candida and crohn's

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   Posted 5/12/2008 8:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Anybody with crohn's ever get candida symptoms?  I thought it was a yeast infection, but now I'm wondering if it's candida.  My urine smelled strong but wasn't necessarily a strange color.  I also have bloating in my stomach.  Is this a normal symptom of crohn's?  Thanks for letting me know!

LaLa in SF
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   Posted 5/15/2008 5:06 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello KarinB.

I was diagnosed with Crohn's about 2 1/2 weeks ago. I am new to this disease, new to this forum.

I developed Candida in my mouth, throat, vocal chords, and beyond. The thick white "cottage cheese" like growth on my tongue and throat gave it away. The worst part was that it caused a horrendous cough that I have had for a month (causing me to either vomit, pee, or poop myself). I almost went insane! I am finally feeling relief after 10 days of treatment with an anti-fungal med.

My doctor said that it was not typical of Crohns....could be a result of a weakened immune system...or who knows????

Hope this post helps!





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   Posted 5/15/2008 7:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I went to a holistic doctor in January and he did an entire fecal workup on me.  He found elevated candida levels in my stool.

Crohn's Colitis
Currently taking Asacol, Prednisone, Probiotics, and Prenatal Vitamin
Recently started the Maker's Diet

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   Posted 5/15/2008 8:19 PM (GMT -7)   
funny you should bring this up... i was just researching candida overgrowth and what it can do to your body. There's tons of "cures" out there, but I am so overwhelmed by the info right now that I need to just take a minute and re-evaluate.

Has anyone else on here been diagnosed with candidas, or "systemic candidiasis"? If so, what were you rx'd?

Every symptom under the sun has been attributed to candida, which makes all this even more confusing.

Any more candida stories would be great... and thanks for getting this thread started!
26f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
Remicade only, every 16 weeks.
Digestive enzymes, and probiotics.
Doing pretty darn good, all things considered. :-)

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   Posted 5/15/2008 8:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I used a natural cure of PH balancing. It was liquid and I mixed it with water. Used to be a real problem, better now that my crohn's is actually being treated. I bought it at a health food store, sorry can't remember the name.

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   Posted 5/16/2008 5:17 AM (GMT -7)   
If you have acid problems avoid all sugar products? I thought if you were too acidic and added sugar it would push the balance towards neutral or alkaline?

30+ years living with Crohn's.

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   Posted 5/16/2008 8:12 AM (GMT -7)   
belleenstein said...
If you have acid problems avoid all sugar products? I thought if you were too acidic and added sugar it would push the balance towards neutral or alkaline?

I've always understood that sugars make one more acidic. Here's a link. Scroll down to "what causes me to be acidic?"

There's a great chart here near the bottom, too!
Mother to 16 year old boy diagnosed in June, 2007.
Currently taking Asacol, omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, iron, vit. C, calcium w/D3 and a good multivitamin.
Started The Maker's Diet in early September. Gradually learning/using more SCD recipes, too! (cooking challenged)

Melissa H
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   Posted 5/16/2008 10:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello! I honestly believe that candida and IBD can be tied together. I have had problems with yeast infections my entire adult life -- and I notice that symptoms are worse when I'm near my period or having a flare-up. An overgrowth of yeast in your body can be controlled with an anti-fungal diet (you can google it). It is a very strict diet, but it is along the lines of how we should be eating with the Crohn's anyway. I haven't followed it exactly, but cutting out sugar is extemely important!!

Check this out:

:) Happy Friday!
30 year old wifey and mom to 3 little girls, 2 dogs, and 2 ratties and working full-time outside of the home...and always ready for a nap.
Suffered with symptoms for 12 years, dx Crohn's-Colitis 11/2007. Taking Asacol, Omeprazol, Rowasa, Bentyl. Flaring off and on and trying to avoid steriods.  Taking RF Plus, Similase, Cortine, Pregnenalone, Vit B shots.

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   Posted 5/18/2008 3:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Melissa. I think yeast/fungus is under-rated with our diseases. In fact, some with IBD (UC or CD) have noticed their symptoms improve, sometimes dramatically after starting some sort of anti-fungal diet. Even taking probiotics, which help squeeze out the overgrown yeast have helped some. One dose of antibiotics, even back when you were a child, can begin the whole yeast/fungus overgrowth problem. Speaking from experience, I am now symptom free after 8 years of UC after following a strict antifungal diet and now maintaining a low (trying for no!) sugar, low-grain and reduced processed food diet. Another website to check about fungus/yeast is and look under FAQ or read the articles about fungus, as well as a phase one antifungal diet. Fungus can twist and alter the strands of DNA in our nucleus, and I think that is where the heredity issue can come into play with our diseases, if our diseases are determined to have a genetic cause.
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