- June 3, 2012 at 1:57 pm #83841
I am new to this forum and new to the whole concept of systemic candida. It was just one week ago today that I came to the diagnosis and was able to convince my gastroenterologist that what we’ve been dealing with all along has been candida. So, here’s the story (warning: this is going to be a long post). As a kid I was always sick. I can’t count how many times I had strep throat. My sophomore year in college I was on antibiotics almost continuously for the full year before they finally decided to remove my tonsils. Then, when I was 24, after taking a course of antibiotics for yet another case of strep throat, I got clostridium difficile. All throughout my 30s I was sick alot–with sinus infections and the like. But I just assumed it was because I was busy with 4 kids and running my own business. However, in the last year or so things have gotten significantly worse. I have had IBS for 20 years but the symptoms worsened last summer and I stopped going to the gym in August because of the diarrhea. I was extremely tired all the time and, even after napping, felt very fatigued (however, I had a lot of trouble sleeping at night, even with prescription sleeping pills). My periods also started coming just 2 1/2 weeks apart, were very heavy and were 8-9 days in duration. I also noticed I could no longer tolerate alcohol at all. In fact, last Sept. while flying home from a business trip I had a wine spritzer on the plane and was absolutely plastered. I noticed some time last year that my tongue was white, which I thought was odd but thought it was just something I had eaten and that it would eventually go away. I also developed nodules on my thyroid and resulting hypothyroidism.
Then in January the body aches and severe diarrhea kicked in. I was diagnosed with bursitis and given steroids. I had a colonoscopy/endoscopy and, aside from some irritation, I was told I was “fine.” It was, however, discovered that I am lactose and fructose intolerant. And then, in March I was given a hydrogen breath test which was positive for small intestine bacterial overgrowth (which I am now wondering if it was candida all along–???). So, I was prescribed a course of antibiotics which did nothing to help. When I reported to my gastroenterologist that I was still having 8-12 loose stools per day, she told me that my problem was just IBS and that I needed to learn how to manage my stress and to “go exercise.” Long story short: I went through 2 more doctors and several more rounds of antibiotics (doubled up, actually) before I realized something was very very wrong. Fortunately, through my own research I was able to figure this out and, fortunately, the doctor I have now recognizes this is undoubtably candida.
HOWEVER, the last week has been a nightmare. Tuesday, day one of detox, I ended up in the ER, where, of course, the doctor didn’t believe for one second I had candida (why are the doctors so oblivious to this???). Ever since then I have been in bed nearly all the time with severe body aches, headache, EXTREME fatigue, ringing in the ears, weakness, dizziness, fuzziness (feeling detached), diarrhea (although this is gradually improving). I am taking Diflucan prescribed by my gastroenterologist, following the strict diet, and am taking probiotics (also recommended by my doctor). Am I doing all the right things? Is what I’m feeling normal? I’m just worried because my husband is back to work tomorrow, the kids start swimming lessons, we’ve got 2 dance recitals, vacations, etc. coming up this month and I’m overwhelmed at the thought of trying to do any of it. Right now all I can do is eat and sleep. Is there anyone out there that can help??June 3, 2012 at 4:11 pm #83848
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Is what I’m feeling normal?
What you’re feeling is perfectly normal if you’re going about the treatment backwards, which you are. Hopefully, if you pay attention to what we tell you, you’re about to start taking a supplement called Molybdenum Amino Acid Chelate which will relieve your symptoms. Your problem is, you should have started taking this supplement days before starting the cleanse, the diet or taking any type of supplement including the probiotic and Diflucan; you should address your gastroenterologist as Mr. Hitler from now on for the atrocity he has inflicted on your body. The idiot.
The experience you’re having is the result of aldehyde toxins poisoning your body. The poison is expelled by dying Candida caused by the Diflucan, probiotic, and the diet. So now you know what it feels like to be poisoned and not die, but which you had.
You’re in the states, so Molybdenum will be easy for you to find. Call around to your local health or vitamin stores and ask if they carry (precisely) Molybdenum Amino Acid Chelate. If they tell you “no, but we have plain Molybdenum which is probably the same thing” hang up on whoever is telling you this fairy tale and call another store. Stores belonging to the Vitamin Shoppe chain carry this mineral. But if you can’t find it locally, you can order it online from Amazon and other stores.
Meanwhile, drink more water than you’ve ever drank before to wash the toxins from your body as they are poisoning your liver and kidneys as you’re reading this. Take a sauna or sit in a hot tub of water upon completion of reading this post and do that several times a day to help the toxins leave your body. In other words, sweat. Drink pure lemon water without sugar if you can to flush out the kidneys and your body in general of the toxins.
Most importantly, stop taking the Diflucan and probiotics now.
