I spent six years of my life, in my mid-20's, feeling absolutely horrible. My doctors originally diagnosed me with chronic fatigue syndrome, and one went as far as adding adrenal fatigue to the list. Despite their best efforts and treatments, nothing really made me feel any better. I was at the point where I figured I'd probably spend the rest of my days in the house, secluded from society, when I stumbled upon some research about Candida and my life totally changed. I share my story here in the hopes that others will realize that there is always hope.
Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Let's backtrack a bit. I was living with what was originally diagnosed as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). In case you don’t know, the CDC will classify it as when you are tired nonstop, and physical or mental activity will only make your conditions worse. You can find more at the CDC website. The symptoms were, at first, annoying but livable. Over time, I began to have a lot of trouble functioning and I'd spend days on end in bed.
In order to be diagnosed with CFS, you have to of course feel fatigue on a daily basis. Fatigue isn't the only criteria, though. You also have to have at least 4 symptoms from a list, starting around the same time as your fatigue, and you need to have been suffering for at least six months. The other symptoms you might have along with fatigue include a chronic sore throat, muscle paint, joint pain, headaches, restless sleep, memory loss or forgetfulness, difficulty concentrating, and feelings of illness after physical exertion. Some people even have heart rate and blood pressure problems, often as a result of not getting enough rest.
So let's think about this carefully. I wasn't feeling well for a while before I saw a doctor. Then I was told they had to monitor me for 6 months before they could make a diagnosis. That means I lived with my symptoms for a good 8-10 months before receiving my diagnosis – and, ultimately, that diagnosis ended up not being correct even though my symptoms boxed me into that particular mold.
Finding the Right Diagnosis
Treatment for CFS is relatively simple. Most doctors will prescribe pain relievers to help with the joint and muscle pains and the headaches. Some will prescribe antidepressants to help you deal with the emotional impact and if you are not depressed you may get an antidepressant anyway because they can still help your mood and enable you to sleep better. The treatment is pretty much all the same, mayoclinic says that they give antidepressants, sleeping pills, and therapy consists of exercise and counseling. The problem, for me, is that none of these things seemed to have any impact on the way I was feeling at all.
A full year later, I decided to take matters into my own hand. I thought that perhaps I could attack my fatigue from a nutritional standpoint. What I didn't expect was to search for nutritional plans for CFS and end up with information about Candida and the Candida diet.
I spent some time comparing the symptoms and was astounded at how similar they were. I browsed the web and came upon Probacto’s blog and started reading. I immediately cleaned out my pantry and fridge and dove head first into their recommended diet.
Following Probacto’s Diet
The diet plan has three main stages. You start with the induction phase, where you cut out a lot of foods. The second stages is the anti-allergy phase. The third phase allows you to begin slowly reintroducing foods to your diet. Doing so slowly helps you to determine what foods cause you to feel discomfort.
The effects of the diet were astounding. There were days where I felt awful, but once the first few weeks passed, I slowly but surely began to feel healthier and stronger. I started to sleep better and, as a result, my mood improved as well. I learned a lot about food allergies, food intolerances, toxins in our environment, and even my immune system. It's amazing how the foods we eat can have such an impact on our bodies – and not always in the good, nutritious way we hope for.
I've been following Probacto’s diet plan for 6 months now. I followed the original plan and then decided to stick with it, primarily. I now spend more time in the grocery and produce stores than I do in the doctors office or hospital. I now exercise daily and never feel ill simply because I tried to work out.
The Probacto’s blog and books taught me not only how to cure Candida, but how to live a healthier life. I plan on implementing most of the things I've learned from this book for years to come, and I hope I never experience symptoms like I had before ever again.
Don't lose heart. You can live a pain free life no matter what your symptoms. You'll be surprised when you see how many different symptoms and conditions are attributed to a systemic yeast infection. It's no joke, and candida is not a hoax. Check it out and give it a try.