Post # 1
So… we flew home from Cabo San Lucas (our honeymoon, yay!) Thursday night. Since then, I’ve been experiencing bouts of nausea & dizziness along with gas, bloating and a weird burning sensation in my stomach. I had diarrhea yesterday (sorry!) and today I’ve had a terrible headache alllll day. I thought it was getting better so I decided to have a light salad for dinner only to feel full right away. Then I started getting more bloated and gassy feeling before nausea finally struck and I was getting sick 🙁
I don’t seem to have a constant fever .. I get chills every so often but my temp has always been regular.
Before anyone goes there… my cycles are completely regular, I have the mirena IUD, I can still feel the strings, my period came (right on time!) this weekend AND just to be safe, I took 2 tests today and both were negative.
Anyway … I’m uninsured (long story) currently and am hoping ot give it a few days before I end up at the doctor.
Anyone else ever experience some sort of travel bug like this? This is a first for me … and I spent a year living in rural China, backpacked through Thailand, Cambodia and of course China. I’ve visited Mexico a few times and Costa Rica … but never experienced anything like this 🙁
Post # 3
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 # 4
@crayfish: thanks… no smelly egg smell… thankfully. really hoping to avoid the doctor… 🙁 I’ll be on DH’s insurance soon. Why couldn’t this have waited? ugh.
Post # 5
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
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
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
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 # 9
You can triage your own symptoms by doing the Check Your Symptoms on these links. Do for both nausea and diarrhea. There is lots of good information in the Home Treatment section.
It’s ok to take Anti-diarrheal meds after 6 hours.
Post # 10
Lucky this hit you AFTER your honeymoon, I got it DURING and needless to say it was definitly a mood ruiner 🙁
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.