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I think I have had candida overgrowth most of my life, probably over 20 years. I had chronic yeast infections when I was 15 and was not even sexually active at that time. I am turning 40 in June. I had severe kidney infections when I was 15 and got a lot of antibiotics for that. After that, I had persistent yeast infection, constipation, forgetfulness and some other symptoms for which I just thought were normal for me.
That’s interesting, I had a lot of the same experiences. Persistent UTIs as a child, chest instead of kidney infections etc.
Then when I was 19 and war broke out here, I remember suddenly being able to remember phone numbers, car plates etc. It was really interesting. Well, because of the limited food supply, we did not eat all the unhealthy stuff and were returned to “cave days” in terms of survival so now thinking back, probably that was the cause for my sudden excellent brain function. I do remember being sick initially without a visible illness and moody etc. and I wonder if that was die-off. Who knows…
The more I think about it, the more I realise I’ve had die off symptoms on and off all my life. It’s all making much more sense now.
I also was making my own kefir and drank at least a large cup of that daily.
For some reason I can’t stomach the thought of Kefir. Perhaps it’s the dairy connection. What is it like?
My health was getting worse and worse and I was getting new symptoms every day. I could not catch my breath on a simple task, I had hart palpitations, awful cough got worse (had it most of my life but doctors said that it’s just like that, mucus goes into my lungs so I must cough that out), I got vertigo, then my digestion problems progressed into diarrhea which stayed with me little less than 4 months, soon I could not eat anything and had to make myself eat, and finally on top of some other minor symptoms that I don’t care to list now I got anxiety which got me into the hospital for the first time. They checked my heart and internal organs, bloodwork, everything, and found nothing. But I kept getting worse, soon I had no strength to do anything and it was such a task taking care of the kids. I am going from specialist to specialist this whole time and they found some minor issues but not a single cause to my mysterious illness.
Sounds like a pretty awful time for you. I hope things are getting better for you now.
So I looked it up online and thank God found this site. I started the diet right after, web site’s version first then switched over to the strict diet followed by almost everyone here on the forum and got better, then worse, then better, then awful, and then slowly better and better. My diarrhea stopped days after starting the diet, then my skin problems were gone, then my dizziness went away, then heart palpitations (still get them for short periods if I am having die-off), then vag thrush got better, then… I even found out that my big toenail problem was actually fungus as I see a healthy nail growing out!
I am still weak, not as strong as I would want to be, I still react to some food sometimes, my neurological issues including anxiety are almost gone so it’s easier dealing with what’s left of the symptoms and this diet.
I’m finding myself much weaker than I used to be too. I’m hoping I will recover as I get better. My anxiety has certainly reduced too! Yet another thing I didn’t know what caused simply by having too much sugar.
So here is my story, you see we all have one. I must be strong, and I must get better, if not for myself (even tough I should), then for my girls. They just turned 3 and they do need their mommy. Since last summer I was unable to be the mom they are used to, the one that went out for walks with them daily, that played and had fun and always smiled (I am that kind of person and it took time for this illness to knock a smile off my face). Finally since last month we are laughing, playing (not as actively as before but you can play and laugh sitting down as well hahaha), and having fun again. Oh how I missed my children!
It’s wonderful you’ve made such progress.
I am far from healed, and I still have bad days more than I would like. My brain fog is better but still there. I can do my work but not work any overtime like I used to. I see that they are not giving me the same amount of work as they used to. I did get promoted several months back and am a manager now but I have to remind my people to keep sending me stuff via email and I keep searching email for answers such as “where is so and so” because they pop in and tell me they are going to lunch but I will be looking for them in about half an hour hahahaha. I was worse though, I was so bad that I would dress kids wrong and forget more important things. Now at least I don’t forget what’s really important, but small stuff still evaporates as if it was never there.
Again, wishing you best of luck and strength to beat this and get healthy again.
I am still scared my brain fog will stop me doing my job properly, but at the moment it doesn’t seem to be affecting me as much, so hopefully that will continue. I’m learning to tell people to email me things and remind me of things all the time, I know what you mean about thoughts evaporating as if they were never there. Brain fog scares me the most, I’m ok at the moment and scared of it getting worse again.
Thank you for the luck and strength. It seems you have enough for an army stashed away inside you. I hope your recovery is swift and complete. xx