Are stomach parasites causing your fatigue?
You may be wondering why I posted an article about stomach parasite symptoms on a Chronic Fatigue Syndrome website.
Because after many tests, including a comprehensive stool test, it was determined that he had stomach parasites. This parasite has contributed greatly to my unique version of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
I think it’s very important to get tested to see if stomach parasites could be contributing to your chronic fatigue.
There are some symptoms of stomach parasites which I will discuss in detail in the following information.
In fact, thousands of tiny organisms and bacteria live in your gut. Most of them are harmless and contribute to the balance of your digestive system and overall health.
However, sometimes specific intestinal symptoms may appear, such as:
Bloating and flatulence
Illness and pain
All of these symptoms can be associated with a parasitic infection.
Types of human intestinal parasites
If you are infected with intestinal parasites, you may experience skin irritations, unexplained rashes, hives, eczema, muscle and joint pain, general fatigue, depression, and listlessness.
The first type of intestinal parasites are called helminths – parasites that live in the small intestine and stick to the intestinal wall.
These are multicellular organisms that are visible to the naked eye and are often caught by drinking contaminated water or stepping on contaminated soil in countries with humid climates and poor sanitation.
Roundworms, or nematodes, have long, thin unsegmented bodies, while tapeworms have long, flat ribbon-like bodies with many segments.
Helminths resemble leaves in appearance and, unlike the other two types of helminths, do not have a body cavity.
Unlike other pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, and protozoa, helminths do not reproduce within the host.
The worms grow and mature, but after spawning they are usually killed by the host to infect new people. Most helminth infections are well tolerated, especially if you have a strong immune system. However, some helminths can cause more serious damage. Larvae and adult roundworms move within tissues, causing blockages, inflammation, anemia, and even organ dysfunction.
Adult eggs can cause fibrosis of the organs or high blood pressure when they are located inside the vessels.
Unlike helminths, protozoa are small single-celled organisms that live in the gut. Some of them may seem harmless, while others may be beneficial to your gut health.
However, in some cases, protozoan parasites can cause various digestive symptoms, fatigue, and exhaustion.
In general, protozoa infiltrate the environment. They form a cyst – this is a resting stage that is resistant to any temperature and chemicals.
Infection with protozoan parasites occurs when you ingest cysts from the environment, but your immune system keeps the protozoa under control.
Tapeworms are one of the most common intestinal parasites. You can catch one if you drink water contaminated with tapeworm eggs and larvae, or eat raw or cooked meat.
Maggot eggs are passed in feces and can survive for days to months in most environments; from there they find their way into cattle and pigs.
After swallowing the larvae or eggs, they develop into adult tapeworms in the intestine, where they can attach to the intestinal wall and live for several years.
Over time, adult tapeworms produce proglottids, which mature, detach from the tapeworm, migrate to the anus, and infect other hosts via the stool.
Typically, tapeworms resemble large white ribbons that can grow up to 50 feet long and can live in your gut for up to 30 years if left untreated.
Symptoms of a tapeworm infection include gastrointestinal disturbances such as nausea, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, and weight loss, as well as neurological symptoms such as unexplained lumps and bumps, severe allergic reactions, recurrent bacterial infections, and, in some cases, seizures.