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What is living inside me, and how can I kill it?! (TMI warning)

(67 Posts)
Whatislivinginsideme Fri 16-Nov-12 18:59:22

Last night I went for a wee before bed and when I wiped I noticed a black, inch long, 'thing' on the paper. It was very thin, and I thought it was a hair, but a very thick one. I looked a bit closer and one end sort of reared up a little, so I'm sure it was a living creature. At that point I flushed it down the loo in panic!

I thought it might mean I had general 'worms' but when I googled about them it said they are white. This was black.

Today I inspected the paper after wiping and there were a couple of shorter thin things that looked lighter in colour. If I hadn't seen the black moving thing the night before I would have presumed they were just little bits of hair, but now I don't know.

Does anyone have any idea what this is and how I can get rid of any more that might be in me?!

I do have 3 cats, so don't know if it's some kind of creature caught from them? I do always wash my hands before eating and after cleaning their litter tray etc. But I don't always wash after every single time I stroke one of them. And I admit, they do often sleep on my bed.

Any ideas? And will I have to go to the dr? I hate going to doctors about 'embarrassing' inflictions!


whizmum Fri 16-Nov-12 19:36:18

I would go to the chemists and get some ovex, then make an appointment on monday if there is no change.

lunar1 Fri 16-Nov-12 19:37:43

I think you need to see the GP.

banana87 Fri 16-Nov-12 20:43:41

GP. Forget waiting, go to out of hours.

Ahardyfool Fri 16-Nov-12 20:46:43

Just get some ovex for now. Dd had a worm come our if her nose. That was worrying but GP just prescribed ovex same as for arse worms.

Any other symptoms?

Whatislivinginsideme Fri 16-Nov-12 23:40:33

Our of hours? But I don't feel ill. I don't need to bother with out of hours dr do I?

Whatislivinginsideme Fri 16-Nov-12 23:42:20

I will get some ovex tomorrow. Thanks. No, I don't have any other symptoms. Feel fine, and have been out for a few hours tonight for my friend's birthday.

Feckbox Fri 16-Nov-12 23:53:14

no, not out of hours. It's neither an accident nor an emergency

Marrow Fri 16-Nov-12 23:53:55

Could it be something that you have eaten rather than something living? I ate a load of beansprouts once and had a terrible shock when I went to the loo the next day. I thought I had tapeworms or something then realised it was the beansprouts!

Whatislivinginsideme Fri 16-Nov-12 23:56:25

I'm pretty sure it moved Marrow sad

rubyrubyruby Fri 16-Nov-12 23:59:33



fuzzpig Sat 17-Nov-12 16:56:22

How are you feeling today whatis?

gingeroots Sat 17-Nov-12 17:03:43

nose >>>faints<<<

RandallPinkFloyd Sat 17-Nov-12 17:05:10

Worms coming out of her nose shock


Hope you got it sorted OP!

Ahardyfool Sat 17-Nov-12 18:12:34

Apparently, bum worms can get in your nasal passages and so on if you inhale the eggs and they hatch up there. We were a little shocked. It could've been a roundworm - which is what I feared. However, even more scary worms are treated with same stuff so we just super dosed on that.

Hoped that might reassure are you today by the way?

Try and 'catch' one and take it to a pharmacist. We did that. Everyone left the shop but it was very helpful. Pharma lady said we have all sorts of parasites everywhere, she was quite unphased.

TheAccidentalExhibitionist Sat 17-Nov-12 18:17:41

Don't think Ovex will work for this type of worm it's too big to be a threadworm. Easy to get a prescription from the GP though.

<whispers> I've had them too, got them from my skanky pets.

Vivalebeaver Sat 17-Nov-12 18:21:57

My dad got worms from the dog years and years ago and one got into his brain and made him have a fit. They saw the worm in his brain on a scan.

RandallPinkFloyd Sat 17-Nov-12 19:00:35

<<Wakes up from shock at nose worms>>

<<passes straight back out to the thought of brain worms>>

Blimey Viva is he ok now?

Vivalebeaver Sat 17-Nov-12 19:02:14

Its given him epilepsy.

Vivalebeaver Sat 17-Nov-12 19:03:28

This worm brain was diagnosed 40 years ago. Its possibly bollocks, not on my dad's part, but maybe the Drs got it wrong. hmm It does sound odd, he definetly has epilepsy and didn't before he got worms.

