Candida Related Complex is such a difficult condition to diagnose because it can affect each sufferer in a different way, on a different part of their body, in a way that may even be unique to that person.
For this reason, Candida is often misdiagnosed and the symptoms are treated instead of the underlying cause, rather like taking a lozenge for a throat infection! In many cases, patients often have to do much of the diagnosis work themselves because the symptoms of Candida are so confusing.
The consensus is that many more people are suffering from Candida than those few who are diagnosed correctly. You may find yourself suffering from any or all of the following symptoms if you have Candida. Al of them can be traced back to an imbalance in the gut flora.
The Way You Feel
Inability to focus, Poor memory, Brain fog, Irritability, Anger, Dizziness, Depression, Crying spells, Panic attacks, Low libido, Persistent extreme fatigue, Hyperactivity, Cravings for sweets and alcohol, Insomnia, Poor coordination.
Your Digestive System
Acid reflux, Bloating, Flatulence, Nausea, Diarrhea, Constipation, Stomach cramps, Indigestion, Burping after meals, Mucus in stool, Hemorrhoids, Itching anus.
Acne, Cysts, Hives, Night sweats, Psoriasis, Eczema, Dermatitis, Fungal infections of the nails & skin, Athlete’s foot, Body odor.
Thrush (white coating on tongue), Swollen lower lip, Halitosis, Metallic taste in mouth, Bad breath, Canker sores, Bleeding gums, Cracked tongue.
Your Respiratory System
Persistent cough, Mucus in throat, Sore throat, Sinus congestion, Chronic post-nasal drip, Flu-like symptoms, Hay fever symptoms, Sinusitis, Asthma.
Your Ears And Eyes
Eye pain, Itchy eyes, Sensitivity to light, Blurred vision, Bags under eyes, Ringing in the ears, Ear infections.
Your Genito-Urinary System
Recurring yeast infections, Recurring UTI’s (urinary tract infections), Cystitis (inflammation of the bladder), PMS & menstrual irregularities, Fungal rash.
Your Immune System
Frequent colds and flu, Allergies, Sensitivities to food, fragrances and chemicals.
Inability to lose weight, Water retention.
Headaches, Heart palpitations, Chronic body pain and/or joint pains, Muscle aches and stiffness.
Check out our Candida Questionnaire to see if you might have excess Candida growth.
Gut dysbiosis, of which Candida overgrowth is one of the most common forms, is possibly the least understood, and most widespread cause of ill health today. Poor digestive health has become an epidemic that affects millions of people. If you suffer from some of the above symptoms, remember that they might be connected and have a common underlying cause.
Your doctor might confuse any of the following conditions with Candida Related Complex. The reason is that the symptoms are often similar. As a syndrome, Candida may manifest itself in any combination of those symptoms.
We have listed here some of the possible misdiagnoses, together with the symptom that your doctor has focused on. Remember, your doctor is relying on you for an accurate description of your symptoms, so make sure you tell him or her everything!
Abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, indigestion –> Misdiagnosis of IBS
Joint pain –> Misdiagnosis of Arthritis
Constant fatigue –> Misdiagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Rashes and itching in infants –> Misdiagnosis of Diaper Rash
Fungus on toenails –> Misdiagnosis of Athlete’s Foot
Abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, indigestion –> Misdiagnosis of Crohn’s Disease or Gastroenteritis
A Candida misdiagnosis may actually worsen your Candida overgrowth. For example, if your doctor believes that you have IBS, Crohn’s Disease or Gastroenteritis, he may prescribe the anti-inflammatory medication cortisone. This introduces steroids to the gut, which can increase the growth of Candida colonies.
For lots more information on the symptoms of Candida, take a look at my Ultimate Candida Diet treatment plan.