09-10-2010, 01:59 PM
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Originally Posted by dfbiggs
oh gees..I don't know what's worse to talk about sucking worms or beetles...
I am afraid to ask but how do you know if you have worms...I have gained weight..maybe I caught a tapeworm... or roundworm from cleaning my tank.
9 MONTHS!! gees thought anything could be cured in a week with antibiotics..
How do you know if you have the type of worms I did? OK, this is REALLY gross and graphic (stop reading right here if you don't want to know), but besides having your breath smell bizarre, your gut ache after eating certain types of foods, you can actually see "segments" of the worms (dead) in what gets left behind in the bathroom.
The length of time of the antibiotics is due to the life cycle of the worms and their eggs. If I recall correctly, I took the anitibiotics for a week straight, laid off for 30 days and then took another weeks worth, then in 60 days same, than at 90 days same. So actually, that's only six months, not nine, so I'm guilty of exaggerating, oops. There are alot worse parasites to "catch". I once contracted Giardia and that caused severe abdominal cramping, a major case of the "runs" and caused me to lose nearly 15 pounds (my normal weight is only 120 to begin with) and had me flat on my back for two weeks. That little microscopic organism caused me way more grief than a simple case of roundworms. The Roundworms were due to unwashed produce, Giardia due to drinking stream water while back packing in the Sierras. Both preventable had I been more intelligent in my choices. I'm still not worried about sucking down some tank water, lol.
Danielle- if you're concerned just call your Doc and tell them you want a "stool" test for parasite. Ok, enough grossness for for now.