- February 17, 2018 at 3:59 am #175166
I’m a woman in my twenties. I’ve been following the candida diet for about 7-8 months, and before that I had already cut sugar and high-carb foods from my diet. I started making these changes to my diet because of vaginal yeast infections / vaginal itching. After having been on this diet for months I’m still experiencing some itching nearly every day.
Last summer I went to see a doctor and she prescribed me some medicine to treat yeast infections. The medicine wasn’t of help so I started following the candida diet. This week I went to see the doctor again. She doesn’t think my problem is caused by yeast because I’ve already taken medicine for that and because I’m still experiencing symptoms despite following this diet. She told me to go back to my normal diet, except I should still avoid sugar and very high-carb foods. She wants me to reintroduce glutinous grains, too, and unless I do that they can’t test me for celiac disease. (Though I don’t think I have celiac because I’ve never noticed any stomach pain or diarrhea after having gluten. Actually I’ve only started to experience loose stools after starting this diet.) She also thinks I shouldn’t make such radical changes to my diet just because of genital problems.
I’ve been keeping my diet as strict as I possibly can. I’ve had e.g. some berries, carrots, and sugar-free chocolate (sweetened with xylitol) at reasonable amounts, and my toothpaste contains sorbitol, but other than that, I haven’t “cheated”. For the first few months I didn’t even have carrots or berries. I’m taking probiotics, vitamins, omega 7 oil, and a product called Candida Forte which contains inulin, grapefruit seed extract, dandelion root extract, Jerusalem artichoke powder, and psyllium.
So, as you can probably imagine, I feel like I’ve done a lot of work with my diet and I’m afraid of going back to normal. I’m afraid all my symptoms will worsen again and I’ll have to start from square one to get rid of them.
I don’t want to reintroduce everything at once, so I decided to start with some dairy products since I already have butter and probiotic yogurt in my diet. I bought some lactose-free cheese and had it yesterday and today morning. At first I didn’t notice anything but after having breakfast today, I started to feel like I have phlegm in my throat. Now I wonder if I’m imagining things… Could it be that I’m so scared of reintroducing foods that my brain makes up symptoms for me?
I would welcome any advice any of you might have.February 20, 2018 at 1:20 pm #175171
HalzbabyParticipantTopics: 0Replies: 4
I don’t see any reason for ever adding gluten back into your diet regularly.Furthermore, if a doctor told me to add processed grains into my diet I wouldn’t listen to anything else they said.
Otherwise, I would treat it like the elimination diet and add one thing back at a time for long enough to see if it’s the problem.
As far as the vagninal problems, what birth control are you using? Do you use tampons, or pads? If so, what type? I switched to reusable pads from the diva cup recently and haven’t used any paper products in years. There is a lot of strange things in disposable feminine products. My vaginal imbalance has mostly cleared up since I switched to letting the blood flow out like it wants to and not putting any chemicals in my vagina.
As a side note– the problems worsened when I got a copper IUD significantly. I am now doing basal temp for birth control and this helps too.
I am 27 and have experienced your same issues as you for over 10 years with it worsening over time. I am on the candida diet with a supplement similar to yours, but haven’t been quite as strict. My symptoms are beginning to clear up. I am doing a parasite cleanse afterwards and will continue to do a full-on yeast cleanse once a year from here on out.
Hope some/any of that helps.February 21, 2018 at 1:39 pm #175194
Thank you for your reply, Halzbaby! To be honest, I’m not sure if doctors here even believe in things like candida overgrowth. I’m just tired of trying to guess what’s wrong with me so I wanted a doctor’s opinion again. I also got a gynecologist’s appointment for April so hopefully I’ll get some answers soon.
As for birth control, I only use condoms (non-latex ones just to be safe). I use unscented cotton pads. I’ve heard good things about menstrual cups but I don’t think I’d be able to use one because even tampons are painful to use. I’ve yet to try reusable pads but perhaps I should give it a try.
It’s good to hear you’ve started to get rid of your problems, it gives me hope.March 6, 2018 at 11:44 am #175255
fiaeParticipantTopics: 3Replies: 17
Hi Pink Cat,
I had a similar problem with my doctors (I changed over the years) and they would constantly prescribe me medications to help. I became immune to Diflucan after the second try, but Boric Acid helps. It helps so long as you keep using it, meaning it isn’t actually solving the problem. But if you’re looking for relief while working through the diet, I recommend Boric Acid.
I would also recommend seeing a Naturopathic doctor as not all traditional doctors are educated about Candida.March 6, 2018 at 11:46 am #175256
fiaeParticipantTopics: 3Replies: 17
One other note – one of the main reasons I lost faith in my traditional doctor was because she told me that “maybe I didn’t have a yeast infection” despite all of my physical symptoms that had lasted for 5 years – because my yeast strain had changed and wasn’t recognizable on the PAP test results.
She told me all of this with a silly little smirk on her face – incredible insensitive, especially considering the torturous years I had confided in her about. I have since seen other doctors who have confirmed that it is an internal overgrowth.March 12, 2018 at 4:49 pm #175306
Hi fiae, thanks for your reply!
I’m sorry to hear about your bad experience with your doctor. It seems like doctors really don’t take these kinds of problems seriously. If my problem persists, perhaps I’ll need to consider a naturopathic doctor, too. I’ll also keep boric acid in mind!
For now, reintroducing foods has been going well. I’ve had cheese, cream, pork, and some caffeine (decaf coffee, sugar free chocolate, and cocoa powder for baking). I haven’t noticed any changes in my symptoms. Mentally, I feel better. Even if I still can’t have sugar for some time, it’s good to know I can have at least some foods that used to be forbidden. I just hope I won’t suddenly get a flare-up.
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