(Closed) Mexican Stomach Bug ? :(

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Hmm I just backpacked through Asia, so I’m all read up on the signs of travel bugs. My husband actually contracted an amoebic infection while we were abroad, but he had a raging fever, which you don’t have. You hay just have traveler’s diarrhea, which probably needs some Azithromycin (cipro might work well for Mexico, as well, but has built up a resistance in Asia, so we didn’t have that). It’s also possible you have a parasite that’s incubating and getting worse. Are you having an eggy/spoiled egg smell? If so you really need to go to the doctor! They are going to want to do a whole host of blood tests, and probably stool samples for smear and culture. It won’t be cheap, but it’s really important that you not let it go on for too long if your symptoms persist!

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Yeah, that’s always the way! Next time you travel abroad, you should really get travel health insurance, especially if you don’t have health insurance in the states to fall back on. Ours was really reasonable – $450 for 6 months of coverage for both of us – and provided a month of coverage once we got back into the US. We had a $250 deductible – his tests and hospitalizations ran about $2000, and that’s in countries where healthcare costs about 75% less than in the US.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

I would be sure to drink lots of fluids.  Also, this may be Too Much Information, but try to use soft toilet paper and patroleum jelly.

It’s also a good idea to stay away from anti-dirrhea medications because they may just trap the bacteria inside and make matters worse. 

If you do need to seek medical attention, you may want to go to a CVS or Walgreens that has a Nurse Practitioner.  They usually charge about $50 for the visit, which is likely to be cheaper than many doctors.  Also, if you go, you may want to print the Walmart $4 drug list and ask them to prescribe something on that list so that you don’t have to worry about spending too much $. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I went to Mexico a few years ago and contracted a parasite. I had severe stomach pains but no fever. Was in the hospital for 10 days! Just be careful if it’s something like that it doesn’t go away on its own! 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

The reason most people go to the hospital over someting like this is due to dehydration. Even when it’s hard to keep things down you need to keep your body hydrated. I suggest some gatorade to balance your electrolytes and take a multivitamin if you can stomach it. 

I’m uninsured too so I feel the pain. I just got sick last week and had to drop $150 to not get an answer…ugh. Sometimes there are places that are same day care and cheaper. Or if you know a PA give them a call.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Lucky this hit you AFTER your honeymoon, I got it DURING and needless to say it was definitly a mood ruiner ๐Ÿ™

It sounds like you have the same thing.  I would go to the DR. ASAP so they can do a stool culture just in case it’s something you need heavy duty antibiotics for.

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