 MG for 5 days….. results – energy up, no itchy rectum, no nausea and could eat like a champ, no dizziness. However, within 24 to 36 hours of finishing the medication – it slowly starting coming back again, the first real noticeable change was the energy level and nausea. You can tell the nausea right away since I did not know what it was like to not feel that way so I could tell it was not over. Recommendation – Flagyler at 750 MG for 21 days 3x a day. Results……I will need to post back since I am not done with this one yet.
My guess is that I will need to make sure I attack this from both sides eradicate the Giardia with meds while simultaneously restore my flora with the good parasites an bacteria, so probiotics and other healthy elements. Drastic change in diet – so as I mentioned I eat well but I think I will need to stick to a very strict regimen to make sure this never comes back….no alcohol, sugars, etc etc etc.
My journey is unique and yet similar in some ways to some here in this blog, nice to know I am not alone but scary to now know that this thing can cause much more damage then I originally thought. So thanks to all who shared here throughout the years, it has made me realize that I need to treat this more seriously, more regimented then I ever imagined.
All the best
Courtney

Vancouver, Canada

#94 Mar 12, 2009
I have been suffering from many of the same symptoms as the rest of you for over a year. Chronic nausea, abdominal pain, gas, diarrea, joint pain, lactose intolerance and many more. Have been admitted to the hospital over 4 times for severe abdominal pain and horrifying nausea. I have had every test done under the sun inluding an endoscope, CT scan, Utrasound, Blood tests and 2 stool tests. All of the tests come back normal but still battling with unrelenting symptoms. Have been to a natropath and herbologist to seek natural remedies. None have worked. I have not been "officially" diagnosed with giardia but I am 100% sure that i have it. I have seen two different gastrointologists and neither know what is wrong. They have both diagnosed me with IBS which i know that i do not have. I am in Vancouver BC Canada and can not find a doctor who is willing to diagnose me based on my symptoms. Does anyone know of a doctor in my area who would be willing to prescribe me the proper medication?
please reply on this board or email me at [email protected]
Any advice would be very helpful!! Giardia has taken over my life!
Kendra

The Pas, Canada

#95 Mar 18, 2009
I went to my local walk in clinic and described my symptoms and told them that i had been diagnosed with giardia and had already taken a dose of metronidizole (which is true but im sure that if you told them the same thing they wouldn't question you). They wrote me a prescription for 500mg metronidizole twice a day for 2 weeks no questions asked. Good Luck!!!!
Rae

United States

#96 Mar 26, 2009
my puppy was just diagnoised with Giardia. He seems to be acting fine. They did a random stool sample when he was getting his puppy shots and this is what they found. The vet did say it was transferable to humans. Only from anal to mouth. You can not transfer from mouth to mouth. so if your puppy accidentally eats his poop in the yard (and you don't catch it until you wonder what he is chewing on) and then licks your face.....you could be suseptable. Which I didn't think about until I stared feeling sick the other day. I've been nauseated for 3 days now. Horribe diarrhea with sweeting and shakes when I go. stomach cramps. and a small bloody clot in my stool. My stool was green and fuzzy last night....ughhh Just wondering what kind of test would need to be done to detect Giardia in humans? Stool sample to your physician? The problem is you can only detect it if you shed a cyst in your stool. any suggestions?
alex i

Iasi, Romania

#97 Apr 9, 2009
I love GERMANY! I thought Giardia ther is SO RARE or inexistenT!

I will try some meds like Tinidazole(Flagyl) cause I heard its(theorethically)most effieient!
Alos Nitazoxinide If I ever find it in Romania
Janis

Hope, Canada

#98 Apr 11, 2009
Martin wrote:
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.
Hello everyone suffering with giardia. I had it for a year and took everything my naturopath said to take, it was only a bandaid effect. Then I remembered my 99.9% pure elemental sulfur. I took it twice a day( 1/4 tsp.) for a week. Then once a week for a month . Now once a month. It kills all parasites in humans, dogs, cattle, and horses. Well every animal. Where can you buy it not sure, sorry. Hope this helps. Janis
Brad

UK

#99 Apr 12, 2009
I have read that Chronic or relapsing giardia is a symptom that you are immunocompromised does this mean it is a symptom that you may have HIV?
Brad

UK

#100 Apr 12, 2009
I have had Giardia since coming back from India and Thailand, my girlfriend had it too we think we got it from a smoothie sold on the street. She was asymptomatic and one dose of Flagyl cured her. I have had 3 courses of Flagyl (2000mg for 3 days) and one Tinidazole (2000mg for 1 day) and still it comes back after 2 weeks. Has anyone found a treatment that works?

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