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  1. CGally81

    What Do These Symptoms Mean?

    Wow, did I really start this topic 2 weeks ago? Because in the past few days, I wouldn't get that nasty headache before having to use the bathroom. It's been getting better quickly! In fact, a perfect example is today. After barely using the bathroom the past 2 days, today I had to use it real bad... and yet I didn't have any nasty headache or real bad physical symptoms before I did, that went away after I did. (I did, however, still have the rise in hunger that sometimes accompanies big bathroom uses, but then again, I also had a light dinner anyway). If you want to know what I'm doing differently (in case anyone reading this has similar symptoms and wants to tackle them directly without waiting for a doctor), I'm taking L-glutamine every day, cutting back on sugar (I temporarily stopped eating bananas, for instance, because even fruit sugar counts as sugar), adding cultured coconut milk (which contains probiotics) to my diet, and also taking a powerful natural antifungal. I'd been taking garlic tablets for the past 5 days, and today I started on grapefruit seed extract instead. So whatever is causing these problems is reducing. It might be candida or something else, but I might well be attacking it. Let's hope it goes away, and for good.
  2. I just took a garlic tablet 2 hours ago. I can't swallow pills, so, yes, I bit the tablet and had to chew and taste it. I've never had garlic before, but it's very overpowering. I don't know at what point I should expect a noticeable effect, but I'm not getting anything that I can attribute to the garlic. I'll try to find a holistic in my area, but there seems to be only one, which sucks. I also just ordered grapefruit seed extract, and plan to try that as well. Hope it cures my candida or whatever it is I have.
  3. Garlic can supposedly cure a ton of things. It's antifungal, antibiotic, and probiotic (refills good bacteria) all at once. I am definitely thinking of trying it and seeing if something good happens, since it's not really supposed to have side effects.
  4. Okay, I had strange symptoms that showed up all of a sudden when I started, then stopped, taking fish oil. I get random headaches, random fatigue, and other nonsense. I don't want to get into all the details. And I tried cutting back on fruit sugar and saw some improvement, and basically, well, I think I might have candida. Or something at least. Someone said they took Nystatin and without even going on the anti-candida diet, it killed the candida. I'm thinking of trying either that or garlic. I assume I'll hate the taste of garlic, but I might buy a few bulbs soon, maybe even tonight. Anyone here know much about Nystatin or garlic for treating candida? How about garlic extract or garlic capsules? I can't swallow pills, so can the capsules be broken open? I am also intolerant to casein, so they can't have milk. Where would I go to buy such things? Would a local GNC possibly sell them?
  5. I'm thinking I might have candida, and it might be what's causing the massive spike in hunger (that slowly goes down after MONTHS) after I cut out first gluten, then dairy, then FISH OIL (which I only took for a few weeks, but stopped taking because it was somehow causing me weird symptoms despite the fact that I can tolerate fish itself just fine). Not to mention my headaches, random fatigue, other stuff I don't feel like listing. I added coconut-related stuff to my diet, and it might be helping, but if Nystatin helped you, then I'll consider trying it. Or garlic-based things. I assume I will hate the taste of garlic and not be able to really stand eating it, so where can I get Nystatin? Will GNC (there's a local one) sell it in-store, do you think? Or, how about a good garlic extract that isn't pill-based? If it's an openable capsule, I can have that, but I can't swallow pills. Plus, I'm intolerant to casein as well as gluten, so it can't have any milk ingredients. I want to solve all my symptoms and get back to feeling great, and I do think candida might be a possibility. Surprise surprise, my doctor doesn't believe candida overgrowth exists and no tests for it exist, so he won't refer me to get tested. So I'll just remove this problem myself. How long did you have to take the Nystatin for? Did you start feeling better, or worse (i.e. the candida die off) really quickly?
  6. CGally81

    What Do These Symptoms Mean?

    It gets more complicated though. My symptoms have been slowly, but surely, getting better over the weeks. And this happened both the times I cut gluten out as well as dairy. Feel terrible but gradually feel better over the months. Plus, I get stomach rumbles a lot, which have - slowly - been getting better. Hypoglycemia is not stomach-related as far as I know. And if it were, it still wouldn't explain why I'm slowly getting better. I want to get better permanently though. I'm tired of feeling good, then I make a dietary change and weird stuff happens. I'm taking L-glutamine every day (have been doing so for a few weeks) to try to repair the leaky gut I most likely have as a celiac sufferer, and am planning to look into things to help with candida just in case. Like garlic, which is said to help tremendously.
  7. CGally81

    What Do These Symptoms Mean?

    Also, it can't be a coincidence that taking a dump often reduces the symptoms, but I sometimes feel an increase for some time before I have to (especially if it's a big one). All the more reason that I believe I'm removing something from my body when I do. One example: The "shakiness in hands" feeling sometimes increases about an hour or so before I have to use the bathroom, then when I do, in a major way, it's gone. That happened this morning. So there's probably a relationship there. I think I'm getting something out of my body.
  8. CGally81

    What Do These Symptoms Mean?

