Candida Archives

Digestive Problems -- Sure could use some help!!

[ Candida Archive ]
[ Main Archives Page ] [ Glossary/Index ]
[ FAQ ] [ Recommended Books ] [ Bulletin Board ]
   Search this site!
 
        

Digestive Problems -- Sure could use some help!!

Posted by
Nancy on October 18, 2001 at 20:09:42:

Hi! I stumbled across this site and am hoping that I can get some answers here. Would sure appreciate any help that comes my way since I am feeling very bad.

In December, 97, I had an operation (laparoscopy) which I hoped would help me to become pregnant. It did work, and within 5 months, I was expecting. However, right after the operation, I began belching A LOT and it has not stopped since. (I did take antibiotics after this operation -- also two more courses of antibiotics -- one during the pregnancy and one following for a C-section). I also took a lot of Tylenol, and Ibuprofen over the years for neck/shoulder pain and headaches (sometimes migranes) from hormonal problems before menstration and for minor scholiosis (sp?) in my upper back (not found as a child).

I did search the archives and the only post I found was for excessive burping and Dr. Stoll told the person that she was swallowing air. This is what I was also told by the gastroenterologist I visited shortly after the problems began (who also said they couldn't do anything else because I was pregnant). I have tried to pay attention to see if in fact, I am swallowing air and it is a possibility. However, if I am, it may be because about the time of the operation my sinuses started draining a lot and I think I swallow at times because of this. I really do not believe that this is caused by only swallowing air as it appeared suddenly, right after the operation, and I really believe other factors must be at play.

I have tried so many things and am becoming confused and need some direction. I've read so much stuff, I feel like my brain is going to explode and my life is so busy with an active almost 4-year old. I want a life back.

I had a VERY stressful period before the operation and believe this has something to do with this. The last 4 years have also been pretty stressful, and it seems the more stress my body goes through, the worse I feel.

I briefly did some food combining and cut out most processed sugars and this is the ONLY time that I felt better and the belching was relieved. The only reason I stopped is that my physician told me that, "Of course it would be better. It is easier for your body to digest one thing at a time, however, this is not a permanent solution." She suggested I not eat red meats or raw vegetables or dairy and that I relax. I tried these things, however, no relief. I started to believe it was something to do with sugars.

I have wondered about parasites (belching and sinus draining), candida overgrowth, I have tried the blood type diet (am type O), am starting to take some Garden of Life products (Revivall, Primal Defense, and Whole Food), but haven't gotten far enough yet to report about that. I have stopped ingesting any dairy and this has helped my mucus (draining) problems immensly. However, I have not noticed any improvement from switching from wheat to other grains. I have reduced my grain intake immensly -- but probably not enough yet. I have also done NAET for food allergies and haven't finished treatment yet. Interestingly enough, some of the things that I came up allergic for were: milk, acid, enzymes, stomach, large intestine, sugar digestion, calcium. The calcium treatment helped me the most so far as my neck and shoulder pain have almost completely stopped and I haven't had a headache in a long time. After doing the acid treatment, I developed bumps on my tongue and a sore throat from them and lots of sores around my mouth (hives) that haven't gone since. I am tired all the time. My NAET / JMT pr. thinks I have IBS and did two JMT treatments for pathogens -- but I've been unable to finish (4 hour drive one way). He also did not do the sugar digestion treatment and I am really curious about that.

I am exercising 3 times a week or more (20-30 min. aerobic and 20 minutes of weight bearing), trying to meditate each evening or when stressed, eating better, and drinking lots of water. I no longer drink coffee, black tea, or soda. These things are helping me -- but not enough.

Basically, I just need to know how to find out for sure if I have parasites. (I did a stool test through my doctor and it came back uneventful -- but it's my understanding that not all parasites can be found this way.) How to find out if I have candida.
Which problem to tackle first and how. Any other help or suggestions would be GREAT! Thanks




Re: Digestive Problems -- Sure could use some help!!

Posted by Raisa on October 18, 2001 at 20:27:49:

In Reply to: Digestive Problems -- Sure could use some help!! posted by Nancy on October 18, 2001 at 20:09:42:

Hi, Nancy - I'm curious as to whether you finally did stop eating sugar? You said that it helped when you stopped eating processed sugar but then stopped because your doctor said this was not a permanent solution. Did you try giving up processed sugars again? I'm sure that the people on this Board will have some good suggestions. Raisa



Re: Digestive Problems -- Sure could use some help!!

Posted by Beth E. on October 19, 2001 at 00:49:12:

In Reply to: Re: Digestive Problems -- Sure could use some help!! posted by Raisa on October 18, 2001 at 20:27:49:

Cutting out sugar and refined carbohydrates it the best thing you could do for yourself. Doing that completely cured me of the chronic gas I had. It's only a temporary solution you return to eating that crap. It's horrible for you, feeds the yeast and other bugs in your gut, and gives you gas.



Re: Digestive Problems -- Sure could use some help!!

