- April 20, 2013 at 2:46 pm #103174
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New poster here. Here is my story.
I am a middle-aged woman, lifelong smoker, who quit smoking almost a year ago. I had damaged some part of my respiratory system; it felt scorched, with all the tissues feeling as though they were lined with sandpaper. Hard to breathe, no wind, etc.
Recovery has been verrrry, very slow. Four months went by before I produced even a little bit of watery mucus from my nose. I also sustained a period of laryngitis, which slowly resolved. Things improved generally, as I say, at a snail’s pace, until they didn’t. Recovery stopped about two months ago, or so it felt.
In hindsight, I now believe that at was at this point that Candida took hold. The symptoms have been horrible. What I thought was slow-to-heal burned tissue in my airway suddenly halting its healing I now believe was Candida bloom; when it is activated, I can only move about for a few seconds before I must stop and take several deep breaths to re-oxygenate. It was by accident that I discovered that when I don’t eat high carb, this effect is much lessened. Also, I learned that when I start clearing my throat to rid it of mucus, that is a sign that the bug is receding (mucus is breaking up) and I can breathe a bit easier. Ta-da, the light dawns. I’m thinking it is either Candida or some sister yeast infestation. I don’t honestly care whatit is, so long as it goes away with a Candida diet.
(I know this sounds like it could be COPD. I don’t want to take up too much space with my story, so I’ll just say I have reason to believe it is not. And no, I don’t think I’m indulging in wishful thinking. I’ve done virtually nothing this past year but research my condition in Google, as honestly as possible, even though it has been scary.)
I began a strict Candida diet night before last, and already this morning my endurance is significantly improved. What a blessing. A chief joy in my life has been working out at my fitness center, and this awful thing has just about put the kibosh on that 100 percent. On good days I can stagger from the parking lot to the workout room and have what passes for a workout, with many rest breaks, and so on. I could cry with frustration; my muscles are fit and rarin’ to go, and I can’t bloody breathe!
Anyway, that’s it in brief. Now two questions that I would greatly appreciate your help with.
I suspect I have something that’s preventing my stomach from emptying timely. It seems to take many hours more than it should. (Candida? I picture eating some pizza and Candida boiling up into my esophagus and from there to my trachea and windpipe and bronchi and so on, but that’s just my imagination; I don’t know if that is what is actually happening.)
My question is this: If I have no need for digestive enzymes and take them anyway, am I doing harm? (I have no way of knowing if I have low stomach acid. I did the betaine HCl thing and my reaction suggests I have normal acid, but in every other way it acts like the acid is low.) I don’t want to knock back digestive enzymes with mad abandon if they are going to cause harm.
My second question is on the subject of probiotics. I have some (expensive!) Ultimate Flora probiotic that is 50 bn. For now I’m taking PB8 (14 bn). As far as I know, everything south of my stomach is in perfect working order. Do you know if I will do harm if I take a 50 bn product, under the circumstances? I don’t like to waste the money by not using the product, but I’d rather waste the money than louse up my intestines. From what I read, I am darn lucky to have a healthy gut when there’s Candida lurking about.
I have read a number of your stories; my heart goes out to you and the many others who are suffering with this miserable organism. I wish you all strength and luck in your battle. Never say die!
Thanks very much in advance for your advice.
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