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nour;55285 wrote: My most troubling symptoms are persistent and painful yeast infection (but without most of the usual symptoms like discharge), so essentially vulvodynia. Also Keratosis Pilaris on my legs and sides, hair loss (losing large chunks of hair every time I brush it).

Hmmm… I can relate to the hair loss. For me, what I believed triggered it was eating antifungals that were also high in sulphur/thiols. I developed that symptom about a year ago and since cutting out sulphur I’ve noticed improvement in that area. Not saying that this is the trigger for you, but you might want to consider doing a sulphur exclusion trial and seeing if you feel any better.

I know you’re already on a limited diet, so maybe do this after you have already added some foods back in and determined your tolerance of them. I won’t go into the specifics of why some people have trouble with sulphur because it might not even be relevant for you, but here’s a list of high sulphur foods:

  • artichokes, Jerusalem but not French
  • asparagus
  • bakery products containing whey, cysteine, eggs or enzymes
  • bean curd/tofu milk
  • bean sprouts
  • beans of all sorts
  • bok choy
  • broccoli
  • brussels sprouts
  • buckwheat
  • cabbage
  • carob
  • cauliflower
  • cheese of all sorts
  • chives
  • chocolate
  • coffee
  • collard greens
  • cream
  • daikon
  • dairy products
  • eggs
  • garlic
  • green beans
  • greens
  • horseradish
  • jicama
  • kale
  • leeks
  • lentils of all sorts
  • milk from any animal
  • miso soup
  • onions
  • papaya (slightly)
  • peas
  • peanuts
  • pineapple (slightly)
  • radishes
  • rutabaga
  • sauerkraut
  • shallots
  • sour cream
  • soy cheese
  • soy milk
  • spinach
  • split peas
  • tempeh
  • tofu
  • turnip
  • turmeric (though not high in thiols, it is really good at raising thiol levels)
  • quinoa
  • whey
  • yeast extract

nour;55285 wrote: Would it be okay to add in coconut milk?

I would try it; just make sure to stick to the principle of adding/doing one thing at a time so you know what’s doing what.

nour;55285 wrote: I haven’t been as good about taking my temperature but I would say they’ve risen, but definitely not stabilized. It seems to be consistently in the low 98 or high 97 when I wake up, but sometimes drops down to 96 or even 95 during the day. It also really seems to depend on what I’m wearing and how cold my environment is, which I guess makes sense.

How’s the brain fog / fatigue levels? Have you done a cortisol spit test to determine cortisol levels throughout the day? If not, I might try bringing that up with your naturopath. I would try and get better at taking your temps if you can. Fluctuation in your average daily temps is what you want to determine. For me personally, my temps were fluctuating as wide as 98.1 to 96.37 over a weekly time period when I was already on 320mg of ACE (hadn’t been taking temps previous to starting ACE) and once I upped that to 400mg they stabilized more with a range of 97.7 to 97.4. My symptoms of brain fog / fatigue improved alongside this stabilization.