My story is kind of long, so I'll try to summarize it. I believe I've had yeast imbalance for several years now, but it wasn't causing me significant issues. Looking back, I realize that I was positive on paps for numerous years. Unfortunately, I started getting more serious symptoms of kidney pain (and thus sickness), headaches, menstrual migraines, and worsening fatigue. I finally started to putting it all together and figuring out that yeast may be the cause (no doctor ever figured this out). Then, I started pursuing self treatment, and amazingly, nearly all of my symptoms went away or greatly decreased. The kidney pain was my most concerning issue, and no doctor had any clue on what to do about
it or what was causing it (all kidney labs came back good, of course). I still battle fatigue for sure, but I believe that's related to adrenal fatigue at this point due to my ongoing years of high stress.
Despite self-treating for many months and my symptoms improving, I STILL tested positive for this strain of yeast. So, I believe I have knocked it back for sure (based on decrease of symptoms), but I don't believe I have completely. It's something I really need to be careful about
I understand about
MDs not helping you. They just are not knowledgable about
what to do with this type of situation, as you and I both have learned the hard way. Have you considered going to a naturopath instead? They tend to be better at these types of things.
My favorite products are probably the following (herbals):
1. Advanced Naturals YeastMax (2part kit)
2. Kyolic Formula 102 Aged Garlic (I started losing weight when I used this one)
3. Pure nystatin powder
I do need to do another cycle of going after this again.
I am a big believer in fixing from the inside out, meaning that we need to control the yeast on the inside/GI. This is where pure nystatin can come in play.
I posted these links on one of the threads mentioned above, but I think these articles make some really good points.nutritioninstitute.com/probiotics-dont-work-for-candida/nutritioninstitute.com/why-diflucan-does-not-cure-candida-albicans-and-what-you-should-take-instead/
Be careful on probiotics, which are highly recommended in general. One so-called good probiotic that has gained popularity over recent years is called s. boulardii. As I mentioned in some of those linked threads in previous post, this can actually cause the very specific yeast strain imbalance that we both are battling.
There is a highly recommended product called Syntol, which I tried but stopped. It also contains s. boulardii and should not be used for our strain (could exacerbate the problem). So, probiotics are very iffy for us.
Also, fermented foods/vinegar should not be used or used with extreme caution. This will be contrary to many sites, but I'm starting to find more about
how these can also make our strain really flare-up. I know that raw ACV (apple cider vinegar) with the "mother" in it is also recommended for yeast, but from my experience/strain, it completely FLARED my kidney pain for weeks. As soon as I went off of it, the pain went away right away. Definitely not a healing crisis, and I'm confident it was flaring my problem. Careful on those common things that are recommended because they may be more harmful than helpful with our imbalance.
Also, I assume that you have made diet changes too, correct? I did a anti-yeast diet for months (very restrictive at first but then eased up on some of the restrictions). I have to eat no/low sugar nowadays as a life style change to keep mine in check.
Keep the questions coming. Happy to share experiences and brainstorm together.
Kid#1: Extremely sick for several years, very difficult to treat, but doing great now!
Kid#2: Very sick now despite being treated for years, still very bad
Kid#3: Generally good but relapsing off/on.
Me: Adv Labs positive 2016 (suspected I passed to my kids)-not as sick as others, mostly battling fatigue and yeast issues (heart/kidney issues resolved)
Treating with herbals now.
Post Edited (1000Daisies) : 10/13/2017 10:13:08 AM (GMT-6)