Posted by Helping You on October 19, 2001 at 01:05:03:

In Reply to: Digestive Problems -- Sure could use some help!! posted by Nancy on October 18, 2001 at 20:09:42:

The best way to diagnose parasites is with a 3 day purge. Great Smokies Labs does this. A comprehensive digestive stool analysis would also show any imbalances that need correcting. If you had the test, I could interpret the results if you wish. I know virtually every remedy for any imbalance shown on a CDSA

Simplify your life. You are getting past the cause and into something entirely different. Focus on your SR, whole foods diet and whole food supplements. Anything else is merely symptom-supression. Eat a diet low in starch (potatoes, grains) and low in lactose (milk). Your IBS symptoms will improve.

I have done virtually every treatment ever mentioned on this board. JMT can be helpful but it is mostly unneeded if SR and diet are done perfectly. take it from someone that has been on the alternative medicine hamster wheel for quite a while.

-HY



Re: Digestive Problems -- Sure could use some help!!

Posted by Just another hamster on October 19, 2001 at 10:25:09:

In Reply to: Re: Digestive Problems -- Sure could use some help!! posted by Helping You on October 19, 2001 at 01:05:03:

Thanks, HY...I love the "alternative medicine hamster wheel" analogy. I don't mean to knock alternative medicine, but sometimes some of its methods are silly and much ado about nothing, when common sense and back to the basics are the thing that's required.

Follow Ups:


Re: Digestive Problems -- Sure could use some help!!

Posted by Walt Stoll on October 19, 2001 at 16:48:43:

In Reply to: Digestive Problems -- Sure could use some help!! posted by Nancy on October 18, 2001 at 20:09:42:

Hi, Nancy.

I agree with you that the possible air swallowing would be a very small part of your problem. Your surgery pushed you over the edge of your cliff into LGS. It IS possible that you have parasites but, to find that out, you would have to send at least 5-6 purged stool specimens to Great Smokies Labs (or their equivalent). The CDC, in Atlanta, says that local labs only find one in fifty parasites placed deliberately in specimens to test them. If your doc sent your specimen to a local lab he doesn't know even that about parasites. You might also send them a comprehensive stool analysis to prove whether I am right about the LGS.

You need an accurate diagnosis before you decide what to do.

By the way, your pregnancy would not have anything to do with your doctor's management of air swallowing. He just didn't want to deal with it and used your pregnancy as an excuse to get out of it.

Once a day SR is not enough to do anything about your LGS.

Walt

Follow Ups:


Re: Digestive Problems -- Sure could use some help!!

Posted by
Nancy on October 19, 2001 at 19:14:36:

In Reply to: Re: Digestive Problems -- Sure could use some help!! posted by Raisa on October 18, 2001 at 20:27:49:

Well, yes and no. I've been back and forth trying to decide if that really was one of the problems and think I've just figured out that it is. I've cut wayyyyyy back, but no, haven't completely given it up yet.

Why do you ask? Do you have some information for me about this? Thanks!



Re: Digestive Problems -- Sure could use some help!!

Posted by
Nancy on October 19, 2001 at 19:16:32:

In Reply to: Re: Digestive Problems -- Sure could use some help!! posted by Beth E. on October 19, 2001 at 00:49:12:

I understand that now.... However, I'd really like to be able to get rid of the bugs and eat a cookie once a month or something. That's not too much to ask, is it?



THANKS EVERYONE! Dr. Stoll, how about candida?

Posted by
Nancy on October 19, 2001 at 19:19:29:

In Reply to: Digestive Problems -- Sure could use some help!! posted by Nancy on October 18, 2001 at 20:09:42:

Thank you Dr. Stoll for the info on the parasites. How can I test also for candida? Is there a way? I think I know what to do to rid my body of it after I find out if it is a problem. Just don't really know how to determine if it is a problem.



Thanks Helping You.... Question?

Posted by
Nancy on October 19, 2001 at 20:24:09:

In Reply to: Re: Digestive Problems -- Sure could use some help!! posted by Helping You on October 19, 2001 at 01:05:03:

How do I contact Great Smokies Labs? What would I request from them? (comprehensive digestive stool analysis)?

I would love it if you could then interpret for me. Thanks for offering.

When you said simplify, I think I understand.... but am not exactly sure. Did you mean the diet?

I wasn't even sure I had IBS. It was only the NAET/JMT Pr. that suggested this. I don't have a lot of the symptoms of most with IBS, only belching and now being tired (but a lot of that comes from having this problem for so long and not being able to just go out to a doctor and have them tell me exactly what I need to do. I have read so many books,and visited so many websites, etc. and I'm on information overload!!!)

What diagnosis candida overgrowth and do you think I should pursue this in addition to the parasite testing? Thanks again!



Re: Digestive Problems -- Sure could use some help!!

