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Offline RAB

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My Mexico Souvenir
« on: September 16, 2008, 03:40:36 PM »
Not the good kind either!

You guys probably remember there were a couple of days in Mexico where I was pretty much stuck at the hotel because I needed to stay near a bathroom.

Then it seemed like things settled down for the rest of AMG.

That was until I returned home. 

I've been having a very bad time of it.  One day of feeling very bloated and gassy, followed by a couple days of diarrhea.  Talk about feeling "crappy"  ;D.  (No fevers though.)  Then the cycle repeats.  (Even dumped my meds sereral times right after taking them.)

I've been to the doctor twice.  Delivered two poo poo  :P platters for testing.  Everything has come back clear.  He was certain I had probably picked up some sort of parasitic infection, but now doesn't know.

Two weeks before Mexico I weighed 151 lbs, my doctor complimented me on finally putting some much needed weight on.  Last week I weighed 139.  He was shocked I had lost 12 lbs.

Anyway, when he called this morning with the last results he said he wants to see me again tomorrow.

That'll make it my 3rd visit!

I was supposed to go on the road with DF for the next 4 days, but had to cancel that.  >:(

This is getting very old!  I hope we get it sorted out soon!

RAB




Offline allanq

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Re: My Mexico Souvenir
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2008, 04:20:49 PM »
RAB,

Sorry to hear about your situation.

Has your doctor ordered an endoscopy? I've read that this procedure can sometimes detect parasites that don't show up in the stool sample.

Good luck, and I hope this gets cleared up real soon.

Allan
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Offline Jeff64

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Re: My Mexico Souvenir
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2008, 05:54:36 PM »
I hope you did not drink the water there....I once did and got sick as a dog! poo everywhere!
Lasted about three days and I was fine. I certainly did not loose as much weight as you, however.

Jeff

Offline anniebc

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Re: My Mexico Souvenir
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2008, 06:15:44 PM »
Oh dear my poor wee chipmunk, I hope it wasn't me who gave you the "Mexican bug"..oh wait it couldn't have been me, mine was in the chest.

I hope you get things resolved soon, I'm away for the weekend (going to visit Olivia) but will call when I get back and hope to hear some better news by then..thinking of you.

Love and hugs
Jan :-*
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Offline newt

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Re: My Mexico Souvenir
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2008, 06:19:00 PM »
Bugger the bottom, so to speak. Moral: make friends come to the US of A  :D Hope it sorts itself out sooner rather than later - matt
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Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: My Mexico Souvenir
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2008, 06:21:39 PM »
Oh dear my poor wee chipmunk, I hope it wasn't me who gave you the "Mexican bug"..oh wait it couldn't have been me, mine was in the chest.

You gave it to ME though :)

RAB, I hope you are able to sort this out -- sure doesn't sound like a good time.
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Offline minismom

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Re: My Mexico Souvenir
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2008, 06:23:05 PM »
Oh, my sweet Rab-o-lucious I'm so sorry you're feeling poorly.  Has the doc given you anything to exterminate your little visitor?  Keep us informed.

Mum

Philly, you posted at the same time I did - how are you feeling?  Did anyone else come back with some not so nice souvenirs?
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Offline Jody

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Re: My Mexico Souvenir
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2008, 06:28:11 PM »
Dear RAB...I'm so sorry about your digestive problems, I think you said you were on prophylactic cipro as soon as you got there but I guess you got hit after coming home...I too had a terrible sore throat a few weeks after returning home and my internist had me on Amoxicillin (a generic was all the pharmacy had) for a week...I missed 2 days of work but it's all cleared now and I hope your stomach problems will clear as well.  Don't forget to drink as much water as you can, clear soup, dry toast are all good and a few other foods and beverages that help the process.

Jody  :(
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Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: My Mexico Souvenir
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2008, 06:55:20 PM »
I hope Montezuma's revenge resolves soon. I've been in your situation before and it is no fun.

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: My Mexico Souvenir
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2008, 08:25:58 PM »
Hello Rab,

Sorry to hear that your having to deal with this right now. I'll be thinking of you and wishing you the best, and a speedy recovery.   Get better soon !


Take care----Ray
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Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: My Mexico Souvenir
« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2008, 08:45:26 PM »
I too had a terrible sore throat a few weeks after returning home


Jan strikes again!
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Offline AlanBama

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Re: My Mexico Souvenir
« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2008, 09:29:31 PM »
Oh honey, I feel for you.   Been seated on the throne quite a bit myself lately; the contour bath mat is my cape, the toilet brush is my sceptor, and the stool lid cover is my crown   ;D

And I didn't even GO to Mexico!   I know you took precautions with food/water as best you could.....

Can't they start you on flagyl?  And don't you just HATE stool sampling?  I have hauled more sh*t in my lifetime than a honey wagon.......and so much of the time, the parasites just don't show up in the sample (of course not, they're in your G.I. tract playing field hockey!)

