The poster was worried about visiting a doctor because he didn’t want to spend a lot of money on tests.
America: where people who may or may not have a parasitic worm are afraid to go to the doctor because it’s too expensive.
He also worried the doctor would think he was crazy.
He did eventually go to the doctor, and he brought with him a printout of all the comments his discovery had received on Reddit, just to show the doc he wasn’t insane.
You have to admit, “The internet thinks I might have a rare bear parasite” does sound a little crazy.
As of now, he's still waiting for tests to reveal if he has the parasite.
He promised he would keep Reddit updated on his results. The parasite is rare — less than 20 people in the U.S. get it per year. But his story checks out, and it’s a definite possibility.
We are waiting on the edge of our seats for the results.
But seriously, this is making us feel queasy.
Another Reddit user, Gulliverlived, put it nicely: “Well, I certainly hope he sees this if nothing else, because I’ve never eaten bear, good or bad, yet I now feel an urgent need to see a dr.”
For future reference: cook your bear meat.
If the spirit does move you to eat a bear: be safe! Trichinosis can be avoided if meat is fully cooked.