Posted by Raisa on October 19, 2001 at 20:28:12:

In Reply to: Re: Digestive Problems -- Sure could use some help!! posted by Nancy on October 19, 2001 at 19:14:36:

Hi - Yes, I think you should cut sugar out completely and see if that helps, as you said it did before. Also, do as Beth E. said and don't even have the occasional cookie. It's not forever, but that's the only way you'll start to find out what causes your problem, don't you agree? You have to completely eliminate these things from your diet.
Raisa

Follow Ups:


Re: THANKS EVERYONE! Dr. Stoll, how about candida?

Posted by angie on October 19, 2001 at 22:49:02:

In Reply to: THANKS EVERYONE! Dr. Stoll, how about candida? posted by Nancy on October 19, 2001 at 19:19:29:

Nancy,

There are several lab tests for Candida -- blood, stool, etc. By far the best way is to complete the Candida Questionnaire on the website of Dr. William Crook, author of "The Yeast Connection." This is what Dr. Stoll advocates. Plus it is free.

angie

Follow Ups:


Re: Digestive Problems -- Sure could use some help!!

Posted by angie on October 19, 2001 at 22:51:56:

In Reply to: Re: Digestive Problems -- Sure could use some help!! posted by Nancy on October 19, 2001 at 19:16:32:

Nancy,

Sorry, cheating on anti-Candida diets just doesn't work. Check out stevia, a sugar-free herb that can be used as sweetener in baked goods, etc. (Sorry, you'll have to buy some stevia cookbooks and bake them yourself; but homemade is better anyway, isn't it?) Stevia won't feed the Candida like sugar, honey, molasses, etc. will.

angie



Check out GSL's website or ask for their toll-free number at 1-800-555-1212. nmi

Posted by Chuck on October 19, 2001 at 22:53:17:

In Reply to: Thanks Helping You.... Question? posted by Nancy on October 19, 2001 at 20:24:09:


Follow Ups:


If it was Me..

Posted by Vince F on October 20, 2001 at 01:28:03:

In Reply to: Digestive Problems -- Sure could use some help!! posted by Nancy on October 18, 2001 at 20:09:42:


I'd try some cayenne pepper caps... If they helped One
would probably show great results and maybe All that was
needed.

VF

Follow Ups:


Re: Thanks Helping You.... Question?

Posted by David on October 20, 2001 at 12:15:00:

In Reply to: Thanks Helping You.... Question? posted by Nancy on October 19, 2001 at 20:24:09:

Does a doc need to order the test, or could you do it yourself?



Re: Digestive Problems -- Sure could use some help!!

Posted by Beth E. on October 20, 2001 at 12:41:26:

In Reply to: Re: Digestive Problems -- Sure could use some help!! posted by angie on October 19, 2001 at 22:51:56:

Personally, I have found this NOT to be true. The anti-candida diet will not rid you of candida, that's why if that's all you do you can't cheat on it or you'll suffer. The anti-candida diet is PART of the whole process. You will not rid yourself of candida until you treat the infection with anti-fungals. I have found anti-fungals to be far more effective than the diet alone.

By treating my infection with only Primal Defense and diflucan, I can indeed cheat with no repercussions. But not much, and not very often (a couple of cookies once a month :)



THANKS!!.....

Posted by
Nancy on October 20, 2001 at 12:50:23:

In Reply to: Digestive Problems -- Sure could use some help!! posted by Nancy on October 18, 2001 at 20:09:42:

Will order test for parasites, take the candida questionnaire and try to figure out what's wrong and then will write more.
Sure appreciate all of your help!!

Follow Ups:


Re: Digestive Problems -- Sure could use some help!!

Posted by Honey on October 20, 2001 at 15:46:11:

In Reply to: Re: Digestive Problems -- Sure could use some help!! posted by Beth E. on October 20, 2001 at 12:41:26:

According to Dr. Stoll, no sugar at all (not even fruit) is allowed for the first three months while following any anti-Candida diet. This is irrespective of whether or not one is taking antifungals. The best anti-Candida diet is the one outlined in 'The Healing Power of Whole Foods' by Beth Loiselle because it accomplishes in three months what it takes other diets three years to accomplish.



Re: Digestive Problems -- Sure could use some help!! (Archive in candida.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on October 21, 2001 at 10:15:07:

In Reply to: Re: Digestive Problems -- Sure could use some help!! posted by Honey on October 20, 2001 at 15:46:11:

Thanks, Honey.

I have tried to recommend what works the fastest, the most reliably, with the least withdrawal symptoms and the most permanently, on this BB.

There are people who will be successful with doing less but no one should complain about the results (or their permanency) until they have tried the "gold standard".

Namaste`

Walt

Follow Ups:


Re: Thanks Helping You.... Question?

Posted by Helping You on October 22, 2001 at 00:33:52:

In Reply to: Re: Thanks Helping You.... Question? posted by David on October 20, 2001 at 12:15:00:

A doctor needs to order it. post the results if you get it. I can help with the interperetation if need be.

-HY

Follow Ups:


[ Candida Archive ]
[ Main Archives Page ] [ Glossary/Index ]
[ FAQ ] [ Recommended Books ] [ Bulletin Board ]
   Search this site!