Hi all! This is only my 2nd time posting here - last time was llloonngg ago! Any of you have systemic candidiasis? My doc had advised me last year to try a long term treatment for it, although we had done no diagnostic testing. Now..... this may be long, so hang on - 6 weeks ago a routine urine test showed I had a urinary tract infection. Antibiotics for that. Then the pap test came back (both tests done the same day, not the cause of the UTI) showing a yeast infection. A few weeks later I went to my ear nose throat doc for long term sore throats (10 years worth) and he advised tonsillectomy. Yeah!!! lol The next day I saw a new ortho who gave me a cortisone injection for in my right knee ( I have osteo, found out in both knees, fingers and right hip). A few days later I began having a terrible metallic taste in my mouth. My regular doc didn't have a clue when I went to see her for, get this, another UTI and a bronchial infection. Another round of antibiotics. When that was done it was time for :TONSILLECTOMY!!! Last monday evening I had it done. (massive antibiotics during the operation and started a new round when I went home) Oh Lord. It wasn't too bad that night, after throwing my guts up. The next day was bearable. But from Tuesday on it's been hell. Severe severe severe pain that meds only dull. Then no sleep because of pain and because when I'd try to sleep my airway would be blocked and I'd wake up choking. Luckily I saw the doc on Friday, and guess what? I HAVE THRUSH - badly!!! And a swollen uvula (the little hangy thing in the back of the throat)! Another cortisone shot for the swelling and a "stronger"? pain med. 2 days go by and I'm in the emergency room at 6am for the choking feeling again. The doc was GREAT! Again the swollen uvula. This time I got a 7 day scrip for prednisone and a shot. I felt better than I had for a week. Until I slept for 3 hours (a record) and woke up in more severe pain at 1:30 am. So, (finally) any of you with long term candidiasis out there? Does it sound like I may have it? What do I do? By the way, my dx's are: fibromyalgia (3??years ago - I've had symptoms since childhood and my mom has it); IBS, TMJ, achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis both feet; migraines (just diagnosed); right elbow, left shoulder, right groin tendonitis; fatigue (duh); multiple HORRIBLE tender points; burning, pain and sometimes rashes from pressure on skin, especially right torso; muscle spasms; internal scar tissue buildup causing menstrual/IBS cramping; degenerative disk disease w/3 bulging lumbar disks and spinal bone spurs, w/possible sciatica, and constant low back pain from mild to severe; osteoarthritis; intermittent depression, usuallly not treated; hashimoto's thyroiditis (a type of hypothyroidism) as yet untreated cause the hormones are in the normal range - yeah right; and many many more things I can't think of right now (imagine that!!!). As you all know daily living is a constant struggle, trying to do things when you have no energy and work around the pain to get anything done. My house is always a wreck. I always look like I raided garbage cans for my clothes, cause I can't stand to wear anything that puts pressure on my skin, ESPECIALLY a bra - misery. Other than that I look "normal". Except for the v shaped rash on my chest, like my mom has too. If candida is contributing to some of this stuff, I'd like to know. For years now, often when I eat I the edges of my mouth will burn and crack. I've talked to the doc about it and she didn't know why. Now I see that can also be from thrush. For years??? I am 45, married (2nd time) 3 adult children, one disabled with Tourette Syndrome and back problems, daughter showing some fibro symptoms and back problems, 1 "normal" son, 3 adult stepsons, 1 stepgranddaughter. I haven't been able to work for almost 4 years, and have just applied for my first SSDI appeal. It will, oh joy, be in front of an administrative law judge. I am terrified. Sorry for rambling. A combination of strong pain meds and LACK OF SLEEP. Or is it just me??? lol Any input would be appreciated, and sorry for the length of this post.