- June 3, 2012 at 9:16 am #83825
I’ve been lurking here for a while in the background and though my progress was initially slow I felt like I was finally beginning to get a grip on candida and symptoms were nearly all gone. Then having had a searing pain in my thigh for a while – I went to a physio – who thought it was an odd place, with the the stretches he set not really helping and pain still there he recommended an MRI – I became very very anxious – thinking the worst and since this all happened – I have noticed my candida symptoms back and new ones to go with it, I have stuck to the diet but now I know stress is a real candida trigger for me. However since I got the all clear from the MRI – I am still feeling really anxious and keep looking for health problems of the worse kind. My family doctor wants to put me on antidepressants but I dont want them to interfere with my candida.
So I suppose my main problem is stress and anxiety which I now know feeds the candida but the candida also causes it in return and I feel like Im in a vicious cycle – has any body else felt like this and know how to break the cycle and keep progressing towards good health. Has anybody else noticed that stress encourages their symptoms? Ive been trying all sorts of methods for relaxation, meditation etc.. but I suppose I need reassurances that this is part of the yeast bug…
Also can leg muscles pains be also down to candida – is this yeast bug responsible for all my complaints?
P.June 3, 2012 at 9:45 am #83828
JavizyMemberTopics: 20Replies: 945
Stress screws up everything. Given what it does to your brain, memory, heart, liver etc, candida symptoms could be the least of your worries in the long run. It’s putting your body on overdrive. Flooding your blood with glucose, exhausting antioxidants and depressing immunity isn’t a good way to keep an infection under control. But you’re doing this EVERY TIME you worry or get agitated. You might as well be downing a can of Coca-Cola.
It’s easy to believe worrying and getting annoyed is normal, but it’s not. You can turn it off whenever you want with the right awareness. It may take practice, but it’s very possible. What kind of meditation have you tried? The most helpful thing is being constantly aware of how you’re reacting and asking yourself if it’s reasonable or helpful for your condition. Doing this for a while completely breaks you out of the habit of reacting at all – you’ll start responding instead.
It all becomes easy as your general health improves and your brain and body is in better shape, but taking care of the psychological side now can be of great benefit.June 3, 2012 at 10:25 am #83830
Able900SpectatorTopics: 92Replies: 4811
bighopes wrote: Also can leg muscles pains be also down to candida – is this yeast bug responsible for all my complaints?
For an answer to this question, ask yourself whether or not you had all of the problems “before” you contracted a Candida infestation. If the answer is no (which it probably is), then your answer is that the yeast is at the base of all your complaints, including body aches and pains.
As far as the stress is concerned; first, I completely agree with the advice that Javizy has given you, and I would say to follow his suggestions as far as mentally getting a grasp on the basic stress initiators and eventually learn to control the stress reflexes.
The reason your Candida infestation symptoms grew worse when the stress took over is because your adrenals and immune system’s worst enemy is stress; and when these two suffer and lose strength because of stress or any other cause, the infestation as well as other health problems will worsen.
The things that Javizy purposed will work but will also take time to learn; meanwhile you need to reduce the stress if at all possible. You can start by adding Ashwagandha to your regimen. This is a natural herb which is the best natural substance available for managing stress, anxiety, moods, and even stamina. Take two capsules a day with or without meals.
For something that I can guarantee will work instantly if you practice it correctly, try the breathing exercises on the following Chinese holistic health website.
Getting a handle on reducing the stress will automatically affect the Candida treatment in a positive way because your adrenals and immune system will be able to contribute to the treatment.
AbleJune 3, 2012 at 10:26 am #83831
Jackie2ParticipantTopics: 57Replies: 197
I believe stress plays a bigger role in this than we believe. Try to manage that. I can tell you when my mouth was full of Thrush and was so dry I thought I couldn’t swallow and felt like I was going to die. I found this web site and started the diet…my stress went down. Over time I started to heal. My stress went down. Every time I had an up or down…I could feel it affect my mind and body.
