Migraines Caused by Candida Intestinal Overgrowth
It has taken me ages to get back on here. I cannot even remember when I was on here last. Firstly, our poor dog died last November (GRHS). He was very ill in the end, as you probably guessed. We had so much worry and pain during that time, that I didn't realise I was becoming ill.
In fact, several things happened in quick succession that were very difficult to deal with, and then at the end of it we lost our furry muffin.
As the year progressed I was horrified to see my migraines return with a vengeance and in fact, started to get a whole lot worse.
By January of this year, I was having them about twice a month and I was ill for a week each time. Then I noticed that they were actually affecting my vision, in that I had shutter-vision for about 4 days or so.
By February they had progressed to4 migraines in one horrendous month and I honestly thought I was going to die!
I was so scared at the amount of pain I had to endure, I actually wrote my will and at the same time decided I would see a neurologist.
I had to spend 5 days in the dark with each one. After the worst one, I honestly thought the next one would kill me. One vessel in my head was throbbing and so badly inflamed I could feel it path across the back of my skull.
My husband wanted me to go to hospital but I was so distressed I couldn't be moved.
My complexion was grey and I could hardly walk. Any tiny light was agony. My husband was very concerned in that last month, and his life came also came to a stop.
I wrote several letters to family members in case I did die, because something was telling me I couldn't really withstand much more of this.
I should mention I have a high pain threshold, so please don't think I'm some kind of drama-queen. For instance, last year I had three raging abscesses on my largest upper molar and I managed to take paracetamol only once!
I set my goals very low at this time. I decided I had to get well enough from my headaches, to at least be able to wait in a room to be seen by a migraine specialist.
So I went back to my health books and remembered a good passage in a book about specific supplements that might help with migraine, where they discussed acidity in the blood and a general lack of oxygen.
It was at this point that I decided that if I had a problem with acidity and low oxygen, I should take Sodium Bicarbonate, daily, as a health drink, as it deals with both very conveniently.
I also started taking Niacin 100mg per day, to help clear out any blocked vessel in my head?
As soon as I took the Bicarb, I noticed a strange feeling quite high in my tummy region, maybe my oesophagus, it felt tingly or something? maybe fizzy? but made nothing more of it...
I also noticed an improvement in a general fuzziness in my head. I now know that was increased oxygen. Oxygen is very beneficial to migraine and opening a window during a migraine is also a very good thing to do. Well, here I was, helping my blood to become less acidic and infusing my whole body with delicious oxygen.
By the 3 third day of Bicarb I started to experience very different symptoms. I found I needed to visit the bathroom 3/4 times a day to eliminate vast quantities of waste material. When I say vast, I mean VAST!
When I realised that I was excreting FAR more material than I was ingesting, I realised something serious was being ejected from my body?
I had no stomach pain or feeling of diarrhoea. There was no nausea or cramps. Just the need to go!
I realised in short time that my body was in fact excreting vast amounts of dead Candida fungus. Sodium Bicarbonate kills Candida dead, crucially before the fungus has had time to develop immunity to the substance.
My head continued to feel better and better, and I stepped up the Bicarb by adopting the proper Candida protocol that I found out about on curezone.
Once I did this however, I started to feel quite ill all over. I had a general feeling of being very ill and developed jaundice.
That's when I read that its not enough to stop consuming sugar and take Bicarb 3 times a day, for 3 weeks. You also have to help your liver eliminate the dead Candida from that organ, or else it just accumulates there and lies dormant for when conditions are right again. So I started taking Biotin, Boron and Milk Thistle.
Once I took the Milk Thistle, the jaundice cleared up and I finally felt ONE HECK OF A LOT BETTER!
My tummy was now so incredibly flat, like it hadn't been in years. I felt a lot of congestion around my ribs and hands just melt away too. Candida was messing with the fluid in my joints, that's for sure. Because, most importantly the severe joint pain I had had for months in my hip, knees and elbow ceased. Oh, and of course the next migraine that was expected, never happened.
I still had a feeling of weakness, especially in the morning. So I read that I needed to take 500mg of Pantothenic Acid to help support my adrenal glands as my health improved. Especially as my left adrenal was giving me pain.