Vivalebeaver Sat 17-Nov-12 19:05:26
Ahardyfool Sat 17-Nov-12 19:06:16

Can I just add that the worms that about 40 percent of your DC and their schoolmates have and you are not caught from household pets. Roundworms are (rarely) and they will travel all over your insides and come out of your eyes, brain, lungs, whatever...

Nicer worms, such as the familiar threadworms, are only as adventurous as your colon, nose (evidently) and occasionally fanjo.

RandallPinkFloyd Sat 17-Nov-12 19:09:40

Crikey Viva, that's horrible.

Vivalebeaver Sat 17-Nov-12 19:14:24

I have no worm symptoms but think I might dose myself up with Ovex after this thread. Does Ovex work on roundworms?

JuliaScurr Sat 17-Nov-12 20:08:27

Ahardy FANJO WORMS NOOoooo....!!!!!

Vivalebeaver Sat 17-Nov-12 20:12:40

Fanjo worms are just bum worms that have migrated round for a holiday.

openerofjars Sat 17-Nov-12 20:14:13

Fucking hell! That's it: I'm going to have to tell DS that we're only ever having pet fish.



TheCountessOlenska Sat 17-Nov-12 20:15:03

This thread is proper making me LOL. Sorry OP grin

I would freak out then faint. Hope you get ovex?(ed) up sad

FIFIBEBE Sat 17-Nov-12 20:23:47

My friend spent a year in Africa and returned 18 months ago. Two weeks ago she passed a 28cm live earthworm type creature. She reckons it was just about measurable. Strong drugs sorted it, but eurgh.

FIFIBEBE Sat 17-Nov-12 20:24:10

My friend spent a year in Africa and returned 18 months ago. Two weeks ago she passed a 28cm live earthworm type creature. She reckons it was just about measurable. Strong drugs sorted it, but eurgh.

confused yikes

Vivalebeaver Sat 17-Nov-12 20:47:46

I've been to Africa <scared>

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Sat 17-Nov-12 20:49:03


I think I am going to pass out...

TheBigKidsDidIt Sat 17-Nov-12 22:47:44

WHY did I read this thread?? I feel all clammy?

I am going to bathe in Ovex from now on. Just in case.

RandallPinkFloyd Sat 17-Nov-12 23:06:39

Yep, this thread has added several items to the list-of-things-MN-has-taught-me-that-I-had-no-desire-to-know!

Whatislivinginsideme Sun 18-Nov-12 02:38:47

TheAccidentalExhibitionist - did you have exactly the same thing as me? I.e a black skinny worm thing? Did you have to show any body areas/samples to the GP or was your explanation enough to get a prescription?

I was helping at an event all this morning and early afternoon, so it was about 3pm before I could get to my local chemist for ovex and it was shut! I couldn't be bothered to walk to the main shopping area to go to Boots. I wish I had now!

I did dose my cats up on worming syrup though. I thought about taking a big glug myself but thought it might not be good for humans!

TheAccidentalExhibitionist Sun 18-Nov-12 07:25:54

In laws had been staying with us. MIL found a large worm at the bottom of the toilet bowl after going. She fished it out and took it to the GP. The said it was roundworm. There are 60plus different types but basically parasites living in your digestive tract but can lay eggs elsewhere. DH then found them and so did I, looked like a earthworm.

We were given Flubendazol from the doctor, all of us took it including my DS. Doctor just laughed and wrote us a script, they definitely didnt want to see it.

We also took Ovex, just I'm case, but that is for threadworm. We wormed all our pets and have stopped the dogs from licking us.

TheAccidentalExhibitionist Sun 18-Nov-12 07:30:32

BTW it totally freaked us all out and I've told no-one in real life.

We live abroad, not Africa and I believe it's extremely common in warmer countries.

RandomMess Sun 18-Nov-12 07:31:35

Really get thee to the chemist today!!!! Then to the drs

Whatislivinginsideme Sun 18-Nov-12 07:50:38

Are chemists open on Sunday? I mean, I know Boots will be, but will the pharmacist bit be open? Or is ovex something you can get off the shelf?

<awaits news of national ovex shortage>

Vivalebeaver Sun 18-Nov-12 08:02:18

The pharmacist bit will be open and they'll give you ovex.

