Traveller's bug - Stomach troubles

by Nikki & Hanuman, Monday, March 29, 2021, 01:59 (14 days ago)

Hello Friends,
Just spent some beautiful days in Zihuatanejo, staying very safe with COVID protocols, cleanliness, distancing and staying peacefully to ourselves enjoying long walks along the Avenida Bicicleta and through our favorite parts of town, greeting the locals with a sincere "Buenos Dias" or "Buenos Tardes" and getting such warm replies in return. Despite all of our preparations and precautions, we have picked up an intestinal bug which has brought about days of diarreha, stomach cramping, and lack of appetite. We have both tested NEGATIVE for COVID-19 and will test again back in our hometown with a saliva test in a day or two. Meanwhile, a strict quarantine and some household tasks... This bug has happened before in years past, interestingly starting only after moving over to reside on Playa La Ropa...
Fellow Z-travellers have told us this is quite common and that there is a shot that one can receive in the buttock to alleviate the symptoms.
Question: Does anyone know what this "bug" might be (medical terminology appreciated) and what the "mystery shot" is?? Too little too late, we have left Zihuatanejo. Now, unfortunately, we have "symptoms" which will keep us from gaining access to our own healthcare facilities until we get better.

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Traveller's bug - Stomach troubles

by Timmac @, Steilacoom, WA, Monday, March 29, 2021, 06:43 (13 days ago) @ Nikki & Hanuman

There are way too many bacteria and viruses that can cause gastroenteritis to hazard a guess. Probably the most common is E. coli. (yes there are several varieties of this bug with only one of them being nasty) Almost all travelers diarrhea can be mitigated by pepto bismol, one ounce an hour until it has resolved, up to 8 ounces. if that doesn't work, either Flagyl or Cipro should do the trick. Why do you feel you are unable to seek medical care? I do not know the name of the injection you refer to.

Traveller's bug - Stomach troubles

by mindpilot, la Playa Buenavista, Monday, March 29, 2021, 07:24 (13 days ago) @ Nikki & Hanuman

Hello Friends,
Just spent some beautiful days in Zihuatanejo, staying very safe with COVID protocols, cleanliness, distancing and staying peacefully to ourselves enjoying long walks along the Avenida Bicicleta and through our favorite parts of town, greeting the locals with a sincere "Buenos Dias" or "Buenos Tardes" and getting such warm replies in return. Despite all of our preparations and precautions, we have picked up an intestinal bug which has brought about days of diarreha, stomach cramping, and lack of appetite. We have both tested NEGATIVE for COVID-19 and will test again back in our hometown with a saliva test in a day or two. Meanwhile, a strict quarantine and some household tasks... This bug has happened before in years past, interestingly starting only after moving over to reside on Playa La Ropa...
Fellow Z-travellers have told us this is quite common and that there is a shot that one can receive in the buttock to alleviate the symptoms.
Question: Does anyone know what this "bug" might be (medical terminology appreciated) and what the "mystery shot" is?? Too little too late, we have left Zihuatanejo. Now, unfortunately, we have "symptoms" which will keep us from gaining access to our own healthcare facilities until we get better.


First, I'm not a dr nor do I play one on TV. But I am someone plagued by stomach problems even under the best of circumstances.

I experienced that same thing on my first trip to Zihua, staying at a hotel in la Ropa. Down for a couple days. I think your body just takes a little time to get used to the local mirco flora and fauna. OTOH, you may just have regular old food poisoning and there's not much you can do but wait for it to go away.

So I'm assuming this has not responded to the usual application of Immodium & Dramamine? That's the combo that works for me.

I believe the "mystery shot" may be Compazine, generic is Prochlorperazine. Also available in tablet form. Probably available OTC in MX.

The other thing to consider is stress, especially now when traveling which is already stressful enough adds the very real possibility of catching a deadly disease.

