Diagnosing Candidiasis: Who Can We Trust?

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    Lemuel
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    Many of us are aware of the difficulty in locating a health care professional who is competent before the task of diagnosing a candida overgrowth condition. I suppose the reason for my writing this is to ask the group what type of doctor and what type/s of test/s are most viable in identifying and treating this condition.

    some questions concern QuestDiagnostics testing methods.

    • Has anyone used QuestDiagnostics for positive diagnosis?
    • additionally, what are your thoughts on the following tests they offer?

    1. Candida DNA, Qualitative Real-Time PCR, Serum
    https://www.questdiagnostics.com/testcenter/testguide.action?dc=TH_Candida_DNA

    2. Candida Antibody, Immunodiffusion [939X]
    http://www.questdiagnostics.com/testcenter/BUOrderInfo.action?tc=7132&labCode=AMD

    3. Candida Antigen Detection
    http://www.questdiagnostics.com/testcenter/BUOrderInfo.action?tc=34336&labCode=TMP

    Your comments are greatly appreciated.

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    raster
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    I would look at tests Dr. Mcoombs recommends:

    http://www.candidaplan.com/store/Candida-Testing/

    The only problem with candida testing is that they often find one specific strain in the testing. Unfortunately, you very likely have other strains in the body located in places where you cannot test for them (like colon, kidneys, etc).

    -raster

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    lexinoel
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    Would you begin treatment if your doctor didn’t do any tests and just said “let’s try treating you as if you have Candida overgrowth?”

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    raster
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    Maybe. If I were to do it all over again I would put forth a solid plan before starting. First you need to come up with a detox plan to get the toxins out of the body. Second you need to determine what to have and not to have in your diet and figuring out enough items you can eat daily. Third, this might all not work because you could have an underlying cause of all of your health problems such as heavy metal toxicity, etc.

    In my opinion, to reduce the hassle, its not best to go the treat-yourself route and to go to a naturopathic doctor who has 20-30 years experience treating people with candida and yeast overgrowth. If you want to save your health, time, money, and effort…this is the best route in my opinion.

    -raster

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    lexinoel
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    Thanks for the input. I agree that it’s better to avoid self-treating. I did see a doctor (http://www.springcityhealthcentre.com/drtoth.php), but he flat out told me we would try treating Candida to see if that worked and if not, we’d move onto what else it could be. He costs $300/hr, so I can’t really afford to just have a doctor guessing. Not to mention, the diet and detox plan are so intense that I’d rather not just invest the money and time if we are doing trial-by-error. I’m going to go into a much deeper depression if I do this intensive treatment for a month and then still feel awful and have to hand over more money for another “experiment.” Is there any way to be certain that Candida is the issue? Are there any symptoms that absolutely have to be there?

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    raster
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    The two biggest symptoms are oral thrush and rectal itching…these are common for almost everyone who has yeast.

    Check out the candida symptoms list, but keep in mind these are also related to other problems with the body:

    http://www.thecandidadiet.com/forum/yaf_postst6305_100-candida-symptoms-list.aspx

    The doctor you mentioned sounds expensive…its only going to get worse in the future in the US.

    If you have taken antibiotics and are constipated then you likely have a digestive disorder at the very least. This is caused by a gut flora imbalance. With gut flora imbalance’s you can have all sorts of things that are out of balance. For instance, you could have parasites, microbes, h.pylori, bacterial overgrowth, etc. all in one. When you become constipated, this benefits the bad bugs in the body essentially.

    Another thing worth mentioning is we all have candida in our bodies, its all about whether it has become pathogenic or not. The natural occurring form is beneficial to our bodies and if we did not have it we would all die. So you have candida, its just whether the form of it is the unhealthy pathogenic version or not.

    -raster

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