Saturday

Bladder Problems And Candida

I have had bladder problems all my life.  As I child I was a bed wetter.  I concealed it and don't know if my parents even knew.  I was soooo embarassed.

For probably 8 years of my adult life, I took Detrol La for what was diagnosed as an over active bladder. I had to pee all the time and sometimes at night I would wake up either wetting myself or on a mad dash for the bathroom, even with the Detrol La. It did help some but not completely.

That was all before I found out I had candida.

Flash forward to June 2009 and I was at my wits end trying to figure out what was wrong with me. I had given up gluten and many vegetables that made me feel very ill. I now know it was the candida causing my body to reject certain foods.

I told my husband, "If I don't figure this out, I am going to die" He just looked at me not knowing what to say. Right then and there I decided to give up all processed sugar.

Do you believe with in 2 months, I was no longer taking the Detrol LA. I no longer had to pee all the time and I didn't get up 10 times during the night. I was elated but still had no idea what was wrong with me.

After giving up the sugar, I replaced it with lots and lots of fruit......way to much fruit and I started having problems again (I have a lot of digestive issues also). To make a long story short, I discovered I had CANDIDA. Not a fun thing but now that I knew I was bound and determined I was going to cure this thing.

And.....that is where I am today. I am about 8 weeks into the Anti Candida Diet and doing very well.....although I have a problem with carbs and need to really cut out more of them ( UPDATE....I cut out the most all carbs and am doing great) I think I am doing very well with the diet and really don't miss most of the foods I used to eat. Probably because I know how sick it will make me if I eat them.

As for my bladder problem...... What bladder problem???? I no longer have a problem.
I still get up to pee once in awhile but maybe only once a night, if that.

Who woulda thought that all the sweets that I loved so much caused all my bladder issues. The doctors had no clue.....thats for sure.

34 comments:

  1. I experienced the same thing with my yeast overgrowth. It's no fun.. that's for sure. I'm glad you got to the root of the problem. This is a great blog post for people having this problem. There's a natural cure with altering the diet. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I just discovered the same thing recently. For about 7 years now, I've had a strange pain that I could tell stemmed from my bladder. The pain actually radiated into my hip and prevented me from walking sometimes. After ultrasounds on my bladder and kidneys and an MRI on my hip, doctors were completely baffled. I don't have to get up in the middle of the night, but my bladder leaked a tiny amount of urine quite often, and way too much during intercourse. It actually was ruining my life. I started thinking that my urinary tract felt coated, like a vaginal yeast infection. While speaking with a friend, she was saying that candida is a fungus that can grow extensive roots and if not controlled can tear holes in the tissues. It clicked immediately that was the problem with my leaky bladder. Ugg! Candida diet is so difficult, but I am determined to cure this thing, so it doesn't take over my body completely.
    Thanks for the Anti-Candida Diet suggestion. Now thinking about it, doctors claim a lot of bladder issues are stress related and they don't know why. With American diets, I think more people are plagued with bladder candida than we know. I wish more doctors would put two and two together. I could have avoided years of struggle and thousands of dollars in useless medical tests. I'm glad you have this blog. I hope it helps others. Thanks. Good luck to everyone in their battle with this terrible fungi.

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  3. I am doing great with my bladder but now I have discovered candida has caused me to have leaky gut...Now I have to try to heal that.

    If it isn't one thing it is another. Candida sucks!!

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  4. Anonymous12:30:00 AM

    Thank goodness people are actually talking about these issues. The pain and suffering of people with so-called IC (which in my opinion is a catch all for "IDK") is absurd. I can speak from personal experience. Even just getting a diagnosis is difficult when urinary urgency, pain and spasms make life almost impossible to live. This problem is debilitating on a number of levels, and only those who have experienced the urinary and vaginal pain can understand. My heart goes out to anybody who has suffered in this way. When I describe it to family members, I start by asking them if they have ever had a bladder infection... They always comment on how horrible it feels to have one. I ask them then to imagine how they would rate their quality of life if they had those symptoms 24-7...

    I have gotten major relief with dietary changes. The sad thing is that I cannot enjoy even a single bite of sugar as the very next day my symptoms RETURN! I was pain free for a while and then broke the diet. Now I am right back to ground zero. This problem demands self-control, focus and faith that the body can and will heal from the horrible symptomology.

    The medical community at large should consider the alternative diagnosis of candida overgrowth as a viable problem. Chinese medicine has an entire protocol for these issues which includes dietary changes, herbs and sometimes accupuncture.