TheAccidentalExhibitionist Sun 18-Nov-12 08:07:40

Ovex is for threadworm. They are little tiny white worms. Its available over the counter.

This sounds like roundworm as it's much bigger. OP you need a prescription from the GP.

Lougle Sun 18-Nov-12 08:25:41

Ovex is mebendazole, used for treating threadworms. You take one tablet as a single dose.

For roundworms, you take it twice a day for 3 days

banana87 Sun 18-Nov-12 09:54:54

This thread is reminding me of that show an animal planet "monsters inside me". You have no idea the things that can lurk inside us! Get to the GP!!!!

SolidGoldYESBROKEMYSPACEBAR Sun 18-Nov-12 10:00:24

Yaaaargh! Yaaargh! Why did I read this thread?

TheAccidentalExhibitionist Sun 18-Nov-12 10:39:16

Thanks Lougle, I didn't know that, why take Flubendazol instead?

LifeIsBetterInFlipFlops Sun 18-Nov-12 13:42:05

Oh...before I read this, ignorance was most definitely bliss.

Anyone want a dog or cat?

UsedToBeAContender Sun 18-Nov-12 20:20:33

Accidental I have to admit that the first time I read this thread I thought you said you got them "from your skanky PANTS" rather than PETS.

I apologise for the dreadful thoughts that went through my head! grin

Arithmeticulous Sun 18-Nov-12 20:27:55

You know whenever someone talks about nits, you automatically start scratching your head? Well, I'm now doing the worms equivalent of that hmm

MerryChristMoose Sun 18-Nov-12 20:32:12

accidental I've just found another advantage to living abroad where it's -30 during winter grin

TheAccidentalExhibitionist Sun 18-Nov-12 20:55:54

PETS, I said PETS IUsedToBeAContender.
You must have thought I was a right dirty caaahhh grin

TheAccidentalExhibitionist Sun 18-Nov-12 21:00:19

MerryChristMoose nowt survives at -30, not even the worms in my intestines!

Do you get warms summers though?

WinnietheWho Sun 18-Nov-12 21:18:48

Aargh .... just mildly flipping out at the descriptions of "earthworm" type creatures in the toilet : A few years ago I found what looked exactly like that in our toilet and flushed it away in a panic. Tried to reassure myself that it was in fact an earthworm that had somehow made it into the cistern and down into the bowl. Now am beginning to wonder whether it was actually a round worm and whether it came from one of us or from a visitor! shock
I would hope that we might know by now whether we were infected? confused

Almacks Sun 18-Nov-12 21:23:51

ahardyfool LOL at "nicer worms" !!!!
grin <feels itchy>

Djembe Sun 18-Nov-12 21:24:13

Nooooo why on earth worm did I read all of this? <shivers>

gussiegrips Sun 18-Nov-12 21:25:13

So. Very. Funny.

Am a bit miffed I've never had a worm in my muff.


MrsCantSayAnything Sun 18-Nov-12 21:27:19
Vivalebeaver Sun 18-Nov-12 21:42:07

Jesus. I'm so worming myself tomorrow. Have an itchy bum now.

TheAccidentalExhibitionist Sun 18-Nov-12 21:42:47

Gussiegrips - you haven't lived until you've had worms in your muff.
I'm experienced <proud emoticon>

gussiegrips Sun 18-Nov-12 22:37:50

Accidental I feel pathetic.

Not only have I not had worms, I've not had any thing living in it's entirety in my fanjo.

What a waste of a youth-hood...

BeatTheClock Sun 18-Nov-12 22:47:37

OMG OMG <swallows bodyweight in Ovex washed down with bleach>

MerryChristMoose Mon 19-Nov-12 15:03:44

To be fair Accidental the winters can be pretty. Right cold but clear blue skies and sun. Can be really grim though too. Summers are lovely. Temperatures in the mid to high 20s for a couple of months and very little rain.

We're the same latitude as Newcastle. Shows you what the Gulf Stream does for the UK!

Arithmeticulous Mon 19-Nov-12 19:46:08

Is it dead yet?

AppleOgies Mon 19-Nov-12 19:48:52

I'm so regretting reading this thread. <bleurgh>

AppleOgies Mon 19-Nov-12 19:49:46

Especially vivalebeavers brain worm!

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