“Menopause brought on all kinds of symptoms including skin rashes all over my legs and arms. Doctors said I was allergic to dogs. I found a great home for my dog with a good friend. Now the rash has settled onto my neck, I’ve had lots of tests run, and the only thing that turned up was a low immune system. I did a Candida diet about 25 years ago and it really helped. I will start my New Year out with this diet and acupuncture.”
Shared by Mary
21 & Confused
“I’ve never heard of this particular condition until today actually…. weird. I have gone most of my life with an enlarged tummy, I look pregnant and have had people ask me at a pretty young age if I was pregnant – it has done nothing short of sabotage my self-esteem!!!! I become nauseous from certain air fresheners and I never really have enough energy to feel great about doing anything. I definitely seem to fit the bill but am still a bit uneasy about such a big transformation. I plan to start a diet and treatment program despite my many skeptical thoughts. Hopefully my tummy will go down and I will have more energy to live out the rest of my youth. Totally happy I found this site!”
Shared by Alicia
Have I got it?
“Since I was 16 I have had problems with my health after a severe accident. A couple of years ago I started feeling bad with prostatis (possible) and was prescribed antibiotics and since then have had thrush, rectal itching, scalp itching plus bloating and pain in abdominal areas. I went to see a nutritionist and went on a very strict Candida diet but lost so much weight and got so anxious that I quit. My symptoms improved but it was not sustainable. Blood tests say I have not got it. But again I went to see a Reflexology lady who does muscle testing and she says I have an overgrowth. She is not putting me on a strict diet, but tells me to eat whole foods and take some little homeopathic sweets. I am walking every night and trying to change some lifestyle patterns but not sure how effective this will be. So fed up in life. I want to eat sensible but its hard and I am frightened of losing too much weight.”
Shared by Rob
Pregnancy and Yeast
“I am so glad to have stumbled upon this website. Upon getting pregnant, I was finding I had a constant UTI (soo annoying!). I went to the Dr. and they would give antibiotics…. thus yeast infections. This reoccurred for 2 months in a pattern. I then noticed I only was getting yeast infections…. and those of u that have had them KNOW that they disrupt your WHOLE life for 2 weeks. Your joy from life is cut off. ( I am allergic to over counter creams so I had to take Diflucan several times; making me nervous for the health of my baby). Annoyed, I began doing my own research. I discovered the extra Estrogen in your body turns to sugar asap when u are preggo, so if you put MORE sugar in your body (breads, pastas, refined sugars, fruits) yeast follows.. UGH. I really noticed a difference when I began this diet. It’s hard – being pregnant, I want to eat the whole grocery store! Especially processed foods and sugar. But I feel great now. If I slip, even once, the yeast comes back. I take cranberry pills, acidophilus, and fresh garlic chopped as well as unrefined apple cider vinegar. I eat meats, veggies and yogurt and no dairy or breads or caffeine. Almond milk and almond butter is wonderful – unsweetened of course. So glad to understand what my body needs now and not be frustrated. I think I will continue this diet after baby is born so we don’t get thrush. Feeling GOOD is so much better than that quick rush you get from sweets. Good luck.”
Shared by First Time Mom
On the verge of a breakdown
“I’m 29 and for the past 10 years I’ve been battling yeast infections which started when I was prescribed birth control pills and antibiotics to my hearts content in the military (free medical). Then came the so called IBS. I learned to live with that but by the age of 26 I started feeling anxious and tired all the time. Now I’m married and have no sex drive, thrush, constant yeast infections, chronic fatigue, insomnia, trouble concentrating, mood swings, horrible cycles that keep my confined to the house for several days, memory loss, and depression. We live in a world that inundates us with all the wrong things. How can any woman not be infested with Candida with the way we eat and the amount of stress and medications we are inundated with? I’m so glad I’ve finally found the solution. I didn’t realize what was causing me to become so introverted and paranoid. I gained 40 lbs that I couldn’t lose but now I know it’s all going to be better. I’m starting the detox this month and on to a new way of eating. Here’s hoping I find myself again. Best wishes to all of you. Let’s keep spreading the word.”
