Very sick after Punta Cana
I just got back two days ago from a 5 night trip to an all inclusive in Punta Cana. The day before I came home I woke up with bad cramps and wht felt like a light fever.
Now I'm home for two days. The fevers come and go. The cramps come and go. It's been non stop diaherria. Will this just go away or do i need to go to the er? I have no insurance btw.
Anybody else have experience with this?
|by Anonymous||reply 74||04/24/2015|
You may have cholera, it is endemic (though unreported) there. Get to a hospital if it gets any worse.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||02/21/2013|
OP, I don't go to places where I would be exposed to cholera, malaria, and dengue fever.
I'm too old for that bullshit, ain't got no time for that.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||02/21/2013|
You've probably got food poisioning - fairly common in 'resort' destinations especially Club Med places. You did get your vaccinations before you went didn't you?
Hep A and Typhiod are standard for there.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||02/21/2013|
If you have diarrhea, fever and severe cramps you need to see a doctor straight away.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||02/21/2013|
OP did you drink any water there other than bottled?
|by Anonymous||reply 9||02/21/2013|
It's food poisoning. Just stay hydrated. There's a mixture of salt and sugar water you can make yourself that will help. Just Google around to find the exact measurements and give yourself a couple of days. And take immodium in the mean time.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||02/21/2013|
[quote]Get some Immodium stat.
Bad advice. The diarrhea is ridding the body of whatever germ he picked up--keeping it inside is a bad idea.
Go to the doctor, OP. You've probably just got a case of turista, which I recall from a trip to Puerto Vallarta, and while it is really miserable, it doesn't last long.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||02/21/2013|
OP, I hope you feel better and get to a university hospital. But here's what I don't understand: you don't have basic insurance, and yet you traveled to an 'exotic' locale. Not being able to afford insurance tells you to stay close to home. You wouldn't drive across country without car insurance, would you? Therefore, don't travel far from home without health insurance.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||02/21/2013|
Does your toilet bowl look like it's been pebble dashed, OP?
|by Anonymous||reply 13||02/21/2013|
My ex got a horrible case of food poisoning after a trip to Punta Cana at a low budget all-inclusive Sandals resort. The country is so impoverished that I have the feeling they re-use food that sits out on a buffet all day in the hot sun. Unlike my ex, I did not eat any meat during our trip. That might've been what saved me from a similar fate.
I felt guilty the entire time I was there because the people have so little. When we were far enough out in the water, the locals would approach us begging us to bring them something to eat. I would NEVER go back.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||02/21/2013|
thank you R11, for pointing that out. Why on earth would you want to inhibit your body's natural response by taking Immodium.....very bad idea!
|by Anonymous||reply 16||02/21/2013|
You know when you have food poisoning, it's beyond having cramps and shoots out both ends.
If OP has food poisoning I doubt he would be okay enough to post here, unless he likes to sit in his own shit.
Anywhoo, the CDC has been warning people about a cholera outbreak in the DR for a year. It's starting to get pretty bad, from what I hear. Your travel agent may or may not tell you this, and certainly not the DR Tourism Assoc.
OP, I would restrict my trips to Dollywood and Seaworld in the future.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||02/21/2013|
OP, you need to go to the dr. You probably have some sort of bug and you may need antibiotics. It could be any number of things including e-coli.
Do not take immodium unless a dr. directs you to do so. You may very well need to get everything out!!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 18||02/21/2013|
There are many emerging diseases out there waiting to attach themselves to first-world populations.
Understand something, people: we are in the midst of global climate change. That means new bugs, viruses, and diseases will be popping up. Personally, I would stay close to home although the SARS is being discovered in the UK again. So, one never knows. But the comfort of home and familiar locales makes suffering a bit easier.
Stay away from tropical locations--diseases and pathogens will be popping up soon and they won't be pretty.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||02/21/2013|
Op here, the diarrhea has lightened up a bit. Not going quite as much but when I do it's still water. I took an amoxicillin I had around the house. Hoping that will improve my condition by tomorrow. If not I will find a clinic.
Might as well start asking for clinic suggestions in NYC now right ?
|by Anonymous||reply 20||02/21/2013|
What kind of skanky hustler ass did you eat over there OP?
|by Anonymous||reply 21||02/21/2013|
Just one Argentinian bj...
|by Anonymous||reply 22||02/21/2013|
OP, taking one amoxicillin is kinda like pissing on a fire hoping to put it out. You need an entire course of antibiotics from your doctor to get rid of this bug.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||02/21/2013|
This is why I carry a stash of Cipro right next to the Viagra on my DR trips.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||02/21/2013|
No I have a whole bottle amoxicillin I plan on taking.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||02/21/2013|
Why would you take an antibiotic without even being diagnosed, OP? Are you retarded?
|by Anonymous||reply 26||02/21/2013|
Do NOT get Immodium. You need to let the diarrhea run it course. Thing like Immodium stop the bad stuff from leaving your boy. You don't want that. Drink liquids and soups and rest. Don't eat anything that will bind you up.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||02/21/2013|
OP, don't waste the antiobiotics on this. You have an intestinal issue and antiibiotics don't work for things like this.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||02/21/2013|
Why are people suggesting a university hospital?
|by Anonymous||reply 30||02/21/2013|
I'm guessing Giardiasis? My grad school advisor got it every time he went to Indonesia.
