candida - getting diagnosed

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by eeyoreblue02, Feb 5, 2006.

  1. eeyoreblue02

    eeyoreblue02 Member

    Just found this message board and have not had time to ready all posts. I hope I do not ask a repetitve question.

    To introduce myself I am a 45-year-old female living in Tennessee. I have battled with yeast for several years. Diflucan does not help. I have been able to keep the vaginal yeast infections under control by taking a daily dose of AZOYeast.

    I feel that I have many other symptoms that are candida related. I am wondering how do I get my doctors to take me seriously? I have digestive problems, migraines, muscle aches, joint pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, etc. I would love to get a diagnosis so I can start on a cure.

    Any and all replies will be greatly appreciated.

    Linda
  2. MKlady

    MKlady New Member

    Hi Linday,

    Many of us are treating candida with diet, probiotics, supplements and Rx. When you do a search, you can read all the info that's been posted. The thing you'll notice is that treating it is complex, docs don't "get it" and it takes time, trial and error, and commitment.

    Also, if you haven't already, you can do an internet search for candida, too. There's lots of info, symptom checklists, diets and advice there too. Maybe you can print some of it and show it to your doctor.

    It might help if you request a different anti-viral, too. I had a blood test that revealed mine, but the best advice when you have FMS and CFS is treat it anyway!

    For me, diet makes a huge difference in my fatigue. I'm finding out my yeastie beasties are still going hot and heavy after three months of anti-virals - I elminated carbs and felt better, then added fruit and wheat back and felt soooooooo tired and intestinal upset.

    After stopping again, I feel much better! I'm still taking the anti-virals, probiotics, immune builders, etc., too. Like I said, complicated and requires patience and persistence.

    Good luck. And feel free to ask questions. We were all new once.

    Hugs,

    Mary
  3. Hope4Sofia

    Hope4Sofia New Member

    I just posted a similar message. I'm very interested to get input on this. I'm worried that I'm in bad shape. I've definitely gotten worse over time and want badly to get this under control.

    sofia
  4. Shirl

    Shirl New Member

    Can't help with the yeast infection, but you got some good advice from the others, also do try the 'search' feature on the top left of this page. This has been discussed often here.

    Again, welcome and hope we hear from you often.


    Shalom, Shirl
  5. eeyoreblue02

    eeyoreblue02 Member

    You guys are awesome. So quick with your answers. I have been researching this subject for years. I have books that I've read and also internet research. I wish there was a definite cure. It seems so complex and everyone is different. So hit or miss. My doctors have not diagnosed me as having candida-related issues. They acknowledge the yeast infections, but not the fact that the yeast is creating havoc in my body.

    Probiotic diet seems to come up a lot in my research. I have to admit to ignorance on this subject. What do I eat and what do I avoid? Is sugar a trigger?

    Thanks,

    Linda
  6. eeyoreblue02

    eeyoreblue02 Member

    just bumping
  7. Smiffy

    Smiffy Member

    It is possible that your symptoms may not be candida, but hypoglycemia. A low carb diet will control this. My specialist sees a lot of Aids patients with candida, & says he does not see the symptoms of candida in his CFS/FMS patients.
  8. eeyoreblue02

    eeyoreblue02 Member

    but I don't think that is the problem. Due to diabetes running through my family tree I get my blood sugar checked regularly and it is always normal.
  9. eeyoreblue02

    eeyoreblue02 Member

    I have been reading the posts that you bumped for me until I am seeing double! There is a wealth of information there. I have been taking AZO Yeast which contains boneset, mistletoe leaf and lactobacillus. It has helped greatly with the vaginal yeast infections. I keep reading about Threelac. Do you take that more for the pain? What about MSM? Do you take that also? Also garlic and pau d'arco, do they tend to provide the same effects? Is one better than the other? I have decided to make an appointment to see a naturopath. I am hoping he will listen to me as more mainline doctors don't want to hear these things. I am curious to know what type of doctor most of you see.

    Linda
  10. eeyoreblue02

    eeyoreblue02 Member

    I am going to try pau d'arco or garlic or both. I'm glad you have found a physician who is willing to listen. I have not been blessed with that yet. MSM comes up in a lot of my research as being helpful for joint pain. I'll let you know what happens with the naturopath. Hopefully he will be the one who listens. I have tried talking to my regular doc, gyno and two orthopedic drs. Maybe I just haven't found the right one yet. Another question for the general group here: Does anyone have experience with B12 either sublingual or shots? If so, did it help with your energy level enough that it is worth using?