- August 17, 2018 at 6:28 pm #176763
I’ve been having symptoms for a year. I stopped oral BC in January and in early August, I started experiencing symptoms. I missed my cycle for 2 weeks (which was very weird b/c I’m always regular). Then I didn’t go to the bathroom for around ~5 days and I held in my stool at a conference. A few hours later, I became extremely bloated. I thought it would go away but it never did. My sex drive decreased and I started experiencing vaginal dryness (also something new). My doctors thought I was constipated so I tried every laxative OTC and prescription but nothing worked. This past Jan., I got colitis and had to fast/not even drink water for 7 days. Most of my bloating disappeared. A month later, it came back after eating a large salad. I then got a pelvic ultrasound, abdominal ultrasound, colonoscopy, endoscopy, SIBO breath test (hydrogen/methane) – everything came back normal. They put me on antibiotics for SIBO anyway, which did nothing. Then my doctor noticed my TSH levels were low, indicating hyperthyroidism so I went to get it checked out. Turns out my T4 and T3 were really low, and they said I was hypo. I started 25mg of levothyroxine which did nothing. I then tried 30mg of Armour to take a natural route and it did nothing. I tried 4 weeks of the FODMAP and nothing improved – I was just hungry all the time. Really my biggest symptom is that I’m bloated ALL the time. 24/7. I can’t tell when I’m hungry or full. I tried colonhydrotherapy and the doctor said that I had a lot of yeast. I also tried taking Betaline HCL, digestive enzymes, beano, gasX, probiotics, S. Boullardi. Does this sound like candida? It’s been depressing that nothing is working. I’m also confused because I don’t have any other stomach symptoms (e.g. constipation, abdominal gas, abdominal pain), just bloating. I also am very tired often, have been gaining weight, and my face is swollen. I also crave sugar often, which is strange because I was never like this. If anyone has any advice on what this might be, please help!! My doctors are stumped too.August 18, 2018 at 4:27 pm #176766
Does anyone have any advice? It’s been depressing since it’s been over a year. It’s really messed with my confidence and I just want to get better.August 18, 2018 at 6:55 pm #176767
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I actually just made an account for this since I know this feeling. I had a similar feeling as you February 2014. I had actually gotten sick a month prior and took antibiotics then at the end of February my stomach began bloating and staying bloated, only in my case I had an irritated throat that came along with it. I went to several doctors and had a whole list of tests just like you did and doctors couldn’t figure it out. I suffered with this constant bloat for about 6 months before I took matters into my own hands. I began doing a bunch of different diets, gluten free first, keto, paleo, then I tried this diet that is mostly fruit based and that made the bloat even worse. Eventually, it was around November 2014 that I discovered this website and everything about candida and the overgrowth. I wasted no time and got myself onto the protocol because I was convinced I found the answer. And I was right, I followed the protocol for 6 months and got my health back. The bloat and sore throat was completely gone by the end of it. It was quite a commitment though, a commitment that I’m currently doing once again.
My bloat/sore throat returned 2 months ago after over 3 years of what felt to me like perfect health. My downfall being that I ate anything and everything like most people do and was rebuilding my overgrowth over the past 3 years without realizing it and now I’m back to where I was. It’s interesting how you can feel fine one day and then it hits you all at once the next, same thing happened to me the first time too. I also have proof this time, I got a test called an organic acid test, the test results show that I have a candida overgrowth. This time around I will take better care of myself after I beat this a second time in order to prevent a third.
Basically, my point of all of this is that a big yes, bloating that doesn’t go away can definitely be a symptom of candida overgrowth and with your history of birth control (which I have a history with as well) and antibiotics, I definitely think there is a good chance you could have an overgrowth. Honestly, I’d just give the protocol a try. The first time I did this I didn’t have proof I had an overgrowth but I decided to take on the protocol anyway because worst case it doesn’t work and best case it does and for me it was well worth it. I think you should give it a shot.August 20, 2018 at 3:29 pm #176786
Thank you so much for your response. When did the bloating start to go away? Would you mind sharing me what your protocol was (diet/food, anti-fungals, probiotics)? It seems like people follow different protocols and so I’m trying to figure out what works (e.g. can I eat sweet potatoes). I also feel very famished without carbs so I’m trying to figure out a way to have energy but also keep the candida under controlAugust 20, 2018 at 7:37 pm #176788
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Well, always remember everyone is different but for me the bloating started going down at around 6 weeks, I see many who seem to feel some relief from their symptoms sooner and sometimes later. It really varies.
Also, the diet may vary for some people. Like the last time I did this I could have coconut bread and this time I can’t tolerate it but I can tolerate buckwheat instead. (https://www.thecandidadiet.com/forums/topic/coconut-flour-bread-29/ I use Able’s Coconut/oat bran recipe at the bottom, and go 1 1/4 cup flour and 3/4 cup oat bran, I’ve had to sub buckwheat instead of coconut flour and it’s still good!) In general, my routine is either a combination of oat bran/buckwheat groat porridge or an egg and veggie omelette for breakfast, the coconut/buckwheat bread for snack if I had eggs or veggie snack if I had porridge, both lunch and dinner would be vegetables either cooked or in salad form and protein which would either be chicken/fish/eggs depending on my mood, if it’s salad I add hemp seeds if I have no salad I still usually have hemp seeds as a snack. For vegetables, they can be anything on the list. I followed raster’s list here https://www.thecandidadiet.com/forums/topic/rasters-safe-food-list-3/ starting on stage 1 and not moving onto stage 2 until symptoms were gone. As for carbs my carbs always came from the bread I made and rutabaga. I had/have rutabaga every single day.
I never took probiotic pills so I can’t really speak for that. What I did for probiotics was snack on lots of organic sauerkraut and I also drank a glass of homemade milk kefir every day.
And antifungals, I started those 2 weeks after being on the diet and I use oregano oil supplements and something called candidate. Also, for protecting the liver I use milk thistle.
I don’t think sweet potatoes are a good idea on the candida diet, I think rutabaga would probably be the best substitute! The bread will help with carbs as well.
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