As far as prevention, my very unscientific take is probiotics. A strong colony of gut bacteria is a good defense against any interlopers that might ride in on your street taco.

Hope you are feeling better soon.

Traveller's bug - Stomach troubles

by midalake @, Monday, March 29, 2021, 08:04 (13 days ago) @ Nikki & Hanuman

Hello Friends,
Just spent some beautiful days in Zihuatanejo, staying very safe with COVID protocols, cleanliness, distancing and staying peacefully to ourselves enjoying long walks along the Avenida Bicicleta and through our favorite parts of town, greeting the locals with a sincere "Buenos Dias" or "Buenos Tardes" and getting such warm replies in return. Despite all of our preparations and precautions, we have picked up an intestinal bug which has brought about days of diarreha, stomach cramping, and lack of appetite. We have both tested NEGATIVE for COVID-19 and will test again back in our hometown with a saliva test in a day or two. Meanwhile, a strict quarantine and some household tasks... This bug has happened before in years past, interestingly starting only after moving over to reside on Playa La Ropa...
Fellow Z-travellers have told us this is quite common and that there is a shot that one can receive in the buttock to alleviate the symptoms.
Question: Does anyone know what this "bug" might be (medical terminology appreciated) and what the "mystery shot" is?? Too little too late, we have left Zihuatanejo. Now, unfortunately, we have "symptoms" which will keep us from gaining access to our own healthcare facilities until we get better.


Your doctor should check you for stomach amoeba's.

D

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by Timmac @, Steilacoom, WA, Monday, March 29, 2021, 08:11 (13 days ago) @ midalake

While this is possible, a common axiom in medicine is, “when you hear hoofbeats thin horses not zebras.”

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by Talley Ho @, Playa la Ropa, Monday, March 29, 2021, 11:41 (13 days ago) @ Nikki & Hanuman

Back when we wintered in Mexico in our RV we ALWAYS had issues when we switched from bottled water in Mexico to tap water in the US. We finally learned that if we stuck with bottled water for a few days after we returned home, then gradually returned to tap water we would be OK.

We also started taking probiotics (Trader Joe's used to have great ones) before we left and continued for a week or so after we returned to US water.

We have always thought that it was just a case of different flora and fauna along with the stress of travel, leaving paradise, the temperature changes, all those things.

Could the shot you are referring to be the special shot Dr. Grayeb used for basically anything? If you went to see him you almost always received a shot in the butt of vitamins and other things that weren't antibiotics. It really seemed to help everyone for everything.

Traveller's bug - Stomach troubles

by Ironwood @, Monday, March 29, 2021, 14:09 (13 days ago) @ Talley Ho

Back when we wintered in Mexico in our RV we ALWAYS had issues when we switched from bottled water in Mexico to tap water in the US. We finally learned that if we stuck with bottled water for a few days after we returned home, then gradually returned to tap water we would be OK.

We also started taking probiotics (Trader Joe's used to have great ones) before we left and continued for a week or so after we returned to US water.

We have always thought that it was just a case of different flora and fauna along with the stress of travel, leaving paradise, the temperature changes, all those things.

Could the shot you are referring to be the special shot Dr. Grayeb used for basically anything? If you went to see him you almost always received a shot in the butt of vitamins and other things that weren't antibiotics. It really seemed to help everyone for everything.

I had a "Grayeb 101-Uses Special" years ago, in my backside. Felt like I'd been kicked by a mule.

Traveller's bug - Stomach troubles

by rdcosta @, Monday, March 29, 2021, 16:53 (13 days ago) @ Ironwood

Try a cup of Manzanillo tea, it workes very good

Traveller's bug - Stomach troubles

by FrozenNoMás @, Monday, March 29, 2021, 16:58 (13 days ago) @ Ironwood

After or before?!

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Traveller's bug - Stomach troubles

by Timmac @, Steilacoom, WA, Monday, March 29, 2021, 17:52 (13 days ago) @ FrozenNoMás

During would be more interesting.