Not Everybody Struggling With A candida Yeast Infection Will Have The Same Set Of Candida Symptoms
Candida yeast overgrowth is sometimes referred to as the missing diagnosis. It has been found to be a common occurrence in a wide scope of disorders.
It has been estimated that as much as 80% of all the American population suffer from candida symptoms ranging from moderate to severe.
The established medical establishment is still not fully acknowledging candida as the serious problem it is and the range of candida symptoms.
For a large part this has to do with how conventional medicine looks at the nature of disease and how it comes to a candida diagnosis.
It is important to understand the true underlying cause of candida before you can understand why treating candida for itself most often won't work and may not be the best idea. The problem lies in the philosophical underpinnings of allopathic or western medicine.
Candida is the result of suffering from intestinal dysbiosis so candida symptoms are really the symptoms of intestinal dysbiosis. Treating candida instead of the underlying intestinal dis-harmony will only lead to more of the same with all the frustration of never healing from the debilitating effects of pathogenic candida.
What allopathic medicine does not fully understand is often too easily dismissed as being psychological in nature. Anyone dealing with chronic fatigue, heavy limbs, depression and the myriad of other problems, these candida symptoms are very real and create a lot of unnecessary self-doubt and stress.
Knowing that stress itself leads to a reduced immune system, the psychological impact of andida only serve to aggravate the situation rather than help it.
Some of the most commonly reported and documented candida symptoms are:
- Fatigue: continual but often more noticeable after eating, heavy limbs, waking up tired, lack of motivation, depression, low sex drive, irritability and mood swings, headaches, migraines, mental fogginess, trouble with concentration and memory, confusion, dizziness, depression and/or anxiety without apparent cause, difficulty directing ones actions.
- Gastrointestinal: chronic constipation or diarrhea, poor digestion, hemorrhoids, abdominal distention, bloating, cramps, mucus in stool, nausea, gastritis, flatulence, leaky gut, food allergies
- Genito-urinary: burning and inflamed genital area, urinary tract infection/inflammation (burning, itching), kidney infection, Cystitis (inflammation of the bladder with possible infection), vaginal infections, menstrual difficulties, impotence, rectal itching or rash, colic
- Immune system: compromised immune system (frequent colds, flu, difficulty healing wounds), hay fever, mucous congestion, asthma, bronchitis, sensitive to airborne particles, allergies
- Skin: athlete's foot, jock itch, skin rash, acne, psoriasis, ringworm
- Symptoms resistant to all modes of therapy: Patient is misdiagnosed with hypochondria and dismissed as being neurotic. Suggested prescriptions may include tranquilizers, Prozac and psychiatric counseling
- Clinical history: childhood ADD, ADHD, hyperactivity, skin problems (thrush, diaper rash etc.), tonsillitis, ear infection (treated with antibiotics), respiratory problems.
- Miscellaneous: craving for carbohydrates, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), cold extremities
It is important to realize that the above listed candida symptoms are identical or overlap with the symptoms of other degenerative diseases including but not limited to fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis..
For anybody not suffering from a combination of any of these symptoms it may be heard to believe. Knowing there are others out there suffering and struggling with the same problems can be a real blessing in just knowing you are not alone.
One of the reasons why it is so hard to come to a candida diagnosis is because so many of candida symptoms are invisible and are subsequently dismissed as psychosomatic. In other words it's all in your head and has no real underlying physical and clearly identifiable cause to it.
The other reason why candida is so hard to identify as the problem is because it is capable of producing well over 200 candida symptoms. This makes it extremely hard for anyone with this condition to diagnose accurately and understand what is wrong with them.
In medical journals and other scientific publications plenty has been written about how antibiotics destroy friendly bacteria and can cause candidiasis. In spite of all what has been written and the scientific evidence, the medical profession continues to boldly prescribe them with no apparent concern for their side effects.
Yeast infections can be the cause of so many different, and on the surface, unrelated candida symptoms. Not everybody suffering from intestinal dysbiosis will have the same set of candida symptoms as another. This makes coming to an accurate candida diagnosis a very confusing and frustrating experience.
Just trying to go by symptoms alone can easily lead to a misdiagnosis of treating a major symptom and miss the true underlying cause which in all cases is the same, namely intestinal dysbiosis.
The result is that too many people hop on a merry go round without ever really understanding what is wrong with them, spending thousands of dollars on doctor visits and cures without ever really getting any better.
There is a standard and universally accepted questionnaire developed by William G. Crook, M.D. which turned out to be a real eye opener for me. It was designed to determine the level of yeast in your body. You will find this questionnaire in the back of this book along with another relative simple test you can do yourself in the morning which will cost you nothing.
It is slowly being recognized that yeast and fungal overgrowth are the common root behind a host of disorders disorders and lead to the multitude of yeast related candida symptoms.
More and more people are being diagnosed with degenerative diseases such as Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Hypo and hyper-thyroidism, Lupus, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Leaky Gut Syndrome, Chronic sinusitis, Macular Degeneration, Crohn's Disease, adrenal dysfunction, Atopic eczema and other skin disorders, Celiac Disease, Psoriasis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Leaky Gut Syndrome, ADD and ADHD, Rosacea, Psoriasis, Meniere's Disease, Autism and a host of others diseases, just to name a few of them.
Intestinal dysbiosis is an underlying condition in many of these cases but is often not diagnosed, misdiagnosed or simply dismissed as nonexistent altogether. The reason for this lies in that it requires a shift from the conventional allopathic paradigm.
Conventional medicine is concerned with identifying direct relationships between illness manifestations (symptoms) and a well defined cause. Intestinal dysbiosis does not really fit within the allopathic paradigm.
Doctors consequently have a hard time relating the multitude of candida symptoms to intestinal dysbiosis as the root cause.