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Parasites from Cuba affecting the bladder

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Parasites from Cuba affecting the bladder

Hi there,
I was wanting to see if anyone has any ideas or experience with Cuban parasites.
My mom went to Cuba about a year ago. Ever since she came back, she's had problems and pain with her bladder. She says she has a burning sensation and a lot of pressure with her bladder. I am not sure if she means it is constant, or only when her bladder is full. She has been put on 6 different antibiotics (successively, not at once). She feels good for a short time, and then whatever she has adapts and returns. She went for some pre-op today and is apparently going for more tests, but since whatever she has is not endemic to the region, I don't have much trust in the doctors to know what to look for.

She wonders if she might have picked something up from coconut water, but she really has no clue.

Does anyone have any thoughts or advice?

Thanks.
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Trust the doctors, not the people on RFD.i mean they mean well,but they are not doctors
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if she drank from a fresh coconut (meaning they cut it open infront of her) then there's no chance it came from that.
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thepersianguy wrote: if she drank from a fresh coconut (meaning they cut it open infront of her) then there's no chance it came from that.

If the knife used to cut is not clean..

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But we are not doctors here. Let the doctors do the investigation.
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A tropical disease clinic may be your best bet if you think it is directly related to something from Cuba. Dr Gamble from IHM / associated with North York General (or used to anyways, I haven't been since I moved back to Canada) is an excellent second opinion if you are looking for one. http://www.ihm.ca/

Coconut milk in itself is very sterile. It can also be used as an IV fluid http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10674546
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xxxray wrote: Trust the doctors, not the people on RFD.i mean they mean well,but they are not doctors
A reeeally reeealy big +1.
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She should have made sure she got the proper shots before going if she didn't already have them. She could have got something from the water, the food and many other things...
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sandy_beach wrote: She should have made sure she got the proper shots before going if she didn't already have them. She could have got something from the water, the food and many other things...

You can't get vaccinated against everything you could contract. In fact you can only get vaccinated against very few things. Any I can't think of any vaccines that protect against parasites.
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A Urologist appointment is her best bet.
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Skirby01 wrote: Surely there is at least one doctor on rfd.

Probably, but there's 2 issues.

1. You don't know if they are actually a doctor or not.

2. This isn't something you want to diagnose over the internet.
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Aqueya wrote: Hi there,
I was wanting to see if anyone has any ideas or experience with Cuban parasites.
My mom went to Cuba about a year ago. Ever since she came back, she's had problems and pain with her bladder. She says she has a burning sensation and a lot of pressure with her bladder. I am not sure if she means it is constant, or only when her bladder is full. She has been put on 6 different antibiotics (successively, not at once). She feels good for a short time, and then whatever she has adapts and returns. She went for some pre-op today and is apparently going for more tests, but since whatever she has is not endemic to the region, I don't have much trust in the doctors to know what to look for.

She wonders if she might have picked something up from coconut water, but she really has no clue.

Does anyone have any thoughts or advice?

Thanks.

I like how you've made up your mind about what you think it could be...
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It's actually becoming much more common for people to self diagnose using the internet. http://journal.lib.uoguelph.ca/index.ph ... le/244/374

Although there may be frustrations on the part of physicians with people "self-diagnosing" using the internet, there are some benefits. Members here are probably not physicians but many have travelled overseas and may have had experience with such symptoms. It seems that Aqueya's mother has tried to treat it "She has been put on 6 different antibiotics (successively, not at once).", "She went for some pre-op today and is apparently going for more tests," without success. I have a close family member who currently has a condition obtained overseas which they have been unable to diagnose here in Canada and I certainly think that after a year and a half she is really open hearing different opinions.

At best, any of the information learnt here would be brought to a registered physician. Even if someone suggested an antibiotic, it would ultimately be up to a physician to prescribe it.
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Aqueya wrote: Hi there,
I was wanting to see if anyone has any ideas or experience with Cuban parasites.
My mom went to Cuba about a year ago. Ever since she came back, she's had problems and pain with her bladder. She says she has a burning sensation and a lot of pressure with her bladder. I am not sure if she means it is constant, or only when her bladder is full. She has been put on 6 different antibiotics (successively, not at once). She feels good for a short time, and then whatever she has adapts and returns. She went for some pre-op today and is apparently going for more tests, but since whatever she has is not endemic to the region, I don't have much trust in the doctors to know what to look for.

She wonders if she might have picked something up from coconut water, but she really has no clue.

Does anyone have any thoughts or advice?

Thanks.

I have no idea where you are located but I know Toronto General Hospital has a Travel clinic for Tropical diseases. Perhaps you can get a referral to this clinic for your Mom.

http://www.uhn.ca/Clinics_&_Services/cl ... dicine.asp
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This is not meant to be a joke, but it could be an STI?
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Aqueya, did your mom finally get a proper diagnosis and treatment? Similar case here after visit to Cuba but no coconut water involved.
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AlienOne wrote: Aqueya, did your mom finally get a proper diagnosis and treatment? Similar case here after visit to Cuba but no coconut water involved.
Suggest you send OP a PM if you haven't. Has not been active for months but PM will be emailed to the OP

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