bowel change after mexico trip
I've been dealing with intermittent diarrhea for three weeks since coming back from a trip to Mexico. It's different from any traveler's diarrhea I've had in the past -- not liquid, but small amounts of soft, ribbony stool and lots of gas at times with a bit of mucousy diarrhea (sorry to be graphic). Lower back pain, too. Often I'm fine all day and it hits in the evening. The first episodes did start toward the end of my trip, a few days after I completed a course of antibiotics for a bladder infection.
I've seen my doctor, who ordered fecal tests for parasites, etc. and just found out those were neg. I'm going back today to see what's next. She wanted me to go ahead and start on an antibiotic, Flagyl, before the results were back, but I've got a med. phobia and decided to wait to hear the results.
Meanwhile, I've been scaring myself thinking it's colon cancer (I'm 46), but the symptoms sound like IBS, too, and I just read that they think traveler's diarrhea can bring on IBS.
Just scared, I guess, and seeking some comforting words or advice.
Thanks in advance,