Hey guys, I haven't been on here recently bc I have been doing tons of research and cooking!!
I have SO much to fill you guys in on, but I can't put it all in one thread, because it is just all too much to discuss, and it will take me weeks to get it up here, so I want to start off slow and in parts!
For those of you who do not know my story, the link is at the end of my profile blurb. Basically, I was sick in October of 2013, started treating in Feb 2014, stopped treating Sept 2014, took about
6 months to "get back to normal" bc i still had "leftover" damaged nerve symptoms. So, by May of 2015 I was ready and did the 40 mile bike tour in NYC. Totally awesome. I did a 3 week extreme weight workout in June, July came and I went on vacation and completely dismissed my diet = not good. I started having symptoms again and into the fall, I got sick alot, my inflammation level was showing high numbers on my bloodwork, and my Dr said its possible Lyme has resurfaced. I was convinced that it was Candida and not lyme, and not because I didn't want it to be lyme, but just bc it felt similar to when I had lyme, but just not quite the same. sorry, but it is hard to explain, and I will explain it more when I get further into the topic. actually, i think i did explain it already on another thread, titled, Lyme Vs candida, if you want to look it up! maybe I will provide the link if I can find it. anyway, She gave me a skin test for candida, and I tested 8/10 positive, So she agreed to treat me with diflucan, which is an antifungal. Following the 2 week course of this medication, every single remaining symptom I had vanished. Some people on here argue that diflucan can treat lyme, but I am not a believer of that yet.
So, after I stopped the difllucan I started going down hill. Went back on the diflucan, and started the Candida diet, but not perfectly. I was just careful. I felt better, but still not great. Took diflucan for another 2 week course. Once I started the diet that is when I started to feel better and better and better.
I started my anti-Candida diet about
3 weeks ago - almost perfectly. I started drinking red clover tea, tried bone broth, couldn't stomach it, LOL, tried oregano oil - got a major migraine that lasted 5 days, started cooking with tumeric which caused me to have mini herxes. oregano oil and tumeric are excellent against Candida. I am pretty much sugar, gluten, dairy, carb, bean free. I eat nothing but protein and veggies! Every time I ate something I should not have eaten, I didn't feel good. And this was because either I just couldn't resist, or I didn't realize it wasn't ok to eat while having candida.
and now that i am finishing up my fourth week, I have not felt more amazing - I signed up for the LI 1/2 marathon, and just last week alone, I ran 13 miles, plus did light weights 2 days, and spent over 1.5 hrs shoveling heavy snow! I felt truly amazing.
so what am I getting at? how do I know it is systemic candidiasis or lyme? I don't but I am taking an educated guess, and I am hoping I am right. will i find out? sure i will - in a few months. I believe that if I still had lyme, there is no way I would have been able to accomplish all that I did last week. No way. I am doing this strict diet for at least until after the marathon on May 1st. At that point I will then get retested for candida and for the compliment c4a level (inflammation level). those two tests, plus how I am feeling, will help tell the tale.
I have been trying to add candida herbs to my "protocol" but I seriously cannot handle it. Oregano oil messed me up with a migraine, tumeric I can do, bc i cook with it, but last night was not good -I took garlic for the first time 5k mcg of allicin. Whoa, when I say I was super sick with a herx today, I was so mad, because I couldn't run. I was and still am really messed up. From one garlic tablet!!!! now here is the confusion - garlic can be used for both lyme and candida! great, another conundrum! i took my alkaseltzer gold and felt WAY better. so, this is where I am at right now, I think i have written enough! i will start another thread about
the diet, the book i am reading and my planned protocol (still working on it bc i can't seem to handle anything). I do know at some point I may have to push thru these herxes and continue with the herb i started, but when it knocks me out this much i need a day or two break!
The following were the symptoms I had remaining before I started the diet and diflucan - muscle twitches, shoulder pain, tingling at bottom of my feet upon waking up in the am, EXTREMELY dry skin (cracked btwn my fingers and the corners of my lips), Gi issues - bloating, heartburn, problems with my vision in my right eye (now corrected!). This past week, the only sympotm I had remaining before I started the garlic was tingling at the bottom of my feet (and this was gone too when I had taken the diflucan the first time).
The herx from a good diet and exercise plan in june was total brain fog. Herxing now from the herbs, and the good diet and also switching probiotics (forgot to mention that one too) - migraines, nightmares, pinchiness all over my body (this happens when i eat something bad too), heart palpitations, anxiety, Gi upset, and elbow and rib pain. All of which could be attributed to either lyme or candida.
here is some interesting discussions on the internet that really refer to what I am talking about
"Q. So many of the symptoms of chronic yeast infection sound like symptoms of Lyme disease. How can a physician tell the difference?
A. I suspect that some of the chronic Lyme disease that we see is actually chronic yeast infection.
The problem comes when one treats long-term with antibiotics without taking into account the yeast.
What happens is that over time the person on the antibiotic often goes from experiencing symptoms of Lyme disease to experiencing very similar symptoms with Candidiasis.
The doctor may assume that the person is still having significant problem with Lyme disease, when actually they've just encouraged a new disease, Candidiasis, which needs to be treated."
This is exactly what I am getting at. I mentioned in an earlier post that I wonder if some people who can't get rid of lyme, may actually not have lyme anymore, but systemic candidiasis. I am not at all implying for all of you to think this, but for those of you who feel almost healed, this may be the case. it is definitely worth looking into.
ok! hope this was insighful to some! i will be on and off the forum this weekend checking in when i can!!
Post Edited (Chapelle) : 1/28/2016 9:44:06 PM (GMT-7)