I am being treated for a parasite, probably Giardia, but given that I had to ask for the O and P, from yet another incompetent NP I have encountered, we'll see what it ends up being. Side note, Nurse Practitioners are very often incompetent, and given that I am an ER RN with a BSN, I can tell you that if the NP programs are like the BSN programs, you're getting a prescriber that largely came out of a diploma mill. According to what I read, I was also under dosed, with 500 instead of 750 MG of Flagyl, for only 5 days. Maybe the NP was right, but I tend to doubt given my experiences working with a number of them who are new, or old, but seem as lost I did right out of school.
My S/S have been diarrhea and soft stool for several weeks, though that varied to somewhat normal at times. Fatigue, bloating, abdominal cramping and discomfort but not true pain, and severe flatus. So foul, that it was clearing out rooms and smelled like rotting cabbage stored in a hot box in the sun for a week, but kept moist.
My real issue, is that I have not drank from non-tap sources for almost 11 months, and then I used a filter. I have hand washed in streams at times, and I guess I shouldn't. I have read that parasitic infections are rampant and actually in outbreak status in the US, with many being a-symptomatic carriers, and therefore my propensity to eat from buffets at places like Whole Foods, has actually been a bad choice. I don't know where I got this, and never will, and I could theoretically pick it up again 24 hours after being cleared. Needless to say, buffets are out. Sadly, I like them due to an ability to actually get vegetables, fruits, and decent sized (healthy not massive) portions at a price only slightly higher than what a "value meal" at a location such as McDonald's, can offer. Then again, I am speculating as to the source, and may have carried for months or years before developing symptoms.
I went to work and got a script for 750 MG of Flagyl for 5 days, which I will use to supplement the other script and will end up taking 750 MG Q 8 hours, until out.