Posted 17 September 2015 - 02:07 PM
Hi all! I'm new to all of this and, admittedly, have sort of self-diagnosed myself with IBS-A. I've always been rather healthy, but 2015 has been the year of illnesses, doctor appointments, and frustration. I'm 20 years old & currently in nursing school (which is a whole load of stress in itself.) I've been doing a whole lot of research to place why I am suddenly having horrible intestinal issues and why they flare up. Finally coming to the conclusion that it's most likely IBS (I will be seeing a gastroenterologist soon to be completely certain), I find myself here with a question: have any of you ladies experienced recurrent yeast infections associated with IBS? I am faithful about hygiene, treating the onset of symptoms, etc., but am now experiencing my third yeast infection in the past two months. It's like nothing I do is helping, and dealing with all of my tummy issues flaring up and trying to keep track of triggers all at the same time is a bit overwhelming. Does this seem to be at all related to IBS or another issue entirely? Would appreciate any feedback! Thanks in advance!
Posted 17 September 2015 - 02:38 PM
I'm 20 as well and just graduated nursing school! Hope it's treating you well and you're taking care of yourself. I know how stressful it can be. I am under the conclusion that IBS is a stress related syndrome, and since finishing school my IBS has gotten almost completely better!! Look into stress management to help with your gut pain. I know it seems very physical, but I think a lot of it is psychological. Which is encouraging, because there is definite ways to get better! Good luck nursing. It is well worth it!!
As to the yeast infections, gosh, I hate those things. I actually do struggle with this as well, but never connected it to IBS. Clever, you. However, the evidence states that there is no connection:
Postgrad Med J. 1993 Jan;69(807):80.
Unorthodox Techniques for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Allergy, Asthma and Immune Disorders
Dr Raymond J. Mullins on behalf of the Education Committee, ASCIA October 2004
Use: Treatment of a variety of ailments including allergy, irritable bowel, food allergy and intolerance, autoimmunity, arthritis and psychological conditions.