Help! Candida Die Off or Something Else? With Pics
Thanks for reading and for your response in advance.
This all started about 1.5 years ago with lower back pain. The pain progressively got worse. I saw primary docs, chiropractors and physical therapists for the pain. After about 1 year of no pain relief, a back specialist did some blood tests and found out I was positive for the HLA-B27 gene. His early diagnosis was Ankylosing Spondolitis (an autoimmune disease), but this needed to be verified by a Rheumatologist. Around this same time, I also did biofeedback therapy and found out I was sensitive to gluten, dairy, soy and sugar.
Now I am currently working with a RA, but the process is slow. Still waiting to get an MRI to confirm AS.
I have had suspicions that I also had Candida Overgrowth
, so 1 month ago I went on a strict diet. I have read candida can penetrate the gut and cause severe damage to the GI. The diet consisted of no grains, no sugars (no fruit), no dairy, and lots of low starch veggies, meat and some fish.
I also supplemented with ColonX (dr natura brand) Cleanser and the following anti-fungals: Olive Leaf
Grapefruit Seed Extract, Oregano Oil, Coconut Oil and occasional Pau'daurco Tea. My normal vitamins include a Multi, Vit D, Magnesium, Fish Oil, Pro-biotic and Curamed.
The first 27 days of the diet no effect on the candida. Day 28-32 (current day) have been insane diarrhea and just overall feeling awful and having an upset stomach. I've noticed small little white chunks in my poop. I have also lost about 30 pounds
due to the diet and eating healthy. I used to weight about 175 and now weight 145. I am 32 yr male 5'10 and need to gain some of the weight back.
Here are a few questions...
What are the small off-white chunks in my poop? They look different than anything I have seen before. Is that candida, parasite, or something else?
How long should I be on the anti-fungals going forward? I am taking a 6 day break currently from anti-fungals and just taking my normal vitamins and pro-biotic. There is a 6 day break in the Colon Cleanse
I am using. Just taking the fiber portion of it right now.
If it is Candida that I have could that be the cause of the Autoimmune issue?
If anyone has gone through this before how long does the die off period last? It has been hard to manage all the pain and constant trips to the bathroom.
How do I gain weight back while I'm on the candida diet?
Thanks for your responses. I appreciate any help!