Talk to us again after you’ve been taking the Molybdenum for one week, or any time in between if you need to. In addition, read the posts that are linked below because if you’re going to help yourself you’ll need the information that the posts contain.
Let us know if you have other questions, it’s the only reason we’re here.
AbleJune 3, 2012 at 5:36 pm #83858
Able, Thank you so much for your reply. I plan to make some calls tonight to see if any of the local stores have Molybdenum Amino Acid Chelate. I’m hoping that maybe Whole Foods will have it and my husband will go pick it up for me since I am still unable to drive. How long should I take it for? When should I start taking the probiotics again?
Another thing that I am quite concerned about is that I believe I may be developing a urinary tract infection. I really don’t want to take any more antibiotics and drinking cranberry juice is obviously not an option. Is there anything else that I can take to treat the infection without the use of antibiotics? I really don’t want to go down that road again……June 4, 2012 at 9:57 am #83892
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How long should I take it for? (molybdenum)
As long as you’re having physical die-off symptoms. This is usually between 2 and 5 weeks, but can be less or even more. This is something you have to test to know whether or not you need it. You can lower the amount by one pill after a few weeks to see if you experience a die-off reaction, but for the time being I would definitely stay on three pills, 250 mcg each, taken three times a day, continue to drink lots and lots of water, and soak in a hot tub or take saunas every day.
When should I start taking the probiotics again?
Before you start back on the probiotics, let’s look at your situation again in about two weeks after we get those toxins out of the way. The same goes for Diflucan; just hold off on that indefinitely as it’s not going to cure the infestation anyway. Meanwhile, if you stay on the diet, this is going to be destroying enough Candida for you to deal with.
Another thing that I am quite concerned about is that I believe I may be developing a urinary tract infection. I really don’t want to take any more antibiotics and drinking cranberry juice is obviously not an option. Is there anything else that I can take to treat the infection without the use of antibiotics? I really don’t want to go down that road again……
UTI’s are so normal during a Candida infestation I sometimes think it should be listed as the main symptom, especially among women. Purchase some cranberry extract capsules and follow the instructions on the label for taking them. Also purchase vitamin C, any type – any price since hey don’t have to be expensive to work. Purchse the vitamin C pillsm not capsules. They should contain either 1000 or 500 mg. Take 1000 mg three times a day, morning, noon, and night. These two supplements are the best supplements to take in order to hold off a urinary tract infection.
Let us know if you have other concerns, please.
AbleJune 5, 2012 at 10:00 am #83984
I’m so sorry for all the questions. I am really trying to find help locally but am striking out. I do have an appointment today with a chiropractor but am not sure how much she will know. And I tried to get in to see a homeopathic doctor but she isn’t taking new clients until November. And, obviously, I can’t wait that long.
Anyway, Able, I did stop taking the Diflucan and the probiotics as you recommended and some of the “brain fog” has lifted a bit. However, the diarrhea and headaches have worsened. Diarrhea has always been a very big problem for me (I was going 8-12 times per day from January through just last week) so I really don’t want to go down that road again. I think the probiotics were helping on that front. Why did you recommend discontinueing the probiotics? I’m thinking that, in my case, I should start taking them again. But if there are legitimate reasons not to please let me know. I sincerely trust your expertise.
Also, I am really struggling with food options and sleep. I have been sticking to the diet. It is bland and boring but, honestly, I am in so much pain and distress I really don’t care. I would eat mud at this point if that’s what it took to get better. But the problem is that, with the IBS, food intolerances, and nausea, I struggle daily with what to put in my body that either won’t come out the other end, cause abdominal distress, or extreme gagging. I’m not getting much sleep at night because of this. I can’t sleep without food in my stomach (it’s been this way for the past few years. I always thought it was because of breastfeeding but now that I’ve weaned them all I’m wondering if it was candida). But trying to find the right foods to make me feel full has been difficult (any suggestions?). So, I only sleep for 4-5 hours and then I’m up, usually with diarrhea before I even have breakfast. I am hungry throughout the day and would love to have options for quick, easy snacks that I can grab without having to prepare anything. I know nuts are an option but, with the IBS, they often give me diarrhea. Hard boiled eggs are another option but right now they make me very nauseous. Anyway, I am really struggling and would so appreciate any advice or suggestions. I still can’t drive because of the dizziness so I’d like to make one big grocery list and send my husband tomorrow night (he can’t go tonight because of dance class, baseball practice, etc.–life must go on, even if mommy has candida). :o(
Finally, I have called around and cannot find molybdenum amino acid chelate anywhere locally. I’m thinking maybe we could order it on Amazon (?). If so, which one would you recommend? Thanks again, Able, for your replies and for all your help. This journey has been hell and I am grateful for this resource.
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