raster wrote: There’s a variety of factors that go into having good and bad days. Antifungal doseage is one thing to consider, sleep, diet, vitamins, minerals, etc. all effect how the body feels and operates with an immune disorder. The first few weeks of die-off are pretty bad, sorta like the most ill you have ever been (for some people) and then it slowly gets better. The single greatest thing you need to recover is time, and plenty of it.
Are you following the forum’s food list? Eating certain food items can set back your recovery and make you feel worse (like corn for instance). If you list out your diet, this could help us a bunch. Have you seen the forum’s protocol (treatment plan) to get better?
Was there any changes you made during your recovery? Did you introduce something like kefir or yogurt?
Like s. mentioned, there are good and bad days and they come at random. All it takes is a coffee, some rice, or some mild exercise that can set your immune system back. Sometimes skipping meals or not eating enough can weaken the body as well.
There are some tests you could to determine if you have candida, parasites, or both, but it’ll cost you some money. Everyone has parasites or candida, but at different levels. Considering that you experienced die-off, this is typically an indication that you have a gut flora imbalance. Genova diagnostic labs has some tests you can do if your interested.
We are here the help. I started out as a crazy madman but within a few months I felt a ton better.
Thanks to everyone for your replies! Raster–yours really got me thinking. I’ll post my food list below but there was one thing that I did add to my diet that may have made a difference. I started eating plain greek yogurt and plain kefir, thinking that the extra probiotics would be good for me. But maybe it was too much. So, I dropped them from my diet about 5 days ago (after reading your post) and I actually have felt a little bit better since. So, thank you, Raster. Anyway, here is what I eat each day:
Breakfast: Organic eggs with Ghee
Lunch: Salad with organic spinach (or spring mix) and chicken. I make my own dressing which includes: olive oil, fresh lemon juice, fresh minced garlic, sea salt and pepper.
Dinner: Either steak, chicken breast, salmon (or other wild caught fish), or turkey breast (we buy meats that are labeled “no added steroids/antibiotics” or organic. For the side I have either broccoli, brussel sprouts, green beans, spinach, asparagus, or zucchini (either fresh or frozen, seldom canned). Occassionally, I’ll have quinoa or brown rice as a “filler” but not very often.
Snack: Brown rice cakes or celery with almond butter or gluten-free steel-cut oatmeal.
That’s about it! My food options are very limited because, as a result of the candida, I developed so many food intolerances and sensitivities. I am now fructose intolerant, lactose intolerant and possibly wheat and gluten intolerant as well. Some days it seems everything gives me diarrhea! So, I really struggle with what to eat. If anyone has suggestions and/or recommendations I would really appreciate it!!
Also, on a totally unrelated note, although I am feeling better overall (thank God!) I am still have severe lower back and joint pain and resulting sciatica. It keeps me awake at night and affects my level of functioning throughout the day. I am still taking the vicodin with Tylenol just so I can sleep but I’d really like to find an alternative pain reliever. Does anyone have any suggestions? Also, I am trying to figure out the source of this pain and why it has not been resolved with the other symptoms. It is important for me to mention that I have had issues with my lower back ever since I’ve had my children (I am petite and have had four large babies between 8-9.5 lbs. each). I also have an injury from a fall last summer. But all of this had mostly been resolved until the nasty candida crept up. So, why is it not going away with the rest of the candida symptoms? I feel like I am doing my best to take care of myself. I’ve even been seeing a chiropractor and getting low-level laser therapy but still no improvement. Any thoughts?