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Dear Moldie,I have been noticed your posts, in particular, because you seem to have been given the same diagnosis as myself. My biggest problem is excessive intestinal gas (ie. rumblings/noises all the time), some bloating and some diarhhea. I don't get the abdominal pain and either constantly going to the washroom, or not going at all, as many others with IBS get. I was diagnosed as having 'candida' and told to go on an anti-candida diet and to take oil of oregano & wormwood to kill the yeast overgrowth. I have been doing this for over 1 month now and have not noticed any improvement with my intestinal rumblings/noises and the bloating. I should mention that I have been tested for food intolerances and have eliminated all of those foods that caused me problems. I notice that my problems get worse after eating canned tomatoes and wonder if 'citric acid' is playing a role here? How exactly did you get tested for this? On another note, I have noticed that many diets vary on how to treat 'candida'. My diet eliminates all fermentables (ie. alcohol, vinegar-except for apple cider vinegar), all yeast, dairy, grains and sugars (except I am allowed non-pasteurized honey). I have been baking and eating a lot of cookies, etc. made with almond flour and the honey. Could that also be the problem? I feel as if I am on the right track with this, as I feel better in other respects (ie. no more 'dopey' feeling, recurrent yeast infections have gone away)...but my biggest problems remain. Any help/insight you can give me here would be most appreciated!Thanks so much....
 

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Who says that rumblings and noises are indicative of gas?Are you sure you are on the right track? The Candida condition is a fad illness and the treatments for it not even remotely logical if it were true.Maybe see a registered dietician?
 

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Flux,The rumbling/growling occurs in both my small and large intestines and usually starts about 1 hour after I eat something and goes on for most of the day and night. It is worse when I lie down too for some reason. The sensation is like I swallowed a coffee perculator. Talk about fermentation! The only thing that has worked to date to quiet this down was 'flagyl', which I took for 2 weeks. I have had ova & parasites testing done by a Canadian lab, but am considering getting a more comprehensive parasitology test performed by "Great Smokies Labs" or the "Institute of Parasitic Diseases". I just don't understand why "flagyl" would work when all of my dietary changes have done nothing to alleviate me of this constant rumbling?? Could it be a parasite that has gone undetected? Just wondering....
 

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Snoopy, (perhaps you should consider giving this name to flux
LOL!). Anyway, maggie has written something in a post regarding fermentation and IBS that I responded to already today, and the answer for you is probably within that post. What I might add to this is that I had blood tests, intradermal testing, and the sublingual provocative testing. I was found sensitive to a large variety of molds. The candida mold was part of the provocative testing and I had the same reaction in my abdomen as I had with the preservatives they tested for. My allergist was a conventional allergy doctor that does more extensive testing than others. What kind of doctor diagnosed you, if I may ask? Actually few conventional doctors agree with candida causing a problem in the gut, much like flux. The fact that medications like Flagyl for some, Diflucan for others, and even Acidophilis have made a difference in reducing symptoms suggests that there probably is a flora problem involved. While healthy individuals may be able to handle it better, those with possible underlying neuro complications may have difficulties. Whether these neuro differences are do to genetic weaknesses or an overload of chemical toxins seems to be yet unknown. Perhaps it is a combination. The fact that medications given/taken may be involved in the development of these problems seems another reason to put up a denial front for those that have been treating/creating the offending meds. My doctor indicated a political force being behind the resisters. It's too bad that those caught in the middle are the ones that have to suffer the consequences of inadequate follow-up. I did have a GI specialist who was going to give me both an antifungal and an antibiotic together without doing any testing, but just to see if was do to a bacterial/fungal problem. He would not tell me the names of these as he was from the old school that thought the patient shouldn't know too much or offer too much for that matter. He would stop me and say things like "I didn't ask you that." and when I suggested a possible name of something would make no comment what-so-ever. Added to the fact that he suggested if I were possibly a happier person that I wouldn't be having the spasming pain and stooling problems, is why I didn't want to be treated by this arrogant man. Actually I would consider the Great Smokies Lab comprehensive testing. I would like to have/have had that done too. I would like to have some documentation of the exact culprit prior to taking/continuing medication. Mine was mainly based on my past history and the sensitivity response to molds. Please let me know if you find out anything more. ------------------[This message has been edited by moldie (edited 11-30-1999).][This message has been edited by moldie (edited 11-30-1999).]
 

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Moldie,Many thanks for your reply. I went to a naturopathic doctor with an MD, who diagnosed me with 'candida'. I have read Maggie's post on IBS caused by fermentation and have often considered my problems to be a result of undigested foods fermenting in my intestines. I have so much gas/rumbling in my intestines after eating and from what I have read, a lot of gas is created from undigested carbohydrates in particular that sit and ferment in the bowels. My naturopath recommended that I start an 'anti-candida' diet that is very similar to the "special carbohydrate diet" mentioned in an earlier post. For the past 2 weeks I have removed all grains, potatoes, rice, corn, sugars-except for non-pasteurized honey, dairy and all yeasty/alcohol products from my diet. I have noticed some improvement to my rumblings, but nothing 'marked' as yet. I am also taking 'grapefruit seed extract' to kill off the yeast overgrowth. I am glad that I can still include honey and nut flour in my diet, because without these I could lose even more weight (and at 5'6" and 110 lbs. I don't have any excess!!!!). The naturopath told me it could take several months before I am feeling better and according to the author of the "special carbohydrate diet", if I don't see a marked improvement in 1 month on this diet- then it is probably not for me.After trying everything from peppermint to charcoal capsules, along with drugs like 'flagyl', I am willing to give this diet a 1 month trial. I am also investigating the possibility that I have some sort of parasite that has gone undetected, since the 'flagyl' seemed to work so well for me. I will be approaching my naturopath to send samples down to "Great Smokies Labs" for testing when I see her tomorrow. I will let you know how that goes. Thanks for your insights/comments!
 

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What you described does not sound like gas: Where does the gas go?If you are taking other medicines, be careful about the grapefruit seed extract. It can interact with them.It sounds like the naturopath is taking you for a ride.
 
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