- June 27, 2013 at 2:55 am #106821
kerra89MemberTopics: 9Replies: 12
Here is a quick summary of what I’ve been going through this year, starting March 27th, 2013:
Prior to March 27: Recurrent yeast infections led me to try OTC Miconazole, then Nystatin cream, then a Diflucan pill, all of which failed to keep Candida at bay for more than a week. This brought me to the Candida Diet website and this forum.
March 27- May 1: Followed the website Phase 1 diet, found that my vaginal infections, plus many of my symptoms (please see ** below for the list) were quickly clearing up. I also took Lactobacillus Acidophilus 1 billion capsules, thinking they would be strong enough (obviously underestimating my situation).
May 1: While already coming down with a cold (unrelated), I tested 2-3 glasses of red wine to celebrate mine and my boyfriend’s anniversary. Woke up the next morning with stronger cold symptoms, and in this immuno-vulnerable state (yes, I’m pretty dumb), proceeded to eat a brownie, believing I must be cured by now. I also had waffles and whipped cream, grapes, and 2 glazed croissants at my best friend’s wedding shower the next day. The vaginal yeast symptoms came raging back.
May 2- May 26: Started over again, still on the website Phase 1 diet, but this time I took one Diflucan pill to kickstart the treatment, and then used a MegaFlora 50 billion probiotic daily. I also incorporated kefir and spoonfuls of coconut oil into my daily regimen. The yeast infections went away, but the probiotic soon began to wreak havoc on my digestive system. The excruciating gas/bloating pains that the supplement caused, due to initiating Die-Off, were absolutely unbearable. Every time I ate something, I could expect the pain. I lasted about 3 weeks enduring this, and then finally quit, figuring I MUST have made some progress by now.
May 26-June 1: Stopped the probiotic, and the stomach aches disappeared, and I felt cured. I began to cheat a little daily; one day, sausage and hot dog roll; the next, wine; the next, toast… Yeast infection symptoms did not come back.
June 1: Went camping for the Tough Mudder, ate bananas and bagels for fuel. Yeast came raging back.
June 1-June 20: Decided I couldn’t bear the pain of a strong probiotic treatment, so I decided I’d stick with a less strict diet and expect the results to be extremely gradual and extremely long term. I did, however, up my dose of coconut oil until I was consuming about 2-3 tablespoons per day. I did this too quickly and the gas/bloating pains came back. Same with drinking too much kefir or eating too much yogurt. Throughout this month, my diarrhea was rampant.
June 20: Drank too much alcohol one night (4 glasses of rum and diet IBC) and leveled my immune system. I was rolling around with stomach pain for hours the next day.
June 20- Now: Decided to do this correctly and start all over again. I began with a 5-day Vegetable Only cleanse, plus OO and CO. My digestion began to normalize, and bloating went down. I am now allowing 1-2 organic eggs daily, and in 4 days I will increase egg intake to meet protein needs. Today, I had a stevia/lemon juice lemonade, as well. Stevia has not been a problem for me.
I now have an iron will, and have no intention of swaying from the Strict Forum Diet (although I may allow almond milk, since I’ve never had a problem with that, either). I am petrified of those stomach aches, and I don’t know how to avoid them. I am always afraid they will come back if I accidentally take in too much CO or Kefir, but the side effects are delayed 1-2 days, so I never know when I’ve had too much until it’s too late.
I’m now keeping a food/BM diary to document exactly when I introduce new foods and how my BMs are, so I can connect the cause to the symptom. It has been incredibly helpful, and I keep it on me at all times.
** Symptoms of candida I had prior to starting treatment: Panic attacks (in the form of night terrors), indigestion, fungal infection of the nails, metallic taste in mouth, bad breath, persistent cough, chronic post nasal, flu-like symptoms, hay-fever like symptoms, sinusitis, itchy eyes, recurring yeast infections, PMS and menstrual irregularities, frequent colds and flu, seasonal allergies, muscle aches, bloating, anal itching, diarrhea/constipation, and acid reflux
I will post again in a month or two. Hopefully by then I’ll have made significant progress.June 27, 2013 at 10:13 pm #106871
rasterParticipantTopics: 104Replies: 6828
As you can see it takes a long time to get better; I tell most forum members to plan on a 6-18 month recovery to get over candida overgrowth.
You are on a destructive cycle as you can see and this doesn’t work. I would plan on staying away from wheat for for a very very long life because it isn’t healthy whatsoever. If you eat it, its very risky in my opinion. I would not consume more than once a month at the most.
-rasterJune 28, 2013 at 12:46 am #106881
msmofishMemberTopics: 18Replies: 96
Your diary about May 1st made me laugh out loud. One night my man & I decided to have a dessert, well..we ate 4 !! haha
It’s really great that you are charting your progress. If you can stick to the strict diet & protocol you will see quicker results. And because it’s so limited that when you introduce anything & have a reaction you’ll know what it was.
Keep up the great work & know you are alone
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