Dirty thread

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1. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5699 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Ok, maybe not the nicest topic to share your experience, but do you have or had rather structurally changed patterns of going to the toilet after travelling?

It's been over 3 years ago since I was sick for a few days in Egypt (and consequently lost 5 k, which was the only advantage), but since than my 'toilet pattern' has changed. I am not going into details..of course...but did any of you have or had this experience as well?
I remember a friend of mine who had been to Burkina Faso a couple of months, and he has the same thing basically.

Any (not to detailed please) experience on this one?

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 9, 2007, at 11:57 AM by Utrecht ]

2. Posted by Yeah (Budding Member 67 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Egyptian water melon filled with vodka. Still dont know if it was the hangover, the melon, or both. Spent the next five days in bed. Great holyday.

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3970 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I got severe food poisoning in Australia, and it took a good few weeks for things to get back to normal. I had a similar experience when I went to Myanmar last year, although not quite as bad.

Perhaps you should see a doctor in case you have a parasite or something?

4. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

U should ask Wouter. He seems to have plenty to say about all toilet issues.
He is TPs toilet guru!!!!


5. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

My system always goes a bit haywire for the first week or so. Last trip, Neal insisted I try the time-honoured French motto:

"Café chaud,
caca bientôt."

And... well.. .that did the trick.

6. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

This thread should have a different title.
I always tell my daughter that there is nothing dirty about going to the toilet so long as everything actually goes into the toilet.

7. Posted by lukep (Full Member 65 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Dodgy fish fingers in Maastricht before going to Morroco, was not fun! Lost a bunch of weight, and no sleep for many days.. no thanks to the morning prayers in Marrakesh!!

8. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 202 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I have a couple thoughts--- there are some parasitic infections that can lead to chronic GI symptoms ( top of the list is Giardia) and many people develop a "post-infectious" irritable bowel syndrome i.e. following a GI illness they just continue to have a variety of GI symptoms. The latter is probably the most common to give symptoms lasting that long.

My advice- see an infectious diseases or tropical medicine specialist. Both would be better qualified than a regular GP--I assume you have seen a physician in the past 3 years.. There are some treatments that could be helpful.....

9. Posted by soupatrvlr (Respected Member 386 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

i got dysentery in arusha that sent me to a hospital a few days later in nairobi. follow this about a week later with food poisoning in cairo (don't believe lp when they say a trusted :( vendor is safe). this was about 8 years ago. as you can imagine, it took a while for everything to feel fine. shortly after recovering, I noticed that i started to get carsick which i had never experienced before. it still hasn't gone away. i've had other illnesses since, most recently a stint with delhi belly last month, but my body recovered pretty quickly particularly if i had to resort to cipro to clear things up. did you take any antibiotics when you were sick? i agree with the others that its worth seeing a doctor just in case. :)