I'd like to thank everyone in advance for spending time to help me get over this health problem..
It all started at the end of May, this year. I am getting my PhD in Austria, and I traveled to Prague to attend a conference. On the evening before I was to travel home, I felt sick, couldn't eat, and just felt strange. That evening, I didn't sleep well, had hot/cold chills and lots of sweating, and in the morning I vomited. I traveled back to Austria, and over the next 2-3 weeks I had diarrhea (not ever day, but enough to lose 12 lbs), stomach pains, fatigue, nausea, under temperature (especially after D) and one more case of vomiting. The strange thing was, some days I felt like normal, mostly in the first week, and then I would feel sick, which was usually triggered by something that I ate.
I visited 3 different Doctors. First Dr gave me Coal tablets and good bacteria pills, tested my blood (twice), and did a Stool test (but not for parasites). She basically told me she didn't find anything and to go back to work. I tried to work, but the diarrhea came back so I decided to see another Dr. From the advice of Dr Friend at home in the USA, I told the second Dr in Austria that I think I had symptoms of Giadia. After seeing how bad I looked, she immediately prescribed me Flagy and Ciproxin. I thought it was a little strange to give me antiboitics without properly testing me for parasites, but I was desperate to get healthy and started to take them (middle of June). Thankfully the diarrhea was gone after 2 days, and hasn't come back since. I was off the med after 7 days, and started what I thought was my recovery period.
I was very weak, dizzy, and tired the first week off antibiotics, and the 3rd Dr assured me it takes a long time to get circulation back after being sick for so long. The 3rd Dr also told me that it looks like I have a Viral infection from my blood work. Second week off meds was better, but I started getting "attacked" with stong feelings of nausea, especially after eating sweet food or drinking coffee. These feelings would coincide with a Stool, but not D. A very common symptom during this time: I would feel debilitated in the morning, but I would get better as the day went along.
And then, last Thursday, Friday, I felt really normal for the first time in over month. I even started to eat normal things, but on Saturday afternoon I was "attacked" again, with the worst feelings coming after a difficult, but not watery stool. Since Sat I have felt nauseous/fatigued again, especially in the morning, but it gets better very slowly day by day, but I still feel like something just isn't right.
Important things to note:
These attacks of nausea are related, I believe, to eating fatty/sweet foods
I had a tick vaccination around 1 week before I got sick in Prague.
Since 3 weeks, I use the bathroom when I wake up in the morning, and think I am done, but end up going again at least 2 times more as the day progresses. Could I have IBS?
Being sick away from home has been no fun, and def has created more stress
Does anyone have any advice?