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Can't breathe, head and chest tension/congestion, 60 lb weight loss, mucous in stool

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  • Posted By: fish99head
  • November 14, 2008
  • 09:20 PM

I have been sick for the past 6 months and haven't been able to get a diagnosis. My worst symptoms are tension and congestion in my head and chest that I can't clear and makes me feel like I can't breathe. I also have stomach pains and intestinal gas along with various other minor symptoms. I have also lost 60 pounds in 6 months for no apparent reason. I was always pretty healthy until September of 2006 when I got prostatitis and pneumonia within the same month. I felt my breathing had never really recovered but in May 2008 in became a nightmare. In October 2008 I passed what I thought was a parasite and felt better immediately. My breathing got better and the tension in my head and chest was relieved. I had been constipated for weeks before that time and m bowel movements returned to normal. The symptoms have all returned and the doctors have tested the "worms" and tell me that they are not worms but mucus (see picture). I have also sent in three stool samples, which have come back negative. I am not 100% convinced that it is not parasites. I lived in Asia for 5 years from 2000 to 2005. I have also spoken to many people who have had similar symptoms as I that eventually were diagnosed as having parasites. They also had difficulty getting detected. I have seen a respirologist and neurologist who did tests including blood, chest x rays, a head CT scan, pulmonary function test, bronchial scope, all of which have came back fine. I am currently seeing an Infectious Disease doctor and a Gastroenterologist who have done some blood work and have scheduled an Upper GI test, a flexible sigmidoscopy and gastroscopy. I am also scheduled to see an internal specialist. I am wondering if anyone has experienced this and if you have any information or insights please email me. Ultimately, I just want to breathe normally again and get my life back!

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  • Intestinal parasites can definitely cause weight loss AND inflammation of the bronchi and lungs--which could be the cause of your congestion.If you haven't told the doctors that you were in Asia for 5 years, you really ought to, though I'm sure you have. I don't know if this will help at all--but when I go into a doctor's office, I tell them what I think, first; "Hey, I think I have worms in my stool, and have parasites" and they tend to go in that direction.Good luck!1. Roundworm : http://www.wfat.org.uk/ascarids_1.jpg2. Whipworm: http://www.catnmore.com/images/WhipWormAdult.jpg3. Pin worm: http://abyssaldepths.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/enterobius-vermicularis-pinworm.jpg4. Tapeworm: http://faculty.clintoncc.suny.edu/faculty/Michael.Gregory/files/Bio%20102/Bio%20102%20Laboratory/Animal%20Diversity/Lophotrochozoans/tapeworm.jpgI think there are also subcategories of these worms. I linked ya' some pictures.
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