I shit a worm
September 16, 2007 9:34 AM Subscribe
I have worms in my stomach and zero possibilities of seeing a doctor. Tell me what to do! (Graphic Details within)
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (16 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I am currently in asia in a country where I don't speak the language. After exactly one week, I saw a long thin thing like a glass noodle in my poo. I thought, strange shape. I pressed the flush button and it slowly slid down, shaped like a worm. It was brown and covered in poo, and I did not take a closer look.
That particular specimen was about 3 inches extended out of the tip of the poo (may have been longer within) had a round body like an earthworm, but had a bit of a lower circumfrence than an earth worm. Interestingly, the very tip of it had a small thin pipe like a thread - perhaps 1cm long.
So a few days after this incident, I went out and bought a drug called Zentel (Albendazole) at the pharmacy. I had to employ a translator, and this was a very embarassing process.
I took two tablets (10 Tablets in the pack, each at 0.2g). Over the past days (it has been perhaps 4 days), I've been observing my poo. Though I have not seen any such large worm specimens, I believe I see small thread like things sticking out of the end of some lumps of poo. I've not been able to bring myself to disintegrate the poo to find out if there are more worms.
And this brings me to the question:
1. What type of worm could this be?
2. Is 1 week enough for such a worm to grow so big and be shitted out?
3. If not, then where could I have infected myself with something like this, and how long have they been in me?
4. How do I make ABSOLUTELY sure that whatever worm it is, it's killed and gone?
5. When the worms die, do they get digested?
6. Do I need to warn people to be careful cos I used their toilets?
I've been having a vague tummy ache for quite a while. Also, I suddenly redeveloped chest problems about a year ago (asthma, etc). Over the last 4 months, I've been having a wierd skin allergy that appears whenever my skin gets lightly scratched by anything. My butthole has been itching for a long time. Any relationships to the worms for all that?
Once more: I will not have access to a doctor for the next 6 months. I have to deal with this myself!
Thanks Dr. Mefi!