Hello all! I am new to the forum and just wanted to say 'thank you' for discussing so many and varied different topics here related to candida. These posts have helped me a lot over the years, but I think it was about time I became a member.
I have some questions about a recent diagnosis of mine, what it all means, and what I could possibly do about it:
First off, I've had candida since I was a teenager, and for the most part I blame extreme, constant stress levels and having taken the birth control pill for 12 years. I had all the telltale symptoms, but when I finally stopped taking the pill in 2011, my immune system really plummeted, bringing out candida in its most violent form and nearly destroying my life. I have since worked on it with natural remedies and it seemed for a while that after years of hard work, things had finally gotten better, despite the fact that with every monthly cycle, I would keep getting the same symptoms again, albeit less severe than before.
But since the beginning of the year, I've had more colds, UTI's and infections than ever, and in May, I landed in the hospital with severe bloating, and a stabbing pain under my right ribcage. Diagnosis: biliary dyskinesia, a gallbladder that just doesn't contract enough. Of course, I figured that would lead to not enough bile in the small intestine, and not enough bile would probably promote candida growth. The people in the hospital were guessing that I'd had the dysfunctional gallbladder for longer, which would make sense.
I started taking supplements to help the bile flow, and they worked, but I figured there had to be something behind my gallbladder problem as well, so I researched and found hormonal imbalances as the likely culprit. I did a saliva test for hormones and the craziest part of it all hit me: While everything else was normal, Cortisol was elevated quite a bit and Progesterone was through the roof. 5 times the amount of what is normal.
Now, I have read here that progesterone can make candida worse and I shudder to think of what this high of an amount may do to me. I just got back oral thrush and very aggressive psoriasis. I was left with no instructions from my naturopath, since she threw in the towel, believing that I was consuming too many natural progesterone boosters through food and supplements. She also gave me several lists of foods and herbs that supposedly raise progesterone levels, and virtually every natural food is on those lists. So she only told me what to avoid but not what to eat. On top of that, I may need to get back to my candida diet and don't know what to eat or do or think anymore. I'm panicking, and I'm sure that's counterproductive, too.
What should I tackle first? What makes sense? How can I bring those progesterone levels down?
Any and all help is highly appreciated! Thank you in advance!