Bloody Lymey

A Blog About Living with Lyme Disease

Candida Post Antibiotics

I have long suspected I have candida problems, the kind in the intestines.  Months of antibiotics, I think, did a number on my gut.

 

This site is awesome:  http://www.thecandidadiet.com/candida-changes-gut-flora-after-antibiotics/

 

When I get off of sugars – carbs and all – I do SO much better.

 

My stomach is something like Pillsbury Dough.  I unzip my pants and it POPS like the dough does when you peel that label a bit much from the can.  THUMP! And the dimply pasty dough pokes out from the seams.

 

But it disa-freakin-pears when I get off of carbs.  And my intestinal function improves.  And more.

 

I also think there is a correlation between my remission since seeing a gastroenterologist and getting a prescription for the colonoscopy prep.

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Poppin’ Fresh Dough

I have been feeling fine.  Really.  REALLY fine since January.  Yes.  8 months now.

This is the 2nd longest stretch of feeling well.  The 3rd longest would probably be a distant third and measured merely in days.

Buuuuuuuuuut.  The nagging thing is my gut.  Unzipping my pants is like pulling the label off a can of Poppin’ Fresh dough.  You know how the dough pops and busts out of the crevice you created?  Yeah.  That’s what an unzip does.    And my abdomen is mushy and doughy.

I could stand to eat less, yes.  And I quit smoking in January, so this has been an uphill battle.  But when I lay off the gluten I tend to be okay.  And I’m even more okay if I lay off the sugar. In fact? If I do the 17-Day diet with its abstinence of carbs altogether I lose 10 lbs almost instantly.

But I can’t seem to adhere to that right now, and that’s okay. I went into Macy’s waving my white flag, looking for a size up.  I cried Uncle.

I’m not alone.

A LLMD claims all his/her patients have “Celiac Disease.”  http://lymemd.blogspot.com/2008/05/what-does-gluten-have-to-do-with-lyme.html

If you consult Mr. Google, surely you will see that all lymies have “gluten intolerance.”

My doughiness disappears when I lay off the gluten.  My bowel habits become more predictable.    I enjoy heightened levels of energy (imagine!).  I don’t have those glycemic crashes where I eat some pasta and then nap dreamlessly for two hours.

Oh, I know what I have to do.   But I’m not doing it.  Freakin’ pizza is more important.

Well…………… that’s the truth.  But you know what I tell myself?  It’s EASIER to get gluten on the run.  Drive-ups offer salads, yes, but you cannot eat and drive with that. You can feel your way around a wrapper and bite into a greasy cheeseburg while you drive in good conscience.  They say when you rationalize, you tell yourself rational lies.  And here I am telling myself that a lot of my lunch breaks are on the fly and it’s unavoidable.

This is a good article about why it may be helpful to lay off the gluten – whether you’re a believer or not. It gets into the incidentals and the allegations and the what-have-yous.  http://gluten.lovetoknow.com/about-gluten/gluten-free-diet-lyme-disease

Feel well, my friends.

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17 Day Diet Take Two: Day 10 – and Info about Leaky Gut Syndrome

I have not update my progress in a while. So here I am!

I have lost 12 lbs. Six pounds were in the first two days, so I’m trying not to think of timelines and feeling discouraged by the daily ounces I’ve been losing.

The other day at work, the elevator was broken. I work on the 5th floor. Miracle of miracles: I could do the stairs!!! Toward the end of the day, I had to back down some of the stairs because my knees were rebelling, but for the most part I was up to it. I probably did the 5 flights of stairs FOUR or FIVE times.

I mowed the lawn the other day, and if you’re a regular reader you may be aware that I have done this before. Well? This time it didn’t feel so much like work and I did not have to uncurl my hands afterward.

At the end of a day I sometimes feel very sleepy, but it is the kind of sleepy one feels after having worked and not the Lyme-caliber fatigue. My headaches are gone. My tongue is now PINK and not white (an indicator of internal candida). On occasion I have had a little jab of nerve pain. Another improvement is my menstrual cycle. It is less heavy and clotty [TMI? Sorry!] I have cramps again, which is bad news in its own right, but a spin of normalcy on anything I do is GOOD.

