Thanks for the reply.
The antibiotic would not have any effect on the pinworms. Pinworms need to be treated with an antihelminthic (anti-parasite) medication. This would need to be tested for first as these medicaitons are quite strong.
The antibiotic may have aggravated the symptoms as antibiotics kill both good and bad bacteria. Our digestive tract is filled with bacteria that help us digest our food. There are both beneficial bacteria and harmful bacteria. Antibiotics do not distinguish between the two. If the balance of good and bad bacteria is disrupted, adverse digestive symptoms, such as gas, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea can develop. This can be corrected by taking good bacteria (probiotics) to help recolonize the digestive tract with the good bacteria. I often suggest my patients take 9-15 billion colonies per day of a dairy free probiotic. The bacteria I suggest they look for are Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacteria. Jarrow is a good brand that can be found over the counter. I also suggest finding a probiotic that is dairy free.
I have found patients in my practice respond well to dietary changes, the addition of probiotics (such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, and bifidobacteria), and digestive enzymes (such as protease, lipase, pepsin, trypsin, chymotrypsin, etc). Often these changes relieve digestive symptoms. It is important to talk to your doctor before beginning any treatment.
There has been research done linking a certain bacteria found in the digestive tract that when presented with the food additive carageenan leads to inflammatory bowel disease. Although you may not have inflammatory bowel, it may be worth a trial of avoiding carageenan in your diet.
As I said before, I would also suggest checking out the following website: www.betterhealthusa.com It provides information regarding a blood test which you may find beneficial. There is a great amount of research linking IgG food allegies with digestive symptoms. Food senstivities often present with a variety of symptoms. Conventionally they are not tested for although research indicates that approximately 95% of individuals in the US suffer from some type of adverse food reaction. In addition, gluten sensitivity should also be ruled out. Although this it would be a bit unusual to beome gluten intolerant later in life, it is possible. Gluten is a component found in grains such as wheat, rye, barley, oats, spelt, and tritacale. You can find out more about gluten sensitivity here: http://www.celiac.com/
I would also suggest you see a gastroenterologist for further testing if the symptoms persist or if you notice a worsening of symptoms (worsening abdominal pain, fever, blood in stool).
I hope you find this information helpful.
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