Got to a doctor.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||02/21/2013|
Jesus Christ what is wrong with you people? Cholera? OP, you traveled to a place where it's not safe to eat uncooked foods or drink the water. Now you've got the shits. When I got them in Mexico, my doctor wouldn't prescribe antibiotics without doing a culture to determine what bacteria was happening in there - she made me just ride it out. 3 weeks. I didn't die.You won't either.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||02/21/2013|
What the hell is up with Punta Cana? I never heard of it until about a year and a half ago. One of my friends went there last year on her honeymoon and now another couple I know is going there later this year.
When the fuck did Punta Cana become the "it" vacation destination???
|by Anonymous||reply 33||02/21/2013|
Your grad school advisor probably licked every ass in Djakarta.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||02/21/2013|
What is the sudden attraction to going to Punta Cana? It sounds like a third world country. I have seen pictures of the place away from the resort area and it is beyond gross and scary.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||02/21/2013|
Get well soon OP! Wishing you a speedy recovery.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||02/21/2013|
I went to Punta Cana a couple of years ago. Its attraction to me was that it was touted as the go-to for Europeans and Canadians more than ugly Americans (which was true, for the most part). I was in a "luxury" resort that didn't allow kids so the privacy and lack of crowds was nice, but the food there was terrible and the service left a lot to be desired. Won't go back. Still a third world shithole no matter which way you slice it.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||02/21/2013|
OP, you shouldn't be taking ANY antibiotics without a Dr telling you to. Good way to get an infection that is antibiotic-resistant.
It sounds like nothing more than a stomach bug from food or water. Do NOT take Imodium as you want your system to flush out all the bad stuff... not keep it in.
Increase your liquid intake and perhaps take some Gatorade or something that has electolytes in it.
If you were eating a lot of fish, it's possible that you have a condition (I can't remember what the locals call it) where the toxins that white fish have consumed via the food chain gets into your system. It works its way out eventually.
If you go to the Dr, make sure you mention where you traveled and when things kicked in. Don't worry about cholera.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||02/21/2013|
[quote]Giardia most likely
I had Giardia for almost a year once (after a false negative test), and while it was unpleasant I never had a fever. I just went a lot, and--upside!--stayed very, very lean no matter what I ate (it inhibits the way you digest fats).
My doctor prescibed me cipro before a trip to India, in case I needed it while backpacking and didn't have access to a doctor. Never got sick there, but Mexico...yikes. Montezuma's Revenge is no joke.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||02/22/2013|
R40, I like your style. I'm an American but find your post to be humorous and spot-on. Kudos!
|by Anonymous||reply 43||02/22/2013|
Guys and girls, Again, I want to stress something about climate change. It will unleash diseases that were more isolated and unheard of in previous years.
Please, stop and think before you go tropical, or vacation in a poor country. There is even a TB epidemic in downtown LA, per the Drudge Report.
Do the research. Consider the risks. And before you go, have a plan for when you come home and may need medical care.
Climate change doesn't have to be dramatic or theeatrical but more subtle, and will require us all to work around it. That means the imposition of not traveling where we want to, unless we are willing to get sick.
This is very serious stuff.
Be well people, and get better, OP.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||02/22/2013|
So those foreign tourists at the Cecil were exposed to corpse water AND TB?
So much for Destination L.A.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||02/22/2013|
The word is out for travelers to never, ever, stay downtown but instead stay on the westside (Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, Culver City, etc). Pay the extra bucks and stay somewhere decent, and if you have to go downtown than take a bus, tour group, or rent a car. But never stay downtown.
It's as bad as walking around the Tenderloin *shudders*
|by Anonymous||reply 46||02/22/2013|
Travelers need to know that there are cities in the US that you cannot 'budget' and still stay safe.
San Francisco, LA, NY, Chicago--if you cannot afford mid-priced accomodations don't do it. It won't be some kind of 'adventure' to brag about.
Save your money until you can afford a safer and more pleasant trip. The old days of roughing it and having fun are OVAH.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||02/22/2013|
Yes you need an anti-biotic. Don't take immodium it makes you feel worse! It's probably a water born thing. I get them when I travel sometimes. I got sick in Turkey, Mexico, and even Texas from drinking water. Yes, I am a delicate flower.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||02/22/2013|
[quote] Unlike my ex, I did not eat any meat during our trip. That might've been what saved me from a similar fate.
Doubtful. Most "vacation" food poisoning comes from food that has been sprayed with contaminated water, stored in water or irrigated with contaminated water while growing in the field. Think green salad, fruit, vegetable side dishes. Another big source of food poisoning are creams, custards, buttercream frosting. Lastly there is contaminated seafood and meat.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||02/22/2013|
There's been a TB epidemic on NYC since the 1920s.
It was kept under control, but not eradicated, by public health nurses until 1980 when the public health nurses were cut. Then came drug-resistant TB -- brought to you by budget cutting.
