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Chronic Diarrhea, Joint Pain, Morocco Travel

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  • Posted By: caissem
  • March 18, 2007
  • 02:15 PM

My 20 year old son travelled to Morocco 7 weeks ago and while there contracted diarrhea after drinking water and shortly thereafter started experiencing fatigue and pain in shoulder, knee, ankle and wrist joints. These symptoms continue today. He suffers from no other symptoms: no fever, no headache, no shin rashes, no abdominal pain, no weight loss (has actually gained a little)... nothing else. He has had a blood test and stool samples taken. I understand they looked for the presence of virus and bacteria. The only thing that came up abnormal was a low iron count for which he has been taking iron supplements which have greatly reduced his fatigue. His primary care doctor has referred him to a rheumatologist and infectious disease specialist. My question: Are there any disease that are a possible fit for these symptoms and if so which one(s)? Also, is there any other course of action you would recommend. BTW: He is currently studying in Paris.

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  • I was in Morocco also, and i am with a diarrhea, some kind of infection due to water i suppose, and one of the common things in morocco is to drink orange juice, several times per day when you are hot and they sell it on the street, this iron absorption problem or iron level in your son's blood, could have origin in the orange juice, i copy pasted vitamin c side effects, so you can take a look!Possible side-effectsAs vitamin C enhances iron absorption, iron poisoning can become an issue to people with rare iron overload disorders, such as haemochromatosis. A genetic condition that results in inadequate levels of the enzyme glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD), can cause sufferers to develop hemolytic anemia after ingesting specific oxidizing substances, such as very large dosages of vitamin C.In addition, large doses of vitamin C (2 grams per day, but sometimes much less) trigger oxalate formation and increase absorption of dietary oxalate, possibly causing kidney stones.During the first month of pregnancy, high doses of vitamin C may suppress the production of progesterone from the corpus luteum. Progesterone, necessary for the maintenance of a pregnancy, is produced by the corpus luteum for the first few weeks, until the placenta is developed enough to produce its own source. By blocking this function of the corpus luteum, high doses of vitamin C (1000+ mg) is theorized to induce an early miscarriage. In a group of spontaneously aborting women at the end of the first trimester, the mean values of vitamin C were significantly higher in the aborting group. However, the authors point out that this relationship may not necessarily be a causal one.
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