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Post Earthquake Abdominal Pain - potiental parasite?

After the Christchurch earthquake in 2010 my nephew began to develop stomach pains and GI issues. Cut to almost 9 years later it’s still occurring. The doctors have put it down to a parasitise in the water during that time as there was sewerage contamination. The doctors are unable to say which specific parasite it is though or help my nephew in anyway. It wasn’t until I visited at Christmas that I saw how much this effected him and his life.
So I’ve got a few questions that I can’t find any answers for
Firstly- is it possible for a parasite to survive that long in the gut
Secondly- is there any extra tests they could be doing to find a definite answer (the New Zealand Heath system is subpar to say the least and no one seems to care now that they’ve put a label on it)
Thirdly - has anyone ever heard of this occurring? I always put it down to a developed anxiety issue (and rightfully so it was a traumatic time for him) but through word of mouth I’ve found out another lady has been told the same thing about a potiental parasite from the same event that no one is able to identify.
Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated
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replied January 20th, 2019
Hello and welcome to EHF !

I went through your query and i think it could be a parasite plus PTSD leading to GI discomfort secondary to stress. Supportive care , deworming and use of IBS treatment and stress management with a good psychotherapist along with diet and lifestyle adjustment is mandatory.


Take care


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