new person here...
symptoms started 2 decades ago. possibly related to antibiotic use or pre-ulcer condition. was also related to thyroid meds as i was on synthroid. also could be related to something in beer as i was drinking from a keg when this all started and happened literally overnight as i was drinking.
initial onset of fatigue i went to doc and they said 'pre-ulcer'. i had another episode of burning in abdomen/nausea one evening. in hindsight it could have been a gallbladder attack. woke up the next morning with tonsils swollen and white and feverish. drank a few quarts of water and my whole body was dripping wet with perspiration, the fever broke and tonsils subsided.
all summer i was on prescribed zantac for stomach acid and had diarrhea for months.
mid summer i noticed that about half my strength was gone/athletic ability. so i was sort of half recovered and then two years later i had a sudden onset again while drinking keg beer. the next morning i woke up and was basically disabled, completely unable to function, digestion was shot, severe fatigue, muscle/ joint pain, insomnia, lots of cfs symptoms.
flash forward 2 decades and a lot of alternative health books under the belt. here are a few of the relevant things. about 2 years after disbling episode i saw a nutritionist who put me on a paleo type diet. i started passing hard impacted stools. (intestines started to clean out). after about 5 -6 years of this i began passing all sorts of parasites. the first one was a 3 foot ascaris, and i identified about 4-5 other species over the course of 4-5 years. i am still passing impacted stools now 20 years later. the worms lasted about about 7 years and then very rarely i will pass one now.
current symptoms are persistent bloating. usually best in am then worse through the day.
i was concentrating on other problems for a long while, and everything is much improved, energy, concentration, no muscle pain, but my gi symptoms are not good. went to doc recently and she wanted to take a breath hydrogen test. i haven't taken it yet. i think i would rather just mess around with some natural remedies for protozoa or see what people can come up with here. part of the problem is that whatever bacteria is proliferating also has some sort of beneficial effect because it is eating away at impacted intestinal waste.
recently i am more inclined to try some new therapies because i have improved a lot in every other area except the bloating, so i have to re-evaluate what is going on.
one interesting thing is that the two foods that will send me to the hospital are black pepper and vinegar, both of which i know are strongly anti-parasitic.
during the years of parasite cleansing i never had any pain, just a lot of fatigue and ill-feeling. but with the black pepper i am experiencing severe pain.
i'm taking some paranil now 4 caps a day without too many of the old symptoms.