So, I had a stool test
and the results showed 3 parasites. My IBS has been getting worse of late. I am going to get a colonoscopy
but first want to see if getting rid of the parasites will make a difference. I do have random stomach pain but not bad. I have lost about 8 pounds in the last month or so. But I also havent been eating badly and Ive been working out. But I still think thats a bit fast for me. The parasites are Endolimax Nana, Dientamoeba Fragilis, and Blastocystis
Hominis organisms. The PA at the clinic gave me Metronidazole
500mg 1 3x a day for 10 days. But the med did little to stop IBS symptoms. In doing my research of these parasites, I found that Dientamoeba Fragilis was the most resistant ones. I read many stories where those with this parasite (sometimes with Blastocycstis Hominis) had IBS symptoms, fatigue, weight loss
, etc., which is very similar to what I am going through. I found that in many cases, patients were given Iodoquinol. So, I took the info to the PA (physican's Assistant at the clinic) and he agreed that the meds he gave me were not as strong but that all the clinic had. So, he made a prescription and i paid for it (about $65 for 28). The med is to be taken 1 tablet 2x a day for 14 days (this is only halfway into the 3rd day). The first 2 days, my bowel improved immediately. But today it's a not a good but better. After the 14 days, I suppose I need to do the colonscopy. He order me the procedure but it may take 3 months. I found a facility that does them for $600 but I figure if I go there and it's somewhat complicated then I have to pay for all kinds of treatments. I still sometimes have red blood when I wipe but never with the stool. I had two stool tests for blood and both came out negative. I still have bad lower back pain
and sometimes tailbone pain
. Dont know if its related as I am athletic and sometimes get injured. Just trying to see if I am doing the right thing. Any advise is very very appreciated. God Bless....