TMI: It’s back yet again? Say it ain’t so.
I’m not sure what’s happening.
Remember how I had giardia last year around Christmas? And it got much better after the second medication I took?
Then the symptoms came back again in April of this year. I took another round of the medication and the symptoms went away.
Well over the past month the symptoms have returned.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
Am I cursed?
I know it’s the same thing because the symptoms are very specific and gross. Super weird and bad smelling farts. Yeah, really. Not normal stinky farts, really strange smelling.
And then the poop. Sticky. It’s not diarrhea, but it sticks inside the toilet and it’s like trying to wipe off peanut butter.
Graphic, sorry. But it’s SO FRUSTRATING to have these symptoms back again and I hate the way it makes me feel. It’s so gross.
Both times the Alinia (medicine) cleared up these symptoms as soon as I finished a round of it.
I just don’t understand why it’s back again. I want to curl up in a ball and cry. I’ve pooped ten times today and my belly hurts so bad. I have many things to do, like enjoy life, and it should not involve pooping all day long, day after day!!! I was sick all day on Friday too, until I finally took a bunch of immodium before my arse hole burned off. That clogged the works up so that I could at least function normally on the weekend, but it wore off this morning (Monday) and I immediately had tons of the weird smelling sticky poop again. I picked up right where I left off on Friday.
Since we just moved here I don’t have a regular doctor to go to. I called multiple places and finally found an office that had an appointment on November 17th for new patient intake. Most places were trying to give me appointments all the way into March 2016!
It doesn’t seem reasonable to wait until March 2016. Not to mention I’ll need to get a physical as part of my home study way before March. (The physical is just to be sure you don’t have some extremely debilitating disease or major psychological issues. Ukraine requires it. Hopefully they won’t ask about my poop…Kidding, I looked at the physical form the doctor has to fill out and there’s nothing on it I can’t pass.)
I’m going to request that the doctor order an ELISA test for giardia antigens. In Kentucky at our tiny community hospital they only used the search and find method under the microscope. The ELISA test has something special that binds to a specific part of the giardia so it’s obviously visible if it’s present.
I don’t know if I hope giardia is the issue or not. On one hand giardia isn’t that scary, but why does it keep coming back? Why won’t it just die already? Alinia is a very specific medication that only treats parasites, so the fact that I feel so much better and have none of that horrible sticky poop after taking it doesn’t seem coincidental.
After taking Alinia and feeling normal I went from 105 pounds to 125 pounds in six months! That’s the amount of difference it made in my digestion and health!
To be clear I really needed that weight. I’m 5 ft. 6 in. and I have a really long torso. 105 pounds was nearly skeletal. And don’t even say you hate me or you’re jealous because being super skinny does not feel good, it feels weak and unwell, and it’s very embarrassing when so many strangers make comments on what you’re eating or not eating, or telling you randomly in the store that you need to eat more, or asking if you’re anorexic. Yes, those comments have happened to me almost constantly and I can’t stand it. I would never point out if someone looked chubby and ask them if they had too many donuts for breakfast. Why is it ok to comment on someone’s weight if they’re lacking it? Hint: It’s not!
If it’s not giardia then I don’t know what the heck it could be. I know I have the pelvic congestion syndrome thing going on, but I don’t think that’s the cause of these particular issues. It’s not IBS, it isn’t triggered by what I eat or don’t eat. Believe me, I’ve tried to figure it out. I’ve even done the FODMAPS diet with zero success and taken tons (TONS) of various types of probiotics. On the MRI my digestive system looked totally normal and healthy, so I’m not dying of surprise cancer and there are no scary errors in my intestinal system.
I figure one of two things will happen at the doctor:
1) The doctor will refer me to the infectious disease doctor that handles parasites. (If the ELISA test is positive…)
2) The doctor will refer me to a GI specialist.
Either way something is going to help, and I can’t go to either of those specialists without a referral from a primary care provider. I’m not going to leave the doctor’s office with a bullshit diagnosis of just, “You probably have IBS, sorry bout your luck.”
Hurry up November 17th!