Hope you get better soon.   Hate the weight loss -- I know that struggle well.   My weight is up right now, at 169.   Of course 15 of that is right in the belly.....

hugs,

Alan
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Offline adeh

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Re: My Mexico Souvenir
« Reply #12 on: September 16, 2008, 09:41:11 PM »
Hi RAB, sounds like amoebas, had them a few times here. Do you get cramps after eating, especially after eating something fried or diary? Mark.

Offline lucas clay

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Re: My Mexico Souvenir
« Reply #13 on: September 17, 2008, 04:05:33 AM »
Hello rab
Sorry your not feeling well.
hope they get to the bottom of this.

                       ( no pun intended)
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Offline Cliff

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Re: My Mexico Souvenir
« Reply #14 on: September 17, 2008, 04:39:03 AM »
Hey mister!

Sorry about the shitty stuff going on!  I hope it resolves itself soon and you get back to bugging the hell out of DF again!

c

Offline RAB

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Re: My Mexico Souvenir
« Reply #15 on: September 17, 2008, 05:06:32 PM »
Thanks everyone for your well wishes.

Alan, I laughed at the vision of you sitting on the throne with your assorted paraphernalia.  Unfortunately, I can't get the image of the alien critters playing field hockey in my intestines out of my head.  THANKS A LOT MISTER!

So I've come from the doctor with yet another kit!   >:(  This time they'll be looking at it microscopically (don't know what the others were done as  ???).  This process is 80% accurate but covers a broader spectrum than the other test (which is 90% effective, but a narrower range).  Or something like that.

Anyway, he still suspects I picked something up, but most likely have successfully eliminated it.  Not before it did a number on my intestinal track (t?) though.  Meaning things that didn't bother me previously (or only manageably so) are now causing the problem.  Specifically my meds.  Kaletra and Invirase the most likely suspects.

Depending on what this next poo poo platter (love that term) shows, he's suggesting we switch some things around.

I don't like that idea, makes me nervous.  What I'm on now is working and considering my nasty resistance profile I'm hesitant to mess with it.

I did weigh in at 141 though, so that's going in the right direction.   ;D

RAB

(Who can officially say, despite opinions otherwise, is NOT full of crap!   :D)

Offline Blixer

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Re: My Mexico Souvenir
« Reply #16 on: September 17, 2008, 08:59:14 PM »
RAB,

I hope you get things resolved soon as I know you do too.  I'm sending good thoughts your way.  I still recall you rescuing me at my first AMG in San Fran.  You were the first real face from these forums that I ever saw.  Keep yourself healthy!!!
David
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Offline Lakis

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Re: My Mexico Souvenir
« Reply #17 on: September 18, 2008, 11:20:36 AM »


 
Oh....I feel so sorry for you.Hope you get better soon. 

Lakis

Offline Ric Wilke

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Re: My Mexico Souvenir
« Reply #18 on: September 18, 2008, 07:03:47 PM »
Dear RAB,

Okay Mister, we've gotten enough shit out of you!!!  Get rid of them crappy fiends inside your GI tract and get over this terrible bug soon.  Cottonelle butt wipes soothe the tender tissue back there for me.

Seriously, get well soon.

With all our love, R&T
« Last Edit: September 19, 2008, 10:43:04 AM by Ric Wilke »

Offline aztecan

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Re: My Mexico Souvenir
« Reply #19 on: September 19, 2008, 10:15:15 AM »
Hey RAB,

OK, so I go out of town for a few days and you get the tourist trots? What's up with that? ???

Now, mister, you know you shouldn't have downed those five shots of tequila in that basement bar in the Zona Rosa with the stripper with the enormous . . .  oh, wait, that was me.

Never mind. My bad.

Maybe you should have had the shots of tequila. I found them to be very helpful. ::)

I hope you can overcome this without having to switch meds around. I will be keeping you in my thoughts.

Tell DF to give you a big hug for me, but not to squeeze you too tightly.

HUGS,

Mark
« Last Edit: September 19, 2008, 10:16:51 AM by aztecan »
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Offline Oceanbeach

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Re: My Mexico Souvenir
« Reply #20 on: September 19, 2008, 12:08:32 PM »
I lived in L.A. for so many years and often went to Mexico.  I have had sex on the beach, literally and the drink, dirty white mothers, beer and sodas but, I have never drank the water.  Entire days are still lost because of the meds and the Madonna story, she has nothing on me because I have shit my suit many, many times in public and at home.   ;D  I'm suppoed to say, "have the best day" but sorry dear, that just isn't good enough, sorry you are going through this, "it too shall pass;D  Have the best day
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Offline RAB

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Re: My Mexico Souvenir
« Reply #21 on: September 22, 2008, 05:21:08 PM »
 ;D  I'm supposed to say, "have the best day" but sorry dear, that just isn't good enough, sorry you are going through this, "it too shall pass"  ;D  Have the best day
Michael

You evil bugger!  That's not even funny.  O.K. it's a little bit funny!  ;)

So the last poo poo platter came back showing everything in hunky fine.  No parasites (something that starts with G being the most suspect).

But my doctor isn't satisfied.  He's concerned about my weight loss (something I can't really afford) and the length of time this has been going on.  (It's now been more than 1 month--and things aren't improving.)

