I'm quite new to this site but I'm a candida sufferer and feel compelled to join and share my story!
I'm 28 and have suffered from candida since around age 15 I think. Like many of you here I've gone through the whole myriad of symptoms including weight loss, thrush, chronic fatigue, food intolerances , depression, itching, stomach problems, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, swollen glands . . .
Having been to various 'normal' doctors, I was turned away and told 'it was all in my head' and 'it was maybe just my age'.
I think candida arrived after a period of long-term stress combined with one course of Antibiotics , and two years on the contraceptive pill.
Hospital tests discovered patches of inflammation and ulcers in my bowel. This was the turning point - when the doctors said they didn't know what was wrong, I turned to alternative practicioners. Six months on the anti-candida diet, combined with vitamins, minerals and homoeopathic medicine, and the ulcers and inflammation in my bowel had cleared up!
I stayed on the diet for around two years, although took it to extremes and was hardly eating. Subsequently I ended up with acute viral hepatitis.
A few years on, and I've tried so many supplements and been on and off the diet. At the end of last year I realised I had to go back on the diet and am now seeing a nutrionist who is absolutely brilliant. After two weeks on the diet, I'm alreay feeling a lot better. I'm quite curious to try a Liver Flush but scared at the same time!
I just get scared when I think of how long I will need to do this and the road ahead but I just want to say to everyone - please hang in there, we can overcome this and know that recovery is possible. I know how easy it is to get down with this, believe me - that is why it's important we all keep in touch and give each other support - what a brilliant site!
Good health and good luck to you all.