well i asked a doctor that i work with to give me a script to check my stool for parasites because my gi would not give me the script. i have only had one of the three tests so far, i asked him, to call and get the results and he was told i had blastocystis and then he told me that it could be the cause of what i have been feeling for one year rather then ibs. he also said that sometimes blastocystis comes along with another parasite dientamoeba fragilis and he said that its not always the case but that that parasite causes symptoms similar or that mirror ibs, as well. they do not always cause symptoms in patients, but that sometimes they do. also i read that in some studies about 40% of people with ibs also have this bug and that in about 25% of those that d. fragilis was also present. i was reading a website badbugs.org and these people all were told they had ibs and they had these parasites and took flagyl over and over and it didn't work nor did it eliminate the parasites. so this girl, jackie, who lives in sydney, decided to find away to get rid of her infection, and found a place in sydney that was able to eradicate these parasites in 85% of cases using a 3- drug treatment. many of these people had gi problems for years and are now better if not cured. jackie had the bug causing continuous gi problems for 8 years and was diagnosed with ibs, she is now 80% better. they concluded, blasto can hurt the cells of the intestinal wall, i read that from one study. so she might not have blasto or d. fragilis anymore but it hurt her intestines. i have had my symptoms for one year and they started after visiting colombia, plus 20% of people in the us have blasto. ironically that about the same amount of people that have ibs. so to answer your question i plan to take the treatment jackie took. i emailed her and she emailed me the treatment. it might not help even if the lil critters are the cause of my symptoms and i may just have classic ibs, but i think its worth a try. anyways i still have not asked Dr. C, the doctor i work for, what he thinks about the meds which is my next step. what do you think syl? thanks for answering. everytime i post you are one of the only ones with some advice for me so i value your opinion. thank you
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