Fungal infections-internal, nose, throat and esophagus

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by justlooking, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. justlooking

    justlooking New Member

    I was wondering if anyone had any history and advice on how to handle a fungal infection. I posted a few weeks ago about how I had this esophageal problem, possibly gerd or an esophageal ulcer. I went to my PCP and then a GI Dr and after 7 weeks on GERD meds, no change and then I received a phone call from my PCP who said a nasal culture I had done 6 weeks earlier had shown the fungus Cladisporium. He said it was very dangerous, could get in my brain and had caused death before. OH GREAT!

    He put me on Anti-fungals and pretty quickly the throat and esophageal problems felt better, so the nasal fungal infection must have spread. It seemed to begin to feel better and then I noticed some of the early symptoms beginning to reappear. I am seeing the GI Dr today to discuss the fungus, since I have not seen him since the fungal news and then i have an appointment in 10 days with an ENT to deal with the nasal fungal infection.

    I was just wondering if anyone had an advice on natural remedies to deal with the the fungus in addition to the antifungals. AND if you have had this happen what was the reason your system broke down and allowed this to happen. It has to be due to a weakened immune system per all of the literature I have read.

    So please any stories, advice and words of encouragement would be appreciated as it just seems there is ALWAYS something going wrong in my body and I'm only in my early 40s. ARGGGGG!

    ps sorry I am all over the place I am just so frightend and stressed right now[This Message was Edited on 07/28/2009]
  2. Shananegans

    Shananegans New Member

    I have recently had problems with fungus, specifically thrush (oral yeast infection). It originally happened because of being on anti-biotics and now I just can't seem to get rid of it. First they tried Nystatin (sp?) and then Diflucan (for 1 day) and now I have been on Diflucan for 7 days (well I am on day 4 but will be on it for 7 days total). I have also had repeated bacterial infections and no one really knows why this is all happening. So far I asked them to test me for diabetes and that test came back normal so now I just don't know what to do. I will let you know if I get any answers. I have heard eating a good amount of yogurt can help get your bodies defenses back up and all of your good bacteria back in balance so it can fight off all the nasty fungus.

  3. justlooking

    justlooking New Member

    Thank you for your reply. I am so sorry you are experiencing this too. I hope they are able to control it in your case before it moves into your nose and esophagus, since they are all connectd and it's common for the fungus to invade other areas. The pain can be so terrible and eating is close to impossible when the fungus is in your throat, it also feels like you are being strangled. It is one of the worst experiences I have had.

    I too head that taking some form of probiotics helps along with the antifungals. I went out and bought 3 kinds of probiotic-yogurt drinks yesterday. A Dannon immunity probiotic drink, Yokult and one other I can't remember the name right now.

    I don't want to try anything until I speak with the GI Dr today. I am getting ready to leave now for my appointment. I willl let you know if I learn anything that may be helpful to you. Have you seen an ENT or GI Dr yet?

  4. Shananegans

    Shananegans New Member

    I have not seen a specialist for this issue yet, well at least not the reoccurring issue. I originally saw an Ear Nose and Throat doctor to get the original diagnosis of thrush. Since then I have treated with my primary doctor's office but if it doesn't work this time then we will have to take heftier measures. It causes me to be constantly thirsty on top of everything else it causes. So annoying!

    Keep us posted!
  5. Shananegans

    Shananegans New Member

    I didn't know garlic is an antifungal! Thank you for your information. I knew it would help boost immune system but I guess I never thought of it being an antifungal. Something I will try immediately!

    thank you!
  6. AuntTammie

    AuntTammie New Member

    some other natural antifungals are: colloidal silver, oregano oil, tumeric, and grapefruitseed extract (the last one may interfere with some meds, though)...oh and I have also read that some people use coconut oil as an antifungal, too
  7. justlooking

    justlooking New Member

    It has been a very stressful last couple of weeks. I did go back to the GI Dr and set up an Endoscopy for next week. I also have an appointment with an ENT late next week.

    The fungus is actually a common airborne mold which for some reason found my body an agreeable environment to live. It is one that has caused deaths due to brain abcesses and lung abcesses so I am eager to get this all figured out despite every Dr taking their sweet time and not really taking this seriously.

    I am hoping it hasn't invaded any organs and this nightmare between the esophageal problems and nasal problems will soon be sorted out and it will all be ok. Please continue to wish me luck and pray for me as I am so very scared. I have been spitting out black specks in my sputum and also white chunky thick stuff which has the consistency of a thick slimey paste.

    I appreciate your natural antifungal ideas and I've also begun drinking probiotic drinks to assist in my digestive healing and immunity.
  8. justlooking

    justlooking New Member

    thank you both for your information. Luckily my Fungal infection is cleared up. It only took one round of Anti-fungals. I had an Endoscopy from a GI Dr and saw a ENT to have my nasal cavity checked after the Anti-fungals.
    The Fungal infection was actually caused by a mold spore which is very common in the area where I live. It was very painful and I took many types of medication before I knew what the problem was but once I took the anti-fungals, I began to heal.
    I am much better now and all of my Endoscopy results were normal so I am breathing a sigh of relief!