Intestinal Candidiasis (sp?)

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Mom2sophia
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   Posted 1/3/2008 8:28 PM (GMT -7)   
If anyone has had this, what were your symptoms and how were you treated?

Lucy007
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   Posted 1/3/2008 8:33 PM (GMT -7)   
How do you know that you have this?  I see that you are on the Gerd sight as well...me too.  Are you taking PPIs? 

Mom2sophia
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   Posted 1/4/2008 7:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes.  I take Nexium, 80 mgs a day and still have to take mylanta sometimes.  I am starting probiotics...so we will see if that helps.  I am also taking Similase, a digestive enzyme.
 
I don't know if I have candidiasis...

Lucy007
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   Posted 1/4/2008 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   

Keep me posted on the result of taking the probiotics.  I feel like it is something our docs should tell us to take in conjunction with a PPIs and it may alleviate some of the GI side affects.  Just my opinion of course.

From what I have read Candidiasis is extremely difficult to diagnose and the symptoms are so broad they are symptoms for a million other things.  I wouldn't get carried away with thinking you have this.  But again...just my opinion.  Good luck.


Keriamon
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   Posted 1/4/2008 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Nexium--and the whole family of related acid-reducing products--has been shown to increase your risk of developing an overgrowth of bad bacteria, catching c. difficile, etc. They think maybe it's because they reduce the acid too much and the bad bacteria that would normally be killed by the acid are allowed to live and multiply.

A preliminary study also showed a link between PPIs and bone loss/interference with calcium absorption in women, and they are now rethinking prescribing them long term.

Personally, I would revisit my need for a PPI with my docotor if I had been on it longer than a year. Might try cycling on and off of it, using OTC antacid products (which don't have the same side effects) in the meantime. Of course, some people are so bad they can't get off the PPI. In that case, I would definitley look into probiotics on a continual basis to try and keep my guts aligned, as well a calcium supplement to try and overcome that problem. Also, cut out cokes, which have also been linked to bone loss. No need to make it any worse.

Mom2sophia
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   Posted 1/4/2008 12:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, I have tried going off PPI's, mostly b/c I have read the same things, but the rebound reflux is so bad I can hardly function.  I hope I have success with the probiotics.

Keriamon
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   Posted 1/4/2008 2:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Do you know why you have that much reflux? Someone else posted on here about getting their hiatal hernia fixed and that had dramatically curtailed their acid problem; I know that's a common source of excess acid.

Also, have you had your gall bladder removed? That can cause excess bile to wash back up into your stomach and cause problems.

Lucy007
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   Posted 1/4/2008 3:28 PM (GMT -7)   
First off, thank you for the reply Keriamon.  I couldn't agree more with everything you said...I am so angry with my doc for letting me take this med for so long I could scream!!! 
 
Anyhow, mom2sophia - I too have horrendous rebound acid.  Horrendous.  However, I am toughing it out to see if it goes away at all in a couple weeks.  If it's rebound...it has to eventually subside right?  You could always try to cut your dosage to see if that helps.  I will take a zantac if I absolutely have severe pain.  I just am a big promotor of trying to get off these drugs and if you or anyone else on here can help with alternative ways to cure or alleviate these symptoms that would be wonderful.  I have not taken nexium for three days and while there is definitely pretty constant burning in my throat (always has been my main symptom) I have noticed a decrease in bloating and gas immediately.  Also, I was so happy the other day when I woke up and my ears were not aching I could have cried.  Thanks!
 
Sorry...this is probably a better thread for the gerd board!

Keriamon
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   Posted 1/4/2008 4:17 PM (GMT -7)   
It all goes hand-in-hand. A lot of acid problems cause bowel problems, either due to creating gas, causing pain, or irritating the intestines. Or causing bad bacteria to get out of control.

Mom2sophia
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   Posted 1/4/2008 6:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I know, it does all go hand in hand...which sucks, b/c the foods you are supposed to eat for constipation cause gas and sometimes reflux too.
 
I read an article concerning acid reflux/GERD symptoms...but instead of having too much acid...you have too little.  When you don't have enough acid...the food is not broken down and can cause a lot of problems.  Hence my going on the Betaine HCL.  I am really hoping that this will help and I can eventually go off of my Nexium.  I want to get off of this stuff so bad.  I tried cutting my dose in half, but I couldn't function.  I get soooo nauseated and feel burning pain in my chest and a lump in my throat.  My heart races and feel like I am going to faint.
 
I have never been checked for gallbladder.  My doctors are pretty certain it isn't that...as this all started (well I have had acid reflux on and off since adolescence) but it all got worse after I had my daughter.  I ended up with gastroparesis (slow emptying stomach) and things just went down hill from there.
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