Public health is one sector where austerity measures have resulted in the deaths of millions. If they hadn't been cut in the late 70s-1980, they'd have otter AIDS sooner and agitated for treatment.
But it was morning in America.... All the bad news had to go away, so PH nurses were sent away...
|by Anonymous||reply 50||02/22/2013|
Hotel rates in CA are disgusting. They charge for Internet access. They charge for parking. They have all kinds of fees tacked on so their population doesn't have to pay their fair share of property taxes. No wonder people from other parts of the world choose a place like the Cecil.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||02/22/2013|
[quote] Then most likely Flagyl, one of the nastiest medications going.One of the reasons they won't prescribe before is because the medication required is wicked on the body and guts and even mental processes to take and many are unable to withstand the full course of treatment.
I don't think I've ever had a patient say they couldn't withstand the full course of flagyl. I've had patients taking flagyl that drank alcohol (despite being warned by me 2 - 3 times not to) that got very sick
|by Anonymous||reply 52||02/22/2013|
Feeling a lot better everyone. Thanks for your comments and concern.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||02/24/2013|
[quote]OP, you need to go to the dr.
Actually, going there seemed to be the source of the problem. Going back isn't going to help.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||02/24/2013|
Filthy water, filthy food--and e-coli evahwhere!
|by Anonymous||reply 55||02/24/2013|
OP, go to a health food store and get a good probiotic. After the diarrhea and antibiotic, you'll need some probiotics to restore your colons good bacteria.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||02/24/2013|
Fever doesn't seem to be associated with cholera. (see link). Plus, Punta Cana is a long way away from the areas of the Dominican where cholera has broken out... due largely to the chaos of Haiti in any event.
It is highly unlikely you've got anything other than food poisoning or gastroenteritis.
Stay hydrated and rest your stomach. I came back from a South American country in the last two weeks with a horrible case of gastroenteritis and I felt fevered as part of it. The pharmacist here told me if possible, avoid Immodium as long as you can because the diharrea is your body getting the toxins out.
Something with electrolytes will help with the hydration. Don't be afraid to go the the doctor if you feel seriously unwell but odds are this is a simple bug.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||02/24/2013|
Same thing with me...a week in st. Maarten and Turks & Caicos.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||02/24/2013|
Laughing at "per the Drudge Report." Honey, do you think there is some kind of invisible barrier between "good" and "bad" neighborhoods that would keep TB (an airborne illness) in downtown L.A. and away from you as long as you roll up your windows, lock the car doors, and stay 10 blocks away from any brown people? Has political conservatism literally become a degenerative brain disease?
And if you haven't gone to a doctor OP, go. You need professional care if you are still sick at this point, not wilidly spiraling speculation by hysterical queens.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||02/24/2013|
Why the hell would anyone who can't afford insurance go on a vacation - to an all-inclusive resort no less.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||02/24/2013|
I never get sick in Western Europe
|by Anonymous||reply 61||02/24/2013|
My partner just had a nasty case of some kind of stomach bug and the doc recommended something called the BRAT (bananas-rice-applesauce-toast) diet to help control the diarrhea:
|by Anonymous||reply 63||02/24/2013|
R33/R35 - Punta Cana was hot in mid-late 90s for about 10 years. It's no longer hot anymore cuz it's so "done". I can't believe you haven't heard of people going to Dominican Republic for vacation.
It's like the Acapulco of the 60's and 70's.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||02/24/2013|
Some people just go on holiday in winter to lie on a beach in the sun, not for bragging rights. How tedious you must be at a dinner table, R64.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||02/24/2013|
Wow, Missy Op can take an all-inclusive to Punta Cana, but she can't buy health insurance.
That's a social commentary begging to be written.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||02/24/2013|
My whole family was in Punta Cana Club Med last week, and every one of us has the same thing. 5 day run of Cipro should knock it right out - and stay hydrated. Lots of luck!
|by Anonymous||reply 67||02/27/2014|
[quote] Contact your agent (you should have done this before you left, honestly) about the risks in Punta Cana for cholera.
I doubt very much someone who spends money on vacations and not health insurance would have done this.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||02/27/2014|
You can do an all expense to Punta Cana with airfare for 600 if you shop carefully.
Health insurance is 600 a month with huge deductibles under the new Unafforable Care act.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||02/27/2014|
I just got back from punta cana and sick the 2nd day I was there. I am now home and I am still sick with diarrhea and nausia. I have a Dr. Appointment, While I was in punta Cana even the bottled water tasted funny. You need to go to the clinic and get medicatin for toxins. I have had food poisoning before and it's no treat
|by Anonymous||reply 71||04/24/2015|
thats what you get for eating pussy
|by Anonymous||reply 72||04/24/2015|
Don't go to the ER.
Having the trots isn't an emergency.
Go to a walk-in practice or call your doctor's office and explain you've got persistent diarrhea and want to see the doctor today. If your doctor tells you to go to the ER, get a new doctor.
I live in a second home/resort community and our walk-in practices are very good.
|by Anonymous||reply 73||04/24/2015|
I don't know where you live R70. I just got a platinum program for under 300. I live in NYC. If it's unaffordable now, what was it before?
|by Anonymous||reply 74||04/24/2015|