Shared by Jessica
Bladder & Candida! 23yrs old
“Well I thought I would share my story too 🙂 I was put on antibiotics this fall — I might add an OVER use of antibiotics, namely amoxicillin. The doctor who put me on them advised me to take 3 rounds, just to make sure the infection was gone, I was so desperate, so I did what I was told. Little did I know this was completely not needed — and thus my body was compromised so that Candida could take over.
After the medication was all gone I got this insane yeast infection, worse than I have ever had (and I have had quite a few). I did all that I could to get rid of it, I took 3 ROUNDS of Diflucan and only the 3rd one started to make any difference. I was still SO uncomfortable, itchy and raw. Sex hurt still after I had used three, and I still had white coming out, pain etc., so THIS time I used Monistat 7 day cream. After 4 rounds of yeast infection medication I thought surely it would dissipate….. and it did, but then the other symptoms started to happen.
I started to get this weird sensation in my bladder, like I had to urinate ALL the time, it felt like a UTI, however when I went to the Dr. all my tests came back normal. I also had this pain on my side, and it felt like my kidney or liver, but it constantly would ache, (and still does sometimes). It started to get worse and worse, I started to have trouble urinating all together, and I would sit on the toilet in agony. I never really had PAIN, just an insane urge to go to the bathroom when I had no urine left in my bladder. I have to say it was/ is the most uncomfortable horrible thing I have ever had to deal with. Needless to say I was terrified, and after a week straight of complete hell I called my mom and told her I had to come home (I was in university at the time 9 hours away). I got on the plane that night and was admitted to the hospital as soon as I landed because at this point I could not empty my bladder myself. I stayed in the hospital for 3 days, had every test under the sun, x rays, ultrasound urine tests, blood tests, EVERYTHING. ALL normal I was SO scared. What and WHY could they not figure this out!? I was convinced I had interstitial Cystitis (which is chronic, and also painful)….. I was in complete despair. I was sent home with a catheter so I could at least pee. Let me tell you this was not fun.
I was forced to go back to university, still in discomfort, and now with anxiety medication because everyone believed it was all in my HEAD…. At this point I was completely desperate, I stayed up all day and all night missing classes trying to look up information as to what I had. I turned to a body talk therapist because I no longer trusted Westernized medicine. To my surprise she told me that I had a parasite in my bladder. The next day after looking up parasites I also came across Candida. I decided to take measures in to my own hands (after looking at my WHITE tongue that morning Ick.) and started to take acidophilus in copious amounts. To my SURPRISE I started to feel a little better. That day I went back to the body talk therapist, where she told me that I had a systemic yeast infection. Aha! It all started to make a little bit of sense finally. I came back home to my parents and immediately started on antifungals and the diet. After a WEEK I no longer felt as if I needed to pee constantly, my bladder had calmed right down, and I felt somewhat normal after 2 MONTHS. I was able to hold 200ml in my bladder which I hadn’t been able to do, and I no longer needed to self catheterize either. I was amazed, and also MAD why did my Dr. not find this!? Finally I had a answer and a plan. I did make a mistake though, (I was just feeling so good!) just last week, I ate a hamburger, white bun and onion rings. MISTAKE. ALL my symptoms came back, and they lasted for 2 weeks. I cried every single day. I immediately became crazy about the diet again. I have to say that just today I am starting to feel ok again. My Candida most likely came back with vengeance, as I gave them wonderful things to munch on.
I am determined to overcome my bladder inflammation and get passed all this! It is nuts to think that your body can get so out of whack. A word of advice. DON’T cheat. If you are lucky you wont have all your symptoms come back. It just isn’t worth it I have learned. I plan on doing this diet for a long as I have to, and the antifungals for up to 10 weeks at least… and NO cheating anymore. I hope this might help someone struggling with similar symptoms. If your not careful Candida can almost ruin your life.”
Shared by Jennifer
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