Thank you very much for your input, raster. It did help. You’re right, I do need a proper diagnosis. I will look into getting a Candida test. I’ll also see a naturopath. Do you think a western infectious disease doctor who lists candida as a specialty would also help?
In the meantime I need to try different treatments here and today, not simply wait for tests which might or might not be conclusive. I’m at the end of my rope with pain. Waiting is what I’ve been doing for the past 6 months. Simple experiments should be able to shorten the list – ie. if antibiotcs targeted for the intestine help, then it’s a bacteria problem, if antifungals targeted for the intestine help, it’s a fungus problem. If neither help, it must be something else.
In my mind my chronic bloating must be caused by an overgrowth of some sort in the abdomen. With my GI we already ruled out ulcers, hernias, inflammatory bowel disease in the colon/stomach. But there might be some ulcer or blockage in my Small Intestine. The endoscope or colonoscope can’t see there. This was another suspicion of mine.
My GI doctor put me on a 10 day course of Rifaximin, a non-absorbed antibiotic, one of the best treatments for Small Intestional Bacterial Overgrowth, allegedly with a 85% (temporary) success rate for sibo (siboinfo.com). But I did not see an improvement.
I did do a comprehensive stool test, which checks for parasites, ovas, hpylori bacteria, salmonella, shingella, enteric campylobacter, and a few other things. The test I got was supposed to be one of the most comprehensive, and looked at content of muscle fiber, fecal fat quality, but still nothing! I did read that it’s pretty common for candia not to show up on these tests, though.
A few other things point me in the direction of candia. I am also constipated often. At moments like those, when pushing really hard, small bits of something exactly like this comes out – which I suppose may be candia roots:
http://www.curezone.com/upload/_C_Forums/Candida/Candida6.jpg (not me, but mine look almost exactly like that, but typically only small quarter sized chunks during constipation)
Normally, the stool is normally formed. On a constant basis, I do see bits of white things in my stool like this: http://curezone.com/upload/_C_Forums/Candida/IMG_1903.jpg (maybe candida?)
Other things that point me in the direction of candia are:
– Oral thrush
– Increasing Eczema discoloration on sided of body over the last 6 months
– Oregano Oil drop really helped my brain fog and energy issues after a couple days of use, like a five fold improvement. They say Orageno Oil is Antibacterial, and Anti-Viral as well, so it’s not an absolute conclusion that this improvement is due to fungus.
– Oregano Oil drops in my nasal rinse stopped the sinus pressures and headaches in the last 6 months since everything started (the INTERNET says that 98% sinus infections are caused by a fungus)
– The Candida spit test into a clear glass of water seemed to indicate fungus, but some people day those tests are unreliable
– Craving for breads and starches (gut-brain desire)
– Craving for sweets (gut-brain desire)
– Sensitivity to smog and pollution (some people say that the fungus dies in polluted environments and tells its host to flee)
– I’ve never had any noticeable allergies. Candida can create allergies, so I hear.
– None of my allergy tests show positive for Milk in the foods section, but it causes a really bad reaction when I drink it. This may suggest that the reaction is from the fungus rather than my body.
– In the past six months I’ve developed bad hemorrhoids, which is a sign of candida, so I hear
I think there’s a strong case for a fungal overgrowth. Although I do plan on proceeding with getting a diagnosis, diagnoses are often unreliable. I feel the need for my self-treatment. My plan is to start with the following:
1. Start with Thorne Research – Formula SF722 250 Capsules – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FGXMWC/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
2. Start with THORNE RESEARCH – Bacillus Coagulans Probiotic – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FGXO0W/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
3. I’m still at a loss with what to do about detoxing though. I guess I’ll try taking Milk Thistle, despite being allergic to ragweed, for a day and see how it goes. I didn’t have a big reaction the the 15 drops of Dandilion I ingested yesterday, and my skin did not turn red with the arm test. My allergist told me that my skin test had very strong allergic reactions. Only 1 of 50 people with allergies who walk into his office have reactions as strong as mine. This is why I’m concerned with any herbal supplement. I will check into the other liver detox supplements you suggested and look into their grass family and cross check with my allergies.
4. I was reading from Jorge on this forum that antifungal colon enemas can completely clear out a candida overgrowth, even if there is overgrowth in the small intestine. It relieves the body from a lot of the chemical immunesuppression the fungus creates and allows it to take care of the problem on its own. I’m researching and trying to figure out enema options.
If doing all of this, and after an amount of time I do not experience improvement, my next conclusion is small intestinal blockage. If a lot of those candida swirly roots comes out during my enema it will be a positive indication of a fungal overgrowth.