    It's not quite the same though. My hands don't actually shake. They just have a weird "feeling" to them. And the difficulty focusing comes on and goes randomly. There doesn't seem to be a relationship to eating carbs, and I don't eat soy. The fatigue and headaches don't occur together either. These symptoms occur at different times, not usually together, and appear to come on somewhat randomly. I'm going to try eating foods that are known to kill candida and see if I have a reaction of any kind. The day after having almond milk (which is said to kill candida), I had kind of mild symptoms of a somewhat different sort, that I thought might be candida die-off. I'm going to try to get ahold of a holistic doctor in my area to see what I can find. My EEG and MRI came back normal, unsurprisingly. My doctor doesn't believe in candida overgrowth. I say it can't hurt to rule it out, but he honestly thinks there are no tests for it, and to "not believe what you read on the internet", despite the fact that reading what I find on the internet is how I found out I'm gluten and casein intolerant and began to feel better after cutting them out of my life. This weekend, I might go to the local GNC and see what's there, or see if I can buy stuff at Whole Foods that can help, like maybe coconut water and other stuff that kills candida, even if slowly. Anyone here deal with candida? Even in a mild or moderate form?
  9. CGally81

    What Do These Symptoms Mean?

    No, not pins and needles. It's hard to explain. I associate it with hunger, and referred to it as feeling "hungry in the hands", but it's really hard to describe. It might not be hunger-related.
  10. CGally81

    What Do These Symptoms Mean?

    From blood tests, thyroid is fine. I am strongly thinking candida is it. There's a holistic doctor 10 minutes from where I live. My idiot regular doctor thinks candida can't cause these symptoms, so if it happens to be that, I can't get any help from him. What else do holistic doctors do? What do they check for, and what kinds of tests do they do? Do regular doctors take them seriously?
  11. Okay, after I took fish oil and suffered nasty problems like pressure in the head and random inability to focus and fatigue, I stopped taking it. And my hunger shot up really high. Since, I've been having the following problems randomly, as my hunger SLOWLY gets back to normal. (I am now taking L-glutamine daily, having started less than 3 weeks ago, since I never did really treat the underlying leaky gut that likely caused my gluten/casein intolerance in the first place) Anyway, the list of wonder: * random warmth in the head, particularly forehead * sometimes random warmth on the back of the neck * random fatigue, which can go away within an hour at times * random headaches (not as common as it was before) * feeling "shaky" in the hands. They're not actually shaking, but they feel kinda shaky. Hard to explain unless you've felt it * random mild dizziness and/or reduced balance (I never actually got truly off balance, but it's definitely noticeable when it happens) * random difficulty focusing (goes away eventually) Some other stuff that's difficult to describe. Oh yeah, and this is probably important: the symptoms sometimes increase before I have to use the bathroom (number 2, not number 1), then I do, and symptoms often decrease some time after that. My doctor referred me to a neurologist and I got an EEG and MRI. I haven't gotten results back yet. If they find nothing, then what do I search for next? I considered Candida overgrowth, which the lady at the local GNC said she suffered from, but my doctor blew me off and said "Candida is a fungus. It doesn't cause problems like that. There are no tests for Candida." Considering blood tests and stool tests for Candida exist, he's an idiot. Anyway, what might these be symptoms of? Just leaky gut, and I should keep taking my L-glutamine (I will anyway) until it goes away? Or something more?
  12. CGally81

    Symbion Probiotics?

    I am wondering if these symptoms are part of leaky gut. I never did really fix it. I would take L-glutamine if I'd consumed gluten or casein, and it stopped the symptoms, and I took it on some other occasions, but I really should be taking it every day. I now am, and have been for nearly 2 weeks. I'm definitely going to keep it up forever.
  13. CGally81

    Symbion Probiotics?

    I'm not taking any probiotics. The lack of info I could find on Symbion, and the fact that they only sell it directly, both sent up red flags for me. Thanks for the info. Any other things that might help? What probiotics are good for helping with candida, or... Well, my current problems are sometimes random headaches (going away at the moment), sometimes random fatigue, random reduced concentration (before it later returns), and being more hungry than I should be every day. I also reacted pretty badly to fish oil when I tried taking it about 2 months ago in the hopes that it would have health benefits. And my hunger spiked really high when I stopped taking it. I also would get odd random warmth in the forehead and at the back of the neck at times, and sometimes have reduced balance. So what might be the cause of this nonsense, and what might help? I got an EEG (awaiting results), and am about to get an MRI, but considering that nothing's been found in the past, I doubt stuff will be found in those. What can I get checked out for? My idiot doctor doesn't believe in candida overgrowth causing the symptoms that people who've had it say it causes, so I doubt I'll get a referral from him for a doctor who does know about it, but I'll change doctors eventually (a lot of people drop him because of his nasty receptionist, who is his wife!). Anyway, what types of things could be causing these kinds of symptoms? And what type of doctor would I go for to get checked out? I want actual answers, and I refuse to take "it's all in your head" as an answer.
  14. Okay, I definitely am gluten and casein intolerant, but strange symptoms have been showing up lately that don't occur ___ amount of time after eating food, but instead, show up whenever. I'm wondering if I have a problem with candida overgrowth. My idiot doctor and his rude wife (who is the receptionist) blew me off ("candida is a fungus. It can't do this stuff. Don't believe what you read on the internet"), and I want to handle this problem myself. Has anyone tried Symbion Probiotics? I heard that it might be good, and helps a lot of people feel better within days or weeks, supposedly. I can't swallow pills though... is there a way to break it into powder and just have that instead? Any advice?
  15. For me, L-glutamine stops symptoms in a real hurry. I take it in chewable form. I just shove a bunch (5g or more!) into my mouth and the symptoms are gone within like 10-20 minutes. That's been my experience. I keep the bottle around just in case I get glutened or dairied, but I'm now taking 1.5g a day in the hopes of rebuilding my intestine and reducing future symptoms as well.