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Post-Infectious IBS

I wonder if I always had some digestive issues. My mom says as a baby I could puke across the room. And I’ve always had problems with constipation. But the real trouble started after a Giardia infection. Giardia is a parasite that is normally picked up from contaminated water. I have NO idea where I got it. My doctor treated it with antibiotics and the parasite went away but the abdominal pain and GI symptoms did not. I went through so many tests, CT scan, ultrasounds, upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, HIDA scan…thank God all were normal, so the doc said post infectious IBS. I dealt with months of not feeling well, careful diet, probiotics and finally started to feel more myself again. Until a couple months later I got the flu and was prescribed Tamiflu. Then I got pneumonia and was prescribed antibiotics. A few weeks later sinusitis and was prescribed more antibiotics…..the abdominal pain came back. Diarrhea while on the antibiotics and for a short time after, and now back to constipation. Upper abdominal pain and discomfort, gassy feeling but gas doesn’t come out, bloated feeling, just generally don’t feel good. 🙁

I can’t relate my symptoms to food because I feel like most of the time lately I don’t feel good, regardless of what I eat. I used to be so socially active, always on the go. Now I just want to go to bed. I just really want to feel good again.

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  • Chris Hall moderator
    12 months ago

    Thanks for sharing your story, shanay! Giardia sure is a nasty infection. One of our patient advocates here on the site wrote about her experience with giardia here: I’m so sorry to hear about all the health issues you’ve been dealing with! Regarding the food dilemma, have you heard of the low FODMAP diet? Many folks here have had positive experiences with this regimen. We have more information about that here: I hope this is helpful! Thanks again for telling your story! – Chris, Team Member

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