- October 25, 2013 at 1:25 am #111845
I have researched non stop and came across this site. I have read many of your posts, discussions and stories. It is such a relief to know that I am not alone!
I would like to begin my story with a background of myself. I am 28 years old and have always been a positive outgoing social butterfly. My entire life despite many traumatic events as a child, have always kept a positive outlook of life and was active. Then I turned 26.
In one year I was laid off from my state job of 5 years, got married, started a new job, bought a house and lost my father to cancer. Followed by a year long law-suit with my estranged half sister. During the duration of these events I was getting reoccurring sinus infections and UTIs (never had this before), I was getting severely depressed, had horrible panic attacks (I always had this but was able to overcome them)and was constantly irritable on top of so many other symptoms.
For the past 6 months I have been experiencing severe sinus pressure and swelling in my head. My ears would constantly burn, low grade fever, migraines….argh! Complete torture. I went to three different doctors, two ENTs, endocrinologist, gyno, eye doctor….the list goes on and on. With every test they had me take I passed with flying colors. It was coming down to the point where I was praying SOMEONE would finally find SOMETHING wrong with me. Ultimately two of the doctors decided from all my stress I was becoming depressed, showing somatic symptoms and was given a script for Zoloft. I have NOTHING against anti-depressants or anti-psychotics if the patient needs them, I work for a Medical Research Center and have patients using these to help with their conditions. However, being in the field I am in I knew this wasn’t an episode of depression and something much more was going on. So I tore up my script and was determined to educate and diagnose myself.
Fast forward to present, my husband and I planned a much needed vacation. We drove down to Florida from New York to board our cruise ship headed for paradise, but unfortunately we never made it aboard. An hour after we arrived I was passing out and the pressure in my head was so bad I couldn’t see straight. We rushed to the hospital where they decided it was just sinusitis and I was “fine”. They put me on an antibiotic (feeding my yeast) and by the second day I felt worse. We decided it was best to head back home to NY and seek someone in alternative medicine.
I had my appointment yesterday and THANK YOU GOD….was told I have candida. I was so excited and happy that I was about to do back flips, IF my joints didn’t hurt me and I didn’t feel like my 85 year old grandmother! This has been such a difficult struggle for me and especially my family. I am only married 2 1/2 years and my marriage was/is suffering so badly from this that divorce was mentioned a few times. My ‘friends’ had called me a hypochondriac, that I was crazy and complaining too much. Needless to say those people don’t bother with me anymore (talk about showing your true colors!). In the light of the situation, I am ecstatic that I have finally been diagnosed and can begin my journey towards recovery. It has given me a new outlook on health and also shined a light on who I can really count on!
If you read my story, thank you for reading! Sorry if I rambled or did not make sense, this is my first time on a forum. 🙂
Looking forward to ‘meeting’ all of you and sharing experiences!
Sending you positive energy, peace and blessings! XoX
-MarisaOctober 25, 2013 at 2:19 am #111857
Hi Marisb12 and welcome to this forum!
It’s good to hear that you finally have a diagnose. I struggled for more than 10 years before I knew what I had. Some of your symptoms are very familiar to me. Sinus pressure, migraines, fever like symptoms, …
What are your plans on curing candida?
Take care!October 25, 2013 at 2:35 am #111858
Thanks TheChosenOne! Sorry you struggled for so long! I am following up with my doctor on Wednesday to have a sit down, go over each and every symptom, all of my results (that returned normal) and then devise a game plan. The practice I chose actually specializes in Candida, so I know I am in good hands! They explained that I will be placed on a personalized program to rid the yeast overgrowth and I will report weekly for progress visits. The duration of this program is based on my progress. I will post back here after my appointment to share! 🙂October 25, 2013 at 2:19 pm #111872
Marisb12;50379 wrote: Thanks TheChosenOne! Sorry you struggled for so long! I am following up with my doctor on Wednesday to have a sit down, go over each and every symptom, all of my results (that returned normal) and then devise a game plan. The practice I chose actually specializes in Candida, so I know I am in good hands! They explained that I will be placed on a personalized program to rid the yeast overgrowth and I will report weekly for progress visits. The duration of this program is based on my progress. I will post back here after my appointment to share! 🙂
I didn’t know that there exists such a practice. Good to hear that you are in good hands.