In six days I am scheduled to see the rheumatologist and I do not have much to report. My singular symptom – that’s worsening – is floaters. The computer screen looks like it’s pulsating and moving with “molecules” and squiggly lines. I don’t know if this is some sort of herx reaction? [PS. Forgive me if there are typos in here or little grammatical hiccups — I am relying on the red squiggly underlines to tip me off because it’s difficult to read lately ]

What I’m wondering is if I have a food sensitivity as well. I have read a lot of about Leaky Gut Syndrome, happening upon the condition by accident during my research. If you’re wondering what “leaky gut syndrome” is, it’s damage to the intestinal lining. How does this tie into Lyme Disease?

Some Leading Causes of Leaky Gut:
1. Lots of antibiotics
2. Lots of NSAID medications such as Naproxen or Ibuprofen
3. Caffeine

Lots of us lymies are “guilty” of that. Don’t we sometimes get carried away with the caffeine when we’re in a big bout of fatigue? Don’t we take pain medications for our joint pain and other malaise? Antibiotics go without saying. I, myself, lost count after 18 months (3 months here, 6 months there).

When the lining of the intestines are in good working order, they have little gaps in the cells that permit vitamins and nutrition to seep through into our blood stream. When they are damaged, the cellular gaps expand and other things can get through such as food particles and gut bacteria – both good and bad.

Symptoms are often confused with food allergies, MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and skin conditions.

Leaky Gut Symptoms:

1. Bloating
2. Gas & cramps
3. Abdominal pain
4. Joint pain
5. Neurological symptoms
6. Food sensitivities
7. Acne
8. Fatigue
9. Brain Fog
10. Constipation
11. Heartburn
12. Gum Disease
13. Depression
14. Autoimmune Deficiency
15. ADD
16. Dermatitis such as Eczema and Psoriasis
17. Headaches and migraines
18. Systemic Candida (nail fungus, etc.)
19. Colitis
20. Celiac Disease
21. Thyroid conditions
22. Crohn’s Disease
23. Arthritis

Here’s one article about it: [if link fails, try to copy and paste this: http://www.leakygutsymptoms.com/%5D

Notice that the symptoms increase in severity?

I have read many articles about it and the consensus seems to be:

1. The symptoms – and that they increase in severity
2. Treatment – Addresses the CAUSE of the intestinal permeability. Often it has to do with nutrition. This is like an elimination diet so that the intestines may heal. This is a good resource: [links sometimes fail me! If this doesn’t work, copy and paste: http://www.liverdoctor.com/liver-problems/leaky-gut ]
3. The medical community seems divided over the authenticity of the existence of Leaky Gut, so treatment usually falls on the patient or the Holistic / Natural Medicine community

I am mentioning this because if you are new to Lyme Disease and are on antibiotics then you may want to consider going on a cleansing diet to prevent this happening to you. If you take lots of antibiotics and eat lots of refined foods, sugars, yeast, wheat, et al, you are feeding the bacteria you are trying to kill and also making a happier home for yeast inside your gut. Make sure you consume plenty of probiotics, and try to consume ones with MANY different cultures not limiting yourself to the typical acidophilus.

What Made Me Happen Upon Leaky Gut?

Well? I was at work with a client the other day and my mouth became very dry. I could not get something to drink that very moment so I grabbed a couple of mints on my desk. The mints came from our Health Insurance company in a package with their logo so there was no list of ingredients and such. I suspected they may have sugar, but they’re the size of baby aspirin and I was THIRSTY. It brought me relief but I almost promptly became bloated. My stomach, by the end of the day, was rather distended. The mint was certainly the trigger.

I googled “mints and bloating” and came to find Sorbitol is a common ingredient that many are sensitive to and that it causes bloating. Here is an article if it interests you: And here’s a copy and paste option for you: http://www.foodintolerances.com.au/food-intolerances-sorbitol.aspx

Reading about it over and over, I came to find the term “leaky gut syndrome” attached. That led me on another tangent.

So here I am. Perhaps it is leaky gut. Perhaps it is not. But I am DEFINITELY doing better physically on this diet. Mentally too. Emotionally too. I highly recommend it!

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