My daughter began having similar symptoms several months ago, worsening just before her classes started in Sept. Dizziness, loss of concentration, brain fog, mood swings and anxiety. I had my nutritionist test her; gastrointestinal function, food allergies, metabolic panel, etc.
It turned out she had a severe systemic yeast overgrowth, so she started an anti-yeast diet, with specific nutritional supplements added. She was also anemic and started iron .
Her brain fog cleared in about two weeks, and all of her other symptoms are gone now.
Yeast overgrowth is very common and mostly overlooked as a cause of mental confusion, and other neurological problems.
Since you don't have health insurance, you might try switching to a theraputic nutritional way of eating, and see if you have any improvement. Although it can be much more difficult than taking medication, eating a specifically healthy diet has been documented to reverse many health problems, and is definitely worth trying.
I would suggest the usual " eat lots of green and yellow organic vegetables and some fruit every day, with some lean meat or legumes", drink at least six to eight glasses of water daily (this is important), cut WAY down on sugar, including cookies and pastries (do NOT take artificial sweeteners!), take a probiotic every day (with acidophilus AND bifidus), take a general digestive enzyme product with everything you eat, and maybe try a good B vitamin complex (B vitamins are especially important for brain function), and also an acetylcholine supplement (important for preventing memory loss).
My family switched to organic meat and produce recently, to avoid the pesticides,etc.
My daughter is eating lots of vegetables and fruit, and is doing a great job of sticking with the anti-yeast diet. She feels SO much better!
Mostly she had the symptoms I listed above, plus nausea, weight loss, and insomnia.
She went off the diet last week to see how she would feel, and experienced some nausea and mood swings, so now she's back on it, and wants to try nystatin or something stronger to knock out the yeast faster (it's in her intestinal tract).
Yeast is opportunistic. Everyone has some amount of it, it's only when it grows unchecked that it becomes a problem. My daughter has candida sp.
I forgot to mention that yeast is sensitive to many antifungal substances, including garlic, caprylic acid, carvacrol (Oregano oil, this works great, I'm told), and olive leaf extract, as well as anti-fungal medications. Killing off the yeast can cause nausea and ill feeling, from the die-off, I think from the toxins released from the yeast as it's killed.
Did the doctor realize that your daughter had candida right away?
I went to a doctor yesterday and she had no idea why I was getting these symptoms. She told me that I had a vaginal yeast infection, because that was also one of my symptoms, but somehow she did not link the rest of my symptoms to a candida ovegrowth.
She evaluated my dizziness and brain fog as a sinus problem, which I don't know why.
I don't think she even knows about candida overgrowth. And she didn't give me any antifungals to take.
This is so frustrating.
I am going on a candida diet, just like you suggested. And also taking probiotics everyday. But I don't know if the yeast will go away without any antifungals.
Yes, candida was suspected right away. It apparently is a root cause of many, many other problems, including sinus and neurological disorders.
Getting rid of the yeast without antifungals would be almost impossible, I think. However, there are over-the-counter antifungals that are successful at killing the yeast. Kyolic garlic extract is a favorite for many people. Garlic will kill just about anything.
Grapefruit Seed Extract is another good one. I have started my daughter on this. This is potent stuff. We'll see what happens.
Please be aware that these, and other antifungal substances can cause feelings of illness as the yeast is dying off. Dying yeast can give off toxic byproducts or organic acids. The sick feeling should only last a few days however, or you can just lower the amount of dose you are using, and go slowly.
Usually people with vaginal yeast have an underlying intestinal yeast overgrowth that must be dealt with, or the infections just keep returning. There is a specific test for candida if you want to be sure. It is a stool test that measures the amount of yeast, so you know if you have a small overgrowth, or a large one. Positives are reported as +1, +2, +3 or +4, depending on the seriousness of the overgrowth.
There is also the serum IGM test, but the stool test is more accurate.
Lol. I feel weird talking about this on the pituitary tumor site! My son has a pituitary cyst, which of course, has nothing to do with my daughter's condition. In fact, my son's yeast test showed no overgrowth at all. His problems are different, but he is also helped by taking probiotics and digestive enzymes. Taking care of our gut is extremely important for the health of all of our body organs and systems, especially the brain. I wish doctors would emphasize this with all of their patients.
I hope this helps you with your condition. At least, it can't hurt, the way too many meds do. Please let me know how you are doing. I hope yeast is your problem, and not something more serious.
I called the doctor yesterday, requesting a stool test. But she told me that everyone has candida in their stools so there is no such test. She also told me that it is normal to have candida in our systems and that there is no such thing as an overgrowth.
She also told me that my symptoms indicate that I could have an underlying disease and that I should get my blood sugar level tested.
I really don't know what to do now. This is really frustrating. This doctor doesn't listen to anything I say to her and she doesn't seem like she cares.
Should I go see another doctor? What kind of doctor should I go see?
The first doctor i took my daughter to did one blood test, and said everything looked normal. She suggested things like rest and vitamins. It was not a doctor who helped us. It was our nutritionist. The tests are not known by most regular doctors, but many nutritionists will have this, and other specialized testing done to pinpoint causes of symptoms, before prescribing supplements and other treatments.
You will need to go to a nutritionist. Someone who uses a lab that does these special tests, such as Metametrix, Doctors Data (has a website), or US Bio Tek.
I showed these test results to a doctor, who basically scratched his head and shrugged, because he'd never seen anything like them and didn't know what to say to me. However, my nutritionist, and the booklet that comes back with your test results, carefully explained what it all meant.
The only downside was the cost. Very expensive ordeal, altogether. Still, I recommend it. It's your health, your body, your future. How do you put a price on that?
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