I can tell you the leg pains…OMG. I felt like I had gone running or big squatting workout. It killed. I forced myself to walk 1-2 miles on those days. I forced my blood to pump through all this crap and get it out of my body. Don’t give up. Go at it harder and stronger. The stress will get better as you heal. Best of luckJune 3, 2012 at 12:07 pm #83838
Thanks so much its good to hear others input when you’re struggling. I will defo try the ashwaghanda and yes have been breathing etc, but I just get carried away with negative thoughts and I know its no good but I have to try and break it. Sometimes I am just very uptight about everything and I have found it hard to get perspective on candida – as in how serious an health issue is it ?? The concept of candida has been an anxiety source and the candida itself is too.
Able its hard for me to tell when I got the infestation I think it was just before I got married 7 years ago – I first noticed a small red rash on my face – and I was eating buckets of raisins as was keeping my weight down but eating raisins as a snack so since then I suppose there were a fair few tell tale signs and anxiety was a big one for me.
Today I ve been having weird eye feelings, like they are really heavy and delayed in their movements and sometimes like its hard to focus clearly, its been really worrying me – does this sound like another candida symptom, and could I develop new types of candida symptoms even though I’ve been dealing and familiar with my other candida symptoms now for 6-7 months and stickng to the diet. As always I appreciate your kind input and practical thoughts.
P.June 3, 2012 at 6:14 pm #83860
princeofsinMemberTopics: 1Replies: 225
Short answer: Yes.June 3, 2012 at 9:42 pm #83867
rasterParticipantTopics: 104Replies: 6828
I have some basic tips to help you with your stress woes.
1) Consider trying out acupuncture; it has a variety of health benefits (such as healing specific organs and rebalancing the body) but it is also great for reducing stress and anxiety. You could go to a session very stressed and amped up and come out feeling as calm as a sleeping puppy. Its amazing what it can do for the body and its a cornerstone of my treatment.
2) Know that its going to take a long time to get better and that eventually everything will fall into place. It takes a long time to heal the body, the gut, and to adjust to a different lifestyle, diet, etc. Just have faith in the future and the ability in your body to heal itself.
3) Educate yourself more on candida and some of the foundations of the protocol. Educating yourself can help put your mind at ease and will help with sorting out the logic of diet plans, the protocol, how the body heals, etc. A great resource for candida related material is dr. mcoombs:
Don’t buy into his plan completely because its based on many of the same principles the protocol is built upon, such as probiotics, antifungals, detoxing the body, foods in the diet, etc. He has great information about what candida is and how to treat it and is a good starting spot for learning.
4) Sweat out the toxins via steam room, sauna, hot tub, jacuzzi, or even hot bath. This can reduce stress, helps you relax, and has a variety of other health benefits that I will mention in another post I create tonight. It helps heal the liver and aids digestion. Its the oldest health related therapy in human history.
5) Consider going to a naturopathic doctor if you can afford it. They potentially can help you with each and every one of your symptoms (if they are a good one) and will put you on treatments that we don’t know about on the internet. From my experience, finding a good one can really speed up your recovery time and its great having someone to talk to about your progress and discuss information. The only drawback is cost and time…and the effectiveness of their treatment. Some are really out of touch with modern ways to get better and how to heal you as a person. Putting your treatment in someone elses hands can reduce your stress if you believe in what they are doing.
6) Light exercise can reduce stress/anxiety and has health benefits. Exercising too much while on the diet can be really taxing.
Hope this helps!
-rasterJune 4, 2012 at 1:54 am #83879
JavizyMemberTopics: 20Replies: 945
I just came across this article by chance: The Physiology of Stress: Cortisol and the HPA Axis. You might find it interesting if you don’t know how stress “works”. I saw this yesterday too: Mental Health and Omega 3/6 Ratio. There’s a lot on that blog about mental health and leaky gut too. Worth checking out.June 5, 2012 at 2:13 pm #84019
Thanks so much for your input guys
I really appreciate it.
Im going to take alot of this on board and try to trust my own body a little more and stop stressing.
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