The last four months have been the most physically difficult in my life. Not only am I a full time stay at home mom of two kids under 3, but I also run a business and try my best to keep a good house for my husband.

Add on top of those responsibilities the fact that I slowly started living with pains and problems I had never encountered and I have felt like life was much to overwhelming.

I’ve been dealing with brain fog, lack of memory, lack of concentration, lack of motivation, extreme fatigue, muscles aches, weak muscles, achy joints, headaches, messed up vision including spots and off vision, cold intolerance, low temp, cold hands and feet, and the list goes on and on!

I haven’t been the most healthy person and I haven’t been the picture of fitness, but I had never experiences daily aches and pains to this degree prior to November 2006. I have been to doctors who preformed blood work tests, all of which came back fine. I’ve had people tell me it was in my head or suggested it was.

I’ve spent many a day laying on the couch mustering all the strength I could just to get up and play with my sons or do a few things for my business. Some days would be worse than others and some things seemed to trigger my symptoms…like drinking a coke.

It wasn’t until last week when I was taking my third…count it…third dose of antibiotic in four months that I put two and two together. Nearly as soon and I took the little pill for my second ear infection in two months I felt like I had been hit by a mack truck.

Instant extreme muscles weakness, soreness, achy joints, extreme fatigue and tiredness, headaches, and the worst brain fog I’d experiences in the past few months. After doing my own research online I landed up the probably culprit… Overgrowth of Candida.

ALL my symptoms were listed and one of the main reasons for the overgrowth in many people is the consumption of too many antibiotics. I found a book, did more online research and began the strictest diet I’ve ever been on…and that anyone should ever have to be on.

The first few days were horrible. I felt like I was coming off a drug. I actually felt worse. Most everything I had read said this was normal and would happen. My cravings for sugar and bread were intensified and I could hardly keep myself from running to the cupboard and cheating.

It was terribly difficult because not only didn’t I feel better on this diet, but I felt worse and I craved the bad foods like I was hooked on crack. But, I held in there because I knew I had to get better!

I began the diet on Tuesday…it’s now Saturday and I’ve done pretty well. I only cheated once and I felt the effects right away….jittery, migraine, and fatigue. I hope those feelings are remembered when I find myself battling another craving/bad eating habit.

I have an appointment with my PCP this Monday in the hopes she’ll look at all my symptoms and medical history and not only agree with my findings, but be really helpful, understanding, and offer me the prescribed antifungal all the literature I’m reading says I’ll need.

I am very concerned that things won’t end up the way I hope though as I haven’t had a good experience lately with doctors and most everything I read says most PCP’s don’t give much credit to the fact that an overgrowth of Candida can cause so many symptoms.

I won’t give up if I don’t hear what I need. I have already bookmarked a holistic center in the area and plan to visit it soon. I would also like to locate a good dietician in the area soon to help me plan a diet for this problem…one that I can stick to.

I have learned a great lesson from this experience…more than one lesson as a matter of fact.

I’ve learned that antibiotics aren’t always the answer and they can actually be more harm than good.

I’ve learned to trust my body and what it is trying to tell me.

I’ve learned to not back down when doctors are telling me they don’t know what is wrong, when others tell me it’s in my head, and even when I question myself.

I’ve learned I haven’t been treating my body very well and need to learn how to eat better and feed my family better.

I’ve learned that if you don’t feel well and you know something is wrong you need to keep a journal. Track every single day, what you eat, how you feel, what medication you’re taking, how you feel at the end of the day…etc. Had I don’t this when I started feeling bad in November I might not have ended up with three doses of antibiotic.

Being a work-at-home mom is hard enough, but when you’ve been living with the symptoms I have for four months it makes it down right next to impossible.

I’m ready to feel better and regain who I was before this all happened. I know I’m not a doctor and there is always the chance something else is wrong, but I just can’t help but be pretty darn certain that with my symptoms, medical history, and how my body reacted to that last dose that I am onto something…

I’ll keep you all posted with my journey back to health. I know it isn’t going to be easy, but I’m a stubborn strong willed person and it’ll help me at this time of challenge.

Oh and on a positive side note I have lost 7 pounds since this diet began and my bloating is down!

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  1. The doctor was of no help I’m afraid. I suspected that would happen as most of the litterature I’ve read suggested most doctors don’t believe in the overgrowth of Candida and the affects it has on the body.

    So, now off to a DO in a local holistic center. I had emailed her last week about my problems, symptoms, and asked if she could help me.

    On the drive home from the doctor tonight I cried and gave this problem to God asking him to take it from me and send the right people my way to help me.

    Got home and there was an email from this DO who said she most certainly could help and to make an appoinment. I’ll let you know how it goes.

  2. Wow Nell I’m so sorry to hear about everything you’ve been going through. I think you are doing the right thing – listening to your body. We know our bodies so we know when something is wrong whether a doctor agrees with us or not. I hope the DO will be able to offer some helpful advice and some useful suggestions to you. Hang in there and I’ll be praying for you.

  3. Kudos Nell! For taking control. I’ve been dealing with my chronic pain and multiple arthritic conditions for seven years. Doctors would tell me that it was stress or pain medication addiction. They would even request the tests. After yelling, screaming, sending letters they finally order the tests and they were came back with results of disc degentative disease, ect.
    Then began my journey of being my health advocate, speaking up for me. It can definitely be overwhelming, frustrating and stressful but I need to be heard.
    You go girl!

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