Originally Posted by username123
Just wanted to respond to you and say - there is hope!!!
On the candida albicans - its very common. Its basically a yeast overgrowth in the gut where you have lost all of your good bacterias through antibiotics, the pill in women, stress, illness, etc... When this happens the normal yeast that lives in the gut can go bananas and way overgrow and cause a lot of problems with symptoms like heartburn, bloating, cramping, etc.... The flucanozole kills off any yeast in the body (same yeast that causes thrush). Its a one dose tablet, you take it and over the next 48-72 hours it kills the yeasts in the body. In a very serious case like your you would be well advised to then replace the good bacterias in the gut - any health food shop will have live tablets or powders or yoghurts to help you do this. The point on the flucanozole is this - if you get relief from it, you know candida was at least part of the problem.
On the rest of it. Do you take regular exercise? Is there a constant source of stress in your life? Do you keep a clean diet? Have you ever tried an exclusion diet where you cut almost everything out then slowly reintroduce things and in that way discover specific intolerances? Have you kept a diary of your experiences, not just the food you eat but the things that happen to you and things you do in daily life plus notes of symptoms and episodes and tried to see a pattern? Have you been tested for coeliac disease?
You have to be willing to believe and understand that sometimes our own head is the problem - not that there isnt a physical issue going on, but that we overthink it and get too stressed out and we make it worse on ourselves by stressing and tightening the gut and interfering with peristalisis. Its almost as though you have to submit to the knowledge that something is not right and accept that there will be times when you cant do much, but there will also be times when you can.
I have always been reasonably active, I dont participate in regular sports, I usually walk the dog and it helped me lose a little bit of weight, but I was not overweight before, just trimmed down.
Where is the flucanozale available and what is the doseage in mg? would it be in a health shop in the UK or Boots over there?
I used to keep a record but I wasn't great at keeping it going, and it was hard to see how it helped me convey that message to doctors as i didnt feel it was really heard when i brought it up, but more due to me losing faith.
I forgot to say I was tested for coeliac, but I then read long afterwards that its possible to have it and pass the test for some reason. I had blood tests for that I believe. I also had stool samples taken.I was nearly glad when I was told I had a herniated diaphram and then ulcers as I felt I was believed because they could see these things, before that it felt like I wouldnt be believed until something was found
I dont know how it all started but I find food worsens things, I avoid a lot of foods (sweet stuff, drinks) for another medical condition.
I've taken into account, stress could be a trigger but its like a catch 22, bowel problem makes me stressed, I've tried to ignore it, thats why I have effectively excluded myself from social situations as people get so bothered over even little things.
The thing is, when my gut is not giving me a problem (rare) and I can usually tell it will not flare up in those circumstances, then I am delighted, I feel like a huge weight is lifted. Sometimes when it all flares up, it can last for a while before it settles down, days to weeks.
I get an alternating toilet, mostly loose, which can cause a lot of pain and discomfort, its rarer that I get constipated but I have had toilet that is both almost at the same time, if i say that to a doctor I think they will tell me thats not possible but it has happened to my suprise on a few occasions, I dont know what this means or why it happens. I tried to account for any of this by drinking filtered tap water.
I tried an exclusion diet, I excluded a lot, eliminated milk as I thought I might be lactose intolerant but brought back lactose free milk, then ordinary milk as It didnt seem to affect me, I'm thinking of re doing the whole exclusion thing. I cannot eat sweet things, the less processing the better it seems. Basically I try have an unvaried, plain diet.
Porridge for brekkie, I found eliminating lunch helped and have a plain dinner, maybe some herbal tea. Ive gone back to normal tea but Im going to get back through my herbal stuff.
If I fall off the wagon and give up hope for a while I could munch through a packet of biscuits or maltesers or something like that but it ends up make me feel worse.
I hardly drink anymore, beers or larger are out, but its not a bother for me.
Maybe a red wine but its rare.
I could do with a bit of help relaxing but I feel mostly it is my bowel that creates stress for me, not that I am a particularily chilled person, I dont get bothered about a lot of things I used to before. I actually dont care about a lot of things, just my bowel,If that would resolve,Id be happy.
I am glad of some of the doctors I have come across, but others have just taken notes, no advice or nothing. I know its difficult to pin down and compared to medical problems that can be seen/are publicly aware.
I lose hope every now and again as I feel at times Im not making any progress and am nearly resigned to it now. But I keep coming back for more and i wonder should I just give up trying.
I keep my appointments with the hospital, but there are big gaps between them.
I am going to take the tablets I have been put on and see how it goes, after that Im going to try the tablet mentioned above, flucanozale.
I dont know why candida isnt checked.