Giardia after being diagnosed with IBS
I went to a GI 2 1/2 years ago and was diagnosed with IBS after a colonoscopy, endoscopy, blood work, and basic stool sample. I was given dicyclomine after complaining for 6 months but that didn't help. I really changed my diet and went to eating only white rice and chicken (white w/ no spices) for a few days which didn't make me feel better.
I would have diarrhea unexpectedly. Next came the abdominal pain with gas. This progressively got worse and I was in pain pretty much all day. I would constantly have pain to have a bowel movement. Sometimes I would have a bowel movement which helped but mostly not and just suffer. When I got up for work in the morning 5AM a pain would hit and I had to dart to the bathroom.
After continuing to get worse over the 2 1/2 years then I read about getting 3 stool samples (ova and parasites) and pushed for them. The 2nd sample came back with Giardia (thank god, it's nice to find something wrong to fix). I can't figure out where I got it from which would be nice to know. I want to know how long I've had this parasite.
I took the medication Flagyl for 7 days and am trying to get better still. It's been 2 days since finishing the Med and I do feel better. The first few days on the med I felt like it was really helping. The last day and the day after the medication I felt like maybe it was coming back. I feel ok today so far but it is Saturday and I can just relax.
This whole experience has been a nightmare and I'm keeping my fingers crossed it's over. I'm going to get the 3 stool samples done in a month again if I continue to feel better. If I don't feel good it 2 weeks then I'm going to push for them sooner.
I'm going to watch my diet for a few weeks eating mostly bland stuff to let my system recover. I heard that you can be lactose intolerant for a couple months.
This whole experience has been rough and I feel that maybe it could have been avoided if my doctor ordered the 3 stool samples 2 1/2 years ago.
Hopefully this will help someone so they can avoid the misery I've been dealing with.
If anyone has any advice, please let me know.