Patient Comments: Giardia Lamblia - Describe Your Experience

Please describe your experience with giardia lamblia.

Comment from: Sahara, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I became ill with giardia lamblia about 3 years ago after drinking contaminated water in Africa. I was not treated with antibiotics because by the time I could get medical help my symptoms abated and stool tests were negative. However, whenever I travelled I always experienced a flare-up which was usually short-lived. However after returning from the Middle East last week I experienced really intense gastro-intestinal distress requiring immediate medical treatment. My general physician decided to administer Fasigyn and my symptoms literally went in hours and I just found out my stool test was also positive. It would seem that I have had the infection all this time. It seems you can carry this bug for years.

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Comment from: Julieg, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I was really sick with giardia lamblia for 3 weeks before I was diagnosed. Mainly I was feeling terribly ill, with the feeling of acid reflux and heaps of burping. My stools started to get mushy and yellow near the end. I only vomited twice which was after alcohol but coffee made me very nauseous. I lost heaps of weight and could hardly eat. I had 2 courses of Flagyl. I then had irritable bowel for about 3 months. It has now been 5 months and I have tested negative 3 times.

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Comment from: Phil, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 31

I have just been diagnosed with Giardia and have been ill for nearly four weeks. I've had constant diarrhea, tiredness and no feelings of hunger whatsoever. It's been great for weight loss, though I wouldn't recommend this to anyone! The first tests didn't show anything abnormal. The doctor recommended starving for two to three days, which I did. Obviously, it didn't help. Fortunately, the second test revealed Giardia, which was a slight relief as I thought I had become intolerant to some food. I am just about to pick up a prescription of a three-day course of antibiotics that will, I pray, cure it completely. I believe I may have picked it up following eating something horrid at a carnival.

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Comment from: drewgong, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 13

I had a cyclic occurrence. About every 5 to 10 days I would become sicker with all the symptoms except the fatigue, which would persist all the time. Stool samples were tested and were negative each time. Then the symptoms would stop and I'd feel mostly better except for the fatigue so I thought that whatever I had had cured itself. A week or so it would start again. I'd send a sample for testing and get a negative result again. Finally I got a positive result from a sample which showed the presence of Giardia and the doctor said "good news it is easy to treat." The doctor gave me these large tablets of Flagyl. They were hard to take as I couldn't take them with any food and only some water and they were revolting. They worked fast. The next day I felt better and two days later I felt like superman (this is the best way to describe the feeling of improvement after the weeks of feeling tired and lazy). It was the most amazing recovery I have every experienced. I have had Giardiasis at least twice since.

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Published: July 31

I have come in contact with giardia lamblia several times in my life and it is a horrible experience. Usually during camping trips, but most recently at a popular water park. The first time I ever got it I had no idea what was wrong and I was so very tired and had no energy and just had to lay down so often. I had weight loss, loss of appetite, fatigue, diarrhea, abdominal pain, dizziness, bloating, sometimes gas and foul order to the stools. It was very uncomfortable. Sometimes doctors just blow it off as something you ate and that it will pass. If you know you went camping or to a water park do not ignore these signs and insist on the stool test or insist on the giardia treatment because I had suffered for a few weeks before the doctor finally diagnosed me the first time. Now I know the signs all to well and go immediately to the doctor for treatment. The treatment is very effective and you feel better pretty quickly.

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Published: July 31

I travel extensively overseas. I have had pain, severe bloating and alternating constipation and diarrhea for over a year. Stool cultures revealed yersinia and giardia. I have taken 3 rounds of antibiotics for these and enjoyed two weeks of "recovery" before my symptoms seem to have returned. I'm discouraged to think this can go on for years. I was also interested to read that antacids can actually make symptoms worse. That was definitely my experience. Doctors were so quick to label me IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) even though I did not have symptoms of this for 50+ years.

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