Today I want to talk about my recurrent yeast infections. Ugh. I have been doing a little research, and of course I have diagnosed myself with a specific type of infection. I think I have been suffering from a systemic yeast infection. I think I have mentioned my sensitive stomach issues in the past. According to the internet, that is often a sign of systemic yeast infections.
The first time I got a yeast infection, it started with a burning sensation when I urinated. It was painful and alarming. As the days passed, the itching started. Then it seemed to stop. Then it started again with a vengeance. I was MISERABLE. I had no idea that my vagina could be so sore, so red, so itchy. I went to the doctor and was given Diflucan. I noticed that after taking the Diflucan my problems went away. In addition to that, my sensitive stomach issues seemed to go away too. Unfortunately, a few weeks later my tummy troubles returned.
The second time I got a yeast infection (a mere 5 months later), I went to bed feeling completely and totally normal. I woke up at 5am with an all too familiar itch. MOTHER FUCKER! I knew what it was right away. There was no question in my mind - I had another yeast infection. This time I never experienced the burning sensation, however I did feel a strange pulsing sensation for several days, which was really bizarre. I once again took Diflucan. Within days I noticed an improvement with my symptoms, and once again my sensitive stomach issues disappeared too.
Here we are two weeks since treatment, and my tummy issues seem to be returning. So, I have started taking acidophilus with every meal. I am also eating PLAIN yogurt (gag) with live cultures everyday. And finally, I have started taking a multivitamin. The yogurt and the acidophilus supposedly help fight candida. The multivitamin is just my attempt to make sure I am as healthy as possible.
I feel like I am doing everything possible to avoid getting another infection. If this doesn't work, I guess I'll be heading back to the doctor's office. Any advice, words of wisdom?