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The Probacto Probiotic Truth-My Life was Awful Before My Diagnosis

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

My name is Diana and I’m 34 years old. I have spent the past 5 ½ years of my life battling Candida, but I didn’t know it until 12 months ago. Like many other women my age, I found myself suffering from a wide variety of different medical symptoms. As a result, I was grasping for a lot of different treatments, all of them targeting individual symptoms without attacking the real cause of my problem.

So what was wrong with me? For starters, I’m the only adult I know who has ear infections every few months. I sort of thought we grew out of those after childhood, but I was wrong. I also had chronic vaginal itching. I always felt like I was “right on the edge” of developing a vaginal yeast infection. It was irritating and in some cases a little bit painful. My skin was always itchy and red and I tried everything to keep it soft and moisturized. The itching just wouldn’t stop. I also felt fatigued, bloated, and had a host of gastrointestinal issues. Life was not fun for me – at all.

Finding the Right Diagnosis

Getting an accurate diagnosis was difficult, to say the least. I started with my family physician, who gave up after a few short months. He sent me to an ear, nose, throat specialist (ENT) to try to figure out why I was getting chronic year infections. Meanwhile, I was on round after round of antibiotics every time I had one, as that really is the most normal treatment even according to MedlinePlus.

When I went back to my doctor about my skin irritations, he sent me to a dermatologist. The dermatologist told me that I had eczema and prescribed some creams. Those seemed to work for a little while, but the general itching never went away and the irritated areas always came back.

The gastrointestinal issues were another problem. My doctor gave up on those as well and referred me to a gastroenterologist. He thought I had IBS and perhaps a gluten intolerance. He prescribed me a couple of medications to “calm” my intestines and told me to try a gluten free diet. I mean gluten free is shown to help a little bit according to Robb Wolf, but it wasn’t really the answer.

Nothing seemed to help.

At this point, I had thousands of dollars in medical debt and felt worse than ever. I had health insurance, but I was spending a lot of time in different offices and didn’t have the cash for co-pays and medications, so I was using a credit card. I had 5 medications I was taking daily, in addition to the antibiotics I was taking every time I had a new year infection. Life started to seem pretty bleak.

One day, I was sitting in my GI doctor’s office when another woman walked in. She seemed bright and friendly and we struck up a conversation. She told me that she was primarily there to have some tests run, but that she had originally been misdiagnosed with IBS but found out she had Candida that had led to leaky gut syndrome. She asked how long I’d been seeing the GI and if I’d had any relief – which I had not.

I was intrigued and of course went right home to look up leaky gut syndrome and Candida. I found a several different websites, and learned so much about the condition Candida which is commonly misdiagnosed. I was astonished to see that almost all of my symptoms somehow seemed related to a systemic Candida infection. Go figure. I somehow luckily stumbled upon Probacto’s website which was like an encyclopedia of information.

Using Probacto as a cure.

I was still a bit hesitant about starting the Probacto’s diet plan. For all of the seemingly intelligent information I was reading, there seemed to be plenty of people who thought that the Candida hoax was just that – a hoax. From what I’d read, though, it’s so healthy and primarily focuses on diet and nutrition and I figured it really couldn’t hurt me to give it a try.

I’m so glad I did, too. My GI problems made eating less than pleasant, so it really wasn’t hard for me to transition to the type of clean eating plan the doctor asked for in his book. I had a few cravings for sweets now and then but they were easy to get over – especially after cheating a couple of times and realizing how bad that stuff actually made me feel.

I spent 4 ½ years of my life suffering and searching for a cure. I’ve spent the past 12 months following the diet regime, reducing my stress levels, and boosting my immune system. A few years ago, had anyone told me it was possible to feel this good, I wouldn’t have believed them. Now, I’m nearly symptom free and I plan to stay that way!