When you look into what Candida does to your body, as it grows and grows, very quickly you find out it will rob your adrenals of vital nutrients, which means you get more and more fatigued. As it also influences appetite (a lot of pathogens have this effect on their host) and you end up craving sugar.
However, leading up to this crisis, I didn't crave sugar and I didn't have any UTIs, so I thought I didn't have Candida?
How wrong I was! Turns out that what was happening was this: you get tons of stress, this raises blood sugar, then Candida that you already have in your intestines, starts to feed on it. So the more stress you have, it means the more Candida feeds on the raised sugar levels in your blood. So much so that it causes Dysbiosis. This is when your good gut bacteria get kicked out by Candida and you get all the classic symptoms of IBS like problems, depression, hair falling out, insomnia, gallstones, kidney stones, migraines etc etc.
Candida also affects Thyroid detrimentally and you end up with hypothyroid symptoms. Considering the doctors convinced me to take thyroid hormone for a year and a half, it makes me wonder if my Candida started then? Because I definitely had migraines then too.
Candida also does bad stuff to your pancreas. Not too sure how this works fully yet, but put simply, it 'rewards' you when you feed it what it loves e.g. sugar, alcohol or carbohydrates. This causes sugar spikes, as we all know.
From my own experience, feeling weaker and weaker would naturally make me want to snack on stuff and this is how CANDIDA WINS! But still I didn't make the connection.
It robs you of B5 and B12. B5 helps you to concentrate for prolonged periods, and this was the thing that I just could not manage to do anymore. In fact, a spell of concentration would bring on a headache, if not, then definitely some serious back of the neck pain.
Then there is the insomnia. I had terrible insomnia leading up to my discovery that I had Candidiasis. I was taking supplements to support my adrenals, thinking I had adrenal fatigue again, but still I couldn't sleep?
IT WAS ONLY WHEN I ELIMINATED CANDIDA FROM MY GUT THAT MY INSOMNIA STOPPED!
And of course, if you cannot sleep, a lot of people go downstairs and start to eat something. This is where Candida again influences appetite, because IT wants to eat in the middle of the night, that's why it wakes YOU up to go downstairs and get IT some food!
The other thing Candida will do is make you think of alcohol. You may not want to drink, because you know its bad, but Candida makes alcohol play on your mind. Because IT wants the alcohol. It wants the acid and it wants the sugar.
Now this is the other thing Candida was doing to me, that it is not doing any more: it was impairing my eyesight! From what I've gathered so far, the way it does this is that it robs you of a vital amino acid called Taurine.
Taurine is required by heart muscle, to make bile salts and for clear eyesight. Once Taurine levels drop, you feel weak, you end up with gallstones (had those last year too!) and makes your vision incredibly blurry.
My vision was so bad, it was like there was smoke in the room or some kind of mist?
Now it just so happens that they have discovered that migraine sufferers ALSO happen to be people who are found to be VERY low on Taurine?? (Duh!)
So I took Taurine and noticed my eyesight improve after 4 days, and now after taking it for about 2 months, my eyesight is normal again. You have no idea how relieved I am about that.
Remember, a lot of migraines start in the eyes, could this be linked to the Taurine deficiency too?
The protocol I followed to get rid of Candida is by Dr Shaw and I found it on curezone.
I really love curezone and have found tons of valuable information on there.
So, my joint pain has stopped.
My vision is normal again.
My bowel congestion is no more.
My appetite is normal and my weight is stable (10stone)
My hair, nails and skin are much improved (due to Biotin)
My adrenal fatigue is no more (still taking B5 and Milk Thistle though, as I have suffered quite a bit)
My hot flashes have stopped (so much so that I don't know why I still apply progesterone cream?)
My sleep is blissfully uninterrupted again (Thank Heavens and all the little angels!)
My kidney stones are no more (fungi produce oxalate as a means of survival - and most stones are made of this)
My gallstones are no more (thanks to Taurine and having Candida under control)
Oh, and of course, my migraines are no more (I have a slight generalised headache (not a migraine) for about 2 hours, around that time of the month, THAT'S ALL! and it does not stop me working, thinking or driving.)
So my message to anymore reading this is, don't resign yourself to a lifetime of terrible migraines and do yourself a favour by cleansing Candida out of your body. Even if it is not the main cause behind your migraine, chances are it is making them a LOT WORSE!
Comments most welcome.