I recently figured out that my abounding health problems are almost definitely due to Candida. After graduating high school I took a year off to travel and build my clothing line which I began in my senior year. Just after graduation I got mono. Prior to this illness I had been in very strong health. I knew something was wrong as I tried to get back into to my exercise routine but couldn't. In my mono-induced malaise, I didn't think too much of it. Also, during the summer following my graduation, I took a course of antibiotics to deal with an small infection caused by a bee sting. I took a trip to Kauai Hawaii in the following october, to go surfing. While there, my diet was very poor (including lots of sugars) and I was quite stressed out as I went on a very low budget (trying to camp) and my ill health became increasingly apparent.
Upon returning home, I got tests, and found out that I had had mono. Also, during this time period I started to accumulate a wide variety of symptoms from chest pains to anxiety to tingling limbs as well as debilitating mind fog and fatigue. Later that year (April I believe), in desperation, I fasted for four days and went on a raw food diet for eight. This helped me for a number of months, until, during a painting job (interior house painting), I developed a potent sinus infection. I got antibiotics for this (oops). Since this point, I have not made a full return to health in any way shape or form.
I am currently functioning to a minor degree. I am attending Sarah Lawrence College and having a very hard time. I can get up and I can go but only kind of. When it comes to CLEAR and THOUGHTFUL studying, I'm doing so much worse than I know I can. Additionally, I feel very alienated from my peers as none of them are suffering from a systemic infection as I am.
Three weeks ago, I started Oregano Oil, a probiotic blend (although I've just read here that individual probiotics are better), chlorella and Olive Leaf extract. I have cut out all sugars and complex carbs and I eat potatoes and rice very occasionally. The only thing I'm having trouble with is coffee, as that is what is keeping me in school. This week, I switched my probiotic to Syntol AMD (two a day), I added Candidate, and Candi Clear as well as glutamine and methyl b12.
I have been feeling the benefits in a big way and gained a vague sense of hope that I had pretty much given up on. But while things have been getting better in many ways, I feel like I've kind of kind hit a plateau. Maybe this is the candida building up resistance but I just started a new anti-fungal so this should not be happening, right? I also have had a couple of sleepless nights lately (maybe the glutamine or b12).
I really dont know what to do or how to handle this. I feel like I shouldn't be in school right now, but I also don't feel like I can just take a break from life to get better. I'm not expressing my duress very well right now. But suffice it to say that I've broken down crying more than once this week. I am, as anyone who has know me for awhile will tell you, a very grounded and calm person. But right now and really since getting back from hawaii, I've just been completely turned on my head.
Anyways, I just thought I would share and see if anyone has input on a good direction to take from here. I've heard both the rave and not-so-rave reviews about threelac and am wondering if I should give it a shot. I've got an appointment with my mainstream, although pretty open minded doctor set up for the middle of march during my spring break. Maybe I should try Nystatin or Diflucan. Maybe I should use my tuition insurance to my benefit and head home to try and regain my health. I need something to change though and I'm just really, really lost.
I know that no one has the answers but I am so grateful to anyone who has input to share.
Thank you so much for listening,