If you’re a fibromyalgia sufferer you may be a candida sufferer also
Many experts believe there is a fibromyalgia candida connection
Dealing with fibromyalgia is no piece of cake. Iâ€™ve been suffering from its affects for over 25 years. When I first started having symptoms, the doctors I sought for help had a variety of diagnoses for me: depression, hypochondria and CFUO (chronic fever of unknown origin) among others. I was tested for Lyme disease and Lupus. The word â€˜fibromyalgiaâ€™ wasnâ€™t in anyoneâ€™s vocabulary back then. It wasnâ€™t until I was 35 that I was finally officially diagnosed as having fibromyalgia, through blood testing with my family doctor and through a new rheumatologist.
Itâ€™s been suggested that Candida is responsible for the onset of fibromyalgia. That could be true. I began having fibromyalgia symptoms very soon after Iâ€™d had surgery (and antibiotics) to remove my coccyx. At the time, my doctor diagnosed me as having mono, but many of the symptoms (like the mouth sores, thrush and headaches) make me think it was perhaps a combo of mono and antibiotic-caused Candida.
Although it seems very likely that Candida is responsible for many of fibromyalgia sufferersâ€™ symptoms, or might be the root of them, I think mine are just exacerbated by having yeast overgrowths. At the same time as my diagnosis with fibro my blood tests showed that I had chronic Epstein Barr Virus (CEBV), which I am fairly sure was what I had back when the doctor said I had mono.
The reason I think the Candida exacerbates (but didnâ€™t cause) my fibro is that there have been several long stretches where Iâ€™ve had no Candida symptoms, but the fibro and Epstein Barr symptoms are still there. But, I can be tooling along, coping fairly well, and when one little thing pushes me over the edge immunity-wise, the Candida is always lurking, as itâ€™s been just waiting to jump in. And, in a sense, it probably has been.
While Iâ€™ve noticed that when Iâ€™m run down, get even less than my normal low level of sleep, or pick up a virus, I get a Candida spike, I think medications can contribute to that. Some of the medications that helped relieve a lot of my fibromyalgia and CEBV symptoms seemed to leave me vulnerable to yeast overgrowth for some unknown reason.Â Iâ€™m not sure whether it was that the meds lowered my immune further, or that they had some side effects that triggered and encouraged the Candida.Â Some of the medications I noticed increased my susceptibility to yeast growth were Cymbalta, Lyrica, and Neurontin (gabapentin). I also noticed that Ambien and other sleep-enhancers left me vulnerable to opportunistic Candida infections. While the medications did help with certain symptoms, like pain and stiffness, eventually the Candida symptoms were too overpowering, so I eventually stopped taking any meds at all. My Candida problems really got better quickly. If/when I start taking my medications again, I am going to make sure to keep a detailed diary so that I can track my fibro symptoms separately from my Candida symptoms. Hopefully Iâ€™ll also be able to tell which ones trigger it, and how soon.
In my fibro support groups there are people who swear that Candida Albicans infections actually caused their fibromyalgia, and I have to believe them. I think the key thing is that it probably doesnâ€™t matter either way â€“ no matter what the cause of fibromyalgia, it is clear that a weakened immune system invites Candida to grow and flourish, instead of keeping it in check like it should.
In closing by all means do not have a closed mind when it comes to the possibility of your fibromyalgia being driven by candida
For those interested here is a link to an article about the candida diet which the fibromyalgia sufferer may find helpful