If you have any questions regarding the diet, antifungals, probiotics or anything else, just ask!
The persistent will win.October 25, 2013 at 2:50 pm #111876
I didn’t know one existed either. The practice is of alternative medicine and the recognize and treat candida, lucky for me it’s only 25 mins away from my home. I will definitely utilize this site as my journey begins! Thanks 🙂October 26, 2013 at 1:32 am #111930
EricaIMemberTopics: 5Replies: 17
Thanks for sharing your story! Where is the practice you’re going to? I’m on Long Island and curious if its somewhat close?
Thanks again!! 🙂
EricaOctober 26, 2013 at 2:05 am #111935
Hi Erica! It is in East Brunswick, NJ. I put the link in below. Hope it helps! 🙂
-MarisaOctober 26, 2013 at 11:34 am #111946
EricaIMemberTopics: 5Replies: 17
I’ll check it out. Please keep us posted 🙂October 26, 2013 at 2:02 pm #111947
No problem! And as soon as I find out what their process/plan is I will post on here! Good luck to you! 😀October 26, 2013 at 3:15 pm #111951
Bike girlMemberTopics: 2Replies: 15
I just looked on the link, looks good, lucky you! I don’t know if we have this sort of thing in the UK.October 26, 2013 at 3:27 pm #111954
Thank you! I just really hope it helps! I am willing to try anything! You should google alternative medical clinics or perhaps candida specialists in the UK. That’s what I did and I found these people! I hope you find something/someone!October 26, 2013 at 4:47 pm #111957
Bike girlMemberTopics: 2Replies: 15
I would never of thought of trying somewhere like this at all.
We do have a Chinese type herbalist in town, you know that says excema, stress and loads of other problems on the window. it would really be worth a visit even just to ask them.
I will Definately pay them a visit and let you know.
I did suggest to my dermatologist is the rashes fungal and he said there is no evidence candida causes rashes. Gps in the uk I don’t think have enough knowledge of candida.
The fruit and wheat you do think you are eating it for the best, I think cutting these things out can lead to other problems it’s a catch 22 situation isn’t it. I got oral thrush in March never had it in my 48 year life lol I was disgusted in myself, I think it was probiotic drinks high in sugar and tons of fruit I was eating ooh and cakes, I find cutting them out hard work but I haven’t had any sweet things today!
I hope you see them soon to help you. XOctober 26, 2013 at 5:55 pm #111959
I would definitely look into it. The doctors here in the states do not recognize candida too, my primary doctor actually laughed at me when I suggested it. Just because they cannot refer back to a medical journal they feel it doesn’t exist. The specialist doctor i went to explained all of this to me. As for fruit and wheat, I’m not cutting anything out of my diet until the medical team gives me my regime to follow. From what I have read these things feed into the yeast, that you would only have to cut them out for 7-10 days to kill the yeast and then reintroduce foods again along with a pro-biotic. I don’t know, what I am reading could be completely wrong for me. But I will definitely post up everything the doctors say. I actually get the opposite and am always cold, night chills especially. Keep me updated with the herbalist! I’m very interested to hear what they have to say!
Best of luck to you! 🙂November 1, 2013 at 7:41 pm #112234
Just wanted to post an update for everyone! I went to the doctors on Wednesday, they put me on a strict diet of no dairy, no carbs, no sugar, no soy, no eggs…the list goes on and on! Later on tonight if anyone is interested I will post a complete list of the dos and don’ts I received. So far I have been experiencing less sinus pressure but still symptoms are present. I am definitely hopeful!November 2, 2013 at 2:29 pm #112248
Marisb12;50755 wrote: Just wanted to post an update for everyone! I went to the doctors on Wednesday, they put me on a strict diet of no dairy, no carbs, no sugar, no soy, no eggs…the list goes on and on! Later on tonight if anyone is interested I will post a complete list of the dos and don’ts I received. So far I have been experiencing less sinus pressure but still symptoms are present. I am definitely hopeful!
Did your doctors give any reason for the ‘no eggs’?
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