I just came back from a visit to Uganda Africa. I was unable to take Malarone as I had bad side effects. Vomiting. I was only exposed once when we walked into a swampy rain forest. This of-course was the only day I did not have repellent. We were taking the kids on a nature walk and the German volunteer got a little lost. I ran as fast as could out of the area. Started to feel tired and weak 7 days later, getting severe headaches and going from hot to cold. 5 kids ended up with Malaria shortly after our walk. (I found this out after my return).
A missionary on the plain said I must likely had malaria and gave me Lumartem. By the time I got home I was having sever diarrhea and real bad body aches, low grade fever. The doctor here took my blood but reported my results would take 7 days. I started taking the Lumartem, & I felt better, the runs slowed down the boy aches lessened. Now I am finished with my 3 day prescription Feel pretty good compared to how I felt b4. Still have stomach cramps and small runs. What now? Should I go have a blood test to see if its gone or just wait and see???
Considering you were in Uganda, it is not unlikely that you didn’t also pick up some sort of intestinal bug or parasite, which might be responsible for the residual runs and cramps. However, it is certainly important to take a blood test to ensure that you have completely cured the malaria infection; P. falciparum is common in Uganda, and causes a very severe form of malaria. While it can’t come back directly once it has been cured, if treatment is not entirely successful small numbers can remain in your blood stream and then start reproducing again once you have stopped taking medication, resulting in what is called “recrudescence” of the infection.
If possible, try to find out from the doctor that performs the blood test what type of malaria you had/have, as this will also determine whether you need additional medication (called primaquine) to prevent recurrence or relapse of the infection at a later date. Recurrence is due to a dormant phase of the malaria parasite hiding out in your liver; while P. falciparum cannot produce these dormant phases (and therefore can only relapse if the initial blood infection is not completely cured), two other malaria parasites, called P. vivax and P. ovale, can have liver stages, and so you may need to take primaquine if you are found to have been infected with either of these types.