Amoebic Dysentery in Africa

Greetings ladies and gentlemen,

The malaria treatment ended and my malaise accelerated, only reasonable thing to do is return to a Doctor. Went to another clinic, this one more thorough, indeed. Tests came in and tested positive for amoebic dysentery(don’t judge), relapsing fever and some other random run of the mill intestine parasite.


Good news is malaria is gone. The combo I have and did have while I had malaria is truly uncomfortable. My stomach is in knots, 24/7. One cannot go more than 30 minutes even at night without trip to gents room, every 10 minutes is most of the time. Very sore muscles and fatigued.

To make matters worse, as a complication of infection, mouth is full of ulcers making eating unbearable. One must eat or will surely vomit the antibiotic as it’s hard on stomach. It’s incredibly undistinguished but have been reduced to soggy bread as anything else is painful, eat some chicken and steak but with mouth open chewing once or twice, not fun.

Biggest issue now is dehydration, hard to stay hydrated when water goes through you. Have hydration salts but the taste like a sordid sewer soup made by a Scotsman with syphilis. Feeling better as on day one of new meds, last night was worst of all.

Why the photo above? My goal of this trip was to travel the world and document the daily goings as 99% of travel literature is top 10 lists, places to visit, things to do and other things of that vanilla nature. They also paint an unrealistic picture of paradise. How many north Americans have gone to Mexico, Panama or Costa Rica and spent half their one week all inclusive with stomach issues!? Bali belly comes to mind.

This blog is real and authentic if nothing else, hopefully at times remotely entertaining. Back to the photo, always traveled in the spirit of an adventurer aka a gentleman of the past with no guide books and most certainly never researching a country before arriving, simply showing up and seeing what transpires, so to speak.

I cannot imagine the pain they suffered when contracting these illnesses with no clinics or cures. A moment of silence for the true adventurers, most of whom died from one of the illnesses I now posses. Imagine sweating in a mud hut with dysentery, malaria, relapsing fever and other parasites?

Come to think of it, fortunate I returned to Arusha when I did or o would be in one of those huts. Truly went off the grid here but no regrets, thoroughly enjoyed my time in the bush, immensely actually. Come to think of it first thong Doc asked me was “have you been in the bush?!”

Recovering but uncomfortable.

A tip of the hat to you, dignified readers.

Author: SHABL

Rob has been traveling the world and living abroad for over a decade. The goal was to stop having a boring life and it turned into something far greater. He's worked with national tourism boards and been mentioned in National Geographic. These days he lives abroad and loves business, technology, the tropical lifestyle, good food and travel.

4 thoughts on “Amoebic Dysentery in Africa

  1. Ok, so … this is not a fun subject to talk about and I’m sorry you’re feeling so miserable but … there are pills or a shot (shot is better, faster, doesn’t have the side effect of possibly being thrown up) that works in relaxing your stomach muscles. I suppose it’s a muscle relaxant. Anyway, in the US it’s called Phenergan. I don’t know what it’s called overseas. I’ve been given it in the US and in the developing world and it works like a charm.

    Yes, it pretty much knocks you out cold, but when your gut feels like it’s wrapped itself around a pole and won’t let go, sleep is welcome. I’ve found that when I wake up I feel like a new person and if you get it in injection form, you feel the pain relief pretty much immediately.

    They tend to give travelers Cipro/Zithromax, but I don’t know if there is something stronger out there these days. Cipro is hard on the stomach of course, but I was always told yogurt is key because of the acidophilus. It’s the live cultures in the yogurt that you need in your stomach because the strong antibiotics kill all the bacteria that’s hiding in there and it adds good bacteria in which helps in many ways. If you’re getting dehydrated, it might be time for IV fluids? Amoebic Dysentery is not joke.

    I don’t know why I always seem to be giving you advice here, but I feel your pain in this post and know how horrible it can be.

    Hopefully by the time you read this, whatever they’re giving you has helped.

    Take care and I hope to read that you’re up and about very very soon!

    1. Thanks Fran,

      Eat an omelette today, watched a movie and slept a few hours last might, those meds are intense to say the least. will keep up drinking the rehydration packs and hopefully all will be well. Can totally see how this would be fatal without meds.

      Hope you’re well and long time no talk!

    1. Good advice, couldn’t get it to play but did check that Moto ride in Moscow, wow. Must be it itching to vet back on bike eh?

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