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  • #116512

    spectrum
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    Hi Everyone

    Im hoping someone has some advice for me. I’m a 29 year old female who is generally underweight (5’8 & weighing 53kg). I live in Australia and I am struggling to find a medical professional who recognises and understands Candida.

    I started on the Candida diet in April 2012 after experiencing terrible IBS for over ten years. Diet was hard but I stuck to it and had 100% improvement with symptoms being rare. I cut out all medication except for Movicol each night to keep me regular, and started taking daily probiotics as well as antifungals.

    I fell pregnant in March last year and continued on the diet except the following changes:
    – Stopped taking antifungals.
    – Introduced small amounts of potato, stevia dark chocolate & the odd serving of pork.

    My son was born in November and since his birth my IBS symptoms quickly returned and i have had to return to the strict diet. I have now been on the strict diet since January 1 (no cheating). The symptoms are still there and i have constant “episodes” of diarrhea, constipation, wind pain, nausea & cramping.

    Im not sure whether this could be hormone related as I have not had my periods return (which is strange as i am not breastfeeding) or is it my body reacting to the diet again (die off)?

    Does anyone have any advice? Should i do the cleanse? I am putting that off as it is hard to do when you have a small baby to attend to, but then again it is hard when youre stuck on the toilet in pain anyway.

    All thoughts appreciated.
    Thank you.

    #116513

    spectrum
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    I would also like to mention that during the pregnancy my IBS symptoms disappeared even though i was being naughty with the diet.

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    raster
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    For IBS problems you might want to try out boulardii and if you have floraster in australia, I would try that out. If not, I would get the standard process boulardii product prosynbiotic.

    I wouldn’t do the cleanse personally, it doesn’t do much to impact candida numbers.

    I’d also look up movicol side effects and see if those are whats affecting your digestion. I would consider looking for alternatives.

    -raster

    #116548

    spectrum
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    Hi Raster,

    Thank you. I read that boulardii is used for the treatment of diahrea but my main IBS issue is constipation. Just want to check if it would make constipation worse or does it just aid digestion in general?

    Also, what are your thoughts on greek yoghurt & brown rice? Are they a no-go?

    Thanks

    #116558

    raster
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    Constipation is pretty normal with the western diet so the probiotics should help (not the boulardii but other probiotics). Greek yogurt is up to you but I think its very slightly bad for the diet. Brown rice should be saved for special occasions or stage 3 of the diet.

    -raster

    #116560

    Vegan Catlady
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    Hey Spectrum

    my take on this is that you have a few things going on, I dont believe its just some bad bacteria in the gut.

    While you were pregnant, the body,being brilliant, protected the baby and mama by utilizing the building blocks you gave it to reinforce the immune system and level off your hormones.
    If it didnt level the hormones off, its possible the baby would not have made it to term.

    With this said, *any* endocrine gland issue would result in all of them being affected on some level.
    This was something I didnt understand until this year…I always treated the system that wasnt working proper rather than looking for issues in systems that *appeared* to be working proper.

    For instance, I always thought the kidneys were working well if my pee was clear.
    Turns out that peeing clear could also be a result of the kidneys not filtering proper.
    When you support that filtration, boy it affects everything!

    This includes female hormones 🙂

    The adrenals are responsible for hormone production too, and having a baby under ideal circumstances would not especially tax the adrenals but getting pregnant while sick, and having your issues return shortly after birth would indicate that maybe the adrenals could use some support now.
    When the female hormones are out of whack, candida- if you have overgrowth- gets aggravated.
    Unfortunately I know this part first hand, I get a very sore throat just before my periods.

    You can very easily support your adrenals using vitamin supplements, herbal teas, seasalt, and getting more than average sleep.

    Congrats on your new family member <3

    #118226

    spectrum
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    Hi guys,

    It’s been a while since my post but I thought I would let you know how I am going.

    I made an appointment with a gastrointestinal specialist who has me on some different laxatives as well as colofac to reduce spasms in the gut. So far no changes. Still constipation & diarrhea at least once a week. Constipation actually worse. Still on candida diet, although e recommended the low fodmap diet which I did try about 4 years ago with no success.

    My GP sent me for a full blood test & it came back that I have neutropenia, however he wouldn’t take any action except send me for another blood test in a months time to check it again. A month has passed and I’m having the blood test in a few days when I can have my partner stay home with our baby. I’m hoping this shows something as I am getting quite depressed that the diet is not working after 2 years of success. Finding it hard to continue eating like this with no benefit.

    Do you know of any link between candida and low white cell count? Just wondering if this has any relevance or maybe it’s just a completely isolated thing?

    Thanks again.

    #118232

    raster
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    Its hard to say whether you have a yeast problem or not. It sounds like you have some female problems and IBS symptoms but this alone doesn’t indicate a candida problem by itself. I’d consider getting a stool test done to see what bugs have overgrown in your gut and/or do the hypersensitization test that dvjorge talks about. You could have something similar to yeast such as SIBO, h.pylori, parasites, strept, etc. You haven’t shared many of your symptoms other than what I mentioned and some kind of “attack.”

    Most people who have yeast problems(aka candida related complex) have oral thrush, leaky gut (allergic to most foods) and a host of like 20+ symptoms. I didn’t know you’ve been on the diet for 2 years and I saw some of your old posts and you kinda came to us to say you had it but you never had a real diagnosis, etc.

    Relating to this, I highly recommend boulardii for IBS symptoms and it doesn’t have that many side effects other than constipation. This is basically the yeast in kombucha but stronger.

    -raster

    #118241

    spectrum
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    Thanks Raster,

    Well basically my symptoms include constipation, diarrhea, bloating & abdominal cramping which results in nausea. I am underweight and have been all my life. IBS was diagnosed when I was 15 after I had a colonoscopy and other various tests which came up clear. About 5 years ago the IBS symptoms became progressively worse and it now effects my social life. I tried the fodmap diet, then the elimination diet, both with no positive results. This was about 4 years ago. I stumbled onto this candida diet about 2 years ago and thought what the hell I will give it a go. So I did and had fantastic results until the birth of my son 5 months ago. I have continued on the diet with hope it was hormonal or maybe my body had toxins from being pregnant or the meds I had during labour. I had a full blood test and it has shown neutropenia (low white cell count) which could be a gastrointestinal infection. I’m hoping that’s what it is, at least then I know how to treat it. Won’t know for sure until end of next week most likely due to public holidays.

    I had a stool & urine test which both came back clear.

    Can I have a hypersensitization test at my GP? Or is this a specialist?

    Thanks for your reply!
    I feel like a hypochondriac but I just want my life back.

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