Priscilla’s Hell Life With Candida
For the last 4 years of my life, my experience with Candida has been a nightmare. In January 2010, I started to feel sick and went to see a doctor. At first, they gave me antibiotics for cough and sinus. However, I got worse. I progressively got sicker because I couldn’t eat any food, my stomach was rejecting sustenance. I started to experience side effects like burping and I became weak. I went back to the doctor and he gave me another drug called Nexium to provide relief for acid in my stomach, and the pain I was suffering but nothing helped.
I have tried different tablets but nothing helped. Nothing the doctors were giving me brought any relief from my symptoms. My doctor decided to send me to a gastroenterology specialist who would ascertain what was causing the problems. I was still burping, it had deteriorated, I’d burp almost a hundred times a day and there seemed to be no cure (Note: I continued to take the Nexium for more than 6 months as there were no other options offered to me by my doctor).
I was down to 45 kg and couldn’t eat at all. This state progressed into anxiety, inability to focus and then I started to experience panic attacks, craving for sweets, insomnia, bloating, and flu-like symptoms. My mind felt like a fog had descended. It felt like I had a hangover every day, and the worst part was that I don’t drink at all! Meanwhile, I began to experience other symptoms. I couldn’t stand the smells of fragrances, I became oversensitive to all kinds of odours and now my body began to emit a chemical odour too.
My doctor advised me to go to hospital to meet with a specialist to assess me. I was told that I was healthy and it was all “in my head”. This took me by surprise, especially when I was told to go home! Nearly every night I suffered awfully with breathing difficulties, so much so, I ended up going back to the hospital because I couldn’t breathe properly. Whenever I ate foods, I couldn’t digest it. I was still taking Nexium at this time and I felt that I was going to die.
I kept going back to the hospital, back and forth, at least 8 times. Emotionally I was feeling like a complete mess. I cried, I was angry and confused, my whole body felt awful, I started to think there was something wrong with my head too. I then decided to see a few more other specialist doctors and they kept saying the same thing over and over again. “Its in your head!” I got worse, I felt sicker than ever before and I was still very skinny. I’d been skinny for the last 2 years, until 2012, I decided to go to see a naturopath. This was my last hope, to try to find out what was wrong with me. I was placed on a diet which I stayed on for nearly a year; this only helped me minimally, and slowly, I saw no big improvement. I was still incessantly burping and my general state of health felt the same – not great!
My parents worked very hard to support me and spent approximately $23,000 on naturopathy, a lot of money for no result. So I said “It is enough!” I decided to see a Chinese herbalist, who successfully stopped all my burping but I still wasn’t well. I just didn’t feel 100%, my brain was still foggy, I still felt drunk and I still had a terrible odour that seemed to occur without warning. Unfortunately, I had no other choice but to research more for myself and I came across a book written by a woman who I would now describe as “a wonderful doctor”. Her name, Dr Sandra Cabot!
Dr Cabot is based in Camden (Sydney), NSW. I decided to meet with Dr Cabot in person so I flew from Melbourne to Adelaide (for an appointment at her Adelaide Clinic). I needed to ask Dr Cabot for her help with my symptoms. Almost immediately, Dr Cabot diagnosed me with Candida. She recommended that I consult with her nutritionist at the Camden Clinic who put me on a very strict diet and supplement program for about 7 months. At first, it was hard but I began to noticeably feel better again. I had never felt that I was getting better with any other doctors or even the naturopaths I had seen over the 4 years leading up to meeting Dr Cabot. In fact, up to that point, I had gone through sheer hell.
Looking back, I wish I had found Dr Sandra earlier. Things would have been so very different for me, and they would have saved me all of the pain and suffering that I had experienced earlier. Additionally, my parents and I would have saved a lot of money, rather than going to so many doctors who even recommended I see a psychiatrist; some even saying I just needed a holiday! My family and friends don’t really understand my situation at all.
Symptoms of Candida can destroy your life and rob everything from you because you cannot do anything – no life, no study, no work, no exercise, I was full of anxiety and couldn’t go out of the house at the time because of the embarrassing symptoms. I had a hard time explaining to my family and friends over and over again and making excuses and I even shut them out of my life too! I feel like my family and friends because they didn’t understand what I was experiencing, treated me badly when I was ill. They didn’t understand why I couldn’t be normal and socialise like everyone else, assuming I was depressed even though I was not depressed, my symptoms were just awful.
The Cabot Clinic weight loss team watched over me carefully and for 7 months. They helped to keep me focused on my gut and its needs like probiotics (good bacteria), lots of fermented foods; always keeping an eye on what I ate, remaining quite strict, but never berating or belittling me if were to eat something that was considered out of bounds; always making sure that I understood what was happening to my body each time I ate certain foods. They monitored and changed my supplements, setting up a regime for these.
I am feeling great and alive again! I’ve introduced exercise slowly, my skin is glowing and healthy and the darkness under my eyes is gone. I’m very pleased with Sandra who did a fantastic job to bring my life back. It was worth it in the end. I won’t be able to go back to eating the way I was and taking antibiotics like I did. I have been warned by Dr Cabot, that the Candida will return. Having experienced this scourge first-hand, I can honestly say that Candida was my worst nightmare that kept me feeling sick for such a long time.
My advice is for other people out there to be healthy, look after yourself rather than being in my shoes. I hope this story will help you to understand a little more about Candida. It was a horrific experience and I’d hate for anybody to go through the hell I did!
Once again, I can’t thank Dr Sandra enough for being caring and supportive and for sticking by me all the way. You were so kind and you believed me.
Thanks for sharing this story, I have been having problems with feeling tired a lot, muscle fatigue and constant sore throat for over 6 months. I also noticed growing sugar cravings. Recently I was given anti-biotics for an eye infection, and shortly after that began drinking a bit too much alcohol. Shortly I was hit by dizziness, constant headaches, shaking, brain fog and inability to focus. I went to a few doctors who all gave me blood tests, said nothing was wrong with me, and that it was all in my head, that was hugely frustrating!
It was only after googling the symptoms that I came across Candida, which lead me to a naturopath here in Brisbane. I have been on anti-fungals, probiotics and the diet for 3 seeks now, and have experienced the die off symptoms, but now I don’t feel like I’m improving all that much and starting to question if I ever will improve. However, after reading your story I feel encouraged to keep going. I am 40yo