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Cause unknown; some medication helps

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  • Posted By: Walter1407
  • November 12, 2007
  • 00:40 PM

I have chronic bronchitis and urological problems (slow flow of urine; sometimes pain). Both started in my early to mid-20s; I am now 50 years old (male).

- I had asthma as a child (until age 14); the bronchitis has been diagnosed as not being asthma. It is not serious, I don't treat it.
- Over the years, I contracted a number of parasites (Amoebia, Strongyloides, Lamblia, Ascaris).

The urological problem I have is rather bothersome, but the cause has never been detected. Things improved when I took the following medication (names as used in Switzerland):
- MECTIZAN (recent, second treatment after 1991 against Strongyloides, which I probably contracted at the age of 20): Big temporary improvement (also made the bronchitis disappear for a while)
- COBANTRIL (against Ascaris): Approx. 50% improvement (temporarily).
In both cases the effects came as a surprise to me The two doctors I consulted (specialists for tropical diseases) did not have an explanation.

The only other type of medication which brought some improvement to the urological problems was FLAGYL (taken in high dose as a test; but no anaerobic bacteria had been detected).

My questions:

1 - What medical conditions are likely to respond to the medication mentioned?
2 - Could it be that the Strongyloides have still not disappeared, that some larvae are inside my prostate gland, not well reachable by medication? Recent blood tests give no clear answers (the original tests of stool and blood had been inconclusive, too)
3 - Could it be worth trying a long-term treatment with Mectizan, as it did not cause strong side-effects? Or maybe use another type of medication?

Anyone who can help me get on the right track with this will do me much more than just a big favour. Thank you!
Walter

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  • When the issues and questions raised are unclear, loads of people feel compelled to reply.But when it comes to concrete questions (such as here), noone seems to have a clue!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 23, 2007
    • 09:14 AM
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  • To huh.Re: concrete questions. These questions are very specific and should be answered by pharmacists, tropical disease specialists, urologists etc. Also there is an off-chance that someone like that is reading the posts. The mystery questions are answered by posters who have experienced some facet of the symptoms, know the medical terminology so the original poster can accurately look up their symptoms, know some web-sites which might offer help or want to suggest some alternative care. Glad you figured out the modus operandi of the board.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • November 23, 2007
    • 00:33 PM
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  • To huh.Re: concrete questions. These questions are very specific and should be answered by pharmacists, tropical disease specialists, urologists etc. Also there is an off-chance that someone like that is reading the posts.quote] I have of course consulted doctors - five so far, 2 specialists on tropical and 2 on infectious diseases, as well as a urologist.None of them "has a clue".
    Walter1407 1 Replies
    • November 27, 2007
    • 04:01 PM
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