Many people suffer with chronic pain that seems to have no cause, headaches and fatigue like our visitor Don who asks the following question:
Cynthia, first of all I’m delighted with your fresh and no nonsense approach to a healthful living, please keep it up.
Now I’m a 62 years young male with diabetes type 2. I’m always tired and if I do just a bit of work it seems that I worked for 12 hours. I have constant pain in both my shoulders for no apparent reason and been taking injections to treat the pain. I’m sick and tired of feeling like that. Am I suffering from Candida? If so what treatment do you recommend. I started eating healthy 4 weeks now and I went from 180lbs. to 160lbs. in that period of time. I also suffer from very frequent headaches and been using Fioricet to treat it. I am now trying not to take the Fioricet when I get the headaches. Thank you kindly for your reply. Don
Hi Don, thank you. I’m glad you appreciate me.
I first want to say, that you should always work with a physician, especially when you’re dealing with a serious condition like diabetes type 2. So I encourage you to find an alternative medicine doctor who would be knowledgeable about addressing diabetes from a natural health point of view as well as the issues I’m about to present.
With that being said, there are a variety of factors that could be at the root of the type of symptoms you are suffering. Candida could be one of them. Being tired, easily exhausted, frequent headaches and chronic pain for no apparent reason are all common symptoms of yeast overgrowth.
There’s no way for me to say one way or another whether you have Candida or not. That is something you will have to determine. There are a variety of tests, but most of them are not reliable. The test may come back negative when it should have been positive. The best way to make the diagnosis of Candida is through symptoms. Dr. Crook has a written test in his book called The Yeast Connection that is what most physicians use and the most effective method of diagnosis. Another popular and accurate test is called the spit test. You can learn more about the spit test as well as a variety of additional information in the Candida Albicans section of my website.
When Candida is the culprit, the most effective course of action is to follow a Candida diet, replace healthy bacteria in the body, take antifungals and a variety of other dietary and lifestyle changes. I’ve already written about this topic extensively in other areas of my site that you can find at the link I provided in the paragraph above, so I’m not going to cover it again here, but I encourage you to read those pages or pick up a copy of by ebook Candida Secrets if you’d like a comprehensive overview.
In addition to Candida, the types of symptoms you are experiencing could also be the result of depleted adrenal glands, neurotransmitters, food allergies or food sensitivities, pH level and nutritional deficiencies.
Getting completely exhausted with very little physical activity and constant fatigue are common symptom for someone who has adrenal glands that aren’t functioning properly. There are several tests out there for adrenal function, but the best method is one that tests the saliva that you can find on the adrenal fatigue page. If the adrenals are depleted, they can be boosted with a variety of natural remedies.
Nutritional deficiencies are very common in the population due to poor diet and can result in a variety of symptoms which include pain, inflammation, headaches and fatigue as well. Nutritional deficiencies can be easily identified with urine testing and addressed with supplementation and diet.
A body pH that is too acidic, which results from a diet high in sugar, white flour and other refined foods can lead to variety of health conditions of which inflammation is the most common. Inflammation results in pain. The pH level of the body can be easily monitored with pH testing strips and brought into balance with diet or alkalizing drops.
Undiagnosed food allergies and food sensitivities are very common in the population and they too can result in headaches, inflammation, fatigue and chronic pain. Food sensitivities can be identified easily with the ALCAT test and addressed by removing the offending foods from the diet.
An imbalance or deficiency in neurotransmitters in the brain can also result in chronic pain, headaches and fatigue. Neurotransmitters can be easily measured with a simple urine test and brought back into balance with amino acids and a variety of other key nutrients as well as changes in diet and lifestyle.
It’s also important to keep in mind that the types of symptoms you are experiencing are usually not the result of just one of these factors. It’s usually the combination of many of them, if not all of them. They all tend to occur together. Someone with Candida overgrowth almost always has food sensitivities, nutritional deficiencies, adrenal problems, pH that is too acidic and imbalanced or deficient neurotransmitters. So it’s important to address each factor.
If you’d like more in depth information about any of these topics, I offer consultation by phone and I also offer testing for neurotransmitters, adrenal glands, nutritional deficiencies and food sensitivities. With a simple test that is sent to your home and you mail back to the lab, you can get the results to your tests quick and easy from the privacy of your own home and mailed directly to you.