Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Digestive Health Support Forum banner
1 - 5 of 5 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
32 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Hi all,I was talking to someone the other day, and my IBS came up (she was suggesting all kinds of stuff I could eat on a healthy diet, I said I couldn't eat most, she asked why... etc. etc). She asked for the symptoms, and immediately said it sounds like Giardiasis to her.Has anyone here encountered this? Can this condition last for years and years? Is it actually a likely source for IBS symptoms?Thanks,G.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
34,955 Posts
It can be chronic, although in most people it is not http://health.yahoo.com/ency/healthwise/hw186436/hw186454While it is worth getting tested just to be sure, there seems to be problems with malabsorption and weight loss with these infections that is not normally seen in IBSers.It isn't a general solution to why people have IBS, but it is one of the reasons getting a standard stool sample test run is probably a good idea if you haven't had one done.K.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,821 Posts
Hey Ge,I've read an estimated 15% of those diagnosed w/ "IBS" in the US have chronic Giardia. This March 06 study from Italy found 6.5%~~http://www.wjgnet.com/1007-9327/12/1941.asp...Here's another study & I think the conclusion fits me to a T. The Flagyl escalated my chronic D from just having D, loose stools w/ no pain, once or twice per day to going 12-18 xs/day, watery D, having pain, and I became a hermit. I didn't lose weight w/ the Giardia infection. I lost weight w/ "IBS" because it hurt to eat. Was told the giardia was gone, but now its "IBS"...(luckily, I rejected my GI's only lukewarm suggestion of antidepressants, and got better naturally, w/ natural antibacterials & diet changes & fiber.)I digress~~Giardia lamblia infections become clinically evident by eliciting symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome."OBJECTIVES: Giardia lamblia infection is often asymptomatic. Its main, but not well understood, symptom is diarrhea. An outbreak of giardiasis in our town allowed us to test the hypothesis that patients with symptomatic infection are, actually, patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) exacerbated by giardiasis. METHODS: We studied 100 patients with symptomatic giardiasis. Eighty-two of them were also affected by IBS, according to the "Rome 1992 Criteria". They were randomized in four groups, two of which (A and
, made up of 41 patients each, included the subjects with giardiasis and IBS, whereas the remaining two (C and D), made of up of 9 patients each, included subjects with giardiasis only. The groups A and C were treated with metronidazole, whereas groups B and D were treated with drugs commonly used for IBS, but inactive against the parasite. RESULTS: According to a single blind protocol, the treatment with metronidazole was ineffective in the groups with giardiasis and IBS. Instead, the treatment for IBS ameliorated the symptoms in these patients. On the contrary, the groups without IBS improved only with metronidazole. CONCLUSIONS: The large majority of patients with symptomatic giardiasis are affected by IBS and are not cured by antiparasite treatment."http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.f...l=pubmed_docsum
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
23,983 Posts
I wouldn't rely on a frined diagnosing you.I can understand your wondering about Giardiasisthough, after they mentioned it.Have you been diagnosed allready by a gi doc with IBS?Some countries have higher incidents of Giardiasis although its a common water borne food disease. IBS diagnoses is based on a cluster of specific sysmptoms and what it is NOT. IBS is not Giardiasis or a parasite infection.http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dpd/parasites/gi...iardia.htm#whathttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dpd/parasites/giardiasis/You should get three stool samples to check for this if the doctor believes you have it and its a good idea to get three stool samples anyways.Here is some good ibs info, the first one has a diagnostic work up for IBS.http://hopkins-gi.nts.jhu.edu/pages/latin/...se=43&lang_id=1Informative public television broadcast on IBSView it from the link below.http://www.itvisus.com/programs/hbhm/episode_ibs.aspIntegrated Approach to Irritable Bowel SyndromeThis is an online CME course featuring Dr. Drossman http://www.ja-online.com/dukeibs/#
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
32 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Yes, I have been diagnosed by a GI doc to have IBS, about 2 years ago and about 16 years too late, heh.Now that you mentioned stool tests, I did have them. And they'd come out clean. So I guess I can rule Giardiasis out.Thanks all!
Ge.
 
1 - 5 of 5 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top