- May 14, 2012 at 10:53 am #81795
So here is my story and I would really like some help with a diagnosis or confirmation that I am on the right track. I have always been pretty healthy with a cast iron gut. Last November I had a suspected water infection and was prescribed a course of anti-biotics. Six days into the course I had a very strange reaction that felt like a panic attack, weird sensations in my gut, light headed, dizzy spells etc. Since that day, every time I eat anything within 30 minutes I feel bloated, nauseous, light headed, dizzy and quite often very depressed. I get irritating but not painful headaches and muscle spasms and pain. My memory is slow and my brain seems foggy too.
Been back and forward to the doctors for months now and had every blood test known to man, prescribed me Lansoprazole 15mg and then upped it to 30mg. It helped just with the nauseous feelings for a bit but now it has no effect and I am totally off it. I was ok for a couple of weeks but now I am back to square one with feeling light headed all the time, brain fog, bad memory, muscle pains and very lethargic, irritable, depressed and anxious.
I discovered Candida last night whilst surfing the net and so much seemed to fit it has got me excited that maybe I have discovered what is wrong and a possible way to fix it. I have made an appointment with a nutritionist who claims to understand and know how to treat Candida but insists on me having a proper test done after my first consultation.
What do you guys think? Does this fit with the Candida symptoms?May 14, 2012 at 11:15 am #81796
jamesbMemberTopics: 47Replies: 43
I hope you don’t have candida as it can be a prohibitive little so and so however if you have only had symptoms for the last 6 months or so then you have caught it quick and could possibly have a better chance of beating it without too many problems.
I do not know what tests the nutritionist will do but I suspect one might be a stool test, be aware that often stool tests come back negative and you may have to diagnose on symptoms alone.
Whatever happens this site is a great source of imformation with many UK members who should be able point you towards various web sites for purchasing items to help you fight this and I would also recommend the advice that is available from some very knowledgeable members from the USA.
Good luckMay 14, 2012 at 12:33 pm #81797
rasterParticipantTopics: 104Replies: 6821
If you want someone that will convince you have candida overgrowth, I would look no further than Dr. McCombs who feels that anyone who has ever taken antibiotics has a floral imbalance of the gut. He feels that even taking antibiotics one time can cause this imbalance and it can happen immediately.
Everyone has candida in their body and thats why it doesn’t always come up positive in a stool test. If you didn’t have candida in your body, you would be dead! We need candida to survive!
No one on the forum will tell you have it or not but considering your symptoms, prior antibiotic use, etc…it sounds like a strong indication you have it.
-rasterMay 14, 2012 at 12:42 pm #81798
bencMemberTopics: 67Replies: 419
I had my test done in the UK. It was a blood test, I don’t know what the experts on here think of there value? I used Genova Diagnostics for testing, they also do comprehensive stool analysis, which is quite a thorough test of the digestive system I believe.
As said already, its good you found this early, more chance of a quicker recovery with less complications. Good luck.May 17, 2012 at 12:00 am #82085
How accurate is the spit test? I did mine this morning and within a few minutes it started dropping down the glass in long legs to the bottom. In half an hour I would say it was 50/50, half at the top, half at the bottom.
What do you think, apologies for the picture I know its not a nice shot but what else could I do 🙂May 17, 2012 at 2:06 am #82086
princeofsinMemberTopics: 1Replies: 225
That is not normal at all. How is your tongue?May 17, 2012 at 3:41 am #82094
Tongue is covered in white / yellow looking stuff.May 17, 2012 at 3:50 am #82095
DoggiemamaMemberTopics: 43Replies: 204
i am told the spit test is not accurate.May 17, 2012 at 4:09 am #82097
JavizyMemberTopics: 20Replies: 945
Antibiotics can permanently change your gut flora. Your body stores reserves of beneficial bacteria in the appendix to repopulate the gut after diarrhoea, and if these are wiped out, there’s no way your body can restore them by itself. Losing beneficial bacteria means losing your ability to digest certain foods and compromised GALT. It also means pathogens like candida, which won’t develop in a competitive environment, are able to flourish. This can lead to all sorts of symptoms/diseases that are rarely ever cured by modern medicine, since the gut is never considered as the source of the problem. Poor diet and lifestyle compound these problems.
IBD (Crohn’s, colitis etc) is perhaps the ultimate example of gut flora imbalance. The disorder is so severe that the gut is literally able to destroy itself. For most sufferers, this means a life of harsh drugs and symptom management to maintain remission. Yet, restoration of a normal gut flora via faecal transplants has been shown to cure these conditions within a matter of days. Their role in health can’t be overstated.
The reason I’m telling you this is because even if your nutritionist doesn’t believe you “have” candida, it’s clear you have dysbiosis (gut flora imbalance), and the above example shows how this, and the impact of antibiotics, shouldn’t be underestimated. Following the protocol here is one way to go about restoring balance, with an anti-fungal emphasis. Since you’re depressed I’d also recommend reading this. Vitamin D and fish oil (taken with saturated fat and in the absence of omega-6s) could be of especial benefit.May 17, 2012 at 8:27 am #82112
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