With the help and encouragement of my husband, I visited
various doctors for weeks of tests and finally a surgery
to confirm I had a disease. Its name was interstitial
cystitis. I was also told there was no cure.
I followed a special diet recommended by the diagnosing
physician, kept a food diary for two years to test
foods that increased my pain, and received a variety
of treatments with bicarbonate and steroids. Gradually,
over a year or so I improved enough I was able to
go water skiing, snow sledding and be involved in
life on a daily basis.
Then, in spite of all my treatments and diet, my troubles
returned, and worsened. I was bright red in the vulva,
had constant discharge and pelvic pain. Numerous trips
to the gynecologist proved useless and repeatedly
came back with reports “no yeast infection”.
However, I finally found a doctor who had seen similar
cases of interstitial cystitis and he related it to
yeast problems. He suspected I was suffering from
systemic candida yeast overgrowth, so he prescribed
Diflucan every other day. I began improving dramatically,
but still was troubled by vaginal itching, headache,
and fatigue especially 3-4 days before my period.
I then added probiotics, and other nutritional supplements
to the Diflucan regime, ate yeast- and sugar-free,
exercised, and used stress management techniques.
This lifestyle really works. There’s none of
the burning, the urgency, the inability to hardly
be able to start the urine flow. If I do have symptoms
they are rare and usually before my period. When they
occur, which has only happened twice in the past 4
years, I take Diflucan for a period of 20-30 days
and follow my diet more carefully. Please let other
women know it is possible to get relief.
While you're here, read
an excerpt from The Yeast Connection and Women's
Professional Books, Inc.