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    1. Your post is encouraging to me. If you don't mind me asking, were you ever diagnosed with IC? My dr. has told me I do not have it. I had a cystoscopy test done and they just found pollyps and some cystitis. But from what I have read I have many symptoms of this so called "IC". I'm so confused and just want to get better! I had several yeast infections over the summer before I ever got a UTI back in August, and since then, this bladder pressure/pain has NEVER left me! :(

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    2. Lindsey,
      Just wanted to tell you. My Sister had been diagnosed with Interstacial Cystitis (spelling). She was Doctoring for years with it. He kept putting some medications inside her. He also told her she would never heal. She started doing the same things I was doing for candida and she eventually healed it. I can't remember how long it took her,, but she hasn't been back to a Doctor for it in a very long time. Probably 6 years now.

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    3. I would love to hear her story. The only thing is, I have been told that I don't have it -Based on my cystoscopy. I have just been trying to do a lot of re search on my own and I find that a lot of people suffer with my same problem, some have been diagnosed, some have not. I hope you don't mind all of my questions. :) and thank you for answering them the best you know how. I've never had a urinary problem or yeast problem until this year. Yeast infections from antibiotics.... The next thing you know a urinary tract infection... and now bladder pressure and pelvic pain that has never left me once since the uti began. So I am seeking any help and advice I can get to kick this things butt.

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    4. Lindsey,
      I hope you can figure it out Lindsey. I know eating healthy.. no sugar and low carbs has helped me and both of my sisters.
      Antibiotics are horrible... good, but so bad. I just wish Doctors would give probiotics with antibiotics to help put back the good bacteria.... but probiotics only help so much.

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    5. Would you mind finding out how your sisters were diagnosed with IC? I've had the silver nitrite bladder cleanse. You would think that would heal my bladder and pain. I'm not sure if IC is something IN the bladder or what. Or if my bladder is being effected by a bacteria not showing up.... I'm just seeking help from any direction I can get.

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    6. Lindsey,
      It was only one sister that was diagnosed with IC. I don't know what you mean by how she was diagnosed... all I know is she went to a Dr. Not sure what tests he gave her. I do know she doesn't have problems any longer and it is no thanks to that Dr.

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    7. Oh okay. I just meant, I wondered what her dr. may have done to diagnose her with IC. I wondered if it was perhaps a different test than mine, or it was simply him just "giving" her a diagnosis because he couldn't find anything else. I have read that happening to some women. BTW, I did the spit test this morning for candida. According to that, if it is accurate, it looks like I could very possibly have an over growth of candida. However I have made an appointment with the Progressive Medical Center for tomorrow. Hopeful they can help me with more testing for find out if there are some bad toxins in my body or whatever could be causing this. I have asked to be tested there for Candida. I think they said they could test it through stool. Not sure. Have you ever heard of being tested for Candida that way? Anyway, If that is truly my problem, I'll be consulting the dr. for diet and help, and follow your help as well.

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    8. Lindsey,
      I know her dr did some sort of test but not sure what the test was. If I remember to ask her... I will do that. Right now, I am on vacation in Montana. Difffernt time zone and she also works so I usually call her on a Sunday.

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  5. Anonymous3:16:00 AM

    Wow, these posts give me hope. I have had bladder/urinary pain, spasms, urgency, etc for months. Have been on antibiotics, ut herbs, Dr visits, etc ... frustrated, still in severe pain that has controlled my life for 2 months, and at wits end. Thought tonight about candida and then found this blot post. Thank you. Candida diet is not tun, but going to start it.

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  6. Anonymous,
    The best thing I did for my bladder is to give up sugar. I am now on the alkaline diet and like what I eat on it so I will probably stay on it the rest of my life.

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  7. Anonymous9:45:00 PM

    About 5 years ago, I began struggling with intense desire to pee, but I never could go. It was awful. Then my doctor said my bladder and cervix was swollen. She gave me the wrong drugs and I was so much worse. After I went to a doctor that specialized in natural medicine told me I had Candida. I change up sugar and lots of things and got better. Slowly, I began eating lots of sugar again and now I'm stuck with this again. So I learned a hard lesson, eating sugar and white flour is not worth it. So to everyone else hang in there and I will too, and we will get better.

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    1. Yep!! been there done that. When I gave up sugar, I healed my bladder.

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  8. I need help as for the last 15 years I suffer with awful bladder issues. I just always feel like I need to pee 24/7 :( had all the tests and Drs just said overactive bladder :( Flared up severely this week will never get fixed :( Georgina x

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  9. Georgina,
    Have you tried not eating any cane sugar at all? That really helped me.

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  10. Hi, so do you think Candida could be causing years of bladder issues? Haven't eliminated sugar so cut out all sugars even fruit? X

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    1. I don't know it that is what has caused yours, but for me sugar was a huge problem and it ended up being candida. You could try cutting out all cane sugar and eating fruit sparingly and see how that makes you feel. If you want to do the candida diet, here is the link. http://www.myjourneywithcandida.com/2010/02/candida-diet.html

      That is the diet I used in the beginning.

