Symptom Quiz Tips and FAQ's
The symptom quiz is an important part of planning for and tracking your health progress.
The first time you fill it in, the quiz will help you assess health history and current symptoms to determine how likely it is that candida overgrowth is contributing to your health problems.
Ongoing, the quiz can be used weekly to track your progress on the Whole Approach Candida Diet and Whole Approach Candida Protocol.
The quiz can help prevent you from becoming impatient and enable better precision with your healing strategies. A running record of changes in your symptoms can guide your process. You can see when your efforts are working and thus feel encouraged by this. Alternately, when your efforts are not working, it will clearly indicate a need to alter your approach.
After filling in the questionnaire initially for "diagnostic" purposes, you may skip the last three questions as they are related to health history.You can then adjust the scale to reflect this change (see end for scale).
Frequently asked questions about the questionnaire:
Does it mean 'How I am right now' or 'How was I all week'?
Do I answer according to how I am at the moment I'm filling out the questionnaire or since I last filled it out?
The questionnaire will work best if you estimate an assessment based on the total symptoms that you have had over the entire week or since you filled it in.
Overall Wellness from Self Care
I can't tell if my symptoms better or if I am just managing my health better. Should I answer according to how I feel now?
Yes, you should indicate how you're feeling now. If you're choosing your foods better, combining them better and digesting better, you will have fewer symptoms. This is an indication of your overall improving strength and may also be an indicator of decreased levels of candida.
Your weekly score will help you decide if you should continue as you have been, if you are ready to move to the next stage of the diet, or if you should increase your anti-fungal dosage.
As a complement to the questionnaire, a health diary that tracks your diet changes and your supplement or anti-fungal regime. It can be helpful as a cross reference to your ongoing questionnaire results and can help with retrospective insights.
Other health issues
I'm currently having health issues- like hayfever or PMS. I know some of the symptoms on the questionnaire come from these. Should I count them?
Go ahead and score the allergy symptom accurately but a note on your questionnaire (paper copy) or in your health diary will help you keep the season in perspective.
Tracking the severity of the allergies and hormonal shifts are both relevant to candida recovery tracking as high candida levels worsens both of these imbalances. Many people find that as they get the yeast under control (improving their overall health in the process), issues like hay fever and PMS can be greatly reduced or even eliminated. You may wish to note your hormonal cycle in your health diary or on your questionnaire.
If I've used birth control pills in the past, will it forever affect my score with a yes answer to that question?
Your history of BCP use is relevant as an aid in diagnosis of the potential that candida issue is contributing to your health challenge. You only need to count this question the first time. See the above notes regarding removal of the three history questions to use the questionnaire as a tracking tool.The same approach applies to the other history questions- i.e. antibiotic or steroid use.
What symptoms constitute menstrual irregularities?
This is somewhat nebulous and individual and there are multiple causes for menstrual issues. Because of the complexity of the issue we don't have a history question on this one. For the purpose of this quiz, severe menstrual cramps, PMS, and/or irregular period as 'menstrual irregularities.'
No longer menstruating
I am no longer having a menstrual cycle, should I answer based on what happened when I was menstruating?
It is best to answer for how you have been in the last week. If you have not been menstruating you can score it a zero.
Initial Assessment Rating
MILD - 35 to 55
MODERATE - 56 to 85
SEVERE - 86 plus
Ongoing- without last three questions
MILD - 33-52
MODERATE - 53-82
SEVERE - 83 plus
Note: This questionnaire does not provide score a definite diagnosis of Candida overgrowth. Other conditions can produce similar symptoms; for example - menopause irregularities, endocrine imbalances, autoimmune conditions, viruses etc. Although many of these conditions are frequently associated with accompanying yeast infestations, treating the yeast overgrowth will lighten the load on your immune system, regardless of the source of your symptoms. Please see the information about Diagnosing Candida for more information.