Six Months of Cestodes

December was my sixth month of “hosting”, as we wormies like to politely call it.   I achieved my target dose of 30 + 30, rat tapeworm HDC’s, taken in a divided dose, two weeks apart.   My health was fairly stable in December.  All previously mentioned negative effects remained, those being:  more fatigue, and slightly more joint pain than before worms.   One new negative effect was noted during the period.  The new negative effect being the long anticipated arrival of – nausea.  (Can’t have the worms without the nausea, right ?)  I had several episodes of moderate nausea, one lasting over 12 hours.  The nausea was uncomfortable to be sure, but it was not enough to make me quit.  I thought I was going to vomit a couple of time, but did not.

      Another negative thing I seemed to note was less exercise/activity tolerance, slower recovery, and a tendency toward soft tissue injury.   This could be a misattribution on my part, however.  It is just something I need to monitor.

      On the plus side, all previously described positive benefits were maintained, and to these I would add that the hair on my head is less grey.   My sideburns had gone completely grey before worming up.  Now they have freckles of dark hair, and my hair is less grey overall,  as well.

    On balance, I think I (and my beleaguered body) deserve a pat on the back for making my target dose, and also for making six months of hosting.  Hurrah !    🙂

     The journey continues.

     [* This report is late on account of being wrong footed in my worm shipments by the holiday season at year’s end.]


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6 Responses to Six Months of Cestodes

  1. esmeelafleur says:

    When did you experience the nausea in relationship to when you took your last dose of worms? Was it In the first days after dosing, or farther in to their life cycle?

  2. zippy890 says:

    That’s a good question, Esy. According to my notes, it actually was towards the end of a cycle, i.e. about 12 days after I had ingested the worms that nausea began to hit. It happened both times on day 12.

    • esmeelafleur says:

      Interesting… I wonder if it is because the worms are starting to die off at that point?

      • zippy890 says:


        The worms are said to beginning dying in most people at 2-3 weeks. But the worms have been known to rarely colonize children, and immuno-compromised adults, persisting for longer periods of time. In my recent very unfortunate dust up (which I will write up next month), I had been without worms for 22 days when symptoms first appeared. Then things got much worse on days 23 – 27, with considerable muscle and joint aches. Day 22, when my symptoms first began, is pretty close to 3 weeks, which would be the outer limit of their lifespan in a normal person.

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