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  11. Anonymous11:10:00 AM

    There is a product It's a natural herb in liquid form and you can purchase it from a place called "the herb hut." If you take this product along with the no yeast diet for 21 days you are on your way to clearing your body of candida. Ive had the same issues all of you are speaking of and it is no fun. Every couple months I will drink sugary drinks and redbull and the urgency will return and I will have to start my diet all over again because I get to about day 12, and start feeling better so I revert back to my old ways. But I know for sure it is a yeast/candida issue. If you have been told you could possibly have IC, chances are you have candida! Please call the Herb hut in Covington Indiana, they will ship you the Can-sol and tell your how to follow the no yeast diet. I know how awful this can be, but it will get better! I'm in the middle of a flare uo right now but I know it won't last forever

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    1. Anonymous,
      I no longer have this problem so I am good but thank you!

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  12. Anonymous7:11:00 PM

    To avoid feeding your candida or for those with cancer of any type, with sugar, know that all fruits have sugar called fructose. Thus all fruit, though they may be good for others w/out candida and cancer, must be avoided.

    Carbohydrates must also be avoided because they convert to sugar in the body.

    THUS, ALL FRUIT AND CARBOHYDRATES MUST BE AVOIDED.

    SUGAR (FRUCTOSE, GLUCOSE AND SUCROSE) IS A CANCER, YEASTS AND FUNGUS FEEDER.

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  13. Anonymous3:20:00 AM

    Help!!!

    The diet is giving me worse pain than ever!!!

    Y?

    X

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    1. I got pretty sick doing the candida diet at first too. I think mine was the toxins dying off.
      If you feel it doesn't work for you then don't do it.

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  14. I had my gall gall bladder pain in back removed a few years ago and I suffered with pain in my right shoulder area as well.

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  15. I got my very first yeast infection in June of this year from the antibiotic Bactrim DS I was on from having cysts under my arm removed... It caused Yeast infections and I have dealt with yeast infections over the course of the summer ever since , and then, in August I got my very first UTI and got another Yeast infection on top o that, and although the infection is gone, I still have had the on going bladder pressure and 24/7 urgency for 2 months and on going! I even had polyps removed in my bladder and a 20 hour silver nitrate put into my bladder at the hospital but it only made me feel worse! Could this be cause by Candida or an over growth of candida still in my body?? Life has been miserable with this bladder problem!

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    1. Hi Lindsey,
      I don't know if candida caused your problems but when I totally gave up sugar and started eating less carbs, It helped heal me. Have you tried stopping the sweets and carbs?

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  16. By the way, if you don't mind me asking, how do I find out if I do have an over growth of Candida in my body? Sorry if the question sounds dumb... I'm just so desperate for help. :)

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    1. Lindsey,
      If a Dr won't test you, there is no for sure way to find out for sure if it is a candida overgrowth. If you get several yeast infections... You may have an overgrowth.
      There is a spit test you can do. Just google spit test. Also, if you are lucky you can find a homeopathic who can do a blood test. None of these are for sure fire ways to know positively... but like I said, if you get several yeast infections a year,....!!!

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    2. How are you tested by a dr. for it? Is it just by a pelvic vaginal exam, mainly how it is discovered? If so, I had one just like week and no yeast was mentioned. I also went to my regular dr. for a full blood work up. But everything looked good. I will google the spit test. I just thought, perhaps, that due to all of my yeast infections I had between June-August, perhaps there could be an over growth of yeast in my body... Would it neccecarily show up in a vaginal exam?

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    3. I am not positive how a dr tests for candida since none of them would talk to me about my problem. I had a homeopath do a blood test on me and once it was positive. Then after doing the candida cleanse diet and herbs, I tested negative.
      I bet you do have a yeast overgrowth.... why else would you continue to get yeast infections.

      You ask if you can have a yeast overgrowth and it not show up in a vaginal exam.... I hardly ever had yeast infections. Maybe once every year. But, there were other things... dry mouth.. always having to use chapstick. Digestive issues... constipation. Candida and parasites go hand in hand... so... in order to get rid of my candida.. I did and still do parasite cleansing.
      There are just so many things I did besides giving up sugar and changing my diet.

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    4. Well, all I know is I was living a normal healthy life until I was given the antibiotics which caused Yeast infections in the vagaina, Once I got the UTI, other medications though, did not cause yeast, just the Bactrim DS. So every time I was on that partcular pill, within minutes I developed yeast. MINUTES! the crazy intense burning and itching. Sounds like you had a lot of other side effects from the candida over growth. I don't have those. My only symptom since the yeast infections have been the horrible bladder problem. I'm very interested in doing the diet, but don't want to harm my body more of food it might need if I don't even have the over growth. I've just googled Candida and Bladder problems and found a lot. What can I do to get a Homeopath test?? If I were to find out this was my problem, I will do everything you advise.

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