He's referring me to a GI specialist to see if there's something he's missing.  In the meantime, he wants me to increase my Loperimide from 4 to as many as 8 a day to try and control the cycle.  (Cycle being bloated and constipated one day, followed by 2 or 3 days or "flushing".)  Then the cycle repeats.

He still thinks that whatever I may have had (and it isn't necessarily due to the trip to Mexico in his opinion, although that's certainly a possible source), I have successfully cleared it.  But whatever "it" may have been has done a number on me. 

The trip to the specialist is to make sure we have considered everything.

I'm taking all of this pretty much in stride.  I've been HIV+ nearly half my life, so I understand and accept the unexpected challenges we can sometimes face.

As always, my goal isn't to win every battle or stew about every mountain, my goal is to win the war.

Staying on top of this, actually getting to the bottom of it, is the best way to handle it as far as I can see.

But I sure do hope it gets worked out soon.

Seriously! ;D

RAB


Offline pozniceguy

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Re: My Mexico Souvenir
« Reply #22 on: September 22, 2008, 06:12:19 PM »
RAB  so sorry this has continued for so long....I do hope the buggers are gone , now to stop the shits!!  have you tried  Tincture of Opium??    It was the only thing that worked for me when I had the evil shits a few years ago....a few drops in  the glass of water with your pills and it stops the crap......BAM!!  like a cork up your butt...


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Offline AlanBama

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Re: My Mexico Souvenir
« Reply #23 on: September 22, 2008, 06:23:28 PM »
I am so sorry you are still dealing with these G.I. issues honey.   I know it is NO fun, not a bit.   I need to warn you to be prepared -- they've told me for years now (when they can't come up with anything else) that it's "Irritable Bowel Syndrome".    I think it's more like 19 years of taking toxic meds.....

The cycles of constipation, then diarrhea sounds so familiar to me.....in fact, it's the story of my life, unfortunately.   I hope they can PINPOINT this and come up with a real solution.   You don't need to lose any more weight.

Keeping you in my prayers,

Alan   :-*
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Offline Jody

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Re: My Mexico Souvenir
« Reply #24 on: September 22, 2008, 11:21:53 PM »
I hope this goes away real soon RAB and you are back to being regular.

You are always in my thoughts.

Jody
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Offline gerry

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Re: My Mexico Souvenir
« Reply #25 on: September 23, 2008, 04:00:28 AM »
Specifically my meds.  Kaletra and Invirase the most likely suspects.

Depending on what this next poo poo platter (love that term) shows, he's suggesting we switch some things around.

I don't like that idea, makes me nervous.  What I'm on now is working and considering my nasty resistance profile I'm hesitant to mess with it.

I did weigh in at 141 though, so that's going in the right direction.   ;D


RAB, just a thought if meds are being looked into as possible causes...consider also the non-HIV meds you're on esp the one you had started more recently...trying you off of those would be simpler to see if one of them is the culprit.

Offline Peter Staley

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Re: My Mexico Souvenir
« Reply #26 on: September 23, 2008, 08:10:40 AM »
RAB -- sorry you're going through all this, and hoping you get well soon.  Sounds like you're getting good medical advice.

xoxo

Peter

Offline heartforyou

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Re: My Mexico Souvenir
« Reply #27 on: September 23, 2008, 11:39:28 AM »
As an ex flight attendant I am familiar with wath we used to call ; the Karachi quickstep, or the Delhi belly....

And I was "blessed" with "shigella" once, which is related to "salmonella" and  sent me to hospital for 10 days.

So, just to tell you I understand what you are going through.
I hope they find out what it is and can get you back to normal.

love

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Offline jennynyc7

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Re: My Mexico Souvenir
« Reply #28 on: September 23, 2008, 11:53:09 AM »
Have they tested you for H. Pylori, or mentioned good ole IBS?  Also there is SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth) that they can check you for. Some of these tests involve breath samples of some sort. When I have a case of the soupy poopies, probiotics always work for me. I usually get the powder form and just add it to my juice or whatever I am drinking. Oh, there is also Candidiasis, which is a yeast overgrowth in the body and also Celiac Disease (gluten intolerance). I was tested for all of the above when I had GI issues (pre-HIV) and had none of the ailments but did decide to go ahead and cut gluten out of my diet for kicks and giggles and it made a world of difference. I couldn't tell you the last time I served up some soft-serve. I am eating gluten again now and have had no reccuring issues, but I am taking Lexapro now for my nerves and that too almost got rid og my GI issues practically overnight, well you know what I mean. It is so werid what nerves (in my case, it was subconscience because I never "felt" anxious or nervous) can do to a person. For instance, my boyfriend of only a couple months has had stomach problems almost from the day I told him my status (never had issues prior) and I keep telling him it is his nerves, but he always claims he isn't worried about it. He is supposed to go with me to my Dr appt tomorrow and then we are supposed to swing by to see my case manager at the ASO afterwards, and low and behold, he can't even drink water without it going straight through his digestive system and he is doubled over in pain. Anyway, I hope you get this resolved soon. I don't know about you, but I much rather be bed ridden with the flu for a month than have stomach issues. It